Friday, April 03, 2020

The Road Not Taken


One may ask, "why did they put a stop sign in the middle of an open field?"

One of the nice things living in Georgetown is that the area is not yet gentrified.  A lot of open spaces.   Soon these flowers will be replaced by ugly uniformed houses that will all look alike.  So I'm going to enjoy what the nature has to offer for the time being.

Taken two weeks ago before the Stay-Home mandate was put in place.  Hope your day is going well.

Wednesday, April 01, 2020

Still Life with Mason Jar


"Once, during Prohibition, I was forced to live for days on nothing but food and water."
 - W. C. Fields

Sunday, March 29, 2020

God's Grandeur - Gerard Manley Hopkins



The world is charged with the grandeur of God.
    It will flame out, like shining from shook foil;
    It gathers to a greatness, like the ooze of oil
Crushed. Why do men then now not reck his rod?
Generations have trod, have trod, have trod;
    And all is seared with trade; bleared, smeared with toil;
    And wears man's smudge and shares man's smell: the soil
Is bare now, nor can foot feel, being shod.

And for all this, nature is never spent;
    There lives the dearest freshness deep down things;
And though the last lights off the black West went
    Oh, morning, at the brown brink eastward, springs —
Because the Holy Ghost over the bent
    World broods with warm breast and with ah! bright wings. 

(God's Grandeur, Gerard Manley Hopkins)

Friday, March 27, 2020

Wild Things



We've been holed up for almost two weeks now.  Yesterday our County issued a Stay-At-Home Order, which means only essential activities are allowed outside.  The image was taken last week when the order wasn't issued yet so Rose and I had a chance to go for a walk in our neighborhood.  Right now, the area is mostly empty lots and wild flowers.  The wild flowers above are a variety of Pink Evening Primrose that grows in Central Texas.  It is a small purple or pink flower with a hollow, white-to-yellow center.  The flowers are most active between the months of February to May.

Friday, February 21, 2020

Testing the iPhone 11 Pro on Night Mode


I got the iPhone 11 Pro for Christmas so I am still learning to use the features.  I just realized that it has a cool feature called Night Mode.  As the name implies, it takes long exposures of night or dark images.  The image was captured hand held for about 3 seconds.  Even then it produced a rather sharp image.  Must be the Apple's algorithm.  Cool stuff.  This iPhone is a keeper.

Taken from our backyard porch.  The houses are not ours but from our rich neighbors.

Hope you are having a good day.