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A bird and a reflection

I’m not sure what the bird in the pho­to above is; any­one know? It’s a wad­ing bird of some kind, spot­ted down on 1st Street North near the riv­er.

Here’s a larg­er ver­sion of the pic­ture, in case that helps.

Update: Accord­ing to my sis­ter, who I think is cor­rect, it’s a blue heron.

Also on 1st Street North near the riv­er: a lamp­post reflect­ed in a pool.

Series: Bike Ride Photos

The entire series: Down by the riv­er; Bike ride birds; The ex-gar­den and the weir; Snap­shots of a ride; Across Town; Black­bird; North Hill cam­pus; Lilacs and coun­try roads; A pop of colour; Back lane flow­ers; More Breniz­ers; The riv­er is high; A bird and a reflec­tion.

A tale of two skies

Orange sky through the trees

We did­n’t get the worst of last night’s storms. There was some light­ning and thun­der, a lit­tle bit of rain, and a 2½ hour pow­er out­age, but we caught the edge of the storm as it went by.

We did get some inter­est­ing skies, though.

Orange SkyPurple-grey sky

The river is high

Panorama from the bridge

But I guess 155mm of rain in a sin­gle day—honestly, in about 6 hours—and then anoth­er, what, 30mm in about half an hour a cou­ple days lat­er will do that.

Tak­en on a 20km bike ride on Cana­da Day.

Panorama from the bridge

The white lines in the image above show rough­ly where the water should be.

Series: Bike Ride Photos

The entire series: Down by the riv­er; Bike ride birds; The ex-gar­den and the weir; Snap­shots of a ride; Across Town; Black­bird; North Hill cam­pus; Lilacs and coun­try roads; A pop of colour; Back lane flow­ers; More Breniz­ers; The riv­er is high; A bird and a reflec­tion.

Light show

Lightning

Last night, about 11:30 PM, I set up my cam­era in the spare room upstairs, to try and catch some light­ning dur­ing the storm.

The head­er image above is a com­pos­ite of about 15 frames where I cap­tured light­ning bolts. Below are two of the indi­vid­ual frames.

And here’s a video of the whole show (10s frames at 6 frames a sec­ond means that one sec­ond of video rep­re­sents one minute of real time).

More Brenizers

Brandon University

Before it got too hot today (34°C again, with a humidex of 38), I hopped on my bike. I took it easy—it was already about 25°C at 9:30 in the morning—and I took some pho­tos of BU.

I also took a few more Breniz­er-style panora­mas, as prac­tice. One did­n’t turn out, but three seemed all right. (There’s some weird­ness to the pole behind the deer stat­ue, but I’m post­ing it any­ways.)

As always: if you want prints of any of the pho­tos, here or else­where on my site, let me know.

Series: Bike Ride Photos

The entire series: Down by the riv­er; Bike ride birds; The ex-gar­den and the weir; Snap­shots of a ride; Across Town; Black­bird; North Hill cam­pus; Lilacs and coun­try roads; A pop of colour; Back lane flow­ers; More Breniz­ers; The riv­er is high; A bird and a reflec­tion.

Tonight’s sunset

Sunset, Jun. 27

There’s a sun­rise and a sun­set every sin­gle day, and they’re absolute­ly free. Don’t miss so many of them.

Jo Wal­ton

Today was hot. Like, “Hot enough for ya?” hot. 34°C. Thank­ful­ly, it was­n’t super humid, but it still was­n’t heat I want­ed to spend any sig­nif­i­cant time in.

Then the clouds rolled in, and we had a brief thun­der­show­er. After­wards, the light was that weird gold­en colour.

I just stepped out­side, about ten min­utes ago, to see if the storm had leached any of the heat out of the air. It’s still warm, but it’s not “Hot enough for ya?” hot any­more.

The clouds, though, were love­ly. So I stepped back inside and grabbed my cam­era, and took the pho­to above.

1/320s, 50mm, f/1.8, ISO 100.

Last night

The Milky Way

Tak­en on a side road just off High­way #10, about 15 min­utes south of my house, at about 1:30 AM.

14 pho­tos, each 25 sec­onds, 3200 ISO, 11mm, f/2.8. Stitched with Hug­in.

96 images in the time­lapse above, each one 25 sec­onds @ 11mm, f/2.8, ISO 3200. The video took almost an hour to shoot, and, at 10 frames per sec­ond, lasts about 10 sec­onds.

Who is the Black Beast?

Red-winged blackbird

Some time ago, I start­ed writ­ing a short sto­ry, which at that point was titled “The Lake in the Library”. In its neb­u­lous first lines, it fea­tured a librar­i­an, a library, and a lake in that library. Oh, and a lake mon­ster of some sort.

Lat­er, I had more ideas for the sto­ry, and a theme came to me like a bolt from the blue. I excised the lake and the lake mon­ster, not with­out regret. (There’s no guar­an­tee they won’t reap­pear; the sto­ry is very dreamy, in the lit­er­al sense of the word.)

Con­tin­ue read­ing “Who is the Black Beast?”

Back lane flowers

I spot­ted some love­ly flow­ers in a back lane on today’s bike ride. Since I had my cam­era, I stopped and snapped some pho­tos. Enjoy!

Series: Bike Ride Photos

The entire series: Down by the riv­er; Bike ride birds; The ex-gar­den and the weir; Snap­shots of a ride; Across Town; Black­bird; North Hill cam­pus; Lilacs and coun­try roads; A pop of colour; Back lane flow­ers; More Breniz­ers; The riv­er is high; A bird and a reflec­tion.