Sunday, May 31, 2009

Ledges State Park

Beautiful weekend. Today we went to Ledges State Park to hike around and play in the water. COLD water.

Needless to say, he took a pretty good nap in the afternoon.!
More painting.
Mac to shop tomorrow.
I go to SD tomorrow for a week long trip. Thunderstorms tonight.

Who's buggin you?

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Bam Bam Saturday

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Saturday, May 30, 2009

Moon cropped

To the Moon!

Came home after dark tonight and we had a clear sky! Ma shot the moon a few nights ago, it was skinnier then!
I was experimenting with 3 different lenses. I have been using this Sigma 18-200 lens for general shooting and it works well. The Tamron 70-300 was a lens Ma gave me when I got the D100 and I used it for a while but the pictures always looked "soft" and I never really liked how they looked. Then Ma got me the Sigma and Bart gave me a 18-70 kit lens he had as an extra and that's what I've been shooting with for the last few years. But after putting this Tamron lens on the D90, I'm amazed at the sharpness. I didn't expect to see that. The real test will be shooting faces. LAD has Bam Bam baseball tomorrow, so it'll be a good test. It's really too long of a lens to use inside, but for sports it's great. The bottom photo is from Ma's old Spiratone 500's marginal to say the least. I played with the focus but that's about as clear as it got. All these images are straight out of camera, cropped only, not sharpened out of camera. I think camera is on low sharpen, if any. Ha, I don't think I've ever bought a lens! Thanks Ma and Bart! I hope my Christmases (yeah, I know it's wrong, but I don't know what's right!) and B'days don't run out!!!

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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Memorial Day Weekend

We planted flower boxes, pulled weeds, tilled the garden, planted the
garden, visited Reiman Gardens and saw the dinosaur exhibit. Then LAD
took a nap and I got to play with my watercolor paints a little bit. (but not all in one day!)

We walked up-town to the grocery/garden center. I like these and these and these, Oh and I love these too.

He did help pull the wagon part of the way home...

But then he hitched a ride for the rest of the way. Cold Welch's Grape pop, mmm.

No words for this one. Look at it for a while....

We dug up a flower bed, found worms. LAD picked up and re-located many of them. In MO a couple weeks ago, he wanted no part of touching "dirty" worms... Guess IA ones aren't so "dirty".

He planted this flower box all on his own. The day before we had planted a few other flowers and I showed him how to dig the hole, cover it up, etc and he remembered and did it exactly right!

Ahhh, fresh soft dirt.

Not sure how many cars he started with, but Chick Hicks is missing...suspecting he's still underground somewhere...Rainy tonight, maybe he will wash out...

All planted.

He knew this was a T-Rex...How the hell? Whatever.

Hope everyone had a good weekend!

Monday, May 25, 2009

Feed Me!

Backyard. 500 mm lens, handheld. Baby Robin relentlessly following it's momma, begging and squawking for food. She would gather then turn around and cram it down his throat!
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Wind Socked

Aunt Suzie got this fancy wind sock for LAD's playground and we finally got it up. Then of course after all that hard work we had to have popsicles!
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