Minetest – Deep hole drop

October 22nd, 2014

I just want to see how well my site will host videos. Sometimes they are too small to bother with youtube.
Big Drop

Fireball!

October 21st, 2014

“That’s a lot of fire, isn’t it?” – Toph

We could see the flare from the highway. I had always wanted to see one up close, and this one looked particularly bright. My daughter and I decided to hunt it down. I mean, how far away could it be? TWENTY FIVE MILES! It was in another county! We arrived in a small town that was completely illuminated by this golden light. Even though it was the dead of night, everything was bright (and hot!) as noon. We took as many pictures and as much video as we dared and left before we got sunburns. This video was allowed down from 60 fps. Quite a while later, when I finally got the opportunity to return with a camera that could do 120fps, it was gone! Just a tiny candle is a flame where a sun had once stood. I may never know why this happened. But as least I got this video!

Moonbow

October 8th, 2014

This is the first time I ever wished I has a super wide angle lens.
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Boredom is always one’s own fault

September 28th, 2014

Click for larger image!

Birds

August 21st, 2014

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.

f/9 1.1250 ISO2000 70mm

f/9 1.1250 ISO2000 70mm


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.

I thought I knew what a ghost town was.

August 19th, 2014

Saguaro in Arizona

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.

Science produces too many long words.

July 24th, 2014

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Light Curtain

May 23rd, 2014

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Do you see that curtain of light rays? Imagine what I could have gotten if I’d had my camera with me.

Pretty! Pretty! Shiny! Shiny!

May 14th, 2014

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:

1933 Ford 3 Window Coupe

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Fire in the Sky

May 8th, 2014

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.

Fire in the Sky

I suggest viewing it fullscreened on the largest monitor you can find.