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Sally the Salamander

July 19, 2011 2 comments

Ok…so she’s not really a salamander, she’s an Alligator Lizard. And we’re not even sure she’s a she. One thing that is certain, however, is that she/he was hungry today. I found Sally about a month ago while on a bike ride and brought her home to the girls in the back pocket of my jersey. Eva and I made a little makeshift terrarium for her (anyone have an old one they’re looking to offload?) We’ve been feeding her moths, ants, slugs, potato bugs and other random small insects. To my knowledge she hasn’t had an opportunity to sample fresh grasshopper since she’s been at Chez Weymuller…until today. Sally isn’t the fastest reptile you’ve ever seen…after all I caught her while wearing cycling shoes…but when that hopper made an entrance this afternoon, the hunt began, and it didn’t take long.

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Methow Valley Star Trails Association (MVSTA ;-)

June 26, 2011 Leave a comment

Clear skies in the Methow Valley tonight…took the opportunity to go out and take a photo. I haven’t used my 11-16 f2.8 wide angle lens to shoot the night sky before…I really like the results:

Star trails over the Methow Valley of Washington State

The blotchy streak of light across the sky is the Milky Way Galaxy.

If you click on the image above, you will be taken to my website where you may view this photo in larger format.

Focal Length: 11mm

Shutter Speed: 77 minutes

Aperture: f 6.3

ISO: 160

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Hive Minded

June 24, 2011 8 comments

My Dad is allergic to bee stings.

My Mother-In-Law is too.

I’m glad they can watch this video from the safety of their computer monitors.

The single most amazing thing about this experience was holding my hand less than an inch away from the bees and feeling the heat radiating off of their little bodies. Searching for a new place to locate a hive is tough and exhausting business…so these docile little guys have no time to consider stinging interlopers such as us.

Maybe I’ll even invite Grandpa and Nana out next time…

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April Showers

May 17, 2011 3 comments

Disclaimer: this post has very little to do with photography…

In the summer of 2009, when we returned home from being abroad for a few weeks, we were greeted by a an abomination of color; more crimson and gray than any purple blooded human could rightfully bear. A Coug fan had infiltrated our home and planted so much paraphernalia that I wondered if it would ever be completely eradicated…it was kind of like sand, except with static; static-y sand. It wouldn’t go away.

  • posters
  • pom poms
  • a nicely folded “WSU Dad” sweatshirt in my closet
  • at least a half dozen blown up ‘coug bats’ tacked up throughout the house
  • a fleece blanket on my reading chair
  • a pair of rolled up socks tucked under my normally used ones
  • a startlingly brief WSU course handbook
  • a car decal…on my car
  • eleventeen thousand one centimeter square logo stickers stuck in the most insidious locations (a knife handle, my tooth brush, my steering wheel, my TV remote, my hot sauce, an egg, my lawnmower (that was below the belt), and our front door handle just to name a few)
  • coasters
  • a WSU bottle opener in the drawer that said something original like “Huck the Fuskies” when you opened a beer

…you get the idea. If a respectable person were to have dropped by in the days that followed, I would have had to have diverted them from the central part of the house just to be able to save face.

My sources alerted me to a few suspects and I made discreet inquiries…soon I had the culprit in my sights.

Instant gratification, especially when planning revenge, is tempting. But utilizing time to leverage payback holds significant power.

Online Sales Representative for Husky Bulb Company:
“How may I assist you?”
Me:
“May I have 10,000 purple and gold crocus bulbs please?”

And so, while my nemesis was away on a trip of his own, under the cover of a pregnant October sky, I painstakingly punctured holes and inserted bulbs in his manicured turf just below his WSU logo paver. Making every effort to keep all exposed dirt to a minimum so as not to alert him to my retaliation, I then retreated back up to my den to let Mother Nature do her work.

Snow flew, and as the months passed my anticipation steadily escalated. Spring began to show…my eyes were keen to find the first crocus bulbs in the beds around my home. Finally they sprang forth brilliantly in front of our house. Surely I’d be getting a call soon.

Days passed, and with their passing, my hopes waned.

Finally, I decided to drop by just to say ‘hi’. After a nonchalant stroll about his yard, I came to the crushing realization that my plan had not worked. Mother Nature, my sole confidant, had betrayed me with a combination of early freezing temperatures, deer and voles. I consoled myself with a less than half-hearted self congratulatory pat on the back telling myself that it was a good try. And then I promptly forgot about the whole thing.

Until today.

It seems that Mother Nature has her own stash of irony to dish out when she sees fit…and with any luck, she will continue to dish it out for many springs to come.

University of Washington: clearly the perennial favorite.

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Stars over Les Drus – Weymuller Photography

April 7, 2011 Leave a comment

OK, it is 4:30 AM here….but I just finished the process of capturing and editing this image, and I couldn’t wait until morning (or more accurately; daylight) to share it. Amazing night sky with no moon here in Chamonix, France. Once I get up to Spitsbergen there won’t be anything remotely close to this for 9 days.

1 hour exposure
f 2.8
ISO 100
28mm

It took my camera (Nikon D300s) almost an hour to process the data into a single file. Even with an external battery pack (that holds 8 AA rechargeable batteries) I nearly ran out of juice while it crunched the image.

A Pattern Language

April 6, 2011 Leave a comment
waterfall by Weymuller Photography
waterfall, a photo by Weymuller Photography on Flickr.

A while back, when we were in the process of dreaming up our home…before the we had a well or broke ground, before the design phase…our neighbors lent us a book called A Pattern Language – Towns-Buildings-Construction. We used this amazing book to help refine what we wanted to create by analyzing our own patterns.

Without even realizing it, I find myself recognizing visual patterns in my everyday life. They fascinate me, and I often make effort to capture them with my camera, like with this small waterfall in the middle of a canal that runs through the old section of Annecy, France.

I may go back and find that book again…just to see if I can pick up on other sorts of patterns by using the techniques presented in it. The skill of recognizing patterns is timeless…and can be effective in every aspect of one’s life with great results. All you’ve got to do is read between the lines and it will become clear.

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