The first photo below seemed like such an idyllic scene – rocks, babbling brook, green banks, etc. In the second photo, I really like the tilted strata combined with the rougher river – like a mini-version of the Colorado river and the Grand Canyon, at least in my imagination.
I uploaded nine new Celtic Artist Trading Cards to my Gallery. I’m not going to post thumbnail images of them all here since that’s just a few too many images. So, click on this one image if you want to check out the other ATCs. (Some of the details probably got lost in the scan, but what can ya do.) I’ve been using the new .2mm Micron pen – it makes me draw a little differently than the gel pen, but new is good. Soon, I’ll be able to draw details in Celtic knotwork down to the subatomic level – you’ll need an electron microscope to see them, but I’m sure it’ll be worth it. *grin*
The first photo is of the sky when we were driving back home one day. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a stormy sky look so BLUE before! Seemed like there was a bright vortex in the middle of it even. The second shot is of a tree trunk that got ripped away from its roots during the flood a number of years ago. Since then years of rain and then intense sun have decomposed the trunk further, cracking it wide open. (You can see more detail in the larger image.)
Just a happy cow picture for today. You can get closer to the cows when you’re driving by in the car for some reason – I took this from the driver’s seat while John was closing the cattle gate. Luckily she was hanging out at the side of our little road instead of in the middle. The cows usually move if you creep up on them slowly in the car or wave at them out the window, but honking, interestingly enough, doesn’t have much effect for some reason. (So, now you know what to do if you’re ever backing down your driveway and there’s a cow laying in the way. This has been a public service announcement.)
Truck-in-river photo: Considering that the original photo was a totally black image with a small bright spot where the headlight reflected the camera’s flash, getting even a LITTLE detail out of it was a minor miracle. (Thanks to Tom for his suggestion to use the curves tool!)
The road goes down into the river rather steeply on that bank – the truck is nosed down at an angle in the photo – you can get a feel for the orientation with the relative positioning of the headlight and the metal toolbox in the truck bed behind the cab. Note that at the time of the incident, the water was actually flowing OVER the hood completely – up to the windshield. The river had gone down at least a few feet by the time I took this photo.
They DID come back last night, about 9:30 p.m. From our house, we could see headlights and bobbing flashlights, and we heard a lot of engine revving, yelling, and a good amount of cursing, but they pulled that poor sodden pickup truck out of the river! They couldn’t get it running though, so this morning, it’s still sitting at the side of the road down there. It’s a small pickup, but it’s jacked up a bit and has big treaded tires, and I can see why they might have THOUGHT they could get through the river in it – too bad though. (Still working on that photo – maybe later today I’ll have something. It’s like that old Kevin Costner movie where he’s the naval officer assigned to a murder investigation and the only evidence they have is that blurry photograph that the computers VERY SLOWLY are bringing into focus – LOL.)
Egad! “He said: ‘I thought they might give me an aspirin [for my headache], instead they pulled a five inch knife blade out of my head.’” (Click the link to see the x-ray!)