Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Hallowe'en 2012


Dressing as the Frankenstein monster or a zombie or a sexy nurse or a Presidential candidate would have been too easy and obvious, so I decided to go for the overthinking eccentric nerd who stares at things.  Because, you know, normally I'm so not an overthinking eccentric nerd who stares at things.

Friday, October 26, 2012

The World's Shortest Horror-Fantasy Short Story

Boyfriend:  "Omigod, what in God's name was that?  Are you a witch?  A werewolf?  What IS that horrible thing you turn into?"

Girlfriend:  "Well... I don't turn into that thing... it turns into me."

Monday, October 22, 2012

Another Crow

Worm Rescue!

I've been curious lately as to why I haven't come across any stranded worms for months.  Have the gardeners been doing something differently?  Are the worms getting smarter?  Are there more birds in the neighborhood?

Anyway, today there was heavy cloud cover, and although there was no rain it was cool and humid all day long.  And sure enough..,

Number of worms saved:  36

Sunday, October 21, 2012


Once upon a time I dreamt of seeing a vast eagle, the size of a county perhaps, hovering over the far horizon.  Then last week I chanced upon a cloud formation that reminded me of it.  The dream eagle was 'displayed', to use the heraldic term -- that is, 'spread eagle' with its head pointing up -- and so was the cloud;  however, I chose to present the cloud in this orientation because I felt it was more immediately recognizable as a bird-shape this way.

Still, just for the record here is how the eagle properly 'should' be presented, the way I saw it both in the dream and in waking life:

Movie Villains Have Such Cool Powers

And these last few weeks I was particularly envious of a certain 007 heavy with a really great set of teeth.  Of titanium, I think.

It turned out I had a cracked molar, and infection had set in.  I had to have it pulled.  It was like -- well, pulling teeth.  Then I spent the rest of the day a little fog-headed on painkillers.

Bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, I was not.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Wet Morning

Another strangely dreamlike image from waking life...

Dinocloud Returns!

How glad I am to see that it's still around, apparently in good health (don't know if the term can be applied to beings made of cloud, though) and still as hungry as ever, from the looks of it.

I first spotted 'Dino' four and a half years ago, in April, 2008, when it was clearly a juvenile.  I have observed it twice more subsequently, the last time being nearly a year ago -- when it had grown up and also grown enormously fat.  And of course, I duly photographed it each time and posted the pictures here.   It looks like Dino has shed a good deal of that weight since then, and I'm glad for it.  But I guess it's possible that it's just a normal growth phase this species goes through.

It's interesting to see that, apparently, as cloud creatures grow and mature, their proportions change just as those of humans do, the most obvious changes being visible in the head;  the relatively large, bulbous cranium and small face have progressively given way to a more defined, boxier head and a proportionately larger snout (is it beginning to sprout a trunk, perhaps?), just as human heads take on a larger jawed, less rounded look as people age.

Speaking Of Sinister Cloud Monsters


I shot this cloud because I thought its distinct, solid shape was interesting.  Only later did I notice the scary eye...!

It goes without saying that "If you can see them, they can see you".  Have Cloud Creatures caught on to the fact that I can see them, and are they keeping an eye on me?

Adorable Baby Cloud Monster

I have photographed a number of very sinister and ominous-looking clouds and posted them here, but a cute cloud?  Can a cloud be adorable?  As in, as the dickens, as a bug's ear?  Well, clearly it's possible.

I think it's a baby.  And I think it's suckling from mama's teat.