Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Just hangin' out

Justin and I went out early the other night to shoot the sunset and found some interesting wildlife among the weeds. Here's one example of the hundreds of garden spiders we found thriving on the abundant grasshopper population.

Thursday, August 18, 2005

Night Creatures

My son Justin and I have been into photography for a while. Lately we've been going out at night and shooting the denizens of the dark (with cameras). So far, the take has included a large toad, a katydid, dragonflies, and various orb-weaver spiders. This afternoon, Justin took a really good picture of a dragonfly. Last week, we got some good shots of damselflies, a lot of fantastic sunset photos, and some good photos of the Canadian countryside where some of my forebears lived. This spider picture is one that I shot at night with my Canon S2 IS on super macro mode with a flashlight for illumination. I also shot an amazing video of this spider wrapping up a struggling moth. The illumination made it possible to see the saran-wrap-like spider silk being ejected to rapidly wrap the moth in a cocoon of sorts. The intelligence, speed, and dexterity of this creature are incredible. You'd have to see it to believe it. Accident of evolution or creation of an amazing God? You decide.
I acquired a new respect for these amazing creatures.

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Opportune Moments

I was out doing an estimate yesterday, and decided to take advantage of the opportunity by enjoying a motorcycle ride and bringing along a camera. The motorcycle is a BMW K1200S, and the camera is Canon's new point-and-shoot, the S2 IS. After visiting the prospective jobsite, I proceded to take some semi-random turns down unexplored side roads. I took some nice photos along the way and eventually turned around to head in the general direction of home and dinner. As I was crossing a bridge over a shallow creek, I thought I saw out of the corner of my eye, a fawn standing in mid-stream about 120 yards upstream. I elected to investigate, and turned around. I coasted to a stop on the bridge next to the guard rail on the wrong side of the road, and killed the engine. With as little commotion as possible, I pulled the camera out of the tank bag and took this photo, twisting uncomfortably to my left and trying to hold steady while straddling the motorcycle, and with my riding bloves and helmet still on. I then shot a nice video clip with the same camera. (It has a 12x optical zoom and image stabilization.) In a few seconds, the deer moved on. The still shot makes a nice desktop pic on my PowerBook G4. Hope y'all enjoy it too. What are the odds of getting a shot like that? Surely God is gracious.