22 Aug 11. While talking to a couple of friends today I heard comments about how sunny and hot our weather has been for the past couple of days - YEAH!!!!! Finally something akin to summer has arrived; how long it will stay I have no idea, but for the past couple of weeks I've had the feeling that we were already entering into the fall season, so a wee bit of summer is appreciated. Nonetheless, the comments about the warm weather made me think back to some of the earlier "summer" rains and the accumulation of water drops on some of the local flora. So I thought a selection from some of those shots might be appropriate for this brief spell of summer weather and this one is of what I think is a variety of dandelion, since I believe I saw yellow headed stalks a few days earlier, but I wouldn't go to the bank on it. Whatever it is, it did a very nice job of collecting the rain drops. Fortunately, I was able to sit on the deck and shoot from a relatively dry location as the rain poured down all around the house. ISO 200; 1/160 sec @ f / 5.6.
23 Aug 11. A goal prior to departing the long term stay across the Sound and the house wiring was to get a couple usable images of the neon sign hanging in a window in the Hansville grocery. Thursday was my last opportunity, the weather was perfect, and I decided it was a now or never type (not in reality - the store isn't going away) situation and so I left some good company and conversation and went outside to shoot. The moment I exited to the outside I was almost awestruck by a 3/4 harvest moon rising above the water's surface and lighting the Sound with an orange stripe. I hurried to my "room" to get the camera and set it up for a long exposure series of shots. By the time I had everything fully set up the moon was a considerable way up the horizon, not nearly so big and a fair amount brighter. But not all that bright that the harvest orange color was lost, but now bright enough that two exposures were necessary to capture the scene. As I was looking at the moon I was quite surprised to see how much it looked like it was just pasted in front of the clouds, and you will see such in the image. Not sure what has caused this "look", but it helped to make it a very impressive sight. ISO 200; 4 sec @ f /10 for the city lights and 1/8 sec @ f /10 for the moon. Just a 6 stop range but enough that no single shot worked; may have to try this with an HDR approach next time I have this small a range.