. . . and the opportunity for readers of the “D” short stories offerings to vote for their favorite of the ”D” stories (HERE) will end.

Not as many votes for the “D” stories, but I imagine everyone is concerned about the world coming to an end. Because, you know, sometimes it feels like it.

Birds seem oblivious to the danger we humans face . . . then again, we mess their lives up pretty bad, so I imagine they would be happy to see us go.

The guy above was busy calling out to potential mates . . . while gathering material to build a nest . . .

I follow the blog Cosmic Focus where a recent post showed a photo of the moon. I hesitate posting other people’s photos here (as in: I rarely do) so if you want to see the photo, it’s HERE.

If I understand the process correctly, that photo is generated by taking a video of the moon (it requires a system that keeps the moon centered by compensating for the relative rotation of the Earth and Moon) and then using software that combines the frames from the video into a single composite image.

Well, I got to wondering how close I could get from a single photo from my Nikon P900 . . .

Last month, on a clear night, next to a gently lapping lake, the moon offered up a visual treat as it danced on the uneven water surface. 

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I had a particular version of this image in mind . . . I wanted the details of the moon to show up in the reflected image. 

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To some, it may look like I’m slacking off in my posting. Well, I’m here to tell you that once you retire, you’ll find time just slips through your fingers. Whereas I used to be able to do a lot when I was working forty hours a week — fifty, if you count travel times — I now don’t seem to have the time to do basic stuff like personal hygiene, taking out the garbage, and doing laundry. Thank goodness for disposable wipes, the woods behind and below our condo unit, and cheap clothes. 

I often envy animals living out in the wild . . . you just sit out in the rain to wash your durable fur and you can just drop your poo where ever you want. Some even choose to sling it. If they ever evolve, they’ll probably be politicians. 

Florida 2013, Animal Kingdom,

That happens to be one of my submissions to Monochrome Madness, as is this next shot . . . 

One of the reasons you can tell that it’s a lazy Sunday is that the titular post goes live on Monday. Oh, well . . . whatcha gonna do. 

Notice: photos of spiders later in this post. 

FYI, as usual, click on any photo for a larger version. There’s a gallery at the end of the post, and there’s a SmugMug Gallery HERE. Note that the photos are a mix of D7000, P900, and my Samsung Note II captures. Quality varies. 

Anyway, I have a couple of great ideas for short stories . . . but it’s one of them days when ideas are best left simmering for a bit longer. I suppose I could get back to editing stuff. Or, maybe, finding other places to submit some of my stories (boy, that’s getting tedious). Or, I could get back to my research.

This is an uncharacteristically short post. Enjoy.  

On July 28th, 2010, 5:28 am (Colorado time) I shot what is probably the best of all the moon photos I’ve taken. Here are two versions of the same photo, shot with my then Nikon D200 and the Nikon 80-400mm lens.

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The original photo was shot in the light of new dawn and shows a blue sky as background to a pale moon. The photo was edited and processed to bring out detail and show it in a darkened sky.

Last night, I stepped out, leaned out from the balcony, and hand shot the moon with the P900.