Happy 4th

July 5th, 2007  |  Published in pictures and photography  |  1 Comment

If that’s what you’re into. We had a pretty quiet one. I took Ben to the zoo for the morning. This afternoon we went to Dairy Queen and spent some time down at Mt. Scott park. On a whim we decided to go by the fireworks stand at the Woodstock Safeway and buy a “value pack,” because Ben was pretty curious about the fireworks that had been going off in the neighborhood all afternoon.

No maimings to report.

The bats, however … the bats at the zoo were just a riot of nasty today. Go look. You’ll see what I mean. Yellow?

And there was some maiming in the lorikeet cage. This lorikeet was attacking everyone who got near. Ben got nipped at. He thought it was funny, which was better than the guy a few years older than me who stood in the middle of the lorikeet cage yelling “Ow. Ow. Ow. Ow. Ow.” over and over and over until a docent came and asked him if he was o.k. His wife stood at his back yelling “Did that thing poop on me? Did that thing poop on me? I think it pooped on me! Did that thing poop on me?” They made me uncomfortable. The bright red fanny packs didn’t help.

Good photographic luck in the reptile and bat houses today. The 50mm/1.4 let me keep the shutter at 20 or 30 most of the time, sometimes up to 60. I’ve never caught this kind of detail with the cayman before, and I got a pretty good one of one of those little yellow birds that live near the giraffe cages.

I’m thinking I might spend one of my upcoming weekend mornings at one of the Winged Wonders photography classes. Good excuse to be on zoo grounds early and get some good light for the outdoor critters.

Oh. It’s Smugmug for online photos now. I set up a gallery on Dreamhost, started fiddling, decided I didn’t want to fiddle any longer. I trialed smugmug a while ago but ultimately went with flickr. Looking around, they seemed like the best place to go in the wake of my de-yahooification. And they have a pleasant way about them, with some useful help pages that address digital issues succinctly.


  1. Chris MacAskill says:

    July 5th, 2007 at 4:36 pm (#)

    And we’re glad you did! when you run across annoyances with SmugMug, please let us know what they are.

    Thanks, Chris

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