Tuesday, 11 January 2011

Day 365: Diana Monkey

I wanted to end on a totally awesome photo.  It's pretty hard to plan these things though.  Luckily, it was a lovely sunny day and I decided a trip to the zoo was in order.  Unfortunately, I didn't get out as quickly as I would have liked and so there was limited daylight.  And I don't think this is the most perfect photo ever.  But do I like it and it symbolises getting out the house, going to the zoo, having a great time watching the rhinos playing, watching this monkey clinging onto the ends of very bouncy branches and managing to not fall, very nearly landing on my bum after doing a cartoon slide on ice next to the red river hog enclosure, watching the sun bears trying to get into coconuts and, best of all, finding out that the two new Bali Starlings are offspring of the existing pair.  So aside from it being a nicely posed photo, the sunlight being in pretty much the right place and the background being nice and natural, this photo is awesome because of the day I had.

Monday, 10 January 2011

Day 364: Tasty!

I cooked dinner tonight!  It was fajitas and nachos and it seemed to take me an awfully long time.  Before you say anything, no, that wasn't because I spent ages taking photos.  I just took a few quickly at points where I didn't need to do anything other than make sure I wasn't burning it!  I'm quite impressed by how well the photo turned out.  Makes me hungry all over again, but maybe that's just because I know how good it tasted :-)

Sunday, 9 January 2011

Day 363: African Sunset In Scotland

I am seriously running out of names for sunset photos!  They are fantastically photographable though and can make any bad photo day or lack of inspiration day better.  My dad thought this sunset looked like it should have had a giraffe walking through it and I think I agree!

Saturday, 8 January 2011

Day 362: Memorial

We didn't have that much time but we went to the beach this afternoon.  The sun set pretty quickly and it got very cold once it did but it was enough to get us along Skateraw beach and out the rocks a bit and back.  This memorial is on the grass on the point and
 I know I have read the inscription before, but I didn't think to this time and consequently can't tell you what it is for - oops.  Certainly it makes a striking silhouette in the sunset.  We also came across the most awesome rock ever.  It's a brick and, I suspect, would have had the name of the place it was made stamped into it but it is so much more awesome to think it's a stone that says URGH!  Maybe we would say the same after we had been in the sea for years.  I very much wanted to bring it home but I left it.  This time.  If I ever see it again I will have it!

Friday, 7 January 2011

Day 361: After Eights

I love After Eight mints.  I had no inspiration today and somehow found it whilst eating chocolate.  I like this kind of inspiration.  I like it a lot.

Thursday, 6 January 2011

Day 360: Ness Bunnies

Awwwwww!  I was in charge of acquiring these two for my cousin and I wish that didn't mean I had to send them away!  They are so sweet.  I do wish I'd thought to move that purple blanket in the background - oh well, too late now!

Wednesday, 5 January 2011

Day 359: Hairspray

Guess where I was tonight?!  I was at the Playhouse with friends to see Hairspray.  It seems I'm one of the few people who has never really heard anything about Hairspray before and I didn't do any research beforehand.  I wasn't sure if I should have but when we got there one of my friends said he thought it was better not to know what it was about.  I mostly went because I think I have only been to the theatre once and hey, it should be fun!  Certainly it would be an experience.  I'm not really into musicals as such but I did really enjoy it and I'm influenceable enough that I wish I could sing and dance ;-)  Now I want to get the film and see what it's like...

Tuesday, 4 January 2011

Day 358: Avenue

I went for a walk with my friend today through the forest.  It was a nice walk but a very dull day so the photo opportunities were few and far between.  This is ok but it's not what it could have been on a nice sunny day.  In fact the sun completely let us down today.  There was a partial solar eclipse in progress at sunrise.  Me and my dad went off in search of a good horizon to watch it from but with no real hope of seeing it since we were looking at a blanket of grey cloud.
There were breaks in it but few and far between and more overhead than near the horizon.  We did actually manage to get a glimpse of it but only once the moon had pretty much left the disk of the sun (the notch on the left hand side is the moon).  I managed to get a photo, which sucks, but is a minor miracle considering the conditions and how few people around us saw anything at all.  What's even cooler is that the smudge on the disk is not, in fact, muck on my sensor as I had feared when I first looked at the photo, but a sunspot.  The photo was taken through cloud and Baader film - I don't think I really need to tell you it's not safe to look directly at the sun since it should have been hammered into you since you were a kid, and if you got as far as this without knowing then I'm not sure how you're reading this.  The saying amongst astronomers is you can only look at the sun through a telescope twice - once with the right eye and once with the left.  Or if you're using binoculars, only once!

Monday, 3 January 2011

Day 357: Under The Floor

My dad was under the floor today - I thought he looked like he was playing at being a miner!

Sunday, 2 January 2011

Day 356: Ham

We had ham for dinner!  It was really good and I realised that it looked good too when I passed the oven and had a look at it cooking.  I've never really tried photographing food before.  It always struck me as the sort of thing you would usually need better lighting for and rather a lot of self restraint!  I took photos of the meat quickly while it was sat waiting for my dad to carve it.  Normally everyone is either out the kitchen because they are in the way or if they are in the kitchen they are doing something to get the dinner ready.  I certainly wouldn't be the type of person to ruin a meal by setting up lighting and taking photos of it until it was cold!  But it is kind of pleasing to be able to take a photo of something and make it look as yummy as it was.

Saturday, 1 January 2011

Day 355: New Year's Resolutions

As you can see, Aaron's New Year's resolution was to eat more rawhide and he let us know as much the minute he got in the house.  He is far from subtle when he wants something!  And he doesn't half pull some funny faces :-)