Monday, September 08, 2014
Just A Chatty Post
Not having a fully functional camera has limited the posting here on the blog. I did photograph with the iPhone an interesting optic that displayed itself on the stove while we were visiting the kids. Their kitchen was full of rainbows that bounced off the walls and ceiling through prisms hanging in their windows. But later in the early evening, they called my attention to this fabulous little what? I don't know, a beautiful stovetop corona cast by the low sun shining through the backdoor peephole straight on to the stove. Is that possible? I don't know but there it was. Interesting what sunlight and glass can do. It was our own private show, just the sun shining perfectly at just the right angle.
We've been walking three miles a day. It's great to get out there everyday and walk the neighborhood streets. We have become good friends with the cats and dogs all around town. Lots of them roll over when they see us coming. They know we're good for a few minutes of sweet talking, and petting their furry bellies. There should be a photo or two here of Chloe the ancient golden lab, or Bella the skinny little black and white kitty that jumps off the porch and runs to us every time.
We've gone to look at a few houses that are for sale here. We do laugh a lot about the housing inventory. It's some of the worst stuff we have ever seen. Houses built in the 1940s and 50s, single pane windows, no insulation, and never upgraded. Oh that kitchen formica, pink with gold triangles! It's like a walk back in time to a really bad era of crappy construction and bad ideas. We did see one house that was on the side of town we want to live, with a view of the bay, facing south. Oh wow, we were hopeful until we walked in. The best we could have done was just bull-doze the place and start over. Not sure we want to do that, at least not yet. We'll wait a little longer and see what else comes on the market.
We did go to the closest big-box store and actually get our hands on a few cameras. I was most interested in the Lumix FZ70 and the Canon SX50. They were both there and comparably priced. We played with the zoom; we got a sense of how they felt in our hands with the viewfinder close to our eyes. We liked them both. So, I googled around for comparisons of the cameras and read some interesting stuff that was way over my head with details. The bottom line was that they were both fine and good and equally capable of capturing what I hoped to be seeing. I started leaning toward buying the Canon just because I've had two Lumix cameras and thought it might be time for a change. Then my brother alerted me to where I could get the Lumix for almost half the price of the big box store price. Well, that tipped the scales for me. The camera is due to arrive on Wednesday and it comes with a 16gb memory card and carrying case. We're pretty excited about it. A 60X optical zoom seems crazy, but I'm looking forward to giving it a try. We'll probably look so closely at the herons and egrets, we'll see their feathery dreams!
Posted by robin andrea at 7:32 PM