Walking has some benefits other than just lowered blood pressure and a feeling of inner peace. Walking gives one the opportunity to see things that would otherwise have been missed.
Today was an ordinary day of nondescript summer weather here — sunny and warm with some haze, but unremarkable in every way. I procrastinated on taking my daily walk until the sun was going down and I couldn’t put it off any more. (No street lights here, and it isn’t a good idea to go wandering around in the dark woods at night.)
After the sun went below the horizon came the biggest sun spike I have ever seen. I guess that’s what you would call it. It appeared to me to be an upside down reflection of the sun off a layer of clouds.
These elk were in our yard, at the end of our driveway, about 80 yards from the house.
I had been disappointed with similar shots taken of elk in basically the same scenario, because the zoom lens that came with my Pentax K10 (a fully automatic 18-55 lens) just didn’t zoom in enough to get any detail at that distance. Continue reading →
Being in coastal Oregon, in the middle of nowhere, we get to see a lot of hummingbirds. We were doing some necessarily “fuzzy” (or maybe it was “feathery”) math the other day based on how much one hummingbird can eat in a day, and how much sugar-water nectar we are feeding them.
(I took the photo of the two female Rufous Humminbgirds pictured above a few minutes ago during a quiet period.)