Is Elusive At Times
for me to understand a good photograph when I see it. Sometimes I can
tell when I take the perfect picture for that camera, with that light
and color, that will be a finished product after it is ‘developed’. The
cereal I had this morning was one of those pictures. No post processing
required, it stands as is.
of Lassen with oleander in the foreground was one that I knew would
need some work, even as I took it. The late afternoon shadows left the
oleander in the dark and Mt Lassen was hidden in the smoke from the
various fires that have been burning in the north state. It took a bit
of post processing manipulative magic to get the result I had imagined
when I took the picture.
I saw these few white, puffy clouds over Lassen. It is still hazy
across the way, but I thought I might use that to the picture’s
advantage. This shot went through several different effects programs
until it became enjoyable to look at, but I think it was worth it.
This picture of a rose in denial is as photographed. No post processing was required.
of a rose that blooms is very short when the days are hot and the
nights are warm. I have my thermostat set around 79 degrees for the air
conditioning. This provides a comfortable zone indoors.
feels cool when it’s 100 degrees outside. We adapt to a temperature
where we can shed our body heat at a lifesaving rate. We become
uncomfortable and suffer if our bodies can’t readily regulate our temperature.
I liked seeing the tiny shadow, cast by this equally tiny spider.
interesting topics of discussion in various magazines and news sites
that I visit, and occasionally I post comments of admiration,
encouragement, sometimes even correction.
that are contentious generally revolve around the misinformation that
is repeated daily on Fox News, talk radio, and sometimes respected news
This is where
the understanding part comes in. It is a waste of time to introduce
facts, history, scientific data, or even to suggest that what the right
wing media has taught these people to believe is untrue and misleading.
This will just trigger a bunch of name calling, straw arguments, and
whatever they heard Limbaugh or Hannity say.
airtanker is returning from dropping a load on a wildfire that started
at a shooting range in Cottonwood. An 18 year old shooter started the
fire. He said his bullet ricocheted off the rock, sparking a small fire.
news story comes on the heels of a 2 day comment thread where
misinformed people would not accept the idea that bullets can start a
fire. Several commenters claimed the government was trying to take away
their constitutional right by prohibiting the use of firearms in fire
that nowhere in the constitution does it give anyone the right to be
irresponsible and reckless. Knowing there is the slightest chance you
could start a fire when shooting in fire prone conditions, is reckless
and irresponsible behavior.
I repeated myself in several different ways, the arguing faded away as
people realized they were defending irresponsible and reckless behavior.
I may have found a method that leads to mutual understanding. I will
try it out the next time I encounter someone who repeats what they hear
on Fox News instead of actually knowing what they are talking about.
of Lassen is another example of finding a way through the smoke and
haze to show this magnificent volcano. This process is a blend of a few
different effects programs combined with the original image until
reaching a satisfactory result.
is the Mt Lassen Art Festival in Viola. I plan to go there tomorrow.
One of my Treehouse neighbors has some of her artwork on display there.
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