Month: July 2018

The night sky…

… somewhere in the backwoods of New York state… Well, I mean… I know where I took the shot… But if I tell all you guys, then it’d just be a madhouse of cars with out-of-state plates… Garbage from impromptu barbecues strewn all about… … a whoopin’ and a hollerin’… The next thing you know there’s a Gov. LePettime through-way being built, and all kind of shenanigans… And then someone’s gotta go back for a boat-load of dimes…   The stated goal of beginning the journey of shooting deep sky objects is still the thing I wish to do… but you know that journey that begins with but a single step…? Yeah, they never mention how tall that first step is gonna be… It’s really been kicking my patootie all over the place, what with the technical demands of the equipment, the complexity of the subject matter, and my own native lack of patience… But I’ll get there… *AHEM* As far as the above picture… As you might be able to tell, I’m having some …

Not Boone…

… but one of a large number of elephants being used as tourist bait, in the city of Ayutthaya, the former capital of the kingdom of Siam… now known as Thailand. This unknown elephant (we weren’t introduced) is a lot toothier than Boone was. According to the Book of the Google, about 50% of female Asian elephants and a small percentage of males have small tusk like teeth known as tushes. Are those considered ‘small tusk like teeth’? I really don’t know. But it would seem to me to be rather silly, to import an African elephant, rather than going with the home-grown product. As to which gender we’re looking at… … like I said… We weren’t introduced… As with other areas of the country, I witnessed what I considered to be abusive treatment of the animals. I realize that my impressions of things is not a guarantee of reality, nor even a close approximation of the situation under review… but when the animal in question is screaming in protest – and that’s a truly blood-curdling …