I was walking past the door and saw a bird. The glass is tinted and reflective from outside, so I don’t it could see me. Since it didn’t fly away, I went back to my office to grab my camera. When I returned, there were two birds.
I think it came out ok in spite of the fact that I had accidentally left the ISO on 2000 and was shooting through a dirty, tinted glass door. I wish I could have used f/3.5 and a much lower ISO.
The Wikipedia defines a ghost town as
“…an abandoned village, town or city, usually one which contains substantial visible remains.”
The quick definition of ghost town from Merriam Webster says it is
“a town that no longer has any people living in it : an abandoned town”.
These agree with what I always thought it was. So when I saw a fast fact on some tweet that Texas has over 450 ghost towns, I decided I had to find out if one was close enough for me to go see. This led me to a Wikipedia list of Texas ghost towns.
I searched the page for counties near me. First thing I found was Pyote. Pyote is so close, I can probably walk there. It is in our school district! People live there! How is that a ghost town? There is a post office. There’s a grocery store. What am I missing? The next town to catch my eye was Terlingua. Isn’t that where the International Championship Chili Cookoff has been held for the last half century?!?
How many populated cities are in this list? I’m disgusted and I’m not going to check them all.
I got to thinking I own a lot of good purple stuff now, just like I always wanted to. Something still on the purple wish list is a car. So I googled “purple cars” to see if I could find a good one to show you the color I want. I found this:
Here’s another shot from that huge storm cell. This one was taken at a lower ISO and the colors came out very differently. I’ve cropped it in to a panorama to showcase the lightning.
I suggest viewing it fullscreened on the largest monitor you can find.
Here’s some old photos I took when I was a teenager. I had a disposable panoramic camera, and I was somewhere between Florida and the Bahamas. I was fascinated by the whirlpool that was forming off the side of the ship. I tried to point it out to my dad, but he didn’t look down. He looked up! And he was right to do so. A waterspout was coming right down, almost on our heads. I learned later that the ship had been pushed off course because of that thing. I had no idea how dangerous that thing really was. I turned my panoramic camera sideways and got these pictures of it all the way from sea to sky!