The Sun has returned to my little corner of the globe!!

Upgraded some equipment. Moved near the water, not a lake or ocean like I wanted but I can hear the water running and sometimes the train! Also, still playing around with the switches and things. This is going to take more time than expected and I look forward to it:)

So, without further wait, some more shots!!

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The Sun sets

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Mother Nature at her greatest!

Tree stones

Old cemetery in the woods

Thomas

Self explanitory!

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Perfect end to an evening.

 

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The weather is getting warmer and I get a bit more “frisky”

Summer/Spring has finally arrived! I say both because as of right now I can get sunny with high eighty-degree weather one day and then forties, rain, and windy the following day. Mother Nature just has not made up her mind on what she wants. This isn’t new behavior for her either. Just after the extended long winter we had, it has become a bit frustrating. More positive note: I have been making good use of the weather! I have been more active enjoying the outdoors and maybe even shooting a bit more.

 

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It has been some time…

As the title suggests, I have been slightly distracted these past few months. Job changes, moving, moving expenses(grrr), and other miscellaneous things. I haven’t given up my love for taking pictures of course. Perish the thought! I have just had many life related priorities and responsibilities come at me all at once. It has been a bit overwhelming to say the least.

Now that I am settled, wait, that’s not right at all. Now that I am somewhat settled…meaning I can accomplish most tasks needed to get by on a daily basis. I still have many boxes to the celling and I will get to them…I really will I tell you!

Back to the original idea, now that I have some free time, I will begin shooting more often. This alone will be enough to generate a better mood for myself and most likely for those around me:)

I didn’t get next to that lake like I originally wanted but there are not too many that far away. Being a bit away from the city gives me a chance for some extra scenery shots I would not normally have the opportunity to capture. Still getting a little excited here!

Thank you to all who read and the patience you have had waiting.

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Everyone likes getting a new toy!!

Took a new lens and a new (new for me!) camera body to some familiar stomping ground to give it a proper shakedown. Equipment performed well. Photographer stumbled with some of the extra features, buttons, and switches. I’m sure in time we will all become better acquainted.

Went through a couple of hundred shots and just decided to show the place I was relaxing most of the afternoon reading, writing, and editing. It truly is a wonderful place to sit and think and I will miss it when I leave. Until then I plan to enjoy it!

So, with some further testing, experimentation, and just plain “fun for me” stuff, I hope to have this new toy licked and ready for daily use.

 

Overcast…the not so friendly sky.

Most people wouldn’t try to photograph nature on a day with such a thick overcast. I am not like most people. Although, I would love each and every single photo I take be perfect. I am smart enough to know that is just impossible. Also, where would the fun and challenge be? On that note, I seem to have lost all sun altogether behind some rather robust clouds. Judging from the sky (with my expert meteorology skill…lol) I don’t think I will get any usable light for hours. This will end today’s excursion seeking new images for the files. Now I pull up a bench, steam some toons, and type and catalog away. I estimate this process won’t last long as the sun is hidden and WOW! is it cold out here all of the sudden with just a light breeze? Signing off…

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A beautiful fall day!

It has been some time since I have just relaxed at the park with the family. Found a table in the shade and working on some photos taken before and some a few minutes ago. I have stated before and I won’t give up, I would love to live by the water in some fashion. I live in a place where a five to ten-minute drive can give me the fix but to be able to have a cup of morning caffeine overlooking this scene, would be ideal. I also enjoy the idea of taking photographs for fun! Odd concept these days but I’m a traditionalist.

If I never made another nickel of the photos I took, I would still be happy each and every time I clicked the shutter. I also know there are individuals out there with a similar mindset. There are also those who think the opposite. I never want it to be just a job. I have done things in the past that I really enjoyed and the moment that it was turned into some kind work/career, the joy seemed to slip away. That has not happened to my love for photographic art and I intend to keep it that way!

IMG_1692This delicate little leaf fell right next to my camera as I was typing!

 

Another beautiful day!!

The birds are out of control just a bit but I haven’t witnessed any attacks as of yet. An angry goose can be a real force to deal with. A few hissed on our way in but stayed clear of the walkways. As for me, I found a nice gazebo that is semi walled in to discourage a sneak-attack…they can be sly.  I have the feeling that goose grease and my computer would not be a good mix.

Days like this are just amazing and perfect. I woke up earlier than usual which led to a very productive morning. I completed my list of things to do before lunch. I could not have been more pleased with myself. Have to give yourself a pat on the back every once in a while. It’s good for the soul. Watching the boats go in and out of the locks really makes me wonder how this idea was conceived to begin with. And if you research the topic a bit, you see everything operated by hand and with wood and stone. Today everything is automated. Just one worker who pushes the button. I’m sure there is plenty of maintenance that goes along with such a device which requires an entire crew for upkeep but I am just referring to the basic operation. There is one person in a small enclosed building running the entire show. When you stop and think about it, it’s a bit amazing.

To my earlier topic, I was not as well protected from the wildlife here as I thought. One just did a dive run under and through my table. I am grateful that I capped all the drinks. That would have ruined my day slightly…well, more than slightly to be honest. Hearing the wake of the boats traveling by hit the shore is just one of the most relaxing sounds. I would really love to live closer to the water. I will try to integrate that into my next big move. No solid timeline on that as of yet, (3-6 months) but it’s in the works.

It would be nice if summer was longer than a month and winter wasn’t seven. It never used to bother me until I became a father. Then you want better for your child than you have or have had. The definition of a parent I suppose. Oh, how I wish I could be entertained by a swing for over thirty minutes! I wonder when exactly we lose that innocent love for the little things and wish we had them at the same time…

Working without AC can be a good thing.

Thank the heavens for this beautiful weather allowing me and so many others to vacate their four walled offices/prisons. I was made aware of today’s weather by yesterday’s forecast. This prompted me to get all my stuff together and fully charge up the MacBook once again! There is something truly refreshing about a change of scenery while completing the usual tasks.

I really feel that more work places could increase productivity if they gave some of their employees the option. A few days a week, work from…wherever! If there are no presentations or any other kind of mundane meeting, then does it really matter if we are encaged between four walls? The goal is to get the work done not get the work done at a specific set of coordinates, is it? Speaking of meetings, another thing business could really change is the reason for meeting. I cannot count the number of meetings I have attended that wasted an hour or more of my day that could have been composed into a nice three to four paragraph email. I truly believe some of these people hold these unnecessary meetings to prove their worth. “Look at me. I’m doing something. Keep that paycheck coming.” Ok, end of rant!

Back to the serenity that is my desk at the moment. Squirrels are racing up and down trees. My kid is playing hide-n-seek with the children of others visiting this summer glade. With only a few puffy white clouds, the sky is mostly draped in the classic blue. It’s like having a second holiday. Back to the task at hand…