Greetings and salutations, everyone; yes, once again it is I, Mani the purebred border collie, filling in for the guy I live with, and here to bring you up to date on, well, not much of anything at all. You may remember me from such not-much-of-anything-type posts as “Nothing Again Nothing”, among at least a few others.
Here I am in a characteristic pose.Pretty cool how the setting sun lights up the arbor, isn’t it?Not much has been happening here, lately. There are some crocuses in flower (though they close when the sun goes down).I was out in the “way back”, too. The guy I live with has been taking most of the pictures as the sun is going down, because we’ve been having some excellent sunsets, like the one a couple of evenings ago.But speaking of crocuses, this one, Crocus tournefortii, does not close at night. This was taken during the day, of course. The guy I live with posted a picture of it on Facebook, four stacked images, and he only realized the images were out of alignment (because he moved the camera for one picture) after he posted it, so here is one of the originals.
The crocuses and other bulbs get their pictures taken with the DSLR and are processed in Lightroom (mostly just cropping and fiddling around with the exposure); most of the blog pictures are taken with the point-and-shoot and not processed at all.This is the misaligned one, if you cared about such things. You can see how there’s a kind of “ghost image” at the edge of the petals. Obviously the original was better.
There is a muskrat in the canal. The guy I live with wanted to get its picture, but only saw it swimming underwater, or the ripples it made as it hid from us as we walked by. I wasn’t paying any attention at all.
A couple of days ago the guy I live with saw the muskrat happily paddling in the canal, but didn’t have his camera.
I looked over here, some. The guy I live with said that the muskrat lived in the water. I still felt like looking up here. It was really driving the guy I live with crazy. We’d be walking along, and there would be the muskrat and then it would disappear.
On our way back home this evening we stopped and looked back where we came from, and there was the muskrat. See it there? Just its head. It was swimming from left to right across the canal. So at least now we have proof that there’s a muskrat living in the canal. If there’s more talk about a muskrat, this is what we’ll mean, rather than some imaginary muskrat.
Until next time, then.