The evening before last, a large front came through. It rained and stormed through the night – not violently but steadily and evenly with purpose. And the next morning the rain stopped, and the wind blew. A majestic grey sky dominated the heavens. Massive clouds, these tall ships with all sail set, forced their way from the south, scraping far above them, threatening all below – but, for naught! For all their bluster, by noon all was calm.
A neat line of puffy cumulus clouds rowed by as if nothing ever happened. By mid-afternoon – nothing but clear blue sky. And by evening, the purity of the lone setting sunset, with the tiniest spec of a cloud in the sky as a long distant reminder of things…
Well, it’s been a long time coming. It took imagination and hours of hard work to make the web camera page a reality. Most webcams offer a poor quality, grainy type-of picture. They provide a live video stream with a high frame rate but poor picture detail. That might be okay for security or other applications but I have always dreamed of something better, something more refined. Red Mill Pond is such a beautiful and unique environment. Doesn’t it deserve something better?
I finally came up with a solution. It involves connecting a Nikon DSLR camera to a computer, which is then hooked-up to the Internet. The computer uses special software to take a high definition picture every fifteen minutes. I then use other software programs to optimize the image quality and upload the picture to the Red Mill Pond website.
Of course nothing can take the place of the human eye. And what this whole process has really taught me is just how amazing our eyes really are, and how much we take their capability for granted. Also, I cannot duplicate the artistry and skill of a professional landscape photographer in an automated process. So, this effort represents the best I can do with the equipment and techniques I have available at this point in time.