Saturday, August 1, 2009

Day in Pics - Rainbow, Clouds, Moon and Bat

Some pictures that I took today...


I found this rainbow along Route 301 in Upper Marlboro toward the end of the day.




Rainbow over 7's. A complete arch was visible, but I couldn't find a good place to take a shot. I took this one while waiting at a stop light on 301. Since I had some time on my hands, I decided to find the end of the rainbow. It turned out to be the drive-thru window of Duffy's Wine and Spirits in Waysons Corner.



Some interesting clouds.


With the moon in the background...



The moon was bright, but not full. I tried to take a picture through the trees in my backyard. Looks like I've got to experiment some more with this one.



It's been a long project of mine to snap a picture of a bat in my yard, and believe it or not, this is the best one so far. The lighting is a challenge, and the bats move so quickly and erratically. This bat was probably 30 feet up in the air. I took a wide shot, and then cropped the picture. This represents 1% of the total picture. It looks a little like a Loch Ness Monster sighting.


video

I had better luck taking a video of the bats. I tried chasing them with the camera, so it's a little like watching the Blair Witch Project. If you turn up the sound, you can hear the crickets as well as The Crayfish playing at the Whitehall Pool & Tennis Club annual crab feast. The Crayfish features Bowie City Councilman Jimmy Marcos on drums. Can you tell what early 80s hit they are playing? Click here for the answer.

2 comments:

  1. Tempted - a great song! I had to cheat because I couldn't hear it under the crickets. I like your bat photo. It kind of looks like a UFO.

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  2. Cyndy, I always think the bat photos will come out better than they do. When I take the picture with the flash, I can see the bat clearly, but the camera can't auto-focus on something it can't see. So I have a lot of pictures that are just black.

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