Sunday, August 30, 2009

Held Captive on a Lazy Weekend


This was a fairly lazy weekend for us here in Georgia.  Last night as I was attempting to go outside to retrieve something from my vehicle, this giant spider put a damper on my efforts. It’s entire web spanned from one post to the other on my side porch making exit from that doorway impossible (unless of course I wanted to be wrapped up in a sticky web fighting off it’s contractor!)  I don’t even have a wide enough angled lens to get a shot of the entire web. 
This morning though, the web and it’s homeowner were no where to be seen. 
Later in the day found Anna and I doing “crafts” with materials we have around the house.  Here are a couple of shots of our Faux Leather Harry Potter Wizard Wands.
These were made with an 8 1/2”x11” piece of copy paper, hot glue, “Elmo’s” glue, and acrylic paint.  It was easy – took about an hour.  Maybe when we do our next couple (we want to make some with different colors) I’ll photograph Anna and post a picture tutorial.  We really enjoyed our time today and want to make a lot more magic wands.  Maybe they’ll even bring a little magic our way!

Sunday, August 2, 2009

The Lazy 5 Ranch

A lazy Saturday afternoon yielded us yet another really cool adventure in Rowan County, North Carolina.  At the Lazy 5 Ranch we were able to get up close and personal with animals from 6 different continents.  There was a walk-thru “petting” area where we were entertained by the endangered Ring-tailed Lemurs, koi, a multitude of bird varieties, a couple of porcupines, and some giant bunnies
The neatest part of the adventure was a 3.5 mile safari where wild animals just walked right up to your vehicle.  They also offered an option of riding a horse-drawn wagon but we opted to drive through and photograph the animals by hanging out of the sunroof. 
The Lazy 5 Ranch is owned and operated by Mr. Henry Hampton and is located at 15100 Mooresville Road, Mooresville, NC  28115.  You can visit their website for more information by clicking here.
**Note:  This entry is graphic intensive**
Almost all of these images were captured by a Nikon D60 with a Sigma 70-300 lens, hand-held, on Auto.  Things were moving just a little too fast to be fiddling around with manual exposures.  For more information you can click the image and view the photo properties on my Flickr Photo Stream.