Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Flowers and New Shoes (Photos) Good News and Bad News
What a day this turned out to be, no wildlife shots but, one heck of a busy day and I got a lot accomplished with the help of my shooting buddy, Doc. We're doing a Wednesday weekly shooting day from now on, as long as the wives don't put the clamps on our activities. That's good news.
Today's story will unfold in the sequence I shot these pictures but, plenty of things happened while the cameras were safely locked-up in the car.
Just so you know we weren't drinking, the first flower is a pink hibiscus. I shot it while Doc was hauling his bag of concrete out of the DIY Store and breaking his back loading up the car. I asked a salesgirl if I could shoot photos of the flowers and she told me to go ahead. That's good news.
Some stores are afraid of industrial espionage, especially when the see a DSLR in your hands.
Remind me, someday, it'd be a good idea for me to buy a little Point and Shoot for those type operations.
Next, I shot this Multi-colored Hibiscus. It looked unreal, to me. Like I figured somebody painted it or put foodcoloring in the planter to make it that way but, Doc said they grow that color naturally.
When he saw me shooting these furry caterpillar-looking things, he said he'd never seen a plant like that before. I see them all the time when I'm walking my dogs. I call them caterpillar-looking flowers.
Today I shot the sign that says, Benihimo 1980 Yen and Googled it. My Wikipedia connections tell me it is a Chenille Plant (Acalypha hispida).
On the way out of the DIY Store's Flower and Garden Center I shot this wide angle scene just because it was there. We'll have to get a translator to read all that fancy kanji that was imported from China, years ago. I only read the simple stuff. I'll find out the names of all the flowers I shot today, eventually and hope I can escape with the information for you, without having to buy any of them. Er, that'd be bad news.
Before we hit the DIY Store, all kinds of things got accomplished. Doc and I were on a mission. I had to do some shopping for frames to mail photos to my contest winners. And, to avoid firing my printer up to make photos for the frames, I went to a print shop.
With a whole hour to kill, waiting for the prints, we wandered off and started looking at cameras, computers and all kinds of other stuff we really didn't need.
The good news: I found a pair of shoes. I need new shoes, the kind you can go over rough terrain in.
I found a pair of rugged-looking shoes that are supposed to cost around a hundred US Dollars, on sale for only about 25 bucks. So, I bought them, even if they're a half size too large for my feet.
Like I told Doc, just wear more socks, until they fit. I can buy plenty of socks with the 75 dollars I saved. Right ?
There they are. That's my new shoes, never been worn and a DVD even came with them. Hah !
How many times have you ever bought a pair of shoes and got a DVD included in the box with them ?
So, when I got back here, to my office, I had to wait for these PCs to wake up and get scanned before I could download my camera. That's when I got the bright idea to shoot my shoes. I could do something like a product review on them. You know, like a one month, blow by blow account of me and my new shoes going over rough terrain and stuff like that. I'll put them through some rugged tests.
I don't have time to watch a DVD and I'm pretty sure I know what I'm doing when it comes to shoes.
I'll start testing these suckers in a few minutes. I'm leaving my flip-flops at the bar and I'll be heading to the beach with the dogs, shortly.
Just to make sure these shoes didn't get put on sale because some company went extinct, I googled them. They're good to go.
Then, I started reading some of the literature that came in the box. This is more bad news.
There's a WARNING:
"The unauthorized reproduction or distribution of this copyrighted work is illegal. Criminal copyright infringement, including without monetary gain, is investigated by the FBI and is punishable by up to 5 years in federal prison and a fine of $250,000." YIKES !
So, it's probably best that I don't tell you any of what I see on the DVD or read in the book until I get authorization from the proper authorities. I could email the company, I guess. Or should I just shred the book, DVD, the box and everything that came with it ? I'm pretty sure I can wear the things and walk alright without anyone's advice. What would you do, worry about goin to jail ?