The first set is the much-anticipated fish pictures. Our camera is not very good, so I will take more if I get the SeaLife camera for Christmas. (I say "if" because--since the SeaLife officially arrived a week-and-a-half ago--it has been hidden at my inlaws' house until the holidays. So it is offically a gift, and I am therefore not supposed to know about it!)
The cichlids. From left to right, they are Amrod and Amras (yellow), Feanor (spotted), Fingon (dark orange), and Curufin (light orange).
The prima donnas again. Amrod is on the left and Amras on the right. I am such a dork that I have learned to tell the difference.
These are of Mack the Knife. He is very wiggly and so does not photograph well. Hopefully, the overall effect is possible if I post different angles. He looks a lot like a cross between a fish and an eel.
Poking his head out of the cave:
Nosing around in the gravel for food:
Swimming around in front of his cave (his head is to the right of the picture):
Next are the pictures of our rink that I took on what might be the last time I skated there. This is only a selection of the best; I will post them all if the rink does in fact close, most likely.
The front of the rink:
The old clock and special skates sign, which isn't even used anymore. And the clock is always fast, so Ms. Jackie is always yelling at us, "That's not right! We still have ten minutes!" :^P
The gorgeous wood floor, some of my teammates, and the cheesy '70s lighting effects:
Bobby took these when Ms. Jackie put the lights down and let us free skate. They are blurry, yet I was awed by the effect the lights created. Somehow, it seems to capture the dizzy energy that skating represents for me.
Bobby took these too. I've never seen myself skate, so I asked him to try photographing me while I did a held-knee spiral so that I could see how my positioning looked. The photos didn't turn out as I'd intended...but they turned out cooler than I expected! I look like a ghost. They're quite ethereal.
And posing like the showoff that I am. I had an awful Charlie horse in the calf of my pointed leg at the time. Ouchie.
Finally, Bobby and I went hiking yesterday on the Ridge Trail at Patapsco Valley State Park. This is just a selection of the pictures that I took, those that I think will interest people the most. All of the pictures (and an account of the hike) can be found in the_nautilus here.
I think that this was a turtle shell. I suspect that the "scales" have worn off it because it was so old. It was very porous and felt like it would be very easy to break, so I suspect that it is quite old.
Mr. Toad was hiding under the dead turtle shell!
We found a living baby snapping turtle in a big puddle alongside the road. Here he is in his natural environment.
Then, of course, Bobby picked him up. Who needs fingers? :^P Since science is all about observing with all of one's senses, I will say that this was one stinky turtle.
I finally caught a cicada! Summer is not complete until I catch a cicada and tease Bobby with it. (Oh, how I loved the seventeen-year locusts in 2004!) My freaky double-jointed thumb also makes an appearance.
The ruins that we found in the woods. I don't know what function these buildings served or even how old they are.
Someone shared my philosophies: peace and nature!
Bobby stopped suddenly on the trail at one point...because there were twin fawns about ten meters ahead of us! I got a picture of each before they dashed into the woods.