Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Okay....I'm a Dope!

I wanted to show you what I saw earlier this week, so I stopped on my way home to shoot this video. My subjects were there just as I thought they would be. You'll notice that it is shot holding the camera the wrong way.....ONCE AGAIN! I make this mistake all the time. You think I would learn. I'm posting it anyway, because I think you might like it even though I'm a dope!


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23 comments:

  1. Stevie...I am the dope...are they bats???

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  2. Jill, they are. When I watch the video using Windows Media Player they are much easier to see. I don't know if there is a way for you to see it that way or not.

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  3. Are you posting this to make me feel better about myself?

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  4. We would never have known if you didn't dip down to the street and buildings!

    Yikes...that's a lot of bats!

    And I loved your cute southern accent! :)

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  5. Okay, the bats were cool, but what I REALLY loved was that deep southern accent!!! And funny, just yesterday I was wondering what your accent might sound like. Mine's a very midwestern Walter Cronkite.

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  6. Thanks Betsy and Willow. I listened to myself first to make sure I didn't sound like too much of a hick. One of my grands is always correcting my speech....I call her the speech nazi.

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  7. I used to have a mountain cabin and the bats would fly inside and terrorize all the kids.

    Side note: I have long been a fan of James Thurber's writings, I had no idea he was so cute. ;-]

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  8. Wow, this puts that clip of mine that I posted a month ago or so to shame!! Wonderful! I LOVE bats.;)) Truly "you will not have any mosquitos after this".;))

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  9. Wow, what a phenom. I have only seen this many bats (more actually) when in TX. Maybe these bats are migrating?? Are they in this area always? Is there a big bridge near there? In Austin the bats roost under a big bridge.

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  10. Lisa, I've watched those bats from the top of the bridge in Austin. That was truly amazing! I wondered if these could be migrating as well. I've lived here 20 + years, seen a few bats most days, but never like this. That is why I speculated that they could have taken up in the empty building in that location. There is a cave at the end of my road as well.

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  11. Wow! What a lot of bats! Amazing! I've seen lots of bats, but never so many all at once...

    (and you don't sound like a hick...just sweetly southern)

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  12. I do this ALL the time too.. no kidding. It's like I turn the camera to get a vertical shot without thinking and that works just fine. I naturally do the same for video. I can rotate them though. I figured out how to do that a while back and if you want me to try, I can probably correct your raw copy of the video. I'll be away from home for a couple of days, so I can help you out on the weekend if you like. :)

    The bats are very cool. You must have a fresh crop of mosquitoes or flying ants.

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  13. Thanks Hilary, I need all the help I can get in this area!

    As to mosquitoes...we always have them.

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  14. Homing bats?

    I would have done the same, after all 'still' shots work when turned on the side ... silly video thing needs to do the same!

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  15. Wow, that's a lot of bats! I wish we had that many here ... 'course, we might. I've never tried to count them. Bats are one of my favorite mammals. :)

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  16. Those little guys eat TONS of mosquitos! Thanks for sharing your batty buddies and I won't say a thing about falling out of my chair because I thought I'd gone sideways.

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  17. Now I know why I never use the video feature on *my* digital camera! But you aren't a dope! You got who knows how many people who'd been staring at their monitors for hours to do a neck stretch - well, to the left at least. :-) Gorgeous sunset, btw.

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  18. One more thing - that many bats, they may've come out of the trees. They did in older residential areas of Las Vegas. Nobody at the BBQ I was at warned me what would happen when the sun went down. Silly me, I thought they were just birds *because they came out of the trees* in every yard on the block!

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  19. Very Cool mom. I don't think i would have noticed the camera was the wrong way a first if you hadn't pointed it out. Very cool. Maybe I can check it out some day when I am over at your house.

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  20. I can remember floating in a friend's pool in the evening and watching the bats fly home to roost.

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  21. Bummer video won't come up on my iPhone so I will check it out tomorrow when I get up (out of bed... Ha ha )

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  22. The bats are truely amazing...but it's your wonderful, soft, southern voice that I enjoyed the most....If I ever moved down south I know I would end up with a southern accent within a week!...very addictive!...very lovable!

    Whenever I make a movie I always forget and start turning the camera around during the filming:)

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