Bowling in the rain

Not the exciting 10-pin version. The oldiewonk bowling green version. Great fun though and a top three finish in our first ever four week long bowling league, but I wouldn’t advise doing it in tonight’s weather (careful now).

Orthographic rain stretched rather too far away from the mountain, meaning that everything was mildly damp. It wasn’t quite the sunshine and GnT funfest we’d signed up for. And who knew that you had to allow for wind when bowling?

Still: nothing ventured, nothing gained. It was fun. Nice people. And I have a few cheap bottles of wine for our troubles.

Give it twenty years or so and I might be a more regular bowler. For now, though: football, while I still can.

Fall

The latest from Seafret, with a new album on the way in the new year.

This is Fall:

World War One video, popping into the present day from time to time for striking colour and narrative.
Decent.

Also, arguably even more decent: the acoustic version.

Things we need to talk about

It’s an unusual phrase, “The elephant in the room”, isn’t it? I mean, it works in some ways, because it’s something that everyone is fully aware of – how could you not notice an elephant in a room? – but if there was an actual elephant in a room I was in, I would probably want to do something about it. Like quite possibly leave the room. Elephants don’t belong in rooms and therefore, an elephant in a room is likely to be rather pissed off.

And after this week, The giraffe in the safari vehicle.

Although, we’ve talked about the dangers of giraffes before on here, haven’t we?

Bird tracks

Whether they’re slithering, hopping or walking, animals leave tracks wherever they walk in the sand or on the earth. Equally, you can follow birds this way while they’re on land, but as soon as they take off, their path becomes invisible. Well, until now January 2018 at least, when photographer Barcelona-based photographer Xavi Bou decided to make them appear, through the magic of technology.

…he chose to work with a video camera, from which he extracts high-resolution photographs. After he films the birds in motion, Bou selects a section of the footage and layers the individual frames into one image.

The results are pretty amazing:

A herring gull flies over flamingos in Spain.

 

Fulmars and Puffins around a sea stack in Iceland.

 

I love the way that on that second image, you can actually look at the shape of the track and see which bird it belongs to: the near-effortless, near-gliding of the Fulmars versus the frantic, almost desperate efforts of the puffins.

There are more images on that link above and you should go and see them.

They are remarkable, not just for the fluidity and grace of the movement, but also because it’s a completely different way of viewing something that we all see every day. Additionally for me, the juxtaposition of static objects and wildly mobile bird tracks in these two images is especially good.

 

Photo credits: Xavi Bou

Sting

Another lovely day down at the Southern Tip. I moved some braai wood this morning to find this feisty little fellow:

I’ll update the image when I upload it to Flickr. [Note to self – update the image when you upload it to Flickr.] Yeah, yeah – I did this. [really cool Flickr link]

It’s a Opistophthalmus capensis. But of course you knew that already. Nasty, painful sting, (which he was more than ready to use) but not medically important.

So I was fairly safe while talking my photo.

Footnote: We also found a Parabuthus capensis the night before. [phone pic]

(I was a bit more careful with that one.)