Wednesday, April 1, 2020
Hunk o' Glass
When I was with Olga on Hampstead Heath on Saturday, I found this piece of glass protruding from the ground. The smooth round bottom edge was all that was visible, so I hoped it was an intact bottle or something interesting -- and was bummed to find it was just a broken hunk o' glass. I put it in my bag to bring home and recycle.
When I got home, though, I realized it's a very clear hunk o' glass, and also very thick. It's definitely not from a bottle. Maybe it's the bottom of a vase? Or a beer glass from a pub?
A friend of mine often takes experimental pictures through pieces of glass or prisms and posts the results on Instagram. I realized my hunk o'glass was so clear that it could be used for the same purpose.
I found that I had to take the pictures using my phone. Trying to do it with my big Canon SLR was just impossible -- it was too hard to hold the glass with one hand and the camera with the other and operate the focus ring and settings. I'd have needed four arms. Thank goodness for the simplicity of the iPhone camera!
It makes a pretty decent frame for images, doesn't it?
Am I bored, sitting at home in the age of coronavirus? Maybe.
Anyway, after having my camera fun I put the hunk o' glass in the recycling bin. Then, yesterday, Dave and I made a third and final stepping stone for the garden, and I thought, "Hey! Include the hunk o' glass!"
So I did:
It sticks up about a quarter of an inch from the surface of the stone. Hopefully it won't be a trip hazard! That would be counterproductive, wouldn't it?
By the way, that depression on the left side of the new stone is Olga's paw print. She wasn't particularly thrilled about the process but we finally got her to participate. Now we'll let the final stone cure for a couple of days and we'll install them this weekend, hunk o' glass and all!