It was a gloomy evening when we arrived home late from the office last night. When I got out of the car, my right hand reached instinctively toward the Canon G9 that I keep in a holster on my belt in the back. I used to carry a Walther P38 9mm in the same location. The camera has proved much more useful:
The stars around the bright lights are caused by the camera settings that I was using. Since I wanted the stars around the lights, I used the smallest lens opening I could get. You have to set the camera on manual to do these kinds of things, but sometimes it’s worth it. The small opening of the iris of the lens causes diffraction because it is not completely round. It’s made up of little leaves that move in and out to change the diameter of the opening. Each point where two leaves meet causes a ray of the star. You can tell how many leaves the iris on your camera has by counting the rays around a bright light. In this case, I know that my camera has a six leaf iris.
The big news in this part of the world is the spectacular dust storms in the general area of Sydney, Australia. The following image was happily filched from ABC News (That’s the AUSTRALIAN Broadcasting System, folks, not ABC in America):
I promised white thistle down and I deliver what I promise, though sometimes a little tardily:
The little seeds have just come loose and are awaiting a breeze to carry them to their new homes. For the time being, they are hanging like Santa’s beard around the base of the fading blossom.
This bee was very busy and difficult to snap. It sorely underestimated my determination, however. This was the best of about fifty frames:
The bees in the highlands seem skinier than our nice fat little buzzers on the coast. I suppose they are a different species.
This is very nearly what we used to call a Lady Bug when I was a kid:
Why it never flew, I don’t know. It just kept running around on the same leaf while I kept snapping away:
Every time I see a Lady Bug I’m reminded of the horrible sayings and songs that adults deliver like sour medecine to children. Is it supposed to be good for us? I remember this little ditty from my youth:
Lady bug, lady bug
Fly away home.
Your house is on fire
And your children are burning.
Is this supposed to make kids feel good? Even the Itsy-bitsy Spider seemed depressing to me. Up the spout, nearly drown going down, back up again . . . whew! Gives me the heebeejeebees.
I’ll finish up today with another shot of the Yonki Dam spillway:
I liked the shot from a few days ago. This one has the same colours, but the effect of the camera angle makes it tell a completely different story.
Sometimes images are like new friends. They take a little time to grow on you.Tags: bee, dust storm, highlands, lady bug, madang harbour, sydney harbour bridge, thistle, thistle down, yonki, yonki dam