Woodland Computing

When I lived in a small house on the edge of the woods, I set up an art project. I took an old table, chair, and a computer that had died, and set it up in the forest so I could take photos of it over the course of a year.

April 23, 2011
May 21, 2011
June 26, 2011
July 30, 2011
December 17, 2011

Meet Jiji

I think technically she’s still kitten, but she’s almost as big as the other full grown cats in the house. Jiji is incredibly hard to get a photo of, because if you’re anywhere near her, she’s always moving.

What’s that?
And what is that?
What’s up there?
What’s behind you?

It was a dark and stormy night…

This evening, I went to the Rock Island Riverwalk to capture a dramatic sunset from the dock, but instead, I witnessed a dramatic view of an approaching storm.

I stayed until the lightning started, then went to sit in my car to see if I could catch some. But, alas, nope.

Hours later (and even as I type this), the lightning storm is still raging, but it’s all within the clouds, so I couldn’t capture anything spectacular beyond their illumination.

Fortunately, this storm didn’t seem particularly destructive. Tomorrow, however, some are predicting tornados and a derecho.

Derechos are bad.

Attack of the 3.2 megapixel nostalgia monster

Oh my goodness gracious look at what I found! This was my second digital camera, a Minolta DiMage Z1 from 2003, the camera I used until getting my first digital DSLR and retiring my film cameras. And, it still works!

(Elliot, my pet dragon, is not happy because I woke him up)

The 10x zoom is as good as I remember it, but the EVF is so low-resolution that it’s nearly unusable (because I’ve obviously been spoiled since then by newer technology), and the sensor is so slow that getting a non-blurry image in anything other than sunlight (or using the flash) is a major challenge. Out of the couple dozen photos I took in my backyard a few minutes ago, these are the only two I am remotely happy with.

Ms. Bumble doing her thing
The path leading down (through the back area I refuse to mow) to my back gate.

Now that I’ve found it, this camera is going in my curio cabinet with my other old cameras, joining my Toshiba PDR-M4, my Canon FTb and F-1, and my old Sankyo sound super-8 movie camera.


During this evening’s walk, I took what I thought was a great image of a mushroom — a big classic-looking one with that fairytale quality to it. But, alas, once I got a good look at it later, I discovered it was blurry.

Bummer. This was at dusk, and the forest was dark, and so the shutter speed was slow. But I did get a nice shot of part of the path I was on.

And then there were these two interesting captures.

I also got some sunset shorts.

So, it wasn’t a total loss.

Summer 2024 Flood (So Far)

The water is higher than I’d realized. I’d gone across the river to Davenport to spend some time at the Figge Art Museum, but after that I was distracted by the flood waters.

Unlike in 2019, the barricades are holding.

So far.