A Rare Rainbow Saturday, Jun 21 2008 

17 June 2008
A rare rainbow on my home from work.
Rare Rainbow
Minutes before, while it was raining quite hard though the sun was shining, I heard Terrill tell some ladies that that meant we were at the end of the rainbow. I’d always heard it meant that the devil was beating his wife, but that never made sense to me. I like Terrill’s explanation better.
Cheers.

~KR (Written on 21 June 2008 )

Camera: Canon PowerShot SD850 IS
Exposure: 0.003 sec (1/320)
Aperture: f/3.2
Focal Length: 7.5 mm
ISO Speed: 80
Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV
Flash: Flash did not fire, auto mode

Raindrops on Windscreens Thursday, Mar 6 2008 

3 March 2008
It’s a downward spiral. I get behind, I try to get caught up; but, while I’m trying to get caught up, I get further behind.
This was a rainy day. On the way home, I pressed the camera up close to the windscreen and focused in on the droplets as they formed on the windscreen. I took several. I like this one best, but didn’t really care, as much as I wanted to, for the results.
Raindrops
Cheers.

~KR (Written on 6 March 2008)

Listening to:
Abbey Road (the Complete Album) by The Beatles

Camera: Canon PowerShot SD850 IS
Exposure: 1 sec (1)
Aperture: f/2.8
Focal Length: 5.8 mm
ISO Speed: 200
Exposure Bias: 0 EV
Flash: Flash did not fire

Trees from Above Sunday, Dec 23 2007 

14 December 2007
Friday, the 14th of December woke cold, damp and foggy. Many of my peers had taken the day off; in fact it seemed that much of the Dallas – Ft. Worth metropolitan area had taken the day off. The traffic was blissfully quiet and the drive was quick – for a change. I took the opportunity of a quiet office to walk down to my boss's corner and snap a few shots of the Bradford Pear trees under his window. Aside from their horrendous rotting meat smell for about a week in the early spring, these are lovely trees. They cause my allergies to a go a little nuts (at the same time they smell like rotting meat), but it's a short-lived irritant. The rest of the year, they're simply beautiful.
Bradford Pear Trees from Above

Cheers.

~KR (14 December 2007)

Listening to:
Super Mario's Sleigh Ride by the One Ups

Camera: Canon PowerShot SD850 IS
Exposure: 0.008 sec (1/125)
Aperture: f/3.2
Focal Length: 7.5 mm
ISO Speed: 400
Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV
Flash: Flash did not fire

Reflected Tail Lights Thursday, Dec 20 2007 

12 December
A rainy, rain, cold day in North Texas. It actually was pretty in a sorta Vampire Duck kind of way. I love this kind of weather as a general rule. The only time I don't like it is when I have to get behind the wheel of an automobile knowing that the roads will be seething with many, many drivers who's opinion, thus attitude, varies greatly from mine. This sort of weather tends to make drivers surly, thus impatient, thus rude, thus dangerous on the road. This idiot in front of me was no exception to that generalisation:
Reflected Tail Lights and Rain
He kept accelerating at breakneck speeds, switching lanes with no signal at high speeds and slamming on brakes. All on these very slippery roads. I hope (s)he got where they were headed. Cheers.

~KR (12 December 2007)

Listening to:
Alone Again by Illinois
from What the Hell Do I Know

Camera: Canon PowerShot SD850 IS
Exposure: 0.067 sec (1/15)
Aperture: f/5.5
Focal Length: 23.2 mm
ISO Speed: 800
Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV
Flash: Flash did not fire

The Storm Approaches Thursday, Sep 13 2007 

9 September 2007
I went to see a movie on the 9th. I saw Shoot 'em Up, a ridiculously improbable, but infectiously fun action flick. When I left the theatre, I was confronted with this:
The Storm Approaches
The beginnings of a storm that the next day forced the cancellation of 40% of the flights into and out of DFW. Vicious.
Cheers.

~KR (9 September 2007)

Listening to:
Ain't Gone 'n' Give Up On Love by Eric Clapton
on Tribute To Stevie Ray Vaughan

Camera: Canon PowerShot S1 IS
Exposure: 0.006 sec (1/160)
Aperture: f/4.5
Focal Length: 5.8 mm
Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV
Flash: Flash did not fire

Through the Screen Thursday, Aug 23 2007 

18 August 2007

Some would call Marita Beth’s life glamorous, or full of adventure. Some are even jealous of her travelling schedule. I think if those folk knew the truth, they might think otherwise. Certainly there are aspects of her life that are to be envied or emulated. But, when you recall the specifics of her living arrangements, perhaps it’s not so grand. View Out the Door
This photo is taken from inside her living quarters. It spans across the catwalk that she must traverse every time she wishes to leave her space; the photo continues on to look over the roof that she must walk on to get to the stairs; there we get a view of the rail that prevents her from falling off the roof in the middle of the night. The photo is taken through the screen, which causes a little bit of fuzziness to the photo and a cool star-pattern from the lights, but ultimately is there to keep out the dog-sized mosquitos that litter the air. Yes, there is much to admire about Marita Beth and her lifestyle, but at times, I don’t envy it so much. All I can say is that I miss her terribly when she’s gone.
Cheers.

~KR (18 August 2007)

Listening to:
Post Script by Gary Burton & Chick Corea
on Native Sense

Camera: Canon PowerShot S1 IS
Exposure: 0.3 sec (3/10)
Aperture: f/3.1
Focal Length: 21.3 mm
Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV
Flash: Flash did not fire

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Yet More Rain Thursday, Jul 5 2007 

3 July 2007
Yet More Rain
Yet More Rain
This is, although not the hardest, certainly the most violent storm burst through which I have ever driven. I took this photo while driving through the bottoms. I had struggled to get the camera out moments before I took this photo, but was unable to secure it in time (it was, after all, raining very hard and there was no where to pull over). In the space of a minute (approximately) just a few minutes before this photo was taken, there were four lightning strikes within 100 (or so) feet of where I was driving. The sort of strike where you feel the electricity in the air at the same time that you both hear the boom and see the flash and the air goes a static green colour. Four of them in the space of 60 seconds. Thank goodness I was rubber-side down safe in my car safer in my car which is considerably safer than being outside in that storm (thanks Klobe for the clarification and link!).
Cheers

~KR (3 July 2007)

Camera: Canon PowerShot S1 IS
Exposure: 0.033 sec (1/30)
Aperture: f/4
Focal Length: 8.5 mm
Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV
Flash: Flash did not fire

It’s Raining…again Tuesday, Jul 3 2007 

2 July 2007
The view from my office looking out over the parking garage. During a rain storm…again.
Rain, again
The official rainfall for the Dallas-Ft. Worth Metroplex is measured and kept at DFW Airport (less than 1 mile from where this photo was taken). The month of June officially saw 11.1″ of rain. That makes this June the wettest June in over 70 years. It also makes this June the wettest month in the DFW area in 28 years. That’s a lot of rain.
In all honesty, I cannot recall a July 2nd where the grass on my drive to and from work is all green. I can’t recall a July 2nd where I have a lawn that’s worth a damn. I can’t recall a July 2nd where the temperature overnight was in the low 70’s. If the weather was like this (including the rain) every summer, I’d be a lot less bitter about living in Texas.
Cheers.

~KR (2 July 2007)

Camera: Canon PowerShot S1 IS
Exposure: 0.025 sec (1/40)
Aperture: f/4.5
Focal Length: 58 mm
Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV
Flash: Flash did not fire

Rain in the Wintertime Saturday, Jan 13 2007 

January 12
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It’s January, and if there’s one thing that folks here in North Texas do not do well, it’s weather. Weather of any sort seems to weaken already addled brains and driving becomes treacherous. This heavy rain storm began on this Friday morning and turned over the weekend into a Winter Storm that is still playing havoc with the traffic and transportation systems in the area nearly a week later.

~KR (day seventy-four — 13 January, 2007)
Camera: Canon PowerShot S1 IS
Exposure: 0.033 sec (1/30)
Aperture: f/3.2
Focal Length: 5.8 mm
Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV
Flash: Flash did not fire