[imitating Walter Cronkite]
Adrian Cronauer: I just want to begin by saying to Roosevelt E. Roosevelt, what it is, what it shall be, what it was. The weather out there today is hot and shitty with continued hot and shitty in the afternoon. Tomorrow a chance of continued crappy with a pissy weather front coming down from the north. Basically, it’s hotter than a snake’s ass in a wagon rut.
I saw a comic yesterday of two devils standing in the fires of hell reading a newspaper. The caption read: Yes, I was afraid of this. America’s hotter.
Made me giggle.
We are feeling the heat. Didn’t leave my house for three days. When I finally did I was in the heat ten minutes before I was struggling to keep my lunch in my stomach where it belonged and NOT all over the interior of Peter’s car. I acclimated eventually but Gods! This morning, the wind has shifted to the north and the weather people are promising a drop in temps and humidity some time in the next few days. I hope so. I would like to turn off my a/c, open some windows and let some fresh air blow through. Let my electric bill take a small breather.
So what do I have for you today? Pictures of trees, fish, the moon and an improbable duck. Not necessarily in that order. *chuckles* And, as usual, most of my pictures were taken at a beach on Lake Huron.
Let’s get to it!
I took several pictures of the last sunset of the first half of the year. I’ll share my favourites.
There was a large family reunion of… I’d guess Armenians….on the beach. They threw off a lot of energy, Anna would have loved them. *laughs* They were fun to watch.
Yesterday we made a stop at the beach to *ahem* cool our heels in the beach. (Peter made the joke, we both thought it was quite amusing. We were tired. 😀 ) And as we were walking from the parking lot to the water I saw a bunch of gulls clustered around something. They kind of looked like they were eating but they were all getting along. The two things are generally mutually exclusive. Gulls fight over food.
We eventually came upon the reason for their little party…
Yes, I’m aware it’s also really rather disgusting.
Two last pictures. One I took on the way home from Peter’s in the last week. He pulled over and angled the car so I could take the picture without getting out and standing in the long, bug-and-who-knows-what-else infested grasses. I absolutely love this photo. It’s on the panoramic setting with the sunset at our backs.
Oh, I lied. There are two more pics I wanted to share. I will save my favourite for last.
With these two pics I couldn’t decide which to post because I like them both for different reasons.
First, the over-exposed. We were waiting for a friend to pic her son up from camp (we’d driven her) and parked in the shade beside a small forest. I leaned out the car window, looking up to snap this pic…
I did take a second stab at it:
Okay, last picture.
Okay, the eclectic collection of photos is over and now it’s time to talk about NaNo.
Normally I wouldn’t talk about my ideas for NaNo but normally I don’t have any ideas until… oh… October 27th.
Oh! Right! “What is NaNo?”
NaNo is short for NaNoWriMo – National Novel Writing Month. It’s held every November without fail, hosted by the Office of Letters and Light. It’s a wonderful challenge for writers, young and old, new and seasoned. Fifty thousand words in a month.
I failed the last two years, due to unforseen circumstances (and having one idea I wasn’t totally into didn’t help). Last year I was challenged to do something outside my usual genre. D challenged me to a western. I was doing fairly well (after some studying of the genre and realizing that ‘western’ didn’t mean Old West… Firefly is a western) but things came up, I got sick, I got sick again. And, as much as my daughter REALLY liked the story – some day I will finish it for her – I just couldn’t do it.
This year I’m trying a departure too. It will NOT be paranormal. It will be a fantasy/mystery instead. Hostile corporate take overs, sabotage, twists on old mythologies for the characters and plot. It’ll be fun. Tomorrow I’ll tell you more about it.
Have a great weekend folks!
****** A note:
Val M says
mr professional photographer says the ring around the sun and the banding in your photos is because of the conversion from raw film to jpeg images that happens when a photo is saved on you memory card
Thank you James!