Sunday, September 20, 2009


The South has been getting drenched for the last week or so.  Today was particularly bad.  My hometown, Rossville, Georgia, has gotten 4 1/2 inches of rain today, about equal to the average rainfall for the entire month of September.  When that happens, the Chattanooga Creek tends to jump out of its banks.  Here are a few pics from the neighborhood...


Wading Down the Road

Flooded Park

Playground Flood

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Ellipsis Photo Shoot: Bugs

The topic of the latest Ellipsis Photo Shoot is Bugs...
Ants, Cockroaches, Beetles, Sow Bugs, Earwigs, Pincher Bugs, Bees, Wasps, Fire Flies, Snails, Slugs, Banana Slugs, Spiders, Scorpions... no matter who you are, one of these things probably BUGS you. So, grab your cameras this week, and photograph the BUG and share it with us!
This week's photo shoot comes at an inopportune time.  I had just removed a wasp nest from the old homeplace and stupidly didn't think to take any shots of it before the removal.  And while bugs are always around, I didn't really find any interesting bugs to work with this week.  So as much as I hate to do it, it's back to the old archives for these pictures of butterflies.  Interestingly (or maybe not), these pictures come from the same trip to the Tennessee Aquarium as the last Ellipsis Photo Shoot .  Yes, they do have a Butterfly Garden there.


Butterflies and Fruit

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Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Ellipsis Photo Shoot: Archived Photos

At Ellipsis Carly wants to see archived photos...
EMPS #54: Archived Photos.
I have a super easy assignment for you this week... ARCHIVED PHOTOS. Here's what I want you to do. Climb into your ARCHIVES and choose a photo which you haven't displayed before and share it with us. Any subject will do, as long as it is family friendly. The only condition is that it has to be older then a month, and has not been displayed.

Extra Credit: Tell us about the photo. Where did you take it? Why did you take it? Was there something difficult about the experience?

Here's a trio of photos taken at the Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga back in April...


This picture of a shark swimming amongst a school of little fish seems a little odd. I don't know why it turned out like it did, but it's got sort of a cool quality to it.

Weird Fish

I think this guy is a weedy seadragon, a close relative of the seahorse. (At least I remember them being displayed together in the same area.) Yes, this is actually a fish. He makes good use of camouflage to avoid being eaten. Let's just hope he doesn't run into a vegetarian-type fish because he looks like a floating salad.


This guy here is just too cool. You have to be when you're pink and black.

Taking pictures of fish at an aquarium is not an easy task. You're in the dark, shooting through glass. It is very hard to avoid big flash spots in your photos -- a task I failed to accomplish in the first two photos.

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