Monday, November 29, 2010

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Monday, November 22, 2010

365-248 Nearing the finish line

My son is participating in NaNoWriMo.  National Novel Writing Month is a challenge to write a 50,000 word novel in one month, the month of November.  In its twelfth year, it draws participants from around the world.

This is my son's first year, and his first novel.  Usually, he writes short fiction.  There's a link to his blog in the upper right corner, if you want to peek.

What is my son's novel about?  I don't know.  I'm guessing it is within the science fantasy genre, as that is what he usually writes, but beyond that, no idea.  He's keeping it to himself until he is done.

Don't want to wait until next year to enter this challenge yourself?  Script Frenzy is coming up in April!   30 days, only 100 pages.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

365-247 Sun bathing, canine style.

One of the advantages of being a small dog is that you fit in any spot of sun, where ever it may land.


Friday, November 19, 2010


I've been trying all week to get an in-focus photo of a bird at my feeder.  Again, any tips for focusing on small things far away, please share.  This photo is quite cropped.  And zoomed. 

365-244 A Squatter

This innocent looking chap appears to have stolen a prairie dog burrow for a home of his own.


I've been wanting to get some good shots of prairie dogs.  They are all over the place around here.  They walk on the sidewalks near their fields.  I thought it would be simple enough to snap a few, but apparently they do not like cameras.  They all ran as soon as I took mine out.  I got this little fellow from the car.  He blinked, which makes him look like he's hiding, doesn't it?

The other difficulty I discovered is that the camera has trouble focusing on such a small creature that blends in so well with its surroundings.  It did better than my manual attempts, but any tips on focusing on far away small things will be appreciated.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Saturday, November 13, 2010

365-240 D who?

Or is it D what?  It can't be D where, because D is over there, whomever or whatever D is.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Wednesday, November 10, 2010


I played around some more with the effects buttons in picasa.  This one has been both "warmified" and "I feel luckied."  "I feel lucky" seemed to make the colors more distinct, without them looking like something they were not.  The grass is only slightly greener, the rocks more varied in shade, etc.  Warmify brought out the brown in the trees and leaves.  I like it.


My first use of an editing button other than crop:  warmify.  I am not convinced it is an improvement (as opposed to being just slightly different).  What do you think?  Does it change the feel for you?  Does it seem to misrepresent the day, which was quite cold and windy?   Am I the only person reluctant to do any editing at all to photographs?  I tend to feel like I'm cheating a bit even to crop my photos, so I rarely do anything at all to them. 

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

365-234, Tig

Last week I went to Connecticut to visit my friend Tig.  Here we are on one of our hikes.  I set my camera on our unneeded jackets and set the timer - a technique which needs some fine tuning.  Of the six I took on this attempt, I only appear in 4.5 of them, and have my eyes closed in one of those.  Tig, on the other hand, patiently smiled through them all. 

I had such a relaxing time at Tig's!  I wish I'd taken a photo of her and her sweet husband, because they are such a lovely couple.  I stayed a whole week, and they made me feel perfectly welcome and at ease the entire time.  Thank you, Tig!


Friday, November 5, 2010