A walk in the woods.

Well, our guests have gone back home.  I had a really wonderful time with them.   I took many photos during our visit, but have not yet sorted through them.

Today, I went to the woods for some photos of birds.  Doray and I headed out at about 7:45am.  It was chilly, for a change.

We stalked them.  Or they stalked us.  Not sure who won.  But we did get a few good bird shots.   I have been playing with longer exposure shots of moving water.  I like this one.  You can see water bending around the leaves and the rocks in the stream, and the flow of the water.

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Wheee!

We went toobing today on the San Marcos. It’s always a great time – we try to make it out there at least once every summer. It’s funny, all the toobing photos from every year look like exactly the same trip. 🙂
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Stumped.

Close to shore.

Today we headed out to the lake: Monte and I, Julie, Rachel and Rachel W.  We schlepped everything down, piled aboard, and sailed out of the cove.  We beached ashore in Arky South.  There were lots of boats out today.

The air and water temps are getting just right.  Whew, HOT!

We floated for quite awhile.  Long enough to watch the boats come in to tie up for the raft-up.

We made it back to the marina before sunset, and then home in time to fall asleep on the couch after dinner.

A good time was had by all!

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Hot water.

I made crepes for breakfast.  Always delicious!  As I was getting the pan ready, I flicked water into it to see if it was at the right temperature.  As the water danced and sizzled, I thought I would try to capture some of that later in a picture.

So after breakfast I set up my camera on a tripod next to the stovetop and gave it a try.  The water was moving too fast for my little camera to get a good shot.  I tried several different things.   I have an ISO 3200 setting, so I tried that and was able to capture a few clearer images.  I had quite a bit of water in the pan by this time, but it still looked cool.

A single image didn’t show much, so I looked on the web for a tool to create animated GIFs quickly and found Picasion.com.  It is a web-based tool that will upload up to 10 images, convert them to a GIF, and then give you the URL to the resulting file.   The animation above is the result.

So.  There ya go.  A creative way to waste a half hour or so.  🙂

Well, it wasn’t completely wasted.  Now I know how to display animated gifs on my wordpress.com-hosted blog.  The trick was to upload and insert it into my post without scaling it down, not display it at less than full size.   So, before I created the gif, I reduced the size of the images to make each one smaller.  Then I made the gif.  Then uploaded and attached it.  Voila.