How Many Stars

How many bright white stars can I see embedded and twinkling in the gray of a crisp, clear and cold winter’s night sky? With the naked eye, I count forty or fifty, but the camera captures infinitely more in the cosmos. Someone’s paid their electricity bill up there. We are not alone.

Stars and Trees

Experimenting with the Night Landscape mode (and observing the limitations of a point-and-shoot camera ūüôā ) at 9:30 p.m. on January 31, 2014, with the trees on the right as a reference point.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Object

This mysterious bit of yellowish-green flora was planted in a starter pot in the hopes that it would grow up to be a big strong fir tree. That was two years ago, and it still has the same dimensions of a postage stamp. The bonsai of bonsais? Shot in Extreme Macro mode, and then digitally cropped.

Stunted Fir

Of Sandpipers, Seagulls, and Other Shorebirds

This gallery contains 8 photos. Seagulls are are usually unscientifically broken down into white-and-grey-with-red-spot-on-the-bill, or dirty grey. They have the unenviable reputation of being scavengers, but without them, there would be a lot more unwanted food scraps lying around.

Seagulls in Close Formation
Has this quintet of seagulls been cleared to land? Especially in such foggy weather.

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L’il Scene (and Heart) Stealers

This gallery contains 3 photos. Not three feet away from me: the hard-to-photograph Black-Capped Chickadee. This is the closest I have gotten to any chickadee and had a nice, clear photo to prove it! This little guy (not entirely successful in playing peek-a-boo with me), and a few more of his kind, were curious about the song I was singing; they were constantly hopping from kiwi tree branch to laurel bush, trying to figure out the source of that noise.

Black-Capped Chickadee Plays Hide-and-Seek

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Daily Prompt: Forever Young

Scott Fountain Detail

Scott Fountain Detail by Maia C, CC-BY-NC-ND-2.0

If there were a real Fountain of Youth, would I drink the water? It depends. Would staying young in body demand some sort of concurrent sacrifice? Would there be any ill effects? Would there be a hefty emotional or financial price to pay?

If I were only one of a few in the world who could successfully drink of this fountain, this mean that I would have to watch the inevitable aging of everyone else I know who cannot partake in neoteny?

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Apple iPhone Version What-Point-What?

Image representing iPhone as depicted in Crunc...

What happened to Old Spice deodorant? (Image via CrunchBase)

Lilmisspoutine shrugs her shoulders upon hearing that bit of news: yes, that’s right: the next iteration of iPhone will soon be upon us.

It’s hard to believe that the iPhone took the world by storm less than a decade ago. Since then, the fruit-named company has become a huge newsmaker in its own right, and acquired a googleplex of fans and followers who are invisibly tethered, umbilical-cord like, to a half-inch thick rectangle with rounded corners and a shiny display that is almost perpetually on and never more than 10 inches from its owner’s fingers (distances in excess of this Continue reading

My Review of Disney’s The Lion King

Disney’s The Lion King grabbed the lion’s share of box office winnings when it was released in 1994. Upon its theatrical re-release in 3D¬†seven years later, the 32nd¬†offering from the Disney classics animated vault¬†became the highest-grossing hand-drawn animation film in history, with worldwide revenues totalling USD $987 million.1

The main characters in the first film. From le...

The Lion King main cast (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Greenwing Macaw Sisters

This gallery contains 2 photos. These parrots are common sights at the local pet stores. This pair of Greenwing Macaws are sisters Carmen and Maria, and they are the first ambassadors of the Bloedel Conservatory (they have been residents there for more than 25 years!1 But you both still look lovely, darlings, and not a day over 22!) Many of our shots of them in their habitat showed them grooming each other or dancing on their perches; they were rarely still for a moment.

Green-Winged Macaw Sisters

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Macro Monday: Himalayan Pine

A foggy day is great for capturing the drops of moisture on this young Himalayan Pine. I decided to experiment with the Extreme Macro mode on my camera. I guess I could have gotten a wee bit closer. It’s a tad easier to do with subjects that don’t move about constantly, although the wind tried to gust things up a bit just before I hit the button. ūüôā

Himalayan Pine with dew, spiderweb

This Himalayan Pine tree was courtesy of seeds that a mystery bird just happened to drop on its flyover. The spiderwebs were an unexpected bonus.