This reminds of the last time we encountered an earth snake, back when we were in Richmond:
We had a great time with family for Thanksgiving this year; Jezzy was a hit with the cousins, especially young Maddie.
That 200m lens really came in handy here, though I could have put a 300 or 400 to good use, if I had one.
In this picture, direct sunlight is coming into the gallery from the opposite direction and shining on/through the glass pieces. It was so bright that it effectively blinded everything else in the picture. This effect was not done via post-processing.
Fort Fisher was a Confederate fort built in the year 1861. It was constructed near Wilmington, North Carolina. Its sole purpose was to protect Wilmington from Union fleets, because Wilmington supplied Confederate General Lee with essential supplies like clothes and blankets. Its protection was 20-40 sand hills, a wooden palisade, a large connection of bunkers, 3 mortars, 5 siege cannons, and 47 other cannons. The fort was destroyed in the year 1865 by an amphibious assault. The remains of the fort were later used as an anti-aircraft training facility. Many of the sand hill remains were destroyed so that a runway could be built for the emergency landing of targets. Today, Fort Fisher is a historical site that tourists at Wilmington can visit.
Here is a replica of the palisade near the sally port, looking onto the Cape Fear River:
This is a test. I’m posting this to my Blogger blog from Mac Journal.
After dorking around for a bit, I judge Mac Journal to be a total failure regarding Blogger. You can’t preview posts, nor can you insert HTML snippets for things like pictures on Flickr. Useless.
Given how much colder it is here in Raleigh, she's gonna need them!
When you first sit down, a guy brings a bowl of coals and puts it on your table:
Then he puts the metal grill on top and pours water around the edge (for boiling):
While that heats up, we go to the buffet, ignoring the flies, and select some meat. Then we grill it, using only chopsticks:
Here's Jacen and Emmy happily grilling away:
Here's a new item: Hot dogs in waffles. Regrettably, it's almost impossible to find American-style hot dogs here, so I'm pretty sure I wouldn't enjoy this.
Grilled sticky rice:
This guy has a piece of wood that spins along its horizontal axis, while he cuts out sections with a large knife and other tools. I wonder how many cuts has from his work.
This lady is string together the "spokes" of the umbrella, which are made from bamboo.
This lady is adding a layer of cotton over the spokes. On top of this will go the "sa paper," which can then be painted or colored.
I blogged about umbrellas once before.
Note: The Amazon link above is to the 3rd edition; I have the first edition.