Sunday, September 10, 2006

The hierarchy of animals and the natural order of things

Looking up...
Originally uploaded by Jepster.
A couple of kittens showed up where I was keeping my turtle tub in the backyard. I gave them a few pieces of Friskies cat food (I mix in some cat foor into my turtle food, the turtles love the variety and I read somewhere that it's ok to do so) and they have taken residence there ever since. They are getting more demanding now and would harass me whenever I feed the turtles. I saw one of them perched on a stool yesterday, looking intently at my poor turtles. I wonder if they know that they are being stalked. The only thing worse than the kittens are the half grown chicks roaming around. They would drive the cats away from the cat bowls and eat the catfood placed there. The cats would hiss and complain but they always give way to the chickens. Yup, the chickens are the top animal in these parts. With rabbits way down on the list. Flighty creatures those rabbits. I think they are afraid of their own shadow. hehe.

Sunday, September 03, 2006

Ready for Take-off!

Dragonfly Yellow 1110
Originally uploaded by Jepster.
I was passing by the company's parking lot the other day and I noticed that there were dragonflies of the same color perched on dried twigs on the grassy "islands" in between the parking spaces. Each twig had its own dragonfly about a total of 3 in a row. They were just there like they were begging to have their picture taken. When I approached to take this shot, the dragonfly just fluttered a moment and settled in place. To take this shot I had to postion the camera about 2 inches away and it didn't seem to mind.

The strange thing is that when I came back a few days later, I saw another group of dragonflies with a different color (I shot the reddish dragonfly first followed by the yellow). Hopefully when I get back there next week another batch of dragonflies with a different color drops by for a photo shoot. I wonder if dragonflies of the same color flock together. Check out the rest of the dragonfly pictures on my Flickr album.

Ready for take off

Saturday, September 02, 2006

Lunar Photography

Originally uploaded by Jepster.
A colleague of mine took this photo using her prosumer digital camera. I was actually surprised at the quality. It was shot at the limits of the camera's optical and digital zooms but the pic turned out very well I think. Well the best thing with digital cameras is you don't have any film to waste by making a lot of trials to get the exposure just right. Astrophotography is one of those cases where you can't rely on the auto exposure settings. Nice pic. I really want a new DSLR but even then, I would need a good telephoto lens to achieve this effect. I feel so poor right now. :(