Archive - Jan 2006

January 22nd

Telephoto



Took a walk late this afternoon to experiment with the new telephoto lens. Here is the Morton building in some shadows from oak trees. The telephoto flattens out the picture which can allow one to highlight abstract patterns more easily, I think.

Birds are back



I didn't have anybody fill the bird feeders while I was gone, so the birds had moved on. However, it only took two days for the finches, chickadees, nuthatches and woodpeckers to rediscover the full feeders.

A healthy thump on the window this morning let me know they were back.

This is also the first shot with my new telephoto lens, which I took out of the box this morning.

January 21st

1915

I sometimes debate with myself when I would be alive besides now, if I could. When chosing such a date, I assume good health and strong teeth.

Several times, I have landed upon 1915. Although World War I was underway, we weren't yet involved. The innocence of the 19th century had not yet been entirely shattered by the unbelievable slaughters which were about to begin.

January 20th

Technology

Brother Joe is leaving for a couple of weeks, so he brought all of his recording equipment and set up a studio here in my house. Before he left, he gave me a tutorial in recording. We'll see if I remember enough to be able to record some songs.

What I have done so far sounds hideous. It's like hearing your voice on tape. In fact, it is hearing your voice on tape. So no wonder it sounds hideous.

But you can record over as many times as you wish and harmonize with yourself. I have a few hymns I would like to put together in parts.

January 19th

Home again, home again

Although I wasn't looking forward to getting back into cold weather, it really hasn't been that bad. In fact, I have seldom enjoyed getting home from Arizona as much as I have this year. The house has something to do with it. My old house was cold; this one, once it warms up, will be warm and spacious.

Made the first pass through the mail, throwing the obvious junk in the garbage. I dread confronting the mail after being gone for a few weeks--it feels as if there is accumulated stress in that pile.

January 18th

Missouri River at Yankton, SD



No ice on the Missouri on January 17th.

January 17th

Horse population

I asked below about when the horse population peaked, and I received an answer from weblog reader Miles.

Here are the US numbers:

1867 – 8,000,000
1915 – 21,500,000
1949 – 6,000,000
1950’s (early) - 2,000,000
1960 – 3 million

Today, there are an estimated 75,000,000 horses in the world. China leads the pack (herd?) with 10,000,000.

Scenic highlight



This scene in Platt, KS was the highlight of the drive from Dalhart, TX to York, NE.

Link

Here is one conservative's take on the Bush attitude towards laws limiting his power.

Gas

A trip isn't a trip until I nearly run out of gas. I was at an eighth of a tank as I turned north on US 81 off of I-70 in central Kansas today. I assumed that there would soon be a gas station.

There wasn't. Although 81 is a big, sweeping four-lane at that point, I went for miles and miles without so much as seeing a billboard, much less a gas station.