sunfish expedition

friday night was the “moving to austin” party for my friend, kolby, at hell house (the house that’s considered home base for the hellkats, our bike group). it was a nice, smallish get together, but i was worn out and only had two beers all night.

i had noticed a few fish in the creek the other day that were red with bright blue-green fins, and i really wanted to catch one to see it up close, so we went to the store and picked up a little dora the explorer fishing pole. as expected, a kid’s pole turned out to be the perfect size for catching small fish in the creek. i ended up with a count of nineteen. if you’re wondering, all but a few went straight back into the creek; i brought my favorites home and put them in a big tank to see how they do.

green sunfish:

longear sunfish (the one i was after):

can you believe how gorgeous that fish is?

it was nice to just take a day off and relax. it seems like, with work and projects and everything else, there’s never any time to do anything but.

i can never get enough of these little toads:

this shy snapping turtle wouldn’t come any closer to the camera:

creek fun & catfish rescue

mom called me at around 10pm last night and said “i don’t want you to be alarmed, but i coughed up a little blood and came to the hospital.” understandably alarmed, we drove straight over and waited for her x-rays and blood work to come back. i should mention, at this point, that she slipped and fell in her friends’ sailboat a little over a week ago. she didn’t get too hurt, but she pulled the muscles in her chest and has been in a little bit of pain ever since. so, of course, i’m now convinced that she broke a rib, which sent splinters into her lungs, and she’s now bleeding to death.

it turns out, of course, that there was absolutely nothing wrong. the dr did say that she might have hurt the cartilage in her sternum in the fall, so she’ll just have to put up with the pain for a while. i snapped a few iphone shots of her making faces and wearing the blood pressure sleeve on her head, but if i post them, she just may end my life. so, moving on.

mr jonathan youngblood picked me up from work today, and i asked him to drive over to a little wooded area so i could take my daily polaroid. i found a little creek, so we climbed down to play for a bit. he picked stones for his rock garden while i had conversations with everything that moved.

i tried to catch this little softshell turtle for jonathan to see, but i barely missed him. i have a feeling we’ll meet again, though, because i intend to go back when i have a few hours to poke around and take photos.

one day, this cute little green fella will be a dragonfly:

while jonathan filled a bag with with stones, i took a clumsy stroll down the creek to see what other interesting things i might find.

i’m glad i decided to walk a little farther because i (barely) spotted this bullhead. he was maybe 1′ long and was stuck in a little rocky area with no way out. he’d been there a while; a film had formed over most of his body. in fact, i wasn’t even sure he was alive until i tickled him. so, i did what anyone would when faced with this situation: i emptied the cameras and film out of my slingshot bag, coaxed him inside, then carried him a little ways upstream to a spot where the creek forms a pool. i watched him swim around and chase the other fish for a few minutes, then wished him luck and went on my way. i included a photo of him, but you should watch the little video of his adventure below.

polamour – a polaroid a day

one of the bigger things i’m working on right now is my polaroid a day project, polamour. i won’t bore you with all the details because you can find them on the polamour site, but i’m over half a year into it right now. i’ve run two sx-70s into their graves so far and will have to buy another one soon. i get my film from ebay, friendly donations/trades, and the impossible project.

this shot was taken with a polaroid 600se (goose!) medium format + 127mm 4.7 lens and expired polaroid 669.

in the beginning

the blog: this post will likely turn into part of an “about” page at some point, but i’m leaving navigation out of the design until i have a little more content. i’ve had online journals for almost nine years now and decided it was finally time to work on an everyday blog, as i’ve been slacking off on my regular blog for some time now and don’t really feel comfortable using my photography blog for daily life. fair warning: you’ll still likely be subjected to mass amounts of photos.

the girl: i’m not much for tidy, professional bios, so here’s a bunch of random data that may or may not interest you. my name is haley carmen luna. it’s not my fault; my parents were hippies. i’m thirty-one, which sounds much older than it feels. i grew up in bisbee, arizona, attended high school in bowling green, ohio, and now reside in oklahoma city, oklahoma, where i’m perpetually engaged in a three year battle with the city to allow urban chickens. i’m not married and don’t have any children. or an etsy store. i do have an ornery dog that i raised from the day after he was born (because someone dumped a basket of brand new puppies), six corn snakes, and two bettas. i try to ride bicycles more than i drive. my mom is my best friend and the best person i’ve ever known. i inherited her webbed toes. i’m a full time web designer / developer and rest of the time photographer. i don’t live on a ranch anymore, but i work for an international horse sport organization. i like naps, artichokes, jumping spiders, and polaroid.

the name: remember the fleetwood mac song “gypsy”? it starts out like this:

so i’m back to the velvet underground
back to the floor that i loved
to a room with some lace and paper flowers

i would sing my little heart out to pretty much any and every song when i was growing up, and sometimes i sang what i heard instead of the actual words. so, for years, i thought stevie nicks was musing about “sunlace” and paper flowers. in order for that to make sense, my brain immediately decided that sunlace was, in fact, a real thing: the pattern of sunlight on the ground when it’s filtered through tree leaves.

i’m positive that i’ve forgotten countless things since my childhood, but i still look at patches of sunlight through trees and think, “ooh, sunlace.”

and, sometimes, i still sing it that way.