I took this photo two weeks ago on one of our last sunny days. Amoeba and I joined several other “UW labbies” on a sailing excursion to Lopez Island, where we picked apples (many of you will remember that photo post). I took this shot of Amoeba on the way home. He was chatting with a student and I wanted it to be a candid shot, but he looked up at me. I will always and forever cherish the way his face softens and his lips gently curve whenever his gaze meets mine.
The really great thing about living on an island, is the easy access to water, and water reflection shots. These are the rowboats on the docks at the lab. I took this shot the morning after a squall, which explains the kelp tangle at the edge of the dock.
The same water drop and cabbage leaf after the sun disappeared behind a cloud.
I bought a macro lens and couldn’t figure out how to focus the darn thing. Since it wasn’t the brand recommended by my camera manufacturer, I thought that must be the problem. I ordered the correct lens — lenses actually, I got a set of four different magnifications — and went outside to experiment.
This is what I discovered — there was nothing wrong with the original lens that couldn’t be accounted for by operator error. And I really need my tripod for this stuff because I am really not steady enough for this kind of detail work. The clarity in the second water drop is better than the clarity of the first, but neither of them are what I’d like them to be. The first one I shot hand-held. The second one I shot with the camera braced against my knee. I even held my breath. Not good enough — yet.
I just ordered a remote shutter release. My next purchase will be one of those small bendable tripods (my large tripod won’t get me close enough to the ground). Anybody have any experience with those?
I took this photo from the observation deck of a Washington State Ferry as it was sailing away from Friday Harbor. The buildings you see on the far shore are the Friday Harbor Laboratories, an extension campus of the University of Washington and a land and marine biological preserve.
As you look at the photo (a click will take you through to Flickr, a second click will biggie the photograph), Amoeba’s lab space is on the lower floor of Fernald Hall, the building furthest to your left. The other buildings near the shore are also research labs. The buildings further up on the hill offer assorted housing options.
Remember that women’s retreat I went to awhile back? I took some photos that I haven’t yet shared with you. I thought these might make up for my absence on the net these last few days. Prepare to ooooh and aaaah. I took these shots and they even dazzle me! The retreat center campus was gorgeous!