Do You See What I See?

I hesitate to write about our [from here] 80% solar eclipse.  Others have posted pix that put my efforts to shame.  Nevertheless, here’s what I captured with a tea strainer for a pin-hole camera:


This image was projected onto our pebble-surfaced kitchen floor.  This technique was going to work, and I had over 20 minutes to max coverage.  I rose to find a sheet of white paper.  The sky grew dark.  A bank of huge dark clouds had rolled in.  The show was cancelled.

Of Bats and Birds

I was coming home from a meeting last week.  The sun had set and the sky overhead was nearly dark.  I came to a spot in the road with lots of trees on both sides.  As I approached, I could see flying bats stuffing themselves with insects.

After arriving home, I stepped out the back door.  As I watched, a pair of bats were sweeping the between our house and barn for insects.  I enjoy watching them fly in their zigzag pattern.

I’ve searched on other evenings since, but have not had the good fortune of seeing them again.

The next day, I sat here in the office at my computer.  My eye caught some movement in Sylvia’s flower garden.  It was a pair of hummingbirds battling for dominance over a yucca plant.  They sure are feisty fellows.

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About Chuck

I am retired after a career in electronics and in publishing. Today, my wife of 50+ years, Sylvia, and I live in a house on a hill beside a dirt road in rural west Michigan. We enjoy living in this country environment where livestock and wild life out number the human population.

9 thoughts on “Do You See What I See?

  1. Sure is an interesting eclipse picture !! We were traveling at the time thru a hilly , forested area but could see sunshine along the way, but suddenly it turned rather dark for a minute or so, and then suddenly the sun was bright again. We said “Oh, that must have been it”…. As we came into a little town, people were standing around, some still looking skyward and had their special glasses in hand.

  2. Your eclipse picture is an amazing demonstration of photography as art. I saw the total eclipse but did not get pictures. I’m not a photographer.

    I’ve never seen bats feeding but I enjoy watching hummingbirds fuss over one blossom on a plant or over one port on a feeder. No sharing!

    • Shortly after sunset is prime time for bat viewing. Look around the edges of trees–at least that’s where I tend to see them.

      Humming birds visit you. They say there is not a square foot of land in the USA that they don’t visit. We used to put out a feeder with sugar water for them.

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