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Thursday, March 31, 2011 - Harrah's Convenience Store, Laughlin NV

Oooooh... It Feels Good to Stretch!, Great Blue Herons, Burro Creek AZ, March 28, 2011
Oooooh... It Feels Good to Stretch!, Great Blue Herons, Burro Creek AZ, March 28, 2011

Bah!

On discovering these herons nesting on the cliff across the creek from Burro Creek Campground late Saturday afternoon I took literally a thousand pictures that afternoon and early the next morning only to discover every single one of them was at least slightly blurry. Some were worse than others but none were as crisp as I expected with my camera mounted on my firmly planted tripod. It took quite a while for me to figure this one out - I forgot to turn off the camera's image stabilization system. It gets confused by the stability of the tripod and shakes the camera trying to figure out what's happening. Bah!

Night camp

Site 17 - Harrah's Convenience Store RV Parking, Laughlin NV

Ask What Surprised Them

I was afraid of flying for a long time and could only travel vicariously. When friends came back from faraway places, it wasn't just out of politeness that I asked what they saw. I really wanted to know. And I found the best way to get information out of them was to ask what surprised them. How was the place different from what they expected? This is an extremely useful question. You can ask it of the most unobservant people, and it will extract information they didn't even know they were recording.

The Age of the Essay, Paul Graham, September 2004

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