The Bee and the Rat Snake
It’s been very hot and very dry here. Nothing is terribly photogenic right now and it is difficult to get motivated to go out somewhere in all this heat. But I have tried to take a few photos while walking around in the mornings and evenings. Some of the photos have been ‘OK’ but nothing spectacular.
First I have a bee on a sunflower and a little rat snake.
It is quite difficult to focus on a bee as it seldom sits still and the dark parts of it don’t show up that well, but they are pretty with the sunflower.
The little rat snake was quite scared of me and I had to kind of follow it along in the grass to try to get good photos of it. When these things get bigger, they can really scare people who think they are dangerous, but rat snakes are quite harmless to people. I also saw a much larger Blotched Watersnake but I could not get a good photo of it as it was very quickly getting away from me.
Sunset at the Train Station
On a couple of nights I also tried to get a nice sunset at the train station. The clouds conspired against me though. In the first photo, I was hoping that this large cloud bank behind the train would light up orange, and it tried to but the sun was soon blocked by other clouds. In the second picture, the train went away and I was left with the ugly background across the road.
I watch the skies and will try again some time. We just haven’t had nice sunsets lately. Also, the sunset moves earlier each day, so I have to try to line that up with the train schedule to get the train in the shot.
The Cottontail and the Foot Bridge
I found a rabbit eating some plants in the evening sunlight. It sat still for a few seconds as I tried to get around him to where the light was better but then scurried off into the brush. Below was the best that I got.
Not far from this, I scoped out a foot bridge for a possible sunset photo. The path (which leads to where the above rabbit was) almost points to the sunset and the color of the bridge might show up well with the sunset. If I shoot wide enough you won’t really notice all the distant houses. So, another place to keep in mind.
We did get a nice storm on Saturday morning and we may get rain from one of the tropical storms heading into the Gulf this week, so maybe things will green up a little bit.
I have my father’s old Nikormat camera. I think that it is about 50 years old. I have had it for a while and I decided to take it to a camera shop and see what could be done with it. Hopefully they can repair the shutter and get it working and I can shoot some roles of film and have fun with that.
The new WordPress editor is quite aweful. I don’t know why they are forcing it on us. I find that I have to work twice as hard just to put an image in my post and have it show up like I want it. I may have to resort to HTML. So, I am disappointed with that.
Hopefully I can get something better to post next week. The worst of the summer heat is upon us until late September, so it is hard for me to find motivation to go hiking with +100F temperatures. But I may force myself to go out.