Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Home remedies

It's been raining off and on for a couple of days, and I'm down with a bit of a cold. Time for comfort food, a good book, and idle playing with the camera's settings. I made my lazy-day stew (leftovers, ground beef, and all the veggies in the fridge), and Richard Dawkins' latest book, The Greatest Show on Earth, came in the mail yesterday morning. So that's taken care of.

As for the playing with the camera, I experimented with RAW format, discovered that it doesn't help - much - as long as I'm using Picasa for editing. Besides, it takes forever to save a photo in the camera. Maybe I'll use it in the future; not for now.

Here's a sample of the photos, after Picasa "fixed" them, with a bit of cropping and resizing.

Dried pearly everlasting. Harvested on the Sunshine Coast a month ago.

A dried, rolled leaf off my prayer plant.

The business end of a Venus flytrap, through dewed glass.

A carpet beetle larva. I've had this one in a bottle for several months, with a wisp of wool and a piece of feather. He's doing fine, growing and chomping away. 4 mm.

And now, to take an aspirin and head to bed. Just what the doctor used to order.


  1. Picasa doesn't have much in the way of RAW processing options. You would have to use something like Adobe Camera RAW or Lightroom. I like Lightroom but for quick processing I still use Picasa because it is easier to navigate.

  2. I love that rolled leaf image. What interesting looking patterns on the leaf.

  3. Doubting Foo,

    Being free adds to the attractions of Picasa, too. I used to have Photoshop, but my old computer killed it and everything else aboard. And a new version costs over $600, (Lightroom runs around $300) so I'll have to wait a bit to indulge.

    It is surprising what beauty there is to be found in the old, dead parts of plants, the ones we usually throw on the compost heap.

  4. Just found your blog (via Sky Watch)and have been reading and getting intrigued with your passion for wee have some strange pets LOL
    I'll be back.

  5. Hi, Sue! Glad you found me.


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