Wildflower Crazy

I can’t sleep so I’m up searching for my photos from last weekend’s Wildflower Century up in Chico. There’s a company Photo Crazy who sets up triggered cameras at cycling events to take shots of the riders. There’s a big clock by the camera and you’re supposed to remember the time your pic was snapped so you can hunt it down later on their website.
I was a little delirious by time I rolled by their cameras after lunch, so I couldn’t exactly remember when the shots were taken, but I found them soon enough.
They aren’t messing around any more with the watermarks. I guess they figure that the new content aware functionality in PhotoShop CS4, they can’t be too careful.
They want 25 bucks for hi-res images of these shots which is a little stiff, but I’ll think about it. They’re not bad. Normally they give you advanced warning with some signage that you’re approaching the cameras. I might have just had my head down fighting the infernal wind, but I was totally surprised when I came across the cameras.
I’m not 100% sure that setting a camera with a flash to have a reflection street sign in the background was the wisest decision ever. They probably could have done without the transmission tower as well. Who makes these decisions?

Slow Down!

Michael on Silverado Trail
Almost every day I pass by this memorial to a cyclist killed by a car. It’s right around the corner from my place. It is always lovingly maintained. The bike has been stolen and is always replaced. The white bike is a stark reminder of how unsafe the roads can be and how dangerous my new hobby is. But the message is clear:
I try to be careful but as I share the roads with cars, there’s only so much I can do.
More photos here.