tesla chargers out back

A row of Tesla Chargers

There is now a row of shiny new Tesla chargers in a back parking lot at Waterford Lakes in Orlando. Not being a Tesla owner myself I have no idea if they’re a super-charger. It’s been something of a six month project to get them installed in the second half of last year, and then they were blocked when Waterford Lakes held its traveling Christmas Carnival in that same back parking lot.

Why they would put them in such an out-of-the-way location is beyond my mere capacity to understand these things. I’m assuming that you drive your Tesla up to one, hook up the charging cable, then wait for the Tesla’s battery to fully charge. Then you detach, put the cable back, and drive away. The reason why I wonder why they’re so far in the back is that Tesla chargers have been undergoing a bit of vandalism as of late, as well as ICE (Internal Combustion Engine) treatment, wherein a big honkin’ truck driven by a big stupid redneck parks in a slot and then walks off. But seeing as big stupid rednecks are also a bit lazy, it’s probably a good idea. Otherwise they’d (gasp! horror! shock!) have to actually walk a bit to get to anything in the shopping center. So maybe there is some method to this madness.

Tesla Chargers Front

The sign next to each of the chargers says parking is limited to 30 minutes, so I can only assume that the Tesla will be reasonably charged (perhaps fully) in a half hour.


home garden photography

I have been working more and more with my camera equipment lately, having purchased a few items that were heavily discounted during Christmas, as well as going back to some very old equipment I purchased eight or more years ago. One of those old purchases was my humble but vital tripod, a Benro A-269M8 with a B-1 head and Arca clamp. My Pen F has the Olympus grip ECG-4 with the Arca plate rails machined into the grip. With a Lumix G Macro 1:2.6/30mm macro lens, it makes for a very competent setup. A camera on a tripod allows you to slow down and literally focus on one precise spot in the viewfinder, and to make sure it’s in critical focus. And so I put my Pen F with the 30mm mounted on my tripod, with the Pen F in manual focus, to work earlier this evening during the golden hour. I was then able to photograph some of the flowers in my back yard garden in a satisfactory fashion I haven’t been able to in a very long time.

Everything was post processed using Olympus RAW in Lightroom 6. I resisted the urge to post process even further in some of my Lightroom plugins, such as the old Nik Collection’s Color Efex Pro 4. I’m trying for subtlety of tones and colors, not the “technicolor puke” also known as HDR. Believe it or not, that’s the way the bougainvillea in the first two photos actually looks.

I have a lot more flowers beginning to bloom, thanks to global warming. Today’s temperature was 81F, and it will be in the low eighties all next week. Not bad for January in central Florida.