It certainly feels like that right now. It is hard to be cheerful when the world seems to be in such a pitiful mess. The doom-mongers are out again proclaiming the end of the financial world as we know it, governments everywhere seem to be increasingly paranoid and are stamping out investigative journalism with their bullying tactics, Princess Di is back in the headlines, Gerard is planning to ban men from voting (not necessarily a bad thing), the People’s Front for the Liberation of Gibraltar is recruiting fast, the Indonesian thought police (surely an oxymoron) are allegedly slowing down the hamster wheel that runs their bit of the interweb and I haven’t seen a decent bird or bug all day. Now that is serious.
I went to check out my shoreline patch this morning. The tide was high but Debbie Harry wasn’t. A Common Kingfisher flew off as I arrived. Two Little Egrets splashed about and six Grey-tailed Tattlers loafed on the rocks, ignoring a Common Sandpiper who wanted to join them. A Chinese Pond Heron was pretending I hadn’t seen him. The light was too harsh to contemplate any attempts at the tattlers. I wandered through the scrubby area and found a damselfly. Just the one. I took its picture ‘in habitat’. Just because I could.
And then I wandered off to explore an area I had not walked before. It turned out to be a barbecue site set back off the road. Surrounded by mosquito-infested vegetation. Just what the doctor ordered. Still deserted though. It did strike me as a place where in winter I might well find some thrushes. They tend to like these areas, I find so I have made a mental diary note to get out early one morning when the first cold front hits us. I found one ladybird beetle:
And then I came home and wrung myself out. Half way through the afternoonI got bored. It happens. I pulled the 85mm F1.2 out of the dry cabinet and tried to photograph a lone flower in the garden. The minimum focal distance made it pretty much a waste of time so I tried with extension tubes, every boys favourite toy. That made the DoF so shallow it was pointless. In the end I cropped a full frame.
The worst shock of the day was the electricity bill. Almost double the one before last. The cost of air-con and dehumidifiers. If you don’t use dehumidifiers here the fungus starts growing on everything from clothes to books to dog within a week or so. We are a captive clientele. Nevertheless we’ll carry on regardless and look on the bright side as always. We could be a lot worse off. We could be hamsters employed by the Jakarta Interweb Company. Faster, Hammy, faster!!!!!