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Seal Hunting ;)


On Saturday I went out to my favorite beach, Chapin Beach in Dennis.  It was very foggy and sprinkling a bit, so I decided not to bring my camera.  I hadn’t really been paying too much attention to the tides so was happy to find it was approaching low tide – there would be huge expanses of sand to explore.

When I was out at the waters edge, listening to the gently surf and looking across the foggy expanses of sea water, I heard an eerie sound.  It happened again from some dark dots in the water.  I walked over and recognized a seal bark.  Then I saw them, I counted over twenty, most in a large group, some swimming farther away, some coming and going.  They were very close in.

So, without a camera all I had was my phone.  I’ve said this many times, my phone camera stinks for taking pictures of “things”.  It’s great for ultra-wide angle panoramas, but a close up?  Once I saw a snake and decided to get a picture to see if it was poisonous.  I’m glad it wasn’t, because I’d be dead: I had to get less than 10 cm from it to get a picture.  The hawk pictures I took this summer?  They were all horrid unless i was less than two meters from the bird, even then they weren’t good unless I stuck my hand within a meter of that nasty beak.  So, armed with only that, what was I to do?

I had on Tevas (water sandals) and shorts.  I hiked my shorts up as tight as I could get them (I’m glad it was too foggy for the one or two people on the beach to see what I was doing as I know my back-end was a little exposed….)  I waded out until, well, I got my shorts wet even hiked up that high….  And I reached my free hand out to take pictures.

OK, a few things.  yes, I’m talking New England in late October.  But the water was surprisingly warm!  And I could see the seals so clearly – I could see their eyes, nostrils and even whiskers.  I was that close!  I could hear them breathing!  Wild!  And, yeah, I could see people, but they were quite a ways away, hopefully not laughing at my exposed bum getting wet.

So, how did the pictures turn out?  The below picture, perhaps the best, was rotated and cropped a little.  Great, huh?


OK, I officially hate my phone’s camera!  And look at the picture at the top – I was about as far away from shore as I was from the seals….  (that picture was very out of alignment and had to be rotated and cropped even more than the others)

Here’s another!  Cropped more than the other seal picture.


WooHoo!  Isn’t that great?!?  If you don’t hear sarcasm, look again at the picture ;)

So, when it is finally time to replace my phone (it is over two years old but, other than the camera, works great and keep a charge better than most new phones), I will have to ask about the camera and make sure it can do something other than panoramas.  But then, this one does panoramas so well!

Chapin Beach

Weekly Smile 32 #weeklysmile

November sky over saltwater marsh

I have to admit that i don’t really like the camera on my phone.  OK, it takes pretty good panoramas.  Well, occasionally it comes up with some great panoramas (picture at the top).  But want to take a picture of an object, animal, person or whatever?  Nope.  I once saw a snake and decided to take a picture to check later if it was poisonous.  I’m glad it wasn’t because I had to get the phone about 4 inches away to get a picture of it.    I have no idea what they thought this camera was good for except maybe taking a selfie with 20 people in it, held out at arms length only.

One good thing is that I always have it on me.  Of course 99.99% i do try to capture the moment, the moment is one pixel on a giant panorama, but at least it is there.

Yesterday I needed it. Continue reading

Throwback Thursday – Cellphones

Ring - Your Past is Calling

How old are you?  Do you remember a time when people didn’t carry a phone with them everywhere they went?  Remember when the idea of a shoe phone was hilarious?  No?  Here are a few random memories about cellphones in the past.

In the 1980s I had a roommate who sold cellphones for a while.  I knew “mobile phone”, but this was the first time I had heard the term “cell phone”.  These phones were huge.  Most of the time they were built into cars, which had these funky antennae on the roof, but phones my roommate sold were in a briefcase.  There were only limited “cells”, so the phones were pretty much useless outside of the city where service was purchased. Continue reading

Cape Cod 11 Nov 2014 – 16 Nov 2014

Swalt Grass Swamp

I was on Cape Cod last week and, as usual, took some pictures.  I already posted a few cell phone pictures.  The above picture was also from my phone.

Also as usual I made it out in the kayak.  I saw a family of swan against the mid-Novemebr trees.

Distant Swans Continue reading

Late Autumn’s Walk

November sky over saltwater marsh

Yesterday I took a walk in Harwich, MA with Fiyero.

Fiyero looking over a pond

November often seems cold and bland so it was nice to get out into the golden sunlight on this warm late autumn afternoon.  Everything was so warm and wonderful.  I didn’t have my camera, but I did have my phone.  I usually hate the pictures from my new (as of May) phone, but I’m not unhappy with these. Continue reading