Mollie’s marvelous magical macro madness… part 1…

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While we were at my wife’s aunt and uncle’s house, north of San Diego, I followed my daughter Mollie… now in her second year of college… around, while she took some shots with my camera using the macro lens. That isn’t a starfish. It is a star sewn on an American flag.

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A super-close-up of the stitching on the flag.

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I think that is a big clay frog that sits on the front porch. The little hair might even be an eyelash.

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The teeth on a saw.

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Part of a flower.

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Ummm… that might be the plastic bristles on a broom?

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And that could be aunt Sharon’s straw gardening hat? I should have spent less time looking lovingly at my daughter and paid more attention to what she was taking pictures of.

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But it looks like a hat to me… maybe.

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That is the cool thing about macro photography.

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When you get really close to things, the look different.

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It is a whole new, weird world down at that level.

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Like, who knew that the side of a car tire was so interesting?

 

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Shootin’ nature with a Canon… part 2…

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Just some more random photos, like that woodpecker.

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And I am rather proud of my butterfly shots.

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They don’t sit still for very long. You need to be quick.

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The same is true of hummingbirds.

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I seem to have been in a hurry. The feeder rim is more in focus that the bird. HA!

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More of those old Native American acorn-grinding holes, filled with rainwater and oak leaves.

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Dragonflies are really hard to get good pictures of.

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A nuthatch.

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Some finches.

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They aren’t all in focus, but that photo has two finches, a woodpecker, and a nuthatch, all at once. I had to sit very still for a long time for that one.

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A butterfly just taking flight… or butterflight. HA!

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Man, I love my zoom lens.

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Shootin’ nature with a Canon… part 1…

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Today, my wife, my daughter Mollie… who came back from college for the weekend… and I went to Fallbrook… about 30 miles North of San Diego, and spent the day.  We visited my wife’s aunt and uncle. I brought my camera… the Canon… hence, the clever name of this series.

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Mollie and I had fun with the camera. I brought the zoom lens. I have pictures of butterflies and birds.

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But that isn’t all. I also brought the macro lenses, so get ready for some really-close-up pictures of… uh… stuff…

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Okay, that isn’t actually nature, it is part of a glass fish, I think. But fishes are nature, right?

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I even managed to get a dragonfly to sit still.

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Two finches playing ‘heads or tails’.

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Moss on granite. Wait for the macro photos of moss. It is trippy.

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A big turkey vulture.

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We brought our dogs. They drank rain water out of some very old Native American acorn grinding pits.

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I am not sure Shiloh thought that was the best water she ever drank.

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See, when you look at moss really close up, it looks like some other kind of plant… or something.

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Anyway, I have a lot of weird photos that Mollie and I took. I will intersperse them with other weird posts… because, you know, I have crack squirrels living in my head.

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Trippin’ in… uh… I mean ON Amsterdam… part 8…

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It’s me… in Amsterdam. Oh man, I crack me up.

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Dear climate change deniers, here is why seeing snow in the winter doesn’t mean global warming is a hoax… a very simple explanation…

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Okay, try to follow along with this. Putting pollution in our air is like putting fast food in your body. One cheeseburger with bacon will not kill you. Neither will one deep-fried Twinkie. But, if you eat enough bad food for a long enough time, you will start to get sick. You won’t be healthy anymore.

But, and here is the tricky part, so pay attention; the fat doesn’t actually kill you directly… unless you choke on some chili fries. But your arteries will start to get plugged up with gunk. This can make your heart stop. Or, you might get diabetes from all the sugar, and that might kill you. This is called ’cause and effect’. Don’t let the big words scare you. All it means is that, over the years, the bad things you put in your body build up and start to make you unhealthy.

The same thing is happening to our planet. But, just like the burger doesn’t kill you directly, the same is true of the pollution. Another example of this whole ’cause and effect’ thing is when you see snow outside your house in the winter. The earth is big. When parts of it warm up, that cause air to move… (that is how wind is made),.. and ocean currents to warm up. When lots of warm air or water moves, sometimes that cause the places that it left to get colder. Once again; ’cause and effect’.

Water and air moving around the planet is what we call ‘weather’. The more the water and air move and get warmer or colder, the worse the weather is. Global warming can make some parts of the world colder. I know, it is hard to believe, but you believe some other really stupid crap, so just think about it.

When those annoying ‘science people’ with all their fancy, elitist book learning and fancy-ass schools say ‘global warming’, they don’t actually mean that it will never be cold anywhere ever again on this planet we all live on. They just mean that mostly, in a lot of places, it is getting warmer. And this is making a lot of ice in some of the cold places melt. And this is making the oceans deeper, which means that anybody living near the ocean is in trouble.

And even if, and this is unlikely, you live on a tall hill in Kansas, that ‘bad weather’ and the ’cause and effect’ things we talked about, can make more tornadoes.

Any way you look at it, pumping pollution into the same air we breathe and water we drink does seem like a bad idea, right?

So stop acting like deregulation is a victory. That is like shooting yourself in the foot and then bragging that you are a good shot.

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Famous men… as famous women… part 8… the tRump boys as those creepy twins from ‘The Shining’… which makes them way more creepy…

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Now that one cracks me up.

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Trippin’ in… uh… I mean ON Amsterdam… part 7…

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One view of Amsterdam, a handful of Photoshop filters… and you have a family-friendly acid trip!

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Or, maybe this is better…

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