Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Snow Photos!

I recently sent the link to this blog to someone and then came here to check on when I had last posted. Holy cow, I had no idea it had been this long!

So I am here to continue where a recent post left off, which was saying there would be snow pictures soon. There are!!!

We had 2 days of snow relatively close together. It was wonderful! We had a great time going outside with the dogs--two of which are from Florida so this was certainly a new thing!

This was the view across our front yard after the snow:

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Our dog Milo just loved it! He baits our border collie Annie to get her to chase him, and it worked very well in the snow!

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This was definitely Milo's favorite day. Here he is still running in the snow:

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Well, with that much snow, and warming weather making for good packing, we had to make some snow people in the yard.

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As you can see, the one on the left, the one made by me, is leaning just a tad. As it got warmer, we watched as a bird landed on it and it toppled over. I went out to see if it could be reconstructed, and about that time, the other one fell over. Ah well, easy come, easy go. Art is fleeting.

And here we are in spring, a glorious season here in North Carolina. Nothing to share just yet in terms of photos, but I have a trip coming up that might bring some photos. Stand by.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Waterfalls at Table Rock State Park near Pickens, SC

I met up with my Wisconsin email buddy Pam at Table Rock State Park recently. We were lucky enough to get great weather. Not a camping trip, we had rented cabins; she was traveling with her son. It was great to have a chance to talk in person and enjoy the scenery.

I am not doing quite as much hiking these days as I used to due to some knee problems (and, well, getting older...), but luckily there was a waterfall very near to the cabins and so we headed down there one afternoon. Pam had already photographed it once but wanted to get some more shots. I was thrilled with this since I have not had a chance to get moving water with the new camera and so I hadn't practiced with the settings. I also have switched from a tripod to a monopod, which I am enjoying very much--it's considerably lighter to carry and easier to set up.

Here's one of the photos I got of the falls:

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The thing about falls like this is that really, after that first picture, except for moving to a different location, which in this spot would only be a few feet right or left, all the rest of the photos are going to tend to look alike. I had a chance to use different shutter speeds and did put the falls in different spots of the photo, but over all, my pictures from that session pretty much all look alike. The one shown above is a good representation of all of them.

However, we decided to go back a little later in the day to see what the change in lighting would bring. Falls still look the same, but the lighting does make a bit of a difference. So I am including a picture very similar to the one above, but maybe with enough variation to be worth seeing.

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And so those are my photos from the trip. This is not the prettiest time of year.

I'm not sure how you got to this post unless I personally sent you the link. This blog, along with my others, has been pretty sparse for a while now. Soon we will have been in NC for a year, and hopefully will be getting out a lot more and I will be able to get more photos of the beautiful scenery here. We have found a few new places to paddle this summer, and I have found some campgrounds to explore. So if you are a long-time reader of this blog or my others and have come here to read this, thanks for sticking around! Don't go away!