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Biting Off More Than One Can Chew

May 18, 2010

A man who lives at Lake Conroe  (50 miles north of Houston ) saw a ball bouncing around strangely on the surface of the lake and went to investigate.

It turned out to be a flathead catfish that had  apparently tried to eat a basketball, which then became stuck in its mouth. The fish was almost exhausted from trying to dive.It was unable to, because the buoyancy of the ball would always bring him back up to the surface.

The man tried unsuccessfully to simply take the ball out.

So, his wife cut the ball in order to deflate the ball to release the hungry catfish.

You probably wouldn’t have believed this story,
If you didn’t see the following pictures:

Remember to be kinder than necessary

Because everyone bites off more

Than they can chew sometime in life….


Sunrise at OBX

March 21, 2010

I love the ocean…I love the beach. There is nothing more beautiful and serene than watching a sunrise or sunset over the ocean.  I went on vacation to the Outer Banks, NC this past summer.  I stayed near the house in Rondanthe, NC that was featured in a movie.  As part of my artistic side venturing out, I decided that I would get up one morning and “film” the sunrise.  Using my Kodak 5 Mp digital camera and my newly acquired camera tripod, I got up at 5 am and trudged out onto the beach.  Being the old sentimental guy that I am, I brought my Sony PSP and Purdue U. throw blanket out there too to play some tunes. 

I set the camera and tripod up facing the most likely direction the sun would pierce the sky and at 0530 hours I started to click one frame, every 5 minutes until way past 0630 hrs.  Interestingly enough, there are still people that go onto the beach at 0600 to walk and jog, even on a cold summer morning.

Back home, I took all of the photos that I had taken from that sequence and sized them down in Photoshop.  This was done in anticipation of a better upload time and rendering time for later. I then took the sequence of pictures into Adobe AfterEffects and also edited and uploaded a clip from the hit single,”Warmth of the Sun” by the Beach Boys.  The only difficulty was getting each picture to appear long enough to give the scene a flowing feel.   Rendering the final video took no time at all and this is the final product of my stop motion animated sunrise over the Outer Banks.