With contributions from Ben Taylor and Garry Armstrong.
And finally, the big guys — my son and his friend Dave — came and installed the door. It took months between one thing and another, but it got done. Phew.
Men at work, door installed, dog door ready. Great job! Thank you and again, thank you!
Celebriducks are the most intentionally whimsical toys in the world. Not only do they float in your tub, but because of their weight distribution, they tend to float upside down. Since few of us actually bathe with a rubber ducky, it doesn’t really matter. I guess.
Before the dogs totally destroyed ALL their toys — and there were a lot of them — they were surprisingly whimsical. Now, they are rags and bits of scrap fabric.
Welcome to another Pick-a-Word Thursday’s Special. I hope that the choices I made for this month’s photo challenge will allow you a lot of liberty in interpretation. As always you can pick either of the 5, some or all of them. Here are the words to choose from: gushing, aperture, frontier, triplets, tapered.
We found a place we thought we’d lost this week. What a great feeling to not be lost for a change! We took a lot of pictures and we will take more tomorrow because it probably won’t rain.
Which would be great since it has been raining all week. And most of the week before. Our rivers are at their crest. Another inch of rain and we will all be canoeing through downtown Uxbridge.
This first shot is the camera that took the rest of the pictures. It is a Panasonic Lumix FZ-1000. After I gave Garry the FZ-300, I realized I didn’t have a long lens anymore since the 300 was my long lens. It was why I’d bought it and it had been brilliant in the pursuit of small things a long way off.
There wasn’t any (affordable) upgrade version of the 300, but I found a really good price on the FZ-1000. It does a lot more than take long shots with its zoom. It is a very smart camera. Sadly, I am not as smart a photographer and though it is some months later, I’m still learning what it will do.
One of the things it does (finally!) better than any other camera I’ve owned is to take pictures in “real” black & white rather than “sepia” and white.
Taking originals in black & white leaves limited ways you can use color in the final print since there was no color in the first place. Using monochrome filters, I’ve been able to find some interesting variations on a theme of black & white.
From antique to sparkling, it’s kind of amazing. I think I will own this camera for years and never fully grasp its capabilities. There is a manual, but it was not written by a writer.
Many of its abilities are not explained in a way that makes sense. To me. I’m sure someone understands what’s being discussed, but I am not one of them.
Over time I will, presumably, figure them all out.