Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Monday, August 27, 2007
Sunday, August 12, 2007
... you'll break your neck. I have no idea how Grey Pelicans don't break their necks every time they dive. I'll put up some more later, but this sequence shows a Grey Pelican going in for a kill. It is impressive to watch them skim inches above the water only to rise up and plunge into the water for a catch.
They were pretty far off from the beach, so these aren't as impressively up close as I would have liked.
As always, full size here.
Posted by Matt Dick at 6:27 PM
It's pronounced "Body", which leads to all sorts of cool speculation about the origin. We stayed a few minutes from this lighthouse, which is my favorite of the Carolina lighthouses. I took it from the porch of the lighthouse keeper's cottage.
Full size here.
Posted by Matt Dick at 6:02 PM
... or an evening, really. Courtesy of my parents-in-law, we spent the week in a rented house on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. It was an absolutely great vacation.
The two small black spots in the sky on the right and left are not specks on the lens, they are both dragonflies, which filled the skies in the evenings. A look at the full-size of the picture will show that they are indeed insects.
Posted by Matt Dick at 5:19 PM
Monday, June 25, 2007
Fun for a Sunday. This is a white hearth loaf that took me (with the rising cycles) all of Sunday. It starts with a sponge which is always fun because the risen size is always dramatic. The kids enjoyed looking at it, but weren't as blown away by the rising as I expected.
The full gallery, including a few pictures showing the various stages is here.
Posted by Matt Dick at 7:39 AM
Friday, June 22, 2007
Saturday, June 16, 2007
Sunday, June 03, 2007
Sunday, May 06, 2007
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
Sunday, April 22, 2007
The grackle is the one with the iridescent head, the one flying is a red-winged blackbird. The great variety of blackbirds in Northern Illinois is awfully fun. Grackles fly in large packs and are very smart and efficient at emptying feeders. They also attract a lot of brown-headed cowbirds, which lay their eggs in the grackles nests, and the grackles raise the cowbird babies -- opportunism at its best.
If you look closely at the full-sized original, you can see the grackle has a seed in its mouth.
Posted by Matt Dick at 3:12 PM
Monday, April 09, 2007
Wednesday, April 04, 2007
Thursday, February 15, 2007
Most of you already know what St. Baldrick's is.
For those who need an introduction, every year I participate in a charity event which raises money for childhood cancerresearch. The event is called St. Baldrick's. Shavees, as we're called, volunteer to have our heads shaved for donations from nice people like you all.
From now until March 16th I raise money from everyone I can. And then on the event day I go into downtown Chicago to Fado's Irish Pub at a big, fantastically fun event and my donators can see me get my head shaved, can bid on auction items, and can have a few beers, free bar food and just hang out. We've had an enormous amount of fun the last few years.
The standard donation is $50, but I've been pleased to receivedonations as low as $1 and as high as $1,000. My largest donator gets the added benefit of taking the first swipe at my head with the shaver. Last year I exceeded my goal of $5,000! This year I'm increasing my goal to $7,500.
My employer, Motorola, matched contributions last year, so check with your employer for matching contributions.
For a little background, my cousin Nathan was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma on April 1, 2003. He is now 6 years old and still fighting. You can read about his fight at his website:
My page is located here, you can find a "Donate On-line" button which is secure and about as easy as buying a book from Amazon. It's fully tax deductable and instructions are on-line. You can also print a donation form and use the normal U.S. Post.
If you have any questions, please contact me
Posted by Matt Dick at 2:41 PM
Wednesday, January 31, 2007
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Monday, January 08, 2007
Wednesday, January 03, 2007
Margot's new telescope is utterly fantastic. We are having a ton of fun with it, having looked at Saturn and Titan a few nights ago. I tried a photograph through the eyepiece (hand held) last night. The result is better than I expected. You can click on the image to see the full-sized image.
Posted by Matt Dick at 5:51 PM