Thursday, July 17, 2008


This is an unadulterated Gwynn's Island sunset. That's a whole lot of orange and a whole lot of glare. Don't look at it too long or it will burn a hole in your retina.

Now is as good a time as any to talk about my "expertise" in the field of photography. Let's start, shall we?:

1. (Crickets chirping.)

2. (Dogs howling.)

3. (Crickets chirping again.)

4. I received a digital camera for Christmas and three months later found the courage to pull out the instructions, figure out how to put the strap on it and insert the batteries.

5. Several weeks and many tears later, I finally figured out how to transfer pictures from the camera to the computer to the internet. I still have post-traumatic stress syndrome associated with this. I start to tremble just thinking about it.

6. Other than pressing the one button to take a picture, I do not do anything else. I wouldn't know how to edit a picture if the future of the entire planet depended on it. That would involve half a brain cell that leans towards technical expertise. I don't have one of those, but I am considering ordering one.

And that wraps up everything I know about photography. Anything I toss up here is something I captured as follows: Aim camera. Press Button. The End.

Of course when you live in a place as beautiful as Mathews, skill is the last thing required to capture a decent picture. Thank goodness for that. Otherwise, I'd be in big trouble.

Speaking of big trouble, I have to go lie down now. There are no fewer than 10 ants crawling on my computer, which is in my bedroom. And where there are 10, there are 62.5 million. It's too early in the day for all this stress, plus I just burned a hole in my retina.

Have I mentioned I really need a vacation?


Anonymous said...

We get those big dopic strange crickets in our basement every year, usually in the fall. As I was preparing the room down there for my sister's visit this weekend, I noticed BABIES. Li'l crickettes. A few of 'em. where are the rest??? GAAAH!

I bet your fiddler crabs would love 'em.

tj said...

...Good Morning CBW, well for someone who claims to have no photography skills you sure do take some killer photos - this one is beautiful!

...We had a problem with those lil' roley-poley bugs in our bedroom this past spring. If your pillow landed on the floor during the night and you picked it up you were certainly bringing a few of those lil' critters back to bed with you. I'd fly up outta bed and turn my lamp on to get 'em out of our bed and my husband would wake up and sleepily respond, "honey, they're just little roley-poleys" 'em being in bed with us was, "okay"! (*sigh*)... ;o) And then there was the time we had a raccoon living under our bathroom... :oD

...Have a great day girl!


Big Hair Envy said...

I took the same photography class at RCC!! hahaha!

Thank goodness for good material, because I am too technologically challenged to figure out how to edit.

Chesapeake Bay Woman said...

sinaff- My littlest sister has a morbid, deathly, violent fear of those crickets. Thankfully (knock on wood) I don't have any in my basement. The ants are not allowing any other insects to reside here.

tj - Thank you, but anyone could take great photos here, it's so pretty. And if I had a racoon infestation, I'd have to expedite my admission to Eastern State Hospital. I do have a racoon--who thankfully does not reside in or near the house--whose sole purpose in life is to take every shred of my trash and strew it all over the yard.

Mental P Mama said...

I agree, for a self-professed rookie, you sure do take some fantastic shots! My rookieness shines through in mine! What is up with the damn ants???

Grandma J said...

I love all your photos! As far as the ants? Maybe if you fed them. I mean they seem to be family members so set out a bowl of something (like you would for a dog or cat) and that might keep them away from your bedroom and computer.

BTW, my computer is in the bedroom convenient to roll out of bed and BOOM I'm set to go!

Bear Naked said...

Wow, I thought for sure you had a fancy-dancy camera with all sorts of expensive lenses.

Bear((( )))

Chesapeake Bay Woman said...

bhe - I am a hop, skip and a jump from RCC. Pass by it often on the way to stinky town.

mpm - Thanks. I have NO idea what is up with these ants, I've never seen them this bad. Ever.

gj - I agree. The only reason I leave the bedroom is to get some coffee or some other beverage, and even then I race right back lest my computer chair gets cold...

bn - Definitely no fancy camera. I can barely figure out the correct button to push on the one I hav; if I had too many more choices I'd give it all up out of frustration and despair.

foolery said...

I now know where color is manufactured, and it's the Chesapeake Bay. I hope all of you residents are getting residuals from the sales?