Thursday, February 21, 2008

You've been mooned, again!

This week my work took me to Fairmont Hot Springs Resort for a "No Adverse Impacts" conference. The subject refers to mitigating impacts involved with land use and land use planning. It has been a very interesting workshop so far and the setting couldn't be more beautiful. I wish there was time to get out and take some photos, but the conference runs from very early morning to evening, so I've not had time.

I did manage to sneak in a soak in the hot tubs, which really weren't hot enough for me, and to take some photos of the eclipse of the moon.

Obviously, I need to work on my technique here, or else lay off the hard liquor.

Not a whole lot better, but it's an interesting shot anyway, don't you think?

I have no clue why the moon appears to have a tail here, but I imagine it was camera operator error.

Not quite there, but I'm getting better at it in this shot.

By George (or Canon) I think I've got least as much as I ever will.

Now it's back to work for me! I have notes to finish transcribing and then I'm going to get some rest (if my co-worker, the beautiful and talented Bobbi, doesn't snore all night again). Our conference ends at 3:30 and then we have to drive the 4oo and some miles back to Forsyth.

Our annual conservation achievement banquet is Sunday and after that I have a plethora of meetings to plan and attend. I'm not sure when I'll get it done, but I plan to have a nervous breakdown sometime soon.

Ha! I'm so not...I am loving this and you all know it.

So hugs, be safe and I'll stop over and see you all soon. I promise!


bobbi said...

the beautiful and talented bobbi doesnt snore, she sleeps like an angel, peaceful & quiet!!LOL! it is absoulutely beautiful here!

Menchie said...

It's been ages since i last saw an eclipse.

have a good weekend Laurie!

KGMom said...

Laurie--your moon shots had me chuckling. I went out to try to photograph the eclipse, and got the same trailing effect of light. Tried several times--finally got one small shot. But, since I had crouched down to steady the camera, my biggest concern was getting back up!

Hilary said...

Fun, artistic shots.. intended or not! :)

The total eclipse is impossible to capture without a tripod. The shutter needs to stay open for too long for my shaky hands. I feel your pain. I think I'll be looking for one very soon.

I did manage to get some shots of the early and later parts of the eclipse, and have posted them too.

Wolf said...

Wow, those are sweet picks! I had to show my CO workers. They loved how the tracking ones turned out, I have the first one as a background and have people walking buy asking me about it.

Gina said...

What is the point of a hot tub that is not hot enough, I ask you? I hate that.

Q said...

Sounds as if you are having a fun time! The eclipes was beautiful.
Just watching it was a joy.
Glad you were able to get a clear shot and some artsy ones!

Ginnie said...

Yes, the eclipse was amazing and you had a wonderful place to view it.

seventh sister said...

great moon shots!

Mary said...

Whaat? Your moon shots are very entertaining :o)

I'm hearing a lot of good life going on with you. So happy you're doing well :o)

moos said...

I love your pics. I watched the eclipse, but knew better - didn't even take the camera out!

Hope that all is well.

Cathy said...

Those are the BEST moon shots I've seen. You're a HOOT! That one looks like a sperm. (I think I can say that here. This is an adults-only blog, right ;0)

Pam said...

Your first shots of the moon were very interesting. They resembled seedlings or maybe sperm, depending on which track your mind takes. Your final shot was a beauty.

Cathy said...

See!? Pam agrees with me ;0)

Sometimes Saintly Nick said...

Fairmont Springs looks like a nice place to be.

Thanks for the photos, Laurie. I found all of them neat.

Pink said...

Hey! You're in my hood (sort of) I love used to take us there every year...we didn't stay in the resort of course...but we used the hot springs - wonderful!

I was wondering what the photos were - at first I thought it was a photo of invetro fertilisation.


Maybe I'm just looooony!

Squirl said...

What cool moon shots you got. I can handle being mooned any day if it's like this. :-)

Ur-spo said...

we saw the eclipse from the deck of our cruise; lovely event.
hard to imagine how this used to set off great angst about the end of the world.

Anonymous said...

Your mom needs a tri pod for her birthday.