Picture at the end of the countdown
I often forget
that I can set the camera to do sports bursts of 5 shots a second when I
am taking a shot of a fast flying jet fighter, or a frisky puppy, or
even the end of the rubber ducky release countdown.
If I had used
the burst mode, or even video, I would have compensated for the slight
delay in dumping the ducks, and we would be looking at 7,ooo, (or so),
yellow rubber duckies spilling out of the container in the above
picture. Next year, maybe.
Come On, Number 26338
A Kenyan duck
led the pack within seconds of hitting the water. He was followed
closely by a Nigerian duck, and another Kenyan duck. Luckily, 4th place
is also considered a winner in the Redding Rubber Ducky Derby and will
likely be won by a Colorado duck who happens to be in town visiting his
If one looks to
the right of the leaves, you can see that number 26338 has floated up
to 5,433rd place. I still have a chance if a school of hungry trout
strike and eat all the ducks in front of good ol’ 26338.
Happy Levitating Children
“The winners will
be announced in front of the recreation center”, says a bullhorn
amplified voice. This sets the crowd in motion and excited children
begin to skip and fly.
Better Than Santa’s Lap?
This rubber ducky event had surprise visitors from Star Wars. It was every bit as awe inspiring for some of them as seeing Santa, or the Easter Bunny.
of putting speech balloons with the thoughts emanating from these
wonderfully expressive faces, but it’s better to just let every one of
them speak to you personally as you look at the picture.
Seeing her very first Star Trooper
of the twins kept trying to get them to look at the camera. They called
them by name, said, “Look over here”, and yelled, “Cheese”. Nothing
could take their rapt attention off the white plastic suit guys.
Finally, their dad came and led them away, but as they walked off hand
in hand, they never looked away from the magical space troopers.
The winners were announced and 26338 was not one of them.
a wonderful way to spend part of a Sunday afternoon. The weather was in
the cool mid-sixties, and I am certain that the guys in the Star
Trooper suits were really glad it wasn’t 111° like it has been on some
Redding Ducky Derby weekends.
The clean up of the 7,000, or so, losers, (including number 26338). I am glad I didn’t bet the farm on that rubber duck.
was cloudy and cool enough that I could wind down and roll up the heat
shields on the balcony, and even open the windows! I took a quick look
at the flowers in Dorothy’s garden and saw a couple that were
the design structure of flowers is fascinating. How did I not notice
these things before? I guess I was saving up some things to discover
later, when I get older.
Spider And Web Pic
Interesting layers of different weaves
I have been
keeping an eye open, and a camera handy, for one of those perfect orb
spider webs, glistening with dew in the morning sunlight, but that
hasn’t happened yet. Probably because I would have to be awake and
taking a lot of morning pictures so as to increase my chances of finding
such a web. It’s an idea. I will sleep on it.
Today’s Relatively Appropriate Song;