austin_dern (austin_dern) wrote,

if happy little bluebirds fly

I noticed I failed to upload the last of my selected Chinese Lantern Safari pictures; forgetting to get back to stuff is a chronic problem with me. So here goes. (And, of course, there are many more, if you really want.) We start among the birds, with various cranes at night. They seemed to be having fun. The birds flocked together regardless of feather or scale, down to the water. Above, a bald eagle watched over many, and if you think brown feathers are hard to light up, you're basically right. Pink flamingoes like an invasion of radioactive tacky lawn ornaments were an easier design problem.

The animal orchestra included a lion and a vaguely Sonic the Hedgehog sidekick type character; lit up they're rather pleasant. The flutist fox flouresced fine. The nearby cheerleader bunny blended in to her background, however; I gave it a fair try to get both colors right, and it was just beyond my camera skills.

In Big Cat Country was this really not-so-big cat. I think it may have been a fossa of some grade. There was also a black panther in amongst the easier-to-light cats; it worked out pretty well in person where you could walk around and see the light around the white ``fur'', and watch the internal glow of the panther relative to the ground or the other cats, but it doesn't come out in a picture at all. Mostly I'm including this because after taking the picture a dozen times I'm happy to have one that's perfectly focused and I'm inflicting it on you for that reason. And somehow, Richard Harris has become a Chinese dragon.

Trivia: Pencils were made yellow at least as far back as 1854. Source: The Pencil, Henry Petroski.

Currently Reading: Molecules at an Exhibition, John Emsley.


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