I took this photo several years ago at the Calaway Gardens Butterfly conservatory. I was attracted to the way the light shone through the butterfly’s wings highlighting their brilliant color and delicacy.
I shot the photo using a 38 – 380mm zoom at f/4 and 1/32s.
In photoshop elements I cropped it and adjusted the contrast slightly to show the veins in the wings in the light colored areas.
My day was a little unusual today. I have been sick the last couple of days but I began to feel better yesterday afternoon. So much so, that I decided to accept a movie invitation with friends last night. I arrived early so we went shopping before the movie and of course we had to stop for a bite to eat. We went to see “Bedtime Storys”. It was cute and funny. By the time the movie was over though, I was more than exhausted so I quickly accepted an invitation to stay the night rather than drive home. This morning I was awakened by a determined and demented blue jay repeatedly flying into the window. She would fly at the window and peck at it all the way down until she came to rest on the air conditioning unit. After a moments rest she repeated the process. When I first heard the pecking I thought that I must have overslept and my host had come to knock on my door. I called, “come in” as I snuggled down into the bed against the cold. No one came in and in a few minutes the knocking started again. Again I called, “come in” and again no one came. The third time it happened I finally opened my eyes and realized that the sun was not even up yet. I staggered out of bed and confronted this bird. She didn’t like the looks of me and flew a short distance away. I gently explained that she should leave, there were cats in the house and it was too early for any decent living being to be up. She didn’t believe me and I finally fell asleep again in spite of the pecking at the window. Later when I went downstairs, I spied her giving me the evil eye from the seat of the tractor parked on the side of the house.
I soon finished eating a quick bite of toast provided by my host and was on the road again. Today was my first day at my new job! I am working in the CIV dept. here on campus now. I am really pumped about it too! Today was on the job training. I learned how to turn on and set up all the equipment and how to handle the cameras while class was in session. It was awesome. Not only do I get this cool job where I get to sit in on these amazing classes but I get paid for it too! I think that this job will more than make up for the other job which is less than mentally stimulating. All in all, it was a really good day.
The weather has really been beautiful here in the south these last few days. It was so beautiful yesterday that I threw my cares to the wind and loaded my kayak in my truck. A friend and I headed across Lake Pontchartrain to Mandeville and explored the bayous together. It was a wonderful afternoon. I didn’t actually see the turtle pictured above yesterday. I took that picture several months ago but I did see turtles and an alligator or two. The next time I go I plan to bring my camera with me so that I can catch some of the sights at the marinas and along the banks. I have not ever been around marinas much and certainly not from the water side. I found the smells, sights, and sounds fascinating. The people are a treat to be around as well. They are friendly and seem to have an adventurous outlook on life.
The one sour note in the whole day was when we paddled around a bend and came upon a flock of dead ducks floating in the water. Feathers were everywhere and it was pretty grisly. I counted at least 15 ducks in the water and a few out of the water as well. It looked like some nitwit just got out there with his gun and started shooting. I really hated that. It was sad to see such a waste of life and beauty.
I know that this is only a pleasant interlude; we still have February to go and that is usually the coldest month here. Today was a quiet and restful time and I am glad my friend talked me into going. I wish all of you could have been there too.
I work at a storage rental company. Specifically I am the custodian for the said storage units. I have been working there for a short time now and I have seen a lot of stuff that people store. Mostly though, I see the things they leave behind after they leave. It is my job to clean out the units so that it will be clean for the next customer who comes along. Some of the stuff is funny, some of it is interesting, and occassionally the things I find are just nasty but all of it tells me something about the people that rented the unit.
Usually cleaning up the unit isn’t all that hard. It’s just a matter of sweeping it out and slapping a lock on the door with the date that I cleaned and inspected it. Occasionally though, I come across a really big job and then I try to bribe some of the guys to help me out by letting them pick though and keep anything they find interesting. I found a unit like that a while back and Ray helped me clean it out. For his trouble he was able to bring home an old air conditioning unit that he said he could fix and a nice pair of dress shoes for his wife. They looked like they had never been worn and he said they were just her size. Ray considerately asked me if I wanted them first but I declined. They were not my size, style, or color. One of them also had a dead mouse in it. I think Ray was a little surprised when I observed that it probably wouldn’t be a good idea to tell his wife about the mouse but after some thought he agreed that maybe it would be better if she didn’t know.
This week I found another unit and I went looking for Ray. I came with me to inspect the unit and right away he discovered a large shoe box filled with condoms. He pounced on it immediately with a joyful cry, “condominiumumums”! I started to tell him that a condominium was a place where you live or it might be an investment but what he had in his hands wasn’t condominiums. Then I realized that for him this one area of his life was where he lived and that these were an investment to him. So instead I said that it probably would be a good idea to use them since they had been stored in a non climate controlled unit and had probably been weakened by the temperature extremes if they had been there very long. He just took the box and said these are enough to last me a year and happily left with his treasure. It took me most of two days to clean that unit. Next time I see a box of condominiumumumus, I will save them until after the work is done!
I have been trying to sort out my feelings about the demise of my journal at JS. I started it 5 years ago and it helped me though some really difficult times but I find that I am not as devastated as I anticipated being. I miss JS and it’s format. I miss the people most of all. Slowly though I am reconnecting with them in their new journal homes. I find that the thing I miss most about JS is the ease of use I experienced at that site. I am grateful for all that JS added to me personally and all the people I have met through JS. Now I will continue here and at fragilewisdom.blogspot.com. The two journals will basically be mirrors of each other. I am slowly gathering some of my more favorite posts from the past via the google cache. I will be posting them and back dating them here as I find them. I hope to see all of my old friends soon and make many new ones as well.