I haven’t been taking many photos recently. It has been raining a lot here, sometimes all day long, for three weeks, so I pretty much stay in the house except when I have to go out.
I like rain. And I love driving in the rain. But I’m not fond of walking in the rain! I wear glasses, so I usually put them in my pocket as I sprint from my car to my destination and back. Happily, I can see where I’m going without my specs. But somehow I always manage to smudge the lenses when making the transfer – so I end up having to wipe them clean – which was what I intended to avoid when I removed them. 😥
Here are a few pics I’ve taken in the past few days – all in or around the house.
Yesterday I saw what looked like a glass beer bottle floating in the lake about 20 yards off shore. I used the maximum telephoto to capture this shot. I was surprised to find the bug taking refuge on the bottle so far from shore – in bug distance, that is!
When I went out to shoot the floating bottle, this ibis, which had been busily searching for bugs, came right up to me and posed with dirt on his beak. Ibises are not skittish around humans; they normally only leave when you get very close. But still I was surprised when it approached me instead of ignoring me.
I took this today from my kitchen window – the egret waiting for lunch! I can’t tell one egret from another, but I suspect this is a regular. Naturally, I went out on to the patio and he took off. Then a few minutes later he returned to the other side of the lawn, whereupon I opened the patio door again to encourage his departure. This photo came out fairly good considering the patio screening and framing were in the way.
I discovered this strange anemic flower cluster on the shrub outside my front entrance. Normally, all the blossoms open together with short stems. Below is what they should look like. Hmmmm….. maybe the shrub has cancer?
This next photo is sort of silly.
School has been back in session for about a month, and I’ve noticed the older neighborhood kids passing the house in the afternoons, each with hands free and book bag strapped to his back.
Dang it! Kids today don’t know how good they have it! Below is how in olden times in both high school and university I had to maneuver from class to class and walk to and from school.
I would have to repeatedly switch the burden from right arm to left arm and back because my arms would quickly begin to ache. Plus, right at my wrist the pressure of the weight of the books and the sharpness of the edge of the outermost book caused real pain!