1000 Words - The Picture Thread

Lovely weekend in North Wales catching up with Ruth before she moves away from Anglesey.  We went to Bodnant Garden again and I finally got to see the Laburnum Arch at its best:




Bodnant is a National Trust property and it's well worth a visit. Everything from formal gardens and lily ponds to collections of redwoods.





On Sunday we stayed on Anglesey and went to Plas Newydd. They have *proper* squirrels.




Rex Whistler's amazing trompe l'oeil painting in the house's dining room. The family spent more to hang the canvas than they paid Whistler for the painting.




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Fahrenheit 106, Socorro, nm


Hit that temp in parts of town yesterday. The hallucinations usually start appearing at 105... They say it's going to start coming down. We'll see.



“Stuff your eyes with wonder, he said, live as if you'd drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It's more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories.” ~ Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451





Compilation of video I've shot over the years featuring the wide range of music The Capitol Bar of Socorro, nm, "The Cap" has always been known for. My wife's family has owned it since the 60's, it's been around since 1896. We ran it ourselves in the 90's. Drinks on me if any WGBers somehow make it through here ...








We got back through the Alps, enjoying the gorgeous scenery that photos just cannot encompass. Ot at least that I cannot capture. We have had several of those moments, either because what looks wonderful to the eye seems drab and too small in the image (like the Turcany hills, with a farm surrounded by cypresses on top, surrounded in turn by vineyards and olive trees), or because it just refuses to fit inside the frame, like the mountains.


Nevertheless, it has become almost a reflex action, and some of them are quite nice, or curious, or just right.









Managed to catch my first lightning during a thunderstorm in Austria.

It was behind the hill at the other side of the house, I had certainly the wrong lens with me (EF-M with no decent manual filter) and no tripod. But at least I have confirmed the theory and now know the settings:

Lens Type - Canon EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM
ISO Speed - 100
Exposure Mode - Manual
Exposure Time - 32
Aperture - 3.6



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