Silent Valley Reservoir

Silent Valley Reservoir.

Flickr member ikerr has posted an excellent image of Silent Valley Reservoir, Northern Ireland taken with his Fuji X100.

I must say, this is not a scene I would normally associate with Northern Ireland. Glad to widen my scope a bit (I readily admit that I’m a provincial American).

Frank Howarth makes things

Frank Howarth is a woodworker, filmmaker, and amazingly organized and creative guy living in Portland, Oregon. I’ve been following his work for a while but haven’t posted about him, until now.

Here’s one of his most famous stop motion videos on making a lawn chair.

And here’s a behind the scenes video of how he made the lawn chair video.

Here’s a great video on making a segmented walnut and maple bowl.

Check out Frank makes for more detail on him.

Check out Frank Howarth’s YouTube channel for all of his videos including a great one on the building of his shop.


Dave Barry Quotations

I’ve been collecting quotations for years and figured I’d put my collections online for others to use as they wish. Enjoy these quotations, use the comment form to share any quotations by Dave Barry you don’t find here.

More on Dave Barry:

Men, because of a tragic genetic flaw, cannot see dirt until there is enough of it to support agriculture.
– Dave Barry

It is better to be rich and healthy than poor and sick.
– Dave Barry

When I heated my home with oil, I used an average of 800 gallons a year. I have found that I can keep comfortably warm for an entire winter with slightly over half that quantity of beer.
– Dave Barry

Without question, the greatest invention in the history of mankind is beer. Oh, I grant you that the wheel was also a fine invention, but the wheel does not go nearly as well with pizza.
– Dave Barry

Not all chemicals are bad. Without chemicals such as hydrogen and oxygen, for example, there would be no way to make water, a vital ingredient in beer.
– Dave Barry

Americans who travel abroad for the first time are often shocked to discover that, despite all the progress that has been made in the last 30 years, many foreign people still speak in foreign languages.
– Dave Barry

Recently I began to feel this void in my life, even after meals, and I said to myself, ‘Dave, all you do with your spare time is sit around and drink beer. You need a hobby.’ So I got a hobby. I make beer.
– Dave Barry

I like beer. On occasion, I will even drink beer to celebrate a major event such as the fall of communism or the fact that the refrigerator is still working.
– Dave Barry

Although golf was originally restricted to wealthy, overweight Protestants, today it’s open to anybody who owns hideous clothing.
– Dave Barry

American business long ago gave up on demanding that prospective employees be honest and hardworking. It has even stopped hoping for employees who are educated enough that they can tell the difference between the men’s room and the women’s room without having little pictures on the doors.
– Dave Barry

As a professional journalist, I have always been fascinated by people who appear to have even more spare time than I do.
– Dave Barry

Basically, the American businessman should dress as though he recently lost his entire family in a tragic boat explosion.
– Dave Barry

If a woman has to choose between catching a fly ball and saving an infant’s life, she will choose to save the infant’s life without even considering if there are men on base.
– Dave Barry

Karate is a form of martial arts in which people who have had years and years of training can, using only their hands and feet, make some of the worst movies in the history of the world.
– Dave Barry

Never tell a woman that you didn’t realize she was pregnant unless you’re certain that she is.
– Dave Barry

Convergence on Thayer Brook

Convergence on Thayer Brook

Thayer Brook, Schaghticoke Ridge, Appalachian Trail, south of Kent, Connecticut.

Took a nice hike south along this ridge to Thayer Brook (and a bit beyond) and it was threatening rain (it never rained). The brook wasn’t running very high but a few shallow spots offered some nice ripples to shoot.

I made six shots of this same spot and only this one had an ISO lower than 4500. Guess it really matters which part of the ripple you aim at, a dark spot or a light spot. I had the meter set to “center” when maybe I needed to be metering the entire area but still, amazing that essentially the same shot in the same light would have such a wide range of ISOs (using auto ISO).

Lightroom’s noise reduction tool can handle almost anything the Ricoh GR can throw at it but all things being equal, I chose the image with the lowest ISO, this one.