Thursday, 27 September 2007

Miss the eyes and you've missed the shot

Betty and Mico

An article entitled, Ten Tips for Photographing Wildlife Like a Pro, begins:
"Miss the eyes and you've missed the shot. Getting the eyes in focus is key to capturing a photo of an animal. It's human nature to look at the eyes. It's how we determine emotion and how we connect."
With this little green-eyed monster called Betty, "wildlife" is the right term and, getting the eyes at all is a major accomplishment. They either don't show up, or are closed and getting her to keep still long enough usually (she's more at home climbing trees, fences, walls ...), but in a rare moment of composure, posing on top of her long-suffering "husband" Mico, out in our (scruffy) utility room, I finally managed to capture her looking straight at the camera.

Thursday, 13 September 2007

Officially dead

Delinquent washing machine

The washing machine - 10 1/2 years old and long since "past it's prime" - decided to do a little dance around the utility room the other day, turning a full 90 degrees and even tried to take the drier for a spin as its partner for a bit of "domestic appliance rock and roll", complete with "light show." Or I should say, "no light show", as these crazy antics knocked out the electricity in the whole house, which is probably just as well: you can't go letting appliances behave like delinquents, unchecked, can you?

The rusted front panel was left flapping in the breeze, the bottom of the machine parted company and the whole thing was leaning further off the vertical than that tower in Pisa.

A faulty door catch meant it would work with the door open (as many a flood will attest) and it's been a long time since it seemed to get anything clean anyway, so I reckon it's time to say: R(ust).I.P. Actually, for a dirt cheap (circa. £115) non-brand name washing machine to last for 10 years, with only one £20 repair, one can't really complain very much and, with it's parting shot at providing entertainment, not at all!