Sunday, August 31, 2008

beach huts in Figueira da Foz

amazing sky

Friday, August 29, 2008

back from Figueira da Foz

I figure perfect place for "just being lazy" holidays.
and when the ocean is not safe to swim, at least you can watch the waves.

beach in Figueira da Foz is astonishingly wide, you have to walk and walk and walk from where the sand starts to the water. fortunately, there are wooden walkways almost the whole width of the beach

Sunday, August 17, 2008

snowy owl

spend a few happy moments photographing this owl. it turns its head amazingly fast

Snowy Owl (Bubo scandiacus) flexes its neck for you

Saturday, August 16, 2008

went to the pick-your-own farm today. no plums this year :(
but it looks like there won't be any shortage of apples


my older son scared some garments off me, by jumping off the swing on the highest point he can reach.

to be perfectly honest, of course we did the same when his age.

fortunately (for me) construction of that swing prevents him from doing full circles around the pivot (exercise called "full sun" in our neck of wood)

Friday, August 15, 2008

Canon 24-105 F4L

got it today (after some struggle with local DHL). testing testing. heavy somewhat, but I will probably get used to it eventually

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Last w/e was in Norway.

My friend took me to a little, well, little by norwegian standards, lake not very far from where he lives (here). we went on a short walk around it. when we can back to the car, this butterfly came towards us. I offered it open palm - it settled on it and was happily exploring it for a while. than it allowed itself to be transferred to his hand (where I snapped it many times, most of them came out shaky, but not all). funnily, after I finished shooting, it won't leave the friendly palm, and needed a lot of encouragement to finally re-settle on a bush somewhere.

it's called Camberwell Beauty apparenly. in Russian it's much more morbid "траурница", which is something like "she who's in mourning". Latin name Nymphalis antiopa