Saturday, September 29, 2007

Gas Cylinder



This is the abandoned building on the lower side of the Patapsco river near the top end of the Avalon area of the state park. I decided to explore that today.


There are different motives for different tags... I've never seen a property of e, π, and i before, though.


Derp. You'll find some close-ups of bugs on a flower (including a wasp with very curly antennae) as well as the rest of the factory, and then some of the buildings across the river. I think they are all related, as a pipeline across the river connects them.

Friday, September 28, 2007

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

el Gato


Eh, I need some flash portraiture practice every now and then, right?

The kitteh am adorable.

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Cell phones killed them all!


Happy Birthday, Camera

Forgot about this one.

Mostly bugs

big bee
I haven't yet figured out what kind of bees these are; I've seen them twice, and they're about 3-4 times the size of a standard honeybee.

milkweed bugs
Milkweed bug nymphs in various stages of development were all over the place. Neat color.

I can't ID butterfiles at all, but this one was pretty cool.

Leftovers contain a kingfisher in flight (wow are they ever noisy), some more bees, a weird beetle thing, some crazy fly, and the biggest turtle I've seen in a while.

Friday, September 21, 2007

Night hornet


DA 50-200 with the 25mm tube and AF-360FGZ flash.

Why there's a single hornet pestering our door lamp, I don't know.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

A Study in Color

flowers on the mall

With the fisheye, 13mm f4.5 1/2500sec. Not the best composition, but I liked the contrast of pink and yellow and everything else. This is why I have extreme wide angle lenses, too - I wasn't all that far away from the flowers.

Saturday, September 15, 2007




My flash... apparently it stops doing preflash TTL exposure when the battery runs low enough. Neat feature, but I'm also ever so slightly past the intoxication limit that lets me remember to check my shutter speed. Most of the pictures of the cat have ghost ears or ghost tails because the shutter speed was too long.

Sunday, September 9, 2007

Lemur Laziness


This is what being a lemur is all about. The ring tailed lemurs do this on the ground, the red ruffed do it in the trees.

That's the male, whose name I've forgotten. He seems to have a darker coat, but he also has an ear tag.

Fun fact! The lemurs yell at each other to announce their territory after the building closes. Sometimes, this triggers the howler monkeys; I have yet to hear the howlers going off, though.

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Peeping Mantis


This plucky little fellow was spying on our web/IT coordinator person. I was told to come investigate, so I did. Turns out they don't like having red pens waved at them from behind glass. Not that it flew away, but it wasn't really ... well, I wouldn't describe it as happy, what with the retracting its front arms and shifting itself backward on the glass.

Monday, September 3, 2007

A free kick out of something


Notice anything wrong?

Here's what I wrote about it earlier, before I figured you would want to see it:

US 32 ceased to exist in 1934; it ran between Chicago and Council Bluffs, IA.

US 108 does not now exist, nor has it (apparently) ever existed.

Both of these highways, however, can be reached by turning right from the south end of Great Star Drive.


It's 63 degrees in the living room of the house I live in right now.

Open the hatch

hatch clasp

Grounded recon




I chose to go take legitimate pictures on NSA grounds. They have a small memorial garden for airborne reconnaissance pilots who lost their lives during the span of the Cold War with a C-130A (visible from MD 32, I think), an EA-3B, and an RU-8D on display. I took pictures around all of them.

Interesting aside: the C-130 still has its turboprops in place. You can see the exhaust portion of the turbine in the horribly exposed shot of the back of one of the engines. Apparently, they think they're going to need it again someday.

Saturday, September 1, 2007

Foundations of the river's past

stairs and a foundation

I found this stairway up off a maintenance road in the park today. Apparently, it was better made than whatever used to live behind it... what's interesting is to think of the anthropologic studies that will take place where I was standing today in a couple hundred years.


This is the river at the Daniels area of Patapsco Valley state park. There's a dam just downstream of here, hence the depth and slow flow. Some kids got thrown out for swimming, the park was crawling with people, and I didn't see much in the way of wildlife. Sky sure was nice, though.