Thursday, December 15, 2011

Some Signs Are Not As Clear As Others


This photo that I took December 6, 2011 of  a (cold-blooded) spotted salamander in the parking lot of Rite Aid in my corner of Western New York state is probably a sign of something (besides the obvious fact that I need to get a digital camera instead of relying on my crappy, outdated phone for pictures), I'm just not sure what.

(The fact that I've resorted to posting picture-based posts rather than more substantive ones two days in a row is definitely a sign that I'm having the kind of week that tends to hollow out my brain. Happily, today was the last day of my work week. Looking forward to recharging and catching up with visiting everyone else.)

10 comments:

  1. Yuck! That looks ... um .. *shivers*
    I don't like those things. I saw a huge one once, they freak me out. Weren't you scared?

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  2. Sometimes you can get some cool pictures from our crappy phone cameras - like this one :). Enjoy your time off work.

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  3. My husband claims to be cold-blooded, but I'd much rather cozy up to him than Slimy there!

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  4. And the fact that I haven't posted anything all week is an indication of the kind of week / month / year it has been here. And, guess what, photos can be cool too. I am in the middle of a piece (which I hope to post this weekend) entitled Through the Bike Mirror - it's based on photos I have taken of what I see in the bike mirror (and, yes, with my phone camera).

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  5. I have an odd affection for salamanders in spite of my general distaste for reptiles. I have a picture on my phone of a fillet of sole on the sidewalk near the library. I thought it was a human hand at first, but no. Just someone who had lost their sole.

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  6. I have a point-and-shoot digital camera that I bought a few years ago. It's a nice camera (I think it's a Canon) but now having experienced what I can do with an SLR, I'll be upgrading hopefully right after Christmas. So what kind you get depends on what you want to do with it.

    I <3 salamanders.

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  7. Thanks everyone for stopping by my non-post.

    Larissa--I WAS pretty startled to see one where I saw this one. And it was MUCH larger than I am used to seeing. (It was about eight and a half inches long.) They don't generally bug me much, though. I was more scared this one was going to get run over or stepped on (which I came very close to doing myself).

    SS--Lost soles. ;)

    Jane--I've been wanting a real-er camera for a while now...my sister has an SLR and does AMAZING things with it.

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  8. On the notion of a "real" camera: I have a real camera but have gotten discouraged and frustrated with many of the photos. I guess my heart isn't in it enough to take classes and get more knowledge and practice with it. I suspect if I had more discretionary time, I might be more willing to put more time into learning about all the things that see to come naturally to "real" photographers. I'm ready to toss the real camera to craigslist in favor of a good quality point and shoot.

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  9. Youngest Sister12/19/11, 7:13 PM

    For the salamander thing, I think once you've seen your grandmother's kitchen sink cough one up (alive), you pretty much don't worry about them.

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  10. YS--That's the TRUTH! I had forgotten all about that little issue. The best part about it (and by best I mean most disturbing) was the noise: gurgle, glug, POP!, sputter. Ugh.

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