Ice Spaceship

Yesterday was the first nice day since the beginning of the year. By nice I mean sunny and almost above freezing. It was warm enough to at least spend more than 5-10 minutes outside. I passed by a golf course and had to stop and take a few photos.

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This was the best shot I took. It was difficult since the ground rose up to the stone wall quite a bit. It made it really dark on wall facing my but the sun was bright and blowing up the rest of the sky. By the time I got anywhere else the sun had already set. I went back to Griggs Reservoir to take some long exposures of moving water. It was right at the best light to get 1-2 second exposures.

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It had rained a day or so ago, but everything quickly froze again. The water was fast moving, and since it was still very cold, ice formed on the rocks. I think I might call the last two photos Ice Spaceship.

Cat Page

The internet is lacking in cat pictures.  I’ve rectified this situation by making a cat picture gallery.  You’ll find pictures I’ve taken of our cats there.  It will more than likely be updated frequently.

The Cat Page

The black one is Atlas and the grey one is Maximus.

Christmas in Florida

I’ve completely re-tooled this site as a photoblog.  Christmas brought a wonderful gift from my family, a new Canon EOS Rebel SL1 with a 18-55mm and 75-3000mm lens.  It is simply one of the best gifts I have ever received and one which I will enjoy for a long time.  Since I now have an amazing camera, I need a place to put and share the pictures.  I’ve never really consistently updated this site, but now I have a reason and a purpose to use it.  I’ll be sharing photos I take and writing bits to go along with the photos.

 

Of course after I opened the box I had to take some pictures.  Luckily Christmas Day was the nicest day of our trip.  It was warm and sunny which gave rise to a really nice sunset.

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I had to mess around with autofocus and some of the other settings.

 

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The sun sets which means it was time for turkey!

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This was one of the juiciest turkeys and was simply amazing.  The stuffing is to die for, and we definitely ate our fill.  We ate so much we felt that we should get some exercise and go for a walk.

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I love the lights that were in the bushes surrounding the area.  They light up all the leaves and are scattered enough to look random.

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The sprinkler system activated on our way home.  It was a fine mist that just looked like fog had rolled over the bushes.   All in all a great Christmas!