In an effort to save my kids from my various neuroses, I try to expose them to lots of new experiences, including ones that may not be so comfortable for me; like bugs. Crawling bugs I can deal with, but flying ones freak me out. This includes butterflies… have you seen them up close? They’re NOT CUTE. Despite that, I took my son into the butterfly room at the Academy of Natural Sciences. I am proud to say one landed on me and I only spazzed a little on the inside, trying to hold my composure so my boy wouldn’t see mommy freaking out.
This trip didn’t yield too many photos thanks to the 80% humidity and the constant fogging on my lens, but what I did get I was pleased with.
And because I can… the cutest thing at the museum: my sweet little Isaac:
We only got a couple more inches of snow, but I’ll take it. This morning is a beautiful, sunny one and after rushing home to grab my camera I visited a few of my favorite local places.
One thing I’m so grateful for since I’ve gotten into photography is my new way of looking at the world. All these photos are taken just off busy roads, but a quick glance off the shoulder and I found little pockets of beauty.
This handsome fellow lives off a lake a couple blocks from my house. I see him every morning and I finally stopped to take his portrait.
I feel like such a big girl photographer with my new 6D in hand and “L” glass on it’s way! Looking through my 20mm via full frame was CRAZY… I’m trying not to think what I’ve been missing all along.
I was thinking about getting the 5D MK3 but after spending 20 minutes in the store unable to figure out how to specify an auto focus point and not knowing what 85% of the camera’s features even do, I decided that was way more camera than I needed. So I happily opted for a 6D and spent the difference on some sweet new glass. I’m a very, VERY happy lady!
So Here are the last photos I will be taking with my Rebel. I was at the Malvern Retreat House so strolling the grounds after ASNOWCALYPSE (about 5″) I snapped a few nice shots. It was a dutiful little camera but I outgrew it long ago, and I hope you enjoy its last bit of service to me. It will be moving on, taking lots of photos of my beautiful nieces, Minnesota, and homebrew in the capable hands of my brother.
I went out to go visit my Colorado BFF and got in a couple of adventures before I returned home. Once again we had a mascot that posed for us!
Our first explore was a bust. We got stuck in a ditch over 9,000 feet above sea level in a cell dead zone. After trying to dig the car out with a windshield scraper I decided to get a big stick. The mountain had a nice sized dead tree so I climbed up a pretty steep incline to break it off to use to dig/pry the car out. I totally biffed it! After the tree broke I did a full blown backwards somersault down the mountain, barely missing a huge, potentially hazardous metal pole. Fortunately there were no witnesses! After quite a time trying to get the car free, Dee and I found one of the few inhabited homes somewhat nearby and offered us a tow out. These lovely people offered us breakfast and tea while we waited as well as some great conversation.
Eventually we made out way to the Eastern Plains. A hotel I was looking forward to seeing got cleared out so not much more than a few pics of the inside and a couple of mascot shots for posterity is all we came away with.
I can’t tell you how much I missed this lady!
Across the street was a crust old gas station.
I think some sort of owl lived in this building because of the unbelievable amount of rodent bones.
Before we left this town with a population you could count on your hands and feet I saw this. I need a sign like this for my house:
Next stop was a couple of small houses with some pretty awesome treasures inside.
Then just down the way was a very old General Store with some amazing finds inside.
I can’t wait for more exploring as the weather improves and I get my new camera!