This Short Eared owl peers right down the bore of the long lens I have pointed in his direction. He is perched in a huge pine tree in my across-the-street neighbor's front yard. I first called the big bird a barn owl but was quickly informed of the error of my ways by my neighbor, who is a wellspring of wildlife information. It is good to be elucidated.
Sunday, August 19, 2012
When you take a lot of pictures for stories, a lot of pictures never leave your premises. They are not necessarily bad pictures. It's just that somehow, they never were a good fit for a story line. I guess you can call them misfits. Our story this week struggles for depth of thought, but not for a variety of visual diversity. See our misfits.
Somehow, in your wildest dreams, you do not expect to lay eyes on a camel strolling through a pasture in south Arkansas. I found this one just east of Lewisville, Arkansas. Not only were there camels on the premises, there were zebras as well.
Right on the main drag in Prescott, Arkansas, you will find this old hotel and cafe. Prescott back in the day had the benefit of a railroad and main U.S. Highway running through it. The highway is still there, but has been replaced by I-30 just a tad to the west. The railroad is still there, but freight trains roll through and don't stop. Sixty or so years ago, this establishment was probably bustling. Today life is calm. Probably too calm.
The St. Louis Cardinal batter connected well with the ball speeding in his direction. He whacked it stoutly. All to no avail. The White Sox waxed the Redbirds to the sad tune of 9-2.
Their only common thread in these images is that there is not one, except for the shooter. On the other hand, most folks will agree that being uncommon ain't such a bad thing.
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Most of the time, there is more to the Photo of the Week story than can be told in an essay. And most of the time there are more pictures to be seen. Presuming that some folk will enjoy being privy to this trove of information, I have created a blog, “Weekly Grist for the Eyes and Mind,” where I am showing and telling “the rest of the story." There are also some blatantly commercial mentions of some of the things we do to earn our beans and taters. Click on the Weekly Grist logo and go to the blog. — J. D.