My early Christmas present to me from my wife was my new Sony NEX7 camera. I am still learning what it can do and how to make it do it. These are a couple of examples from the garage last night. I guess a new camera is a sort of tool for the hobbyist.
Some pretty weird stuff grows on the tree bark in our woods, and elsewhere I'm sure. That pale green stuff is fascinating, and I didn't even see it until I was editing the photo. This whole photo is about the size of a quarter.
Same sunset that Virginia saw here, except I was about 40 miles south and this is what we call the backwash (the color in the sky opposite the actual sunset). It's 68 F today, the last day of fall, and it's going to be 77 F tomorrow, the first day of winter. It's supposed to be below freezing two days later. Whatever . . . . winter in the South.
Thanksgiving morning in Pennsylvania it was cold and pretty clear. There was a little snow and ice around the farm, but nothing serious. Wide angle and telephoto not only gave a different perspective on the sunrise, the color looked different too.
The trees on the mountain ridges to the east were thoroughly coated with ice and looked like crystals.
The pond, while not frozen solid, was completely frozen over.
Even by mid-afternoon, the mountain ridges were still like crystal palaces. I did not venture up there that day, even though the highway departments had most of the roads clear and passable.
We drove to Pennsylvania for Thanksgiving week, arriving Monday evening and expecting rain, snow and ice Tuesday night. There was a lot of rain, but waking Wednesday morning, there wasn't too much ice, although a few branches did fall.
No cars were harmed in the taking of this photo, but the Lilac did get thinned in the process.
There were some pretty close ups,
and the wood pile made for a decent photo. But overall, Wednesday was just nasty, cold and wet.
I usually think of this as a springtime shot, but temperatures in the high 60's have these survivors and other insects out for one last sip before the cold weather really sets in (if central Alabama weather could ever really be considered "cold").
The reflections in the creek at Heardmont Park in Hoover, Alabama are almost completely covered by newly fallen leaves, and there are plenty more yet to fall. See more reflections at Weekend Reflections.
The weakling remains of Tropical Storm/Depression/Low Pressure Karen came ashore at Ft. Walton Beach, Florida on Sunday, October 6, right in the middle of our vacation, and though it was only cloudy in the morning, the afternoon was a washout. By Monday morning, all was better, and the double red flags of Saturday and Sunday had given way to only a yellow.
Yeah, the double red flag picture does have a blue sky. That was from Saturday, and even though the storm had yet to arrive and the beach was beautiful, the lifeguards would not let ANYBODY in the water over ankle deep. The rip tides were apparently pretty bad ahead of and during the rain, but very calm immediately after.
The moon and Saturn reflect in the Gulf of Mexico at Fort Walton Beach, Florida, October 7, 2013. (My dumb mistake, I thought it was Saturn, looked it up, and it is Venus. Even after looking it up, I went ahead and typed Saturn anyway. Duhh. Saturn was on the other side of the moon and had already set.) See other reflections at Weekend Reflections.
Not my horse, but really old paint on an old tank at an abandoned old steel mill that's now a museum (Sloss Furnaces.) Reminds me a little of elephant skin. Sloss is very near downtown Birmingham, just blocks from the city center, and when I moved here in 1971 it was still operating, belching fire into the night sky, like an angry dragon chained to the railroad tracks. It is said to be haunted by the ghosts of some of the workers who died there, and has been the subject of several TV shows about hauntings. It doesn't scare me, but I don't think I'll go out there in the dark by myself anytime soon.