birds

Things that happened

Well I decided I have been spending too much time in front of the computer doing electronick things, so I went out today in the sunshine and had a very cheerful day. I bikled down to the reservoir again (where I got the super pictures of swans ekcetera before) and did lots more photergraphy. So there will be pictures later. I saw our friend the pochard again, and even got some long-lens surveillance shots of the shy and retiring great crested grebe.

I took the opportunity to try out the super camera backpack I bought from my friend Mike. It has a regular backpack area, but also a separate watertight compartmint with foam padding and dividers for your camera and lenses and all the little rings, filters, batteries, flashcards, wotsits, doodads, and gewgaws that photographers seem to insist on carrying around. It is specially meant for people who like cycling and also like photography, and like cycling on their cycle to places where they can take photographs. And have a back. It is almost like they know me (or my friend Mike).

Anyway it is a magic backpack as although it looks a regular size on the outside, it is massive inside and has got room for a DSLR, 18-55mm lens, 30mm lens, 70-200mm lens, monopod, macro set, 2 litre bottles of finest wheat beer, a baking potato, a bag of ready-made salad, 2 packets of mini poppadoms, a cheesy roll, warm gloves, emergency Google “I’m feeling lucky” T-shirt, a packet of Penn State pretzels, and David Guterson’s Snow Falling On Cedars. So that is jolly good as by chance that is exactly the things that I needed to carry in it today.

It was a lovely evening down by the water and I spent hours admiring the birds dipping and cavorting, incarnadined by the dying rays of vermilion sun (good writing). There was swans and coots and mallards and the aforementioned pochard and grebe and tufted ducks and moorhens and herring gulls and Canada geese and crows and blackbirds. So it does not get any better than that really.

A blackbird yesterday

Nurse! The screens!

I have had my new eyes fitted today. I was quite pleased as they give you a little training session on how to put contact lenses in and take them out and such like, and the nice optician lady said I was really good at it! I got the knack of it pretty quickly. The only thing is it is a bit weird messing with your eyes like that. But it is fine.

So it is a strange experience to be wandering around seeing things clearly without your glasses. I kept gazing around vaguely and smiling at people, which clearly worried them as they hurried past, hunching their shoulders against the rain and staring blankly at the pavement with their mean, pinched faces (good writing).

Now I am thinking of having a quiet night in with a wheat beer and maybe some Penn State pretzels and a movie! If anyone would like to join me then he or she were welcome (grammer), especially if he, she, it or they bring some popcorn.

I have been quite sad lately due to some things, especially an amusing misunderstanding over St Valenteen’s Day. Still there is always exciting new computer things to learn, eg Puppet, and Emacs, and intresting photographs to take eg like on my Flickr. And last night a beautiful blackbird was singing outside my window and you cannot help but think that things are all right basically when there are such as blackbirds around.