Monday, June 30, 2008
Sunday, June 29, 2008
Saturday, June 28, 2008
I think the frog is green because it is green with envy that I got to marry such a beautiful and wonderful woman and he, as a frog, did not. :)
Friday, June 27, 2008
Culminating in my first catch of lightning on "film" - I only had to stand there (under cover) and snap off photos for about 20 minutes before I finally got a good one (using the Nikon point & shoot that doesn't react as quickly as the DSLr):
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Thursday, June 26, 2008
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
This particular water pump is found inside Fort Clinch on Amelia Island, Florida, a 19th century sea-coast fort.
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Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Sunday, June 22, 2008
As the versions of the ballad known under the title "Scarborough Fair" are usually limited to the exchange of these impossible tasks, many suggestions concerning the plot have been proposed, including the hypothesis that it is a song about the Plague. In fact, "Scarborough Fair" appears to derive from an older (and now obscure) Scottish ballad, The Elfin Knight (Child Ballad #2), which has been traced to at least 1670 and may well be earlier. In this ballad, an elf threatens to abduct a young woman to be his lover unless she can perform an impossible task ("For thou must shape a sark to me / Without any cut or heme, quoth he"); she responds with a list of tasks that he must first perform ("I have an aiker of good ley-land / Which lyeth low by yon sea-strand").
Saturday, June 21, 2008
*The show's motto is "Outwit, Outlast, Outplay" for those that don't follow along at home. My wife has long been a survivor fan while I generally sit at the computer and visit all you wonderful bloggers until the show is over. :)
Friday, June 20, 2008
A closer shot for a better view of the fountains.
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Thursday, June 19, 2008
One last shot next to my cell phone for comparison:
And just for fun so it doesn't feel left out, the star of my blog on most - and all previous - occassions, our Pentax ist*DL... it has been a good little entry level DSLR but I long for the day when it will be replaced by a Canon D40. :)
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
For this weeks' ABC Wednesday "V" is for Valley.
While there are a few places in central and west Florida that are hilly enough to have slight valleys I don't have any pictures of them, so the photos this week come from a family trip to Tennessee back in 2004 with my wife and her family, where mountains and valleys are common.
Wikipedia has this to say:
In geology, a valley (also called a vale or dale) is a depression with predominant extent in one direction. A very deep river valley may be called a canyon or gorge.
Below is one way we utilize valleys: dams. The dam in the shot is the Dale Hollow Dam (hollow would be pronounced 'holler' in Tennesee dialect), located in northern Tennesee on the Kentucky border an hour or two east of Nashville. The reservoir created by this dam covers 27,700 acres (112 km²) of water.
And lastly my lovely bride and I standing on Bee Rock in central Tennessee with a valley in the background.
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Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Monday, June 16, 2008
Sunday, June 15, 2008
Saturday, June 14, 2008
Thursday, June 12, 2008
A photo I took a few weeks ago from the parking lot at work - I just thought the way the clouds had a rippling effect was quite interesting, almost like folds in a bed sheet - but upside down... and grey... and really high up... and... nevermind. :)
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Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Umbra: the darkest part of a shadow. It is actually the Latin word for shadow. You usually only see it used in relation to lunar eclipses (combined with prenumbra and antumbra).
So in the below photo of the southern wall of the Castillo de San Marcos, the left hand portion is an umbra because it is in full shadow... I think... ah, who cares. It's a "U", it's a photo. Mission accomplished. :)
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Addition: Not only was I stopped, but the vehicle was not running - I took this photo before we left for work, so that is why the seatbelt light is on. I always wear my seatbelt. :)
Monday, June 9, 2008
Sunday, June 8, 2008
Friday, June 6, 2008
Being in the sub-tropics and surrounded on three sides by water, thunderstorms pop up in the late afternoon regularly as the heat of the day builds with the humidity from the moisture of the Atlantic ocean and Gulf of Mexico, creating a perfect breeding ground for thunderstorms. They can be fierce, but are thankfully usually short lived and are gone within an hour or two, often leaving the bright sun back in place as though it hadn't rained at all.
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Thursday, June 5, 2008
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
For ABC Wednesday this week I have chosen turtle. Who doesn't like turtles? What's to dislike? They don't hop around like frogs (which creeps out my lovely bride). They aren't slimey (usually). They aren't poisonous.
Turtles are reptiles of the Order Testudines (all living turtles belong to the crown group Chelonia), most of whose body is shielded by a special bony or cartilaginous shell developed from their ribs. The Order Testudines includes both extant (living) and extinct species. The earliest known turtles date from 215 million years ago, making turtles one of the oldest reptile groups and a more ancient group than lizards and snakes. About 300 species are alive today, and some are highly endangered.
Turtles cannot breathe in water, but they can hold their breath for various periods of time.
Like other reptiles, turtles are poikilothermic (or "of varying temperature"). Like other amniotes (reptiles, dinosaurs, birds, and mammals), they breathe air and don't lay eggs underwater, although many species live in or around water. The largest turtles are aquatic. (Taken from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turtle)
Here a sea turtle at Sea World swims in a shallow pool:
Sea turtles (Superfamily Chelonioidea) are turtles found in all the world's oceans except the Arctic Ocean. There are seven living species of sea turtles: flatback, green, hawksbill, Kemp's Ridley, leatherback, loggerhead and olive ridley. The East Pacific subpopulation of the green turtle was previously classified as a separate species, the black turtle, but DNA evidence indicates that it is not evolutionarily distinct from the green turtle. All species except the leatherback are in the family Cheloniidae; the leatherback belongs to the family Dermochelyidae and is its only member. (Taken from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sea_Turtles)
The last photo is perhaps my favorite that I have ever taken. It is of a green sea turtle in the Florida Aquarium in Tampa, FL. It was just swimming slowly down the side of the large glass viewing wall and I waited for it, camera ready, and as she came past she turned her head and looked right at me - snap! Perfect shot. Nothing photoshopped at all, just a great moment captured straight out of the camera. I have an 8x10 print of it at work on my wall, smiling (?) at me all day. :)
I call the above photo "Mona Lisa of the Deep" because you can't tell whether she is smiling, smirking, bemused, happy, sad, etc - just like La Gioconda.
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