Blood Moon!

April 13th, 2014
(800mm, f/8, 1/400)

Full Moon (800mm, ISO 100, f/8, 1/400)

First, the moon went away.

Lunar Eclispe

Lunar Eclispe (800mm, ISO 100, 1/250, f/8)

Then it turned red! There was so little light that focusing became a real problem. I don’t reccommend the full size picture. This one looks much sharper.

Blood Moon

Blood Moon (800mm, ISO 1600, 1/600, f/8)

The Stop Sign you can’t miss!

April 11th, 2014

Fingers don’t fing.

April 10th, 2014

On low notes or high,
All singers will sing.
But fingers don’t fing.
So don’t bother to try.

With joyful emotion,
Those divers will dive.
But rivers don’t rive.
They just run to the ocean.

By night or by day,
The blowers will blow.
But flowers don’t flow.
It is just not their way.

Wherever you go,
The hinters will hint.
But winters don’t wint.
There is far too much snow.

Online or in shops,
Browsers will browse.
But trousers don’t trouse,
Not the bottoms or tops.

All the money they’ve got,
The betters will bet.
But sweaters don’t sweat,
No matter how hot.

Some say it is true,
That ushers will ush.
But powers don’t pow.
Hold on… maybe they do!

The many faces of my camera

April 8th, 2014

When you get an all-in-one camera, it only does what it was built to do. It won’t get any better or worse. The biggest strength of system camera is that it is capable of becoming just about anything. Of course, that is also its biggest problem. When you get a system camera, you will never, ever, be finished paying for it. It will want you to buy it new toys forever.

Not including the tripod, this is the original kit I got from Sony.

Standard Mode

Standard Mode

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The Moon

April 8th, 2014

Until tonight, this was the best picture of the moon I had ever taken.

Shot with Sony A7 kit zoom at 70mm

Shot with Sony A7 kit zoom at 70mm

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New lens

April 7th, 2014



Drive-by Sunset

March 23rd, 2014


The Lion’s Teeth

March 23rd, 2014


Reply to German words in English language

March 18th, 2014

The original post:

These words are simply names of things. I don’t really think of them as being in any one particular language. Everyone in the world should say edelweiss when they are talking about edelweiss, just as I am called David, no matter where I go.

  • Alpenhorn
  • Aspirin
  • Bratwurst
  • Bundt cake
  • Dachshund
  • Deutsch
  • Edelweiss
  • Flugelhorn – Flügelhorn
  • Frankfurter
  • Glockenspiel
  • Gneiss
  • Gummi bear
  • Hamburger
  • Kaiser roll – Kaiser bun
  • Knackwurst – Knockwurst
  • Kraut
  • Lager
  • Oktoberfest
  • Panzer
  • Pils – Pilsner Bier
  • Pinscher
  • Poltergeist
  • Pumpernickel
  • Rottweiler
  • Sauerbraten
  • Sauerkraut
  • Schnauzer
  • Schnitzel
  • Sitz bath
  • Spitz
  • Strudel
  • Turner
  • U-Boat – U-Boot
  • Volkswagen

I thought these words were proper English, used in every day speech, but never realised they came from German.

  • Angst
  • Arm
  • Armband
  • Automat
  • Carabiner
  • Concertmaster
  • Dreck
  • Fife
  • Finger
  • FlaK
  • Hamster
  • Hand
  • Hang-Glider
  • Ideal
  • Kobold
  • Marzipan
  • Neanderthal
  • Nix
  • Poodle
  • Pretzel
  • Quark
  • Rucksack
  • Spritzer
  • Strafe
  • Waltz
  • Yodel
  • Zeppelin

I never would have expected to find any of these German words in any English dictionary.

  • (Auf)Wiedersehen
  • Autobahn
  • Biergarten
  • Blitz
  • Blitzkrieg
  • Blücher
  • Dummkopf
  • Fahrvergnuegen
  • Führer – Fuehrer – Fuhrer
  • Gesundheit
  • Hasenpfeffer
  • Hausfrau
  • Herr
  • Hinterland
  • Jäger – Jaeger
  • Kaiser
  • Katzenjammer
  • Kibitz
  • Kindermusik
  • Luftwaffe
  • Meister
  • Nazi
  • Reich
  • Stein
  • Über- – Uber-
  • Übermensch
  • Verboten
  • Wunderbar
  • Wunderkind
  • Wurst
  • Zwieback

I recognised these words as being proper English, used in every day speech, and knew they were borrowed from the German language.

  • Delicatessen – Deli
  • Doppelgänger – Doppelganger
  • Fest -fest
  • Kindergarten – Kindergarten teacher – Kindergartner
  • Noodle
  • Schnapps – Schnaps
  • Umlaut
  • Wanderlust
  • Wiener
  • Zeitgeist

I knew these were borrowed, too. But I thought that came in to English from Yiddish.

  • Kaput – Kaputt
  • Kitsch
  • Mensch
  • Schmutz
  • Spiel

I didn’t know any of the other words in the list.

Carlsbad Caverns

March 18th, 2014

I’m gonna dump several pictures right out of my camera here. I’ll go back and process them better later. Some are repeats with different settings. Nothing is in order.