Minnesota. Lake of the Woods.
Home to wildlife and pure Nature in quantities that defy comprehension.
This bird was brave and bold. Hopefully I’ve captured both his color and his spirit in this graphic.
I sit in an empty room. The floor is grey, the walls are the same grey, and the ceiling is. . . invisible. It’s not really there. The walls sort of keep rising until they fade into a fog that absorbs them. This is either purgatory or stasis–God knows I’m not producing anything good these days. The stats this year prove it.
A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 430 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 7 trips to carry that many people.
There were 49 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 192 MB. That’s about 4 pictures per month.
The busiest day of the year was March 27th with 33 views. The most popular post that day was Portrait Portfolio.
Compared to my two previous years (below), these stats indicate a flat line that seems to point right at my camera. That’s mostly why I have decided to not purchase a new lens–what would I do with it, anyway?
This is not sadness or depression–it is a realization. A reflection. Knowledge.
All that now remains is acceptance.
Maybe recovery. Can I climb out of this hole?
2014: 430 hits, 25 posts, 49 photos uploaded, 33 on busiest day. Do I exist?
2013: 6,700 hits, 66 posts, 777 photos uploaded, 1,031 on busiest day.
2012: 2,100 hits, 72 posts, 476 photos uploaded, 149 on busiest day.
Previous report details:
I received my annual report from WordPress early this morning. Because it seems I’m in a deep, deep slump, I wasn’t too excited about checking my numbers. For anyone who wants to leave now because of the lack of photos, here’s the “bottom line up front”:
This year: 6,700 hits, 66 posts, 777 photos uploaded, 1,031 on busiest day.
Last year: 2,100 hits, 72 posts, 476 photos uploaded, 149 on busiest day.
My Flickr photo stream now has 26,630 visits. I wish there was a way to annualize the data on Flickr!
I’ll sit on this change for now. What does it mean? Have I traded quality for quantity? Can I reproduce this “trend” next year?
From WordPress (thank you, WordPress, for the creative feedback!):
A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 6,700 times in 2013. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 6 trips to carry that many people.
In 2013, there were 66 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 138 posts. There were 777 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 1 GB. That’s about 2 pictures per day.
The busiest day of the year was January 31st with 1,013 views.
Interesting. But how does that compare to last year?
600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 2,100 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 4 years to get that many views.
In 2012, there were 72 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 74 posts. There were 476 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 621 MB. That’s about a picture per day.
The busiest day of the year was December 8th with 149 views.
These photos show what I’ve learned in the past two years. Seeing was average, with intermittent clouds blocking my view. The November weather was cool, but very forgiving. I bounced back and forth between Modern Family and the Moon.
This time, I used every trick in the bag. 1200mm, motor drive, RAW and processed in Nikon CapureNX.
First, black and white (camera mode monochrome):
Next, color enhanced:
Rain was forecast for today.
Then the rain hit hard last night and into the early morning.
Then clear skies were predicted.
Then clouds persisted into the mid-afternoon.
I left work and saw the clouds part. I went to a parking lot where I had a clear view of the setting sun. Snapped together my aging equipment, threw a blanket over my head and the camera so that I could see the image. Captured with a Nikon D300, through a 1200mm reflector. Processed using Darktable and Gimp.
Woke up earlier than expected to see it take place. Estimates were far off, though. When I went outside to see whether weather had snuffed my opportunity, this is what I saw:
My youngest came out–escorted by my wife–blinking to comprehend what I was showing him.
I watched, I wondered, and then I shot a few more photos.
Here’s the moon tonight. Digi-scoped through the 1200mm reflector with my Samsung Galaxy S4. If I can struggle enough, I’ll be up to capture the eclipse. There’s a narrow (very, very narrow) window tomorrow morning to catch a shadow on the Moon in Kansas. Houses and trees will block my view and will require me to drive to clear skies. I will need to be a morning person (which I’m not), and I’ll need to be on the ball.
If I’m lucky, you’ll see it here.
Here’s a result from my systems check tonight:
This black toad hopped around while I was out mowing. He escaped the whirling blades of death by ducking beneath the fence.
When I went out to put everything away, he was sitting next to this yellow-orange toadstool.
He remained in place for me to snap about ten photos. It was quiet and time stopped; it really seemed magical.