Wednesday, September 20, 2006

A SMILE FOR WEDNESDAYS -- It's All in the Launch


Blogger micki said...

First a funny little story. I walked into the bedroom that has the toads and frogs. There is one small container with the two tiny toads. Then there is the 10 gallon aquarium next to it with the two frogs, the tree frog, and a large toad (we’ve set him free twice now and both times he came back. He would just show up by the front stairs or on the railroad tie next to the van and sit there for hours while we came and went waiting to be brought back in.) In with the smaller toads was a grasshopper that apparently the small toads had not been able to catch and eat. I flipped on the light to get some pjs for my sons, and there in the large aquarium were the toad and the small tree frog sitting side by side on a stump of tree branch eyeing that grasshopper in the cage next to them. They were mirror images of each other.

John asked yesterday if I use the wood burning stove to cook. While it’s not a cookstove, sometimes I do. I will set potatoes wrapped in aluminum foil to bake inside, and I will reheat food either inside or on top of the stove. If I don’t have the fire burning too hot and I’m preparing a very large meal, I’ll keep food warm on top of the wood burning stove, while the burners on my electric stove are being used.

I was also asked about the name of my town…well, yesterday’s shot was taken in downtown Gloucester. The peninsula I live on is home to about 45,000 people and every few miles is a new “town,” although most of those aren’t towns. They are just names of a piece of the area divided up for easier mail distribution. I live in Gloucester County, and my mailing address town name is actually no where near the post office I have to drive to when I need to pick up a box that was delivered when I wasn’t home to sign for it.

The last time we were at Busch Gardens this year, my sons and I were watching folks shoot water balloons at each other. This particular young lady had great form and style to her water balloon launching technique and managed to douse her opponent quite well with her $3.00 bucket of balloons.

Camera - Konica Minolta 70
Film - Kodak Max ISO 400
Shutter Speed - 1/250
Aperture Setting - f-6.7 Program Mode
Lens - Sigma 70-300mm zoom lens
Polarizer Filter
Scanning Method - My scan from my cheap little hp officejet 5510v all-in-one copy/scanner/faxer/printer

9:41 AM  
Blogger Don said...

I like the tension that you caught in this shot. Shooting water balloons is an interesting money-making idea.
Fine attractive shot.

10:34 AM  
Anonymous Toxic Lens said...

I did that once. Good fun!
And good toad story :)

11:28 AM  
Anonymous Doris said...

YOu have got to love it when you try to do the right thing and set the creature free, and it comes back on it's own ;-)

We use to cook on top of our wood stove when the power would go out ;-)

11:28 AM  
Blogger PhotoSam said...

really does make me smile....8.5/10

1:00 PM  
Blogger Sandy said...

I love the determination on her face! An old neighbor of mine used to make the best ribs on his woodstove. He would put them on top early in the morning and when he came home from work they would be tender and delicious. I love wood heat and I agree with liking to wear shorts in the house in the winter. My boys live in their boxers all year!

2:17 PM  
Blogger Timmybomb said...

Hey Micki. I've had some major connectivity problems this week, so I've missed a whole bunch of stuff. I'm back now though. Sounds like you have a very loyal toad. I like the lines and the bright colours in this photo.

2:45 PM  
Blogger Robin Freeman said...

That is a fine money making proposition. I wonder if I could do it for aliving. Somehow I think you and I could make a go of it if we lived close. ;-)
Fun shot. Thanks for your pix and your stories. It's fun to share in your life even in this small way.

Aloha Micki!

5:07 PM  
Blogger ndiginiz said...

Tena koe ehoa
I remeber my cooking on open fires and then coal ranges in the very early stages of my childhood. A time that is still close in my memories.
The idea of wetting someone else with a ballooon is all to good to pass up and I'm sure this activity does well.

6:44 PM  
Anonymous torekimi said...

For me, it's usually all in the lunch.

And I quite often have the same look in my eye as the young lady in the photo, particularly if I have to queue.

7:09 PM  
Blogger Jill said...

I can feel her pulling it down. Good colors.

7:38 PM  
Anonymous outdoorexposure said...

nice action shot...interesting diagonal lines and bright colors here:-))

7:51 PM  
Blogger Dave MacIntyre said...

That looks like so much fun! I'd be playing with that all day!...and yes...I am what?? :D

8:56 PM  
Blogger Chris Fry said...

You've captured the action beautifully Micki. I laughed and laughed at your toad/frog story... both the one you tried to set free and the 2 after the one grasshopper. I just wonder about the outcome for the grasshopper!

11:28 PM  
Anonymous Christian said...

Hi Micki, i love your shots, but i love your comments too.
Every day, i learn english with them. Sometimes, i don't understand that you said like this "to get some pjs for my sons" so i have to look for it in my dictionnary.... and i don't find what you mean.
I would like to know where Gloucester and this woody peninsula are. Can you tell me more Micki? Have a nice day

6:09 AM  
Blogger Ash said...

Love this image!
Nice colors too...

6:52 AM  
Anonymous david said...

gosh, they never had such cool toys when i was a kid! i'm jealous!

7:50 AM  
Anonymous Ashish Sidapara said...

Fun shot, lovely colors!

2:20 PM  
Blogger Cool Daddio said...

The tongue is essential to perfect aim :-)

11:36 PM  
Blogger frame of mind said...

Her stance perfectly fits the other angles in the composition, and her expression of determined focus is a keeper - great shot!

6:19 AM  

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