It’s Like “The Birds,” If It Was One Bird, And If Tippi Hedren Was 10 Lbs And Furry

The Byronic Man

Listen, Oliver, buddy… I get it.  I do.  You’re a tough cat.  When we met you at the Humane Society, they called you Brute, because you pushed everyone around.  After we got you to our house it took you about one day to decide not to take any crap from the dogs.  You even took the dog bed from Bailey, and he’s 145 pounds of solid canine.  Everything was going great for you – the unchallenged alpha of the local furry set.

And now this.

This.

This… bird.

It’s got to be humiliating, buddy.  I know.

Every time you go outside, day or night, he’s there.  Yelling at you.  Chasing you. Cornering you.

And I know it doesn’t help that I crack up when he has you cornered and you’re meowing to me to let you in.  I’m sorry. I really am.

I know your self-esteem is in the…

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Kungsbacka Forest

Mabry Campbell Photo Blog

Kungsbacka Forest

*HOW I MADE THIS*

You might look at this image and think it was made in Photoshop with a motion blur. In fact, the image is straight-out-of-the-camera (SOOC). Sometimes an image like this is called “panning”, but in this case it is more like “active shifting”. So, I used a 24mm tilt-shift lens to create the motion effect. With an exposure time of 1 second, I had enough time to rapidly shift the lens from low to high during the exposure. This was the result. With a tilt-shift lens (which is a specialty lens mostly used in architectural realism photography because it allows your vertical lines to remain perfectly straight), it is very important to set the camera perfectly aligned with the horizon and level. So when you shift the lens the lines remain straight.  In this case the lines are the trees. Enjoy! – Mabry

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Rolling Bones on the San Antonio Dome

Travels with the Blonde Coyote

There are bones under this tree. Broken bones, bones eaten down to the marrow. And why shouldn’t there be bones here? I’m sitting under the only tree in miles. If I were dying and looking for shade, or preparing to feast, I’d seek out this tree too. I spent all morning hiking here to this tree. All morning hiking towards San Antonio Dome, all morning before it got any closer. Damn, this must be a big mountain.

San Antonio is deceptive because it looks like a giant hill- a free-standing rounded prominence looming above the high Taos Plateau, slopes so rolling and gentle that from a distance, it looks like you can stroll up and roll back down, laughing. Now that I’m sitting at the base of it, after taking all morning on the unexpectedly long approach through the trackless sagebrush, I give the beast its due. This is not…

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