Too Funny/What is It #3? « Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

Too Funny/What is It #3?

Too Funny

You just gotta love getting old. As they say often, “It beats the alternative.” (I agree on that.)

I was walking around the house in my stocking feet this afternoon as I always do–tile floor throughout–getting ready for my nap and feeling jet-lagged-out-of-it, practically out on my feet. I was way past ready for my nap but had to use the facilities. I made the right turn from the hallway into the john, stepped on the edge of a small rug, and went down like the proverbial ton of bricks putting out my right hand to stop myself. On the way down I thought, “Don’t break your right wrist; you fly to Quito on Sunday.” The fall was nowhere near as bad as the one I took in the motel bathroom in Fort Myers a few years ago but as I got up, I saw that I had somehow gouged my left arm just above the wrist; it looked as if I had taken one of those rounded wood chisels to it with a vengeance. I cleaned it up nicely, bandaged it–I have lots of supplies left over from my second surgery, and–though it took me a while to fall asleep after a surge of adrenalin, took a short nap. I am now none the worse for wear.

I chuckled when I thought of how careful I was up on that mountain just a few days ago, taking great care with every step, aware that I might slip and fall and seriously injure myself or destroy my gear. Then take a turn into the bathroom and go down hard (but not for the count!) You gotta love getting old.

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What is it? What focal length was used to create the image? Answer in two days. 🙂

9 comments to Too Funny/What is It #3?

  • John T.

    I like the way you made the image into black and white. The image is shards of ice. Being from Maine, this is a common sight in late winter early spring when a thaw sets in.

  • Glad to hear you’re fine! I believe they are shards from melting ice and are resting on top of a stream. In terms of focal length I’m thinking along the lines of Don – 70-200, 2X tele around 200-300mm.


  • cheapo

    Definitely ice crystals forming. Could easily be 10 feet in front of you, and if this is the full image focal length 100.

  • George Cottay

    Low tide with once-floating wood fragments from a chipper?

    Good thinking on keeping your wrist out of the action. A person of any age can go down hard and suddenly, so maybe you should credit years of experience with saving you an awkward cast.

  • harvey tabin

    Happy to see that your are OK. If I where you I would keep off mountains.

  • I’m glad you weren’t seriously hurt. I’m a good deal older than you and falling is a real concern. I’ve often wondered if I should fall out on a trail if I would try to save my equipment or my butt.

  • Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

    Eric, Are you visiting Hood and Tower Islands and seeing the Tortoises in the wild?

  • Eric Thomson

    Wow Artie, glad you didn’t break anything! Take good care of that booboo. I can’t wait to see what you make in Ecuador and the Galapagos. I keep going back to posts from your previous trips and marvel at those beautiful shots. I’m counting the days until my trip there -is 91 as of this morning.
    I’m guessing dirty ice, too. I thought on land though, tundra perhaps. 70-200mm w/1.4TC seems like the obvious guess. Stay well.

  • Don

    Fragile ice that formed on the surface of water and was broken up – although some of it is on the 3 visible rocks, the rest floats in water.
    70-200 II with TC 2.0x, and you asked for focal length — I’ll guess around 250-275mm on the MkIV.