Goldfinches at the feeders

I cleaned and filled the bird feeders one morning earlier this week. I asked Suzi how long she thought until we’d have visitors. She was confident our feeders would see use by that same afternoon. And she was right!

I was at the computer with my back to the feeders when Suzi said there were 30 birds at the feeders. I thought she was exaggerating. When I turned around, I scared them away to a nearby tree. I counted as they returned. This time, Suzi was wrong. There were more than 50 goldfinches on the feeders and on the ground beneath!

Cannon Beach

Cannon Beach Walk Time Lapse

We took a quick trip to Cannon Beach because the weather was so nice. We walked from W 2nd street to just beyond Haystack Rock and back. On the way back,1 I took a picture every ten paces to create a time lapse of the walk.2

Because of a disappearing cell phone, we walked the route a second time, re-tracing our steps and calling the cell phone’s number. Amazed that no one answered the phone (except when I mis-dialed once…Hi, Heather!) we again searched the coat, and found it!

Beach time lapse inspired by smelliot at GIFtychs.

1The first time…
2I also created an animated gif of the walk, but beware — it’s 7.29 MB huge!

Late Afternoon, Take 2

Afternoon Delight

I made an animated GIF of small portion of yesterday’s time lapse.

I finally figured out how to get GIMP 2 to dither the colors. From GIMP’s file menu, select Image > Mode > Indexed. Select the maximum number of colors (I chose 128 for this image) and select the dithering method. Click “convert” to go. Then export to animated GIF as usual.

GIFtychs’ Time Lapse Out Plane Window


I like taking pictures out plane windows. I like making animated GIFs. I want to try making time lapse photos.1 This picture from GIFtychs which combines all three inspires me to try something similar.

Photo credit: GIFtychs.
1In fact, this is one reason I stayed with a Canon point and shoot. I want to try using CHDK to make some time lapses.