I'm a little late posting tonight because we took advantage of the gorgeous weather to go for an evening stroll along a beach. Of course ABC prevailed (to my wife's chagrin) and the sunset was stunning. However, since I need to save a few of those for Sunset Sundays, I decided to pick a couple of others to show you.
Now, first I need to unveil last night's mystery (I'll try to keep this short). I started off experimenting a bit with light and a bouquet of flowers. I made some photos but wasn't entirely pleased with the results. The flashlight I had to use had about 1 million candle power (!) and I needed to diffuse it. I had it on a chair under a glass table. I tried putting a whiskey glass (yes, empty!) on the table above it and shine the light through it - still not happy. I put a piece of paper over the glass - lost too much light. Looked for something thinner and happened on a paper coffee filter. Aha! Light was better but now I noticed a cool pattern of light caused by the diffraction from the bottom of the (still empty) whiskey glass, and the coffee filter. Abandoned the flowers and the result is what you saw in last night's post. Sometimes good things happen from experiments, scientific or not ;-) I didn't really expect anyone to come up with that!
Ok - today's story. We were sitting on the lanai enjoying that morning brew, listening to birds chirping. Suddenly around the corner of the pool enclosure a bird came screaming at full speed - obviously he'd missed his wake-up call. Unfortunately he didn't pull up in time to go over top of the enclosure and slammed head first |(well, beak first) into the screen. I thought he was a goner! I ran over to where he crash landed and found him lying on his back, feet up in the air, dazed and confused. No, I didn't apply mouth-to-mouth, but I did prop him upright on his feet. I wasn't sure if he was going to live to see another day, so I took the opportunity to 'shoot' him while he was still alive. The story has a happy ending - after about 5 minutes he hopped under the hedge, under his own steam, and took off a few minutes later. I suspect he needed a couple of aspirin and would be on restricted worm hunting duty till he recovered from a severe concussion.
My 2nd shot was taken at the side of the highway just before crossing this bridge. My wife gallantly held the fort in the car (I think I may have been parked a little illegally - "but officer, I'm from out of state; that bridge looked so lovely, I wanted to share it on the internet") while I slipped down to the edge of the bay for a few shots. I hope you think it was worth it 'cause I almost went in. Oh, and no officer appeared.
(60mm f8 1/50 sec ISO200)
(18-55mm f8 1/320 sec ISO200)