Now this is unprecedented.
This carrot was picked yesterday in southeastern Pennsylvania, which is about 40 degrees North latitude.
Yes, that's right. A January harvest. And it was good too.
Seriously weird.* I have a voicemail in to Al Gore.
There is another January harvest of sorts I wanted to share. A new addition to the Clarity of Night family:
This is something I've been salivating over, and my birthday was a good excuse to splurge. It's a revolutionary lens by Nikon that offers extreme focal length range (18 to 200mm) with good optics and a vibration reduction system. It's going to make a difference here, because I can be far more flexible in my framing of shots. The ability to go from wide angle to substantial zoom is awesome.
It's not lost on me that photography is the quiet anchor of this blog. I take it for granted, which is kind of crazy, but it's such a nice creative outlet that it doesn't feel like work. Which brings me to a question. Do you ever want to discuss photography issues here? (I'm thinking not, but what the heck, I'll ask.)
Here's a Photography 101 hint of the day. Always buy a UV filter to fit any new lens. By leaving one on permantently, you not only get the beneficial effects of the filter (less "haze" in distant landscape shots), but if you accidently damage the front the lens, you don't have to be put on suicide watch. You've only destroyed an inexpensive filter, not the lens itself.
(*You may be wondering why such a lovely carrot was not picked at a proper harvest time. The answer, my friends, lies in the epic Groundhog Wars of 2007. You see, during a bitter, brutal, and frankly personal struggle, an entire crop of carrots was stunted by the periodic nipping of two naughty groundhogs. But, as you can see, we had the last laugh, because apparently September to January is now a viable growing season in our area.)