For my mum, who didn’t believe that you could have multiple heads on the one plant:
Two unrelated pictures: a butterfly
and a cory, admiring itself
First of the year …
I guess we forgot about these baking potatoes a few months back …
Our peonies are the envy of the neighbourhood, despite our (well, my) slightly lax gardening skills.
The formerly seven locks of Chester.
One of the little raccoons walked along the back wall this morning.
For no good reason, I bought a very cheap ($20) mini digital camera at the airport. Its limitations make it quite fun to use:
- has the astonishingly high resolution of 352 x 288
- fixed-focus lens chock-full of chromatic and spherical aberration
- no display, except for a cryptic 2-digit LCD
- takes 20 images, then it has to be downloaded
- grossly inaccurate viewfinder, which shifts when you press the shutter button
- images have pronounced scan lines
- refuses to take images in low light
- weird non-standard USB connector
It is very small, and can also work as a webcam. It also works as well as it could under OS X (use macam to download the pictures, or enable the webcam). Using the webcam does seem to delete the pictures, so make sure you download ’em first.
I’ve made a minicam gallery, which I’ll add to until the novelty wears off.
The concrete lump is a WW2 gun emplacement.
We were visited by the raccoon family last night; mother and four little ones. Please excuse the ‘painterly’ blur; it’s kinda hard to handhold a 300mm lens for 1/3s exposure. Plus, wee raccoons are speedy little things.
This one was taken a few days back (of the mother alone) in better light:
Quick, call in the team of trained guinea pigs!
She made off with all speed, which isn’t very much, for a raccoon.
The cigarette butt was a nice touch to this brutally stomped birthday cake, I thought. I wonder what its story is?
Guess I’ll have to work on my sensor cleaning game, ‘cos this is what I see (a blue sky, with contrast racked way up, and at 2x scale) on the bottom right of my D70 sensor:
Y’know, that pattern of splodges looks awfully like the indentations on the end of the swab …
I wonder why my Nikon SB-600 won’t work with (expensive) Panasonic 2300mAh HHR-3SPA NiMH cells? It loves Duracells to death, but won’t even fire once with the rechargeables.
(Oh, and wish me luck; I’m about to clean my the sensor on my D70 for the first time.)
The freighter Algorail loading salt in Goderich Harbour. One of the crew shouted for me to e-mail the photos; this is the best I can do for now!