Saturday, April 28, 2012

2 Things Challenge: View/Partial

The 2 Things Challenge this week is View/Partial.

I drove around one afternoon about a month ago trying to capture an image that showed the many various shades of green the trees have when they first start to leaf out.  I was not terribly satisfied with anything I got, but this one shot did give a partial view of a distant "mountain" through the gap in the trees coming down the hill on Highway 30.
And from the archives, I found a view of the partial moon I liked, although it is far from my best moon shot.  The one thing I like about the partial moon over the full moon is the light is at a more oblique angle and gives more definition to some of the craters than you get on a full moon.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

2 Things Challenge: Floor/Flimsy

The 2 Things Challenge this week is Floor/Flimsy.

Sighting a Luna Moth around here has always been sort of special; I'm not sure why except they are so large, somewhat rare, and fly around at night.  Because of the night flying, they can sometimes appear to go berserk when they get around a light.  I guess they mistake it for the moon and it messes up their navigation.  

This one flew into the window and wall several times before we could turn the light off, and in the process he broke off one of the tail parts to his wings.  It reminded me of the injured Night Fury, Toothless, in the movie, How to Train Your Dragon.  Toothless had a similar injury, and consequently was unable to fly until Hiccup, the boy who had injured him, built a prosthesis.  I couldn't build a moth prosthesis, so this one could only flop around on the floor of our deck, the back of one of his flimsy wings broken and gone.  I don't know what happened to him after I snapped the picture, but I hope he was able to adapt and fly away.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Saturday, April 14, 2012

2 Things Challenge: Eyes/Yellow

The 2 Things Challenge this week is Eyes/Yellow.
Novalee is the only one I know that really has yellow eyes.  She posed on the Geisha quilt my wife made, and her eyes went well with the yellow and green of the quilt.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

2 Things Challenge: Paper/Open

The 2 Things Challenge this week is Paper/Open.
 The Shelby County Reporter is the local weekly paper for Shelby County.  The Birmingham News comes out on a daily basis and is read by many more people, but the Reporter provides some local color and interest, and since it only costs about a quarter to have it mailed to your house, I subscribe.  Every Wednesday in the mail, I get the paper, but it almost always winds up in the pile by the Gramps clock, waiting to be recycled, and seldom is it even opened.  Why?   
Well, twice a day I get an email from the Shelby County Reporter, providing headlines, introductions, and links to the complete articles for the news that was written in the last day.  Most, but not quite everything, that shows up in the paper next Wednesday, will have already been sent out in an email, opened, and read before the paper ever arrives.  So, why OPEN the PAPER?