photo by Am Am
My dear Leisnky,
Whazup buddy?!!! How are the cucumber’s arm, the poo eater fish and Wurli?
I’m at the countryside and the pond where I’ve been swimming last 10 days is full of LIFE, I thought that holding such interest in every single little detail about nature’s processes you would fancy a description of this pond’s fauna, flora another day.
In the pond that we call lake ’cause we wanna make us bigger too, there are a myriad tiny armies of tiny beings with huge eyes battling for best spot or yummiest meal, normally one is associated with the other. If it’s all right with you, We’ll now focus on the main 2 animal collectives which are frogs and dragonflies.
Frogs are amphibians (mostly wet) squeaky creatures and they come as far as the Triassic. Here in the pond-lake they’re on top of tiny beings’ food chain as their predators are bigger animals like polar bears, french, chinese and vietnamese cooks, snakes and pterodactyls; so they’re pretty much the bosses of it all.
The most important thing to know about frogs it is not that they are slippery gawky jumpers with huge weirdly funny feet and witnessing eyes; or that they cannot really talk because their tongue is so lengthy that has to be kept rolled up inside that big mouth and when they want to eat they thow it to wip their prey with it and hopefully the lunch gets stuck in the gummy accumulated saliva made out of unspoken frog words… or that every single frog regards her/himself as an Enrico Caruso; no nothing of that. It’s not even soooo important to know about frogs being permanently stoned with 5-methoxy-N,N-dimethyltryptamine or DMT to abbreviate; scientists think that only some (mexican tods) frogs produce this substance, but they obviate international frog dealership.
Anyway, important thing to know about frogs is that when you’re swimming in the lake you might be gently checked out (constantly observed for sure) to see if you’re real or an hallucination. Honestly I do the same back to them all the time. But they mean and would do no harm… just curious. Frogs love lotus flower or nenufar as singing and quick naps’ platform. Finally and among other insects frogs eat dragonflies.
And Leo, I LOVE DRAGONFLIES, almost as much as I love anchovies or bees, but bees are more… tender and community based hard working explorers that have a vital role in pollination and if that was not enough they make honey… mmmm honey. In comparison dragonflies or libelulas (which I prefer as it’s beautifully onomatopoeic) are hyper fast lazy bastards (no contradiction) who just want to go flying faround, having fun, having sex, laying eggs and eat in fancy restaurants… well actually this may not be very accurate, but you get the difference.
BTW frogs and dragonflies both like mosquitoes as this one sucking my precious blood right now!!! That’s how you recognise a female… mosquito, nhiF!
– Wait just a sec, have to go check something!! ….. another little mouse went in the trap, must be at least the 35th… it’s sooooo cute und small… but they leave a trail of tiny shits (much like the colourful things people sprinkle pies with, but black and not sweet) and make holes in everything. On holidays you go little Mini, raus!!!
So dragonflies… something you might not know is that the earth’s most powerful creature is the fly, it happens so because they’re ruthless pieces of PITA flying beings and just too many. So five thousand hundred million light years ago (a light year less or more) when chinese manufactures wanted to implement the libelules as the new flying sensation, they asked for flies’ permission and these, reunited and decided that as the retarded humans had their mythological invisible dragons they also needed something visible to call dragon and thus was the dragonfly borned into basically a tiny inoffensive dragon on alpha‑methylphenethylamine or amphetamine, they cannot stop and are always shaking their heads, wikipedia says that what goes inside a dragonfly head is some video-game like this
But in reality it is more like this as dragonflies have multifaceted eyes that allow them to watch 7253 female dancing shows at the same time and that’s the truth behind the head shaking, as they constantly saying check it out yo, it’s too good it’s too good, all is flowing dharmakaya papichulo!!!
That may explain the strange reproductive ritual dragonflies carry around, I call it ass-wetting hardcore sex; male and female interconnect and form and organic and orgasmic multicopter that bends so that they can lay the eggs in most dangerous possible place, frémissement!!! Frogs are good and attentive neighbours and help them with the excess of weight, eating as much as they can, if possible also parents; just lovely to see.
So Leo, my kiznit, what’s happening in your nearest pond?
Now I “have to” talk about this other boring thing, so you can go and check =)
Hasta ahorita, your crazy uncle that loves U at least as much as the frog loves the dragonflay ay ay
I wanted to try and capture up close all this incredible relationing I was telling my nephew about with my nikkor push-pull 80-200mm f4.5 – 160-400mm equiv on µFT
Rûmi Chants d’Amour – Je Suis Et Ceci Et Cela. Je Ne Suis Mien (extract)
I apologise for parkinson footage, it’s not that I had slept for almost 3 hours and only drank 16 coffees, it’s ’cause the tripod didn’t exist and neither I wanted to (fake) stabilise in post. As anyone who had handled such a non IS zoom would know it is very very difficult to maintain parafocalness (a new word just have been borned). Add to this fact that this lens is over 40 years old and very moody. So with the flightiness of improvement the experience I built, well more like wrapped up within, this thingie. As an early and probably only prototype, it was made improv style with materials at hand, in this case too thin wraps and some disembled printer parts from a NASA satellite, actually that’s not true, it was from an old Vostok (SOUND: men only chorus of super athletes dressed in tiny shorts)
Anyway thicker black straps would be and look better, more bad ass or pro like, your taste, your choice, your call.
This incredible piece of shit, I mean ‘of mesmerising engineering’ has a double lock system and a zoom limiter, fancy ein? First lock system can be done either under or over the metal bar, depending if further focus fine tuning is required; under (see #7) would allow infinite, over (see invisible #6) closer focus. In the second locking possibility (see #1, uncomplete) the strap would move from the focus ring to the front barrel and around the rubber, this will allow a total lock of focus and only zoom would be possible. Also depending if you want and at what FL to limit the zooming, you can move rubber alongside the steel rod (see #8 and #9).
Last but not least a beautiful dragonfly trippin out as always
don’t be deluded, lens is different ,-)
Yair Dalal – Dombuktchi (extract)