For this edition of #throwbackthursday, it’s little me in a frilly dress. Apparently, I was in some sort of pageant in the Philippines. I don’t think I won. I remember my aunt tried to put eyeliner on me and I freaked out that a semi-sharp object was that close to my eyeball. Probably why I didn’t win. Also, if this photo is anything to go by, my posture was awful—like a little dude in a dress. #tbt #oldphotos #me
Bee wing. Okay, I have to confess. I found this bee, dead in my garden, and I posed it this way on one of my marigolds. I am not crazy enough to get this close to a live bee with my iPhone. Or, maybe I am just a total creepster, posing dead bee bodies for my own amusement. It’s a different kind of crazy. #macro #entomology #photography #nature #insects
A few weeks ago, we attended Scotsfest over Memorial Day weekend. We watched our friend, Bryan, participate in the Games, and we pretty much went hog wild this time, basically eating and drinking our way through a sort of Mini Scotland.
Wait, first thing’s first! We gave our Christmas presents to our friends, Matt and Meghan, whom we haven’t seen since December. Meghan’s present was a Tardis nightlight, which I thought was neat-o.
Okay, first up: meat pies! Here I am with with my friend, Allen, posing with our pies.
Blaine, double-fisting beers. Only kidding, the Stella is mine.
Then it was time for Haggis! I had it for the first time in Scotland, and I am crazy for the stuff. Yum!
Haggis and beer is one of my favorite pairings! Interesting fact: it has been illegal to import haggis from the UK since 1971 because of a ban on a traditional ingredient of sheep’s lung. The Department of Agriculture has deemed this particular offal unsafe for consumption due to the risk of mad cow disease. Apparently, this haggis is US inspected, and probably doesn’t contain any? I don’t know exactly, but it was delicious.
Then, everyone took turns trying the Haggis. Here’s Rudy.
Shaun and Haggis.
Allen vs. Haggis. Yeah, the general consensus was not positive.
They attempted a 40-man caber toss to set a world record. A few people dropped theirs, and the final count was 36, but still broke the record. Here is our friend, Bryan, participating in this historical event. He did well and did not drop his caber.
So many cabers all at once! I was going to make a joke here using this as a euphemism for something untoward, but I’m just going to go ahead and stop myself. Photo taken by Allen, because I was not allowed on the field.
Blaine, spectating with a Guinness and some Fish ‘n Chips.
Bryan throws a caber!
This nice, actual Scottish man at the whiskey tasting area poured Blaine a tiny sample.
Blaine, holding his miniscule, $7 sample of whiskey.
Matt and Meghan
While Blaine sampled whiskey, I was on a hunt for ice cream. Can you believe that on this sunny California day, only ONE vendor sold ice cream, and it was Dippin’ Dots?! I don’t even think that counts. I had this fabulous idea to dip some shortbread I bought into ice cream, which is such a freaking AWESOME IDEA that I might just have my very own shortbread ice cream booth at the festival next year and make a bajillion dollars.
I mean, look at that! IT’S BLOODY BRILLIANT.
To cap off this great day, we grabbed a sausage roll and banger on the way out.
What a great day!
I’ve decided that from now on, instead of going, “OHMYGOD WHAT IS THAT?!” I am going to try to properly identify the creatures and plants I photograph. This is Condylostylus Occidentalis, commonly known as a Long-legged Fly. They feed on small, common garden pests, like mites and aphids, making them a beneficial insect to have around. Hurray, knowledge! #macro #entomology #nature #photography #insects #gardening