Friday, December 30, 2011
Our leaves fell in late November and have quickly dissolved. These were both taken in my driveway.
The Meyer lemon came over from China and is thought to be a cross between a lemon and a mandarin orange. It is thin skinned and is a bit sweeter than other lemons. It doesn't ship well due to the thin skin so they are hard to get. These will stay ripe on the tree until next April or so.
About a year ago Carl did a self portrait in a mirror and I noticed that he was using a small camera instead of his Pentax. I wrote and asked what it was and learned it was a Lumix. He was in the process of trying to add the G3 to his collection. It was just out and he got lucky and got one. We were about to go to France and a small camera that took large camera quality pictures looked to be just what I wanted. I couldn't find a G3 so I went for the closest thing out at the time, a GF3. It had no viewfinder but was even smaller. If you read my other blog, Two Weekes in Provence, about 3/4 of the pictures were taken with the little wonder. I was amazed at the quality of the files. Luckily I had bought the 20mm f/1.7 lens at the same time. What a lens, sharp and so clear.
When we got back from France the only thing I missed was a viewfinder. The G3 was still not being sold but the G2, it's predecessor, was discontinued and selling for under $300. I got that and loved having a viewfinder. Lenses were added, the 14mm, Olympus's 17mm and 90mm and a large 45-200 zoom. All of the prime lenses are gems and the long zoom (and the kit zoom for that matter) punch above their weight. I added the G3 when it became available and like it's size over the G2. The only thing that I don't understand is a feature that they removed. On the G2, if you put your eye to the viewfinder you see the image there. If you take your eye away the image switches to the screen on the back of the camera. Very intuitive and handy. On the newer G3 they have a dedicated switch that you have to hit to switch where the image is. I hate it, but the rest of the camera is so good that I live with it.
So, as you can see, this is all Carl Weese's fault.
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Thursday, December 8, 2011
These deer wouldn't move for me!
If you want to see the picture that I'm referencing go to:
Monday, December 5, 2011
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Friday, November 18, 2011
I have always loved chairs and their promise of comfort. From a simple stool to an elaborate office chair (appliance?) they all offer you relief from standing with a free lap thrown in. I often photograph them just because of this and often because their shapes and designs vary so much. So, now you'll get to share.
I have been away due to wee health issues. Once back from France I went back to my exercise routine. I always monitor my heart rate while working out. Three weeks ago I noticed my HR would not go over 100 while I was doing cardio that should have had it at about 120. Then it dropped to 31 while I drove.
Two doctor visits later I was in hospital for a heart ablation to correct an atrial flutter. It went very well and I was home for three days and developed some major hip pain that sent me back in. The upshot is that I have a hematoma in my thigh that I am slowly reabsorbing. This has kept me away from adding to the blogs and from taking new pictures. I will work my way back in the following weeks.
This is one of my favorite chairs. It's uglier than a mud fence and is only marginally comfortable, but sits backed up to a west facing window and is the perfect place to read or look at photographs. I won't have access to it as it sits where we put up our Christmas tree every year. But, come January.................
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Monday, October 17, 2011
Saturday, August 27, 2011
Thursday, August 25, 2011
It seems as if I have too much time on my hands.This could almost be Japanese Flag 2.