It’s a hot one, a scorcher. I was out there trying to get some shots of hummingbirds and I think they were watching me from the shade of the trees saying to each other, “Is he crazy? We’re not going out in that sun for a little sugar water!”
But this is real summer. You can see all the moisture the ground has soaked up over the last month or so rippling into the air as currents of chromatic diffractions of the solar photons pummeling the ground. I put on my floppy hat and brave the noonday sun in quest of photographic knowledge. And there’s scant little of that. Even the usually reliable bees and butterflies and even the dragonflies have taken refuge out of the sun, the cowards.
Camera Girl and Princess Sack-of-Potatoes took to the pool after lunch and of course as soon as I went in for lunch, supposedly, the hummingbirds were everywhere, on the flowers, at the feeders, even hovering between the girls at the side of the pool. I shouted out, “Fake News!” But her haughty sneer let me know I wasn’t fooling Camera Girl. I knew she spoke the truth.
I will go back out after four. At that point the sun’s blast will be merely Saharan and therefore survivable. I will say that this tracking autofocus function still requires a fair amount of skill, of technique that I am sadly lacking. But persevere I will. I must know the answers. Are my old lenses useful or ballast? I will find out.
After conferring with my grandsons I recognized their seasonal anxiety. They sense the end of summer vacation. They reminded me not to waste the days that we have left. Labor Day is right up the road and after that there’s nothing on the horizon until Halloween. So I must get out there and see what I can see.
I think tomorrow I’ll head for the local lake. I want to see if any water birds are around. That would be a nice tame autofocus-tracking target. I’m tired of trying to capture Larold running at full tilt. The camera doesn’t stand a chance. Last year there was a bald eagle at that lake. I don’t suppose I’ll luck out and it’ll be there but you never know. In an unrelated photographic idea there is an old colonial graveyard nearby and I thought I’d go over there and do some closeup photography of the old stones. Nothing that will show the whole stones but more the texture of the erosion on the carving.
Haven’t seen much wildlife this summer. There was a bear on the property recently but he didn’t do any damage surprisingly enough. Last year he flattened one of our bird feeder polls. And speaking of birds Camera girl has been reading about some mysterious bird ailment that is killing the birds. So of course the first thing they tell her is “Stop feeding the birds!” Blah, blah, blah. I told her do as she pleases. If feeding the birds is going to cause the apocalypse then let her rip. I figure it’s bird COVID. So why shouldn’t they get a taste of it too?
Well, the silly season is ending in three weeks or so. Then we’ll have the atrocities in Washington to bemoan, only I’m all out of outrage for the inevitable. I figure codified election fraud is in our immediate future so bring it on. But it will wake up a mess of normies. Maybe that will do some good. So enjoy the rest of the summer and I’ll be here when you get back.
And here is the dog himself Larold the Wonder Dog.