Alas, I have been a bit lax on posting regularly. But here are some pictures as an apology.
Our story starts on a Tuesday afternoon when I was sitting in our front yard waiting for my dad to pick me up, having just finished waving goodbye to the Gonzalezes, Zoe, and Rhyan, who were carpooling to basketball practice. I was contemplating heading back inside to wait in the comfort of the AC when I noticed these little tiny grasshoppers hopping on the blades of grass around me. (puns intended)
For scale’s sake, here’s Google Images’ example of the length… for artificial turf. Oh well, that’s about the length of our lawn that day. That was one teensy-weensy ‘hopper.
Then I turned my attention to this fluffy grass swaying in the wind.
Fun with Picasa…
Dad soon picked me up and on our way to his house, we suddenly saw a Red-Shouldered hawk on the telephone wire! Dad slowed the car down to a crawl, (since nobody was in sight) and I leaned out his window almost sideways to try to get a few shots. Here are the results!
Then he flew away to a nearby sailboat. Living in Florida, people. 🙂
We continued on home, but again were stopped for aviary reasons. This time the welcome culprit was a brilliant male Cardinal. I can’t remember if I got out to take these or not, but I love how they turned out anyway!
Looks like an album cover… haha
When we finally got home, Dad suggested that we test the limits of our cameras. The shooting limits, not endurance or something. First on the list was how close could they focus. To do this we set up a die on an attachable laptop cooling pad. Something like this: (again, thanks to Google Images)
The resulting picture was this, with my camera roughly about a foot and a half away. Dad, if you remember the exact measurements, feel free to tell me. 🙂
Next with a ruler/level and accidental hand for reference.
Without either arm or ruler. 🙂
We had gone to Tijuana Flats for dinner, and Dad had told me to keep the end of my straw wrapper. I was puzzled, but he offered no explanation. We had also walked outside and picked some moss off of a branch. At that point I became even more confused. A pebble was also collected. But when we went inside the house, he explained.
He wanted to try something that he had seen somewhere. He couldn’t remember where, otherwise I’d include the link. It was where you cut off the end of a plastic cup and tape the slimmer side of the cup to your lens, forming a funnel type attachment. Then you can take some fun macro shots with less background. Now, my Tamron lens is not a macro lens in the least, but I was game at least to try. The small objects were going to be our subjects, which explained his earlier apparent madness. Apparently though, you’re not supposed to see the cup in the pictures… Not quite sure why my camera showed it, but it did have a neat effect.
You can have your own opinion, but I think the moss turned out the best.
Dad had some assorted absolutely
nescessary necessary items on the table, which reflected colors into the shots via the plastic cup. We used these to our advantage.
Then without the laptop pad.
After tiring of these subjects, Dad went out to the pool and fished out some tiny bugs. Not really sure what they are… anybody know?
Then we went out to the dock and took pictures of the clouds.
While we were out there we saw this on one of the posts. Some type of bug shedding its old exoskeleton for the new skin beneath! Dad and I were excited and I marveled at God’s wonderful design.
Another post. 😉
That’s a good final picture I think. That was my night, way back on June 22nd. 🙂