Oh, it’s on!

I got home around 6 p.m. to find one of the San Pedro cactus night-blooming blossoms just itchin’ to open up and I rushrushrushed to get everything set up to capture it in all its glory, which my blogbud Julia asked in the comments of my first attempt if I’d actually taken a picture of the picture-taking apparatusesses.

I had not, but I did this time (click to triplify):


It ain’t pretty, but it works.

You’ll notice the bloom that’s the focus of my attentions on the far left, and a couple feet from it the clamp light rigged to the long branch to provide the illumination I was lacking last time after dark. I did opt for a 40-watt bulb instead of the 100 that was in there… for two reasons: 1) I don’t wanna blow out the image, and 2) the thing being nocturnal I don’t want to confuse it with too much light.

You’ll also find the tripod taped precariously to the top of the rickety ladder and the laptop balanced upon a piece of slate tile upon one of the ladder’s steps. The one thing you won’t find is the Airport basestation because I figured out how to record a sequence of images without having to upload anything to any servers. The drawback is no as-it-happens webcam. The bonus? I’m triggering an image every five seconds, which if all goes well, could mean some reallly cool timelapse movie tomorrow.

Fingers crossed!

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Will Campbell arrived in town via the maternity ward at Good Sam Hospital way back in OneNineSixFour and has never stopped calling Los Angeles home. Presently he lives in Silver Lake with his wife Susan, their cat Rocky, dogs Terra and Hazel, and a red-eared slider turtle named Mater. Blogging since 2001, Will's web endeavors extend back to 1995 with laonstage.com, a comprehensive theater site that was well received but ever-short on capital (or a business model). The pinnacle of his online success (which speaks volumes) arrived in 1997, when much to his surprise, a hobby site he'd built called VisuaL.A. was named "best website" in Los Angeles magazine's annual "Best of L.A." issue. He enjoys experiencing (and writing about) pretty much anything creative, explorational and/or adventurous, loves his ebike, is a better tennis player than he is horr golfer, and a lover of all creatures great and small -- emphasis on "all."