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Month June 2009

Lazy, Lazy, Lazy

Two fawns sit camouflaged amid fallen leaves in early Summer.

An Otter pauses briefly at the edge of a pool before slipping into the water.

A Wolf regards the photographer while resting on its hutch in early Summer.

Working my way through Iron Sunrise by Charles Stross now. What can I say? I have a fascination for solid techno-Lovecraftian science fiction… at which Stross excels. Additionally, he taught me a terrific new word: bampot.

The photographs above are the result of the same photo hike which produced Curious Wolf and I present these images as evidence that most animals basically do nothing all day long.

That may explain why — excepting otters — one rarely sees animals which qualify as bampots.

Curious Wolf

This wolf took a small interest in the presence of myself and a friend while we were visiting the animal enclosures at a nearby park during a rain shower.

Mantis In Green

My first HD video with the Canon 5D Mark II. The ripple is the result of a lack of proper support while filming (in spite of my best efforts, the camera is heavy and does move about a bit when hand-held) and iMovie’s desperate attempts to even out the motion. Promising results, nonetheless.

We Labor To Approach

A female Widow Skimmer dragonfly atop a twig.

A female Widow Skimmer dragonfly atop a twig.

A Praying Mantis contemplates the sunset.

In Mantis Vision, Where Available

A Praying Mantis pauses atop the author's monitor stand and contemplates the vista of the desktop.

A short photographic aside here. I found this diminutive — and completely awesome — creature dashing across my keyboard this morning. Here, he pauses to contemplate the vast plain of my desktop from the vantage point of the monitor stand.

Gold Star, Outlaw Cat!

Outlaw Cat is surrounded by a treasury of stars.

Outlaw Cat can’t help himself around shiny things… like, you know, stars.

(Personally, I always preferred the red or green ones. Could use a few of those right about now.)

La Dame Bleue

The Blue Lady

A quick portrait.

Site 11: Tumble Home

Surviving illustration of USS Macon (ZRS-5) approaching canyon entrance somewhere near Site 11.

Stern view of the USS Macon (ZRS-5) becalmed before another canyon opening near Site 11 or Site 12 sometime in 1933. As previously stated, many documents related to the FORTUNE BLACK IDOL program are missing, encrypted using ciphers for which no decryption keys remain, or are misfiled. Most documents related to Site 11 fall into that category — perhaps purposefully, given the sensitive nature of the program. Fragmentary logs indicate Site 11 was given the code name TUMBLE HOME. We believe this reflects the extreme environmental conditions encountered there.

The Gated Key – Illustration

A small junk passes before a gated key device half-sunk in an unidentified body of water.

The attached illustration recently turned up in the estate collection of a little known 20th century American artist. The illustration depicts a small junk-rigged sailboat passing between two sea stacks in a coastal area (possibly Thailand?). We note a distinct similarity between the central structure depicted in the Site 12 illustration titled “Kalopsian Abyss” and the far “sea stack” depicted here.

Both objects feature a ring structure which surrounds — but is disconnected from — a cylindrical object of approximately half the ring’s diameter. The TABLET RUBY DOOR program identified anomalous devices with this topology as “Gated Key” devices and recommends their immediate quarantine or demolition when discovered.

( Note: I returned to the speed painting of “The Gated Key” today to produce this larger, revised illustration. This took about 6 hours to complete. )

The Gated Key

A small junk passes before a gated key device half-sunk in an unidentified body of water.

The attached illustration recently turned up in the estate collection of a little known 20th century American artist. The illustration depicts a small junk-rigged sailboat passing between two sea stacks in a coastal area (possibly Thailand?). We note a distinct similarity between the central structure depicted in the Site 12 illustration titled “Kalopsian Abyss” and the far “sea stack” depicted here.

Both objects feature a ring structure which surrounds — but is disconnected from — a cylindrical object of approximately half the ring’s diameter. The TABLET RUBY DOOR program identified anomalous devices with this topology as “Gated Key” devices and recommends their immediate quarantine or demolition when discovered.