IF I WERE A FROG I THINK I MIGHT LIKE TO LIVE HERE:))
At 6 a.m. this morning our thermometer was showing 55F & what a nice change that was from our recent sticky heat. I was back into my warm snuggly flannel pajamas complete with my favorite warm blanket across my lap. My recliner faces southeast & just off to my left we have a large picture window. In the mornings I am able to watch the first rays of sunlight filtering through the Pine trees eventually touching down on our living room floor. We have one of our doggy beds there & if the little Motormouse is asleep on the bed the sun's rays softly tip toe through the window & bathe her in a warm glow being ever so careful not to wake the sleeping little Mouse.
STOPPED ALONG THE ROAD LOOKING AT SOME LARGE ROUND STRAW BALES THIS MORNING
Russ from TRAVELS IN THERAPY sent me an email this morning with his memories of the Disney shows years ago & his thoughts about growing up in a different era those oh so many years ago. Of course that set my own memory banks into gear thinking & remembering days gone by. I'm sure glad I am still able to remember many things from yesteryear. It's my short term memory I have problems with, not my long term memory.
And this is how I remember it......Heating water on an old cast iron coal/wood stove for washing, once a week baths, bringing in water from a pump outside, coal oil lamps for when the electricity went off as it frequently did, no television, wind up clocks, buckled galoshes on cold winter feet , a hand crank phone on the wall, pee pots under the bed, wooden sided refrigerator where you put a big block of ice in the top part, no such thing as a supermarket & fish was pedaled on Fridays from a man pushing a wagon around my little home town of Tavistock Ontario, Canada. Knives could be sharpened the same way & milk was delivered by a horse drawn wagon. I can still see our local chicken farmer standing just inside our door with his wooden basket of freshly killed chickens. A folded white cloth covered 2 or 3 at a time & that is how my Mother selected & bought our meat in those days.
SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO IS FARM COUNTRY
A big old wooden floor model radio was the main source of entertainment in our house & my Mother, my Grandfather, my Uncle Fred & I would gather around it Sunday night's for 'Our Miss Brooks, Fibber McGee & Molly, the Great Gildersleeve & many other great old time radio shows. Arthur Godfrey in the mornings, Gunsmoke & Gangbusters on Saturday nights. We had a crank up Victrola with old 78 RPM records which I would constantly listen to. My Mother could play piano by ear & it was always a great treat for me to sit on the piano bench beside her as she played our favorite piece, Greensleeves. Our house always had music in it & I'm very grateful for that to-day. Whether it was the radio, the Victrola, my Mother on the piano or an old record player years later, there was always music in the house. To this very day I still surround myself with music 24/7.
Sometimes I would like nothing better than to just climb aboard a time machine to go back & turn on that big old wooden floor model radio again. I'd like to tune in Amos & Andy &gather round in the living room with my Mother, my Grandfather, & my Uncle Fred to listen & laugh once again to a simple humor that is all but lost now. A way of life, a way of family, a way of remembering. Some day's the old memories just keep on coming & coming......and I like that:))
ONE OF MY FAVORITE PHOTO STOPS IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD
One of my favorite hobbies is to throw my camera gear in the Jeep & head off out into the countryside looking for a few photo opportunities. Just haven't had the inspiration to do that this Spring & Summer until this morning. Maybe it has been the extreme heat or maybe just the events of the past couple months. Regardless, it was a beautiful morning & I thoroughly enjoyed meandering around the back roads stopping for a photo here, a couple photos there & just enjoying the peace & tranquility of our pastoral rural countryside.
Some of our newer readers have been inquiring as to what kind of a camera I use so I will address the next few paragraphs to that. I actually have 4 cameras & Kelly has one of her own as well. (Canon Powershot A430) In total, I have 2 Canons & 2 Nikons, well 3 Nikons if you consider the one I dropped & broke this past winter in Arizona. That was my Nikon D50 which had been my work horse for the past 5 years. Great camera & it never let me down.
I replaced the D50 with a new Nikon D90 & I carry a 1:3.5-5.6D 18-55mm lens on that. I have had this lens for about 5 years & have probably taken 80% of all my photos with it. My 2 Nikons are DSLR's & the 3 Canon's are all point & shoots. More about my 2 Canons further on.
NIKON D90 WITH 18-55mm LENS NIKON D40 WITH 70-300mm LENS
My second DSLR camera is an older Nikon D40 which I really love for it's simpler ways & durability. I use this camera for most of my telephoto shots. Up until a year ago I carried a Nikkor 55-200 light weight lens on this camera & all my telephoto pics up until the early summer of 2010 were done with this lens. I carry that lens as a spare now because I replaced it with an AF-S NIKKOR 70-300mm 1:4.5-5.6G lens. Nice lens but very heavy compared to the much lighter 55-200.
It was actually this newer lens I had on my D50 when I accidentally pulled it off a table onto a cement porch floor at the Lazy W Ranch this past winter near Elfrida, Arizona. Amazingly the lens survived the fall with the camera bearing the brunt of the crash. Talk about an absolutely sick feeling when that happened. But, when considered, the number of years & frequency of camera gear I've used I can't really complain. Only other piece of equipment I damaged was back in 1989 when I dropped a Tamron zoon lens & had to have it sent back to the factory for repairs.
I carry a point & shoot Canon Powershot A720iS in the Jeep & I have a newer Canon Powershot SX210iS that I carry with me at all times either in a buttoned up shirt pocket or in a leather case on my belt. When we are out hiking a mountain trail somewhere I am usually packing 3 cameras with me. Probably wouldn't need the Canon but it's on my belt anyway so along it goes. Kelly will sometimes use it to take photos of me lying on the trail unable to get up because of all the camera gear I am carrying.
THE BLACK SX210iS IS THE CAMERA I CARRY WITH ME ALL THE TIME & THE SILVER ONE STAYS IN THE JEEP
Should mention here also that I have all my cameras 'tweaked' which means I have changed the settings to my liking rather than the factory default settings. And I do not use any of them on their 'full Auto' settings simply because 'auto' always seems to overexpose the photos. Most of my photos are generally done at least a half to a full stop underexposed. Picked up that little tip a few years ago from KEN ROCKWELL'S photo site. Photos are then generally easier to work with in my free & easy to use PICASA 3.8 PHOTO EDITING PROGRAM.
HENRY'S CAMERA STORE is headquartered in Toronto Canada but I bought my 3 Nikon cameras & 3 lenses plus a tripod at Henry's London Ontario store. My D50 was a sale special coupled with the 18-55mm & 50-200mm lens & that was how I ended up choosing Nikon over Canon that day. The 55-300mm lens went on sale & that's why I grabbed it a year ago. I am not a 'brand loyal' guy simply because both Canon & Nikon make excellent cameras & lenses.
Anyway, that's enough camera stuff for tonight but I'll be back in the coming days & weeks with lots more thoughts such as, why I prefer to photo alone, camera clubs, the pros & cons of taking too many photos of a single subject, when does a photo hobby not become fun, why I'm not a tech head photo guy, photo contests, natural lighting & why I watch the sky, anticipating a photo, Nikon vs Canon, why I don't normally carry a camera bag, etc. etc. etc.
THE LAST PARAGRAPH: I don't know about anyone else out here but if I'm not feeling up to par either mentally or physically, one of the first things to suffer is my ambition & creativity. I have had to rely a fair bit on my file photos these past months because I just haven't felt a whole lot like picking up the cameras. Therefore I have not been out & about like in previous summers. I think this morning may have marked my first photo outing since being home from the Southwest. Sure felt good to be out scrambling around with a couple cameras weighing me down again......10-4:))
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