For all of you who have been waiting to send me last year's Xmas gifts.
You must now rule out the Sigma APO DG 70-300 lens as a potential gift. I bought this bad-girl from a, well bad-girl I suppose for about $133.00, which is a real bargain in Korea.
It's a nice lens too, although I'm still figuring it out. The first thing I did, of course, was take it out to take picture of bugs, stinking bugs.
The first bug was a fly on a wall (a bit cliche, even for a walking, talking cliche such as myself!) as I walked across Namsan Mountain and took a bit of refuge from the sun in a redwood-ish pagoda on the side of the hill.
The fly was obliging and hung out til I could figure out how to engage the macro. So I got two or three shots of which the one on the right is best by far.
Also, I learned that a picture of a fly on a wall is not only pretty uncompelling, but it also doesn't seem to reflect much about Korea.
Lesson learned, lesson learned
Then, when Yvonne and I went to see the Egyptian Exhibit, we also hung out at the little pond in front of the Museum and, lo and behold, a dragonfly came by and alit on the one sad leaf of pond-grass that stuck up out of the algae-ridden pond.
So I got me another pic.
Now, of course, we come to tragedy. We arrived home and there was a cockroach in the bathtub. Yvonne went in to shower - which she does Korean style, standing on the bathroom floor with the drain open. This means she didn't have to actually get in there with George, as we had named him. But it did mean she splashed enough water on little George that he expired soggily.
I didn't want to pick him up in his waterlogged state, so waited until the tub had dried out and..
It must have been CockaRoach Easter, cause George was back to life!
Or, those cockroaches are as tough as they say.
So, with George dry and alive, I got an empty yogurt cup, some cardboard, and trapped George and let him go outside.
Here is a picture of George, valiantly trundling away.
With that it was bed time and so I went to bed.
When I looked out my window.. Woe betide! Alas!
Poor George had not got very far.
This truly sh*tty pic is of George, on his back, six little legs to the sky, communing with the Great Insect What Lives in the Heavens.
And Yvonne can chalk up another kill!