Saturday, July 31, 2010


Thought I'd focus on my husband for a change.


My ability to focus is improving, but has a long way to go.  I'm not sure why I keep trying to focus on bees when I still can't focus reliably on a flower, but I do.  (I even tried focusing on bees in motion today, with, let's say, interestingly blurry results.)  This was taken at the botanical gardens, which was buzzing with bees this morning.  Every flower seemed to have a bee.  This little guy's legs are covered in pollen.

After posting the original shot, I decided to crop it to enlarge the bee in case you don't feel like clicking on it to see the pollen up close.  This little one is how it looked out of the camera.  I don't have a zoomie enough lens to have shot the bee looking like it does above.


Friday, July 30, 2010


I've been home since the wee hours of Tuesday, and finally pulled the camera out today.  And Look!  I manually focused on a BEE!  I took 7 and 2 had the bee in focus.  I feel I'm making good progress with my focusing.  (I sound like my own personal cheerleader today, don't I?)

Friday, July 23, 2010

Thursday, July 22, 2010


Autofocus.  I'm not nearly fast enough to manually focus objects or people in motion, and this little person is always in motion.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010


Mabel and Mini Mabel

Did you notice that Mabel has the same collar as Trixie?
Mabel is my friend's little dog, and, loving little dogs as I do, I couldn't resist snapping a shot of her when visiting today.  She is only 7 lbs, but she digs impressively big holes.  

SSN: I'm looking forward to going home.

Only a few more days here, and I'm looking forward to going home to my husband in CO.  If there were no other reason to live there, he would be enough.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

365-159 My ability to focus, or lack thereof

Every once in a while I get a nice shot, like that above, but most of them are blurry, like those below.  Focusing on things close to me is more likely to be successful than things that are a bit farther away.  More likely meaning I meet with occasional success.  None of the non-close ups have turned out in focus.  Yet.  I'll keep trying and keep sharing my progress, or lack of progress, depending on how it goes.

Everything, these flowers included, looked in focus when peering through the view finder.  It's only when I see them on the computer screen that I realize they are not.

Trixie was moving around, which made focusing even trickier, but Mater was standing still, so no excuse there.

Do others who wear glasses have trouble looking through the view finder?  I'm wondering if my inability to press my eyeball into the cup thingie is a factor.  I'm perfectly willing to accept that it is unrelated, but just wondered about others' experiences.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Lumpy at the beach

Did you think I'd left Lumpy at home?  

Would I do a thing like that?  No.  Lumpy came to the beach with us.  So did Loosey Lucy, but she stayed in the rooms the entire trip.  It rained while we were there, so, unfortunately, I did not get pictures of Lumpy playing in the waves or laying under the beach umbrella, but here are a few taken on other days.

I am sad to report that my daughter has reached the age where she finds Lumpy to be a public embarrassment.   She agreed to pose with him in front of the wild ponies anyway.   For only one shot.  Then she distanced herself from Lumpy and me.

Lumpy experienced his first crab feast:  No, he did not eat all those all by himself.  He did plead to be the first to "whack a crab" with the hammer, though, so we gave him that honor.

He declared crabs, "Dangerously Delicious."  I think that was because he'd seen a blue crab trying to pinch someone earlier on a dock.  Nothing dangerous about them once they are steamed and seasoned.

365-157 Playing around with manual focus

Since I'm so far behind in my 365, I'm numbering this pair of shots from today's "practice manual focus in close up mode" session.  

If these do not look in focus, please tell me.  I wear pretty strong prescription glasses and am never quite certain whether what I think is in focus looks that way to others.  I did wait until I got my new pair this week to try manual focusing.  (Well, almost.  I took the spider web before I got the new glasses.)

SSN: We don't need to run the AC most of the summer in CO.


This was my first attempt at manually focusing the camera.  I need lots of practice.

Friday, July 16, 2010

SSN: Gas is cheaper around Denver than around DC.

365-154 Wild Ponies

One morning, we went to Assateague Island to see the wild ponies.

There are signs warning visitors to stay a bus length away from the ponies, but that's impossible when they wander over to a parking lot. (The signs say to get in your car, because the ponies may bite, but nobody can resist the chance for closer-ups of the ponies.)

None of the ponies seemed to pay attention to the people or cars, but they all darted off when they heard the garbage truck approach.

Fortunately, we saw four separate family groups, though none came as near to us as the first group did.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

SSN: On the plains, you can see storms heading your way.

365-153 Blue Crab

As you can see, we spent a few days at the beach.  I watched some children crabbing on the bay one day, and they let me photograph their catches.  The little boy who caught this one was very proud.

Monday, July 12, 2010

SSN: DIA is easy to use.

The roads leading to and from it are well marked.
It is easy to drop off and pick up travelers.
The inside is not overly big or confusing, so it's easy to find your gate.
It is not a shopping mall.


Saturday, July 10, 2010

SSN: There's an abundance of running/hiking/biking/walking trails in Colorado.


A portrait of Katharine Hepburn with her four Oscars in a display case in front of it.
The first one, from 1933 is on a different pedastal and not nearly as shiny gold.
The statuettes were recently added to the display.  They weren't there last year.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Scary Mirrors, Scary Arms

Those 360 mirrors Stacy and Clinton use have nothing on DaVinci's octagonal mirrored box.

It was morbidly fascinating seeing myself from all those angles.  I had no idea just how fat my arms had become.  I mean, I see my face and belly every day, so I'm aware of how they've changed with the excess weight, but I'd not seen my arms from that perspective before.  Wow - gross!

I'm wondering if I put these photos in the kitchen if that would motivate me to stay away from the pistachios and tortilla chips and stop baking (and eating) cookies and pies.

Or, I could tape them to the elliptical.  Perhaps it would motivate me to lengthen my time on it.

Or both.

SSN: I like my church in Colorado.



Saturday, July 3, 2010

SSN: Roses grow well in the Colorado sun.


The self declared "best bubble popper" in action.

(Taken with the Canon in sports mode.)

Friday, July 2, 2010


(Taken with the Canon on auto.)

SSN: Less commuter traffic

Denver has both a shorter and a less intense rush hour than DC.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

SSN: Colorado's drier air combined with intense sun looks good on hair.

 Not just mine, which has benefited from the brighter sun, but for those with curls, it means no summer frizz.

Festival Drop Outs

My son and I met downtown today.  Our plan was to see the Folk Life Festival and eat exotic food.  Emphasis on the eating of festival food.  As it turned out, the featured regions were all ones we eat regularly (Mexican, Indian, and basically Chinese food), so the long lines ended that notion.

We did look around at some of the exhibits.  We watched an interesting "exhibit" of a family crafting musical instruments, one of which looks like a small guitar, but it is made of a solid piece of cedar.  Well, the body and neck are from a solid block.  The front is separate, as is the fret board.  I wish I could remember the name of it.  There were three members of the family at work, each doing their separate part.

We also saw an exhibit at the American History about the Apollo theater, which is celebrating its 75th birthday this year.

And, of course, we did eat lunch.  Since the weather is so unseasonably nice, we opted for eating outside, cafe style.

I had my first soft shell of the year, and would have taken a photo of it if I had not pounced on it so quickly that half the legs were gone before I remembered the giant camera sitting two inches from my plate.

He needed to leave before I did, so after my son left, I went to the Library of Congress, which I had not visited in years.

One more wonderful day!