Sunset Panama Beach, Florida
I hate to say that I am one of those people who waste the winter months waiting for warmer weather. Early evening darkness and cold weather makes me want to veg out in front of the television (or my computer) and watch the clock creep slowly toward bedtime. Oh, how I wish I could be a snowbird and spend the winter months somewhere the sun sets over the ocean and my feet aren’t always cold.
The Port of Kenosha sits on the western edge of Lake Michigan half way between Chicago and Milwaukee. This early morning view is across the harbor from the Southport Light Station and Musuem.
The best thing about winter is it brings us that much closer to Spring. Eighty-two days until Spring, not that I’m counting…
What could be more joyous than discovering a Roly Poly bug?
I’ve been an avid photographer for over thirty years and I’ve never parted with any camera that I bought. The first camera I purchased beyond simple point and shoot cameras was in 1980, the fully manual Minolta XG7 (lower left). I used that camera for twenty years until I decided to treat myself to the Canon EOS Elan IIE. Not only was it autofocus, it was eye-controlled autofocus! But then the digital camera came on the scene. My first digital camera was the Kodak DC 4800, it was a whopping 3 megapixels and I was totally hooked. Who wanted to wait for the printed picture when you could see immediately what you had just photographed? Canon then came out with their digital EOS line. I waited a year or two and purchased the 10D. It doubled the megapixels from my Kodak to six megapixels! Who could want more than that? Everyone! Two years ago I purchased the Canon EOS 50D and moved up to 15 megapixels. Canon has now come out with the 70D which offers 20.2 megapixels. Will I be moving up again? Probably not for a while. I still carry the 10D when my husband and I go out on our motorcycle. It’s been bounced off the ground (at the same time I was) from the back of the bike, and beaten against the rear tire for miles when I forgot I’d hung it off the backrest. It’s like a Timex, takes a licking and keeps on ticking. I use my 50D when I’m out for some serious photography. Incidentally, this photograph was taken using my son’s Canon EOS Rebel T3, a fantastic little lightweight camera. Lightweight only in its size, but not in the quality of its pictures.
I put this poster-size photo collage together a couple years ago using photographs of all my favorite people, places and things. I used Photoshop and turned each photograph into a colored sketch.
A heavy winter snowstorm hit the St. Louis area last March, blanketing everything with twelve inches of snow. Reminds me of the placard you see in the stores, “Delightful to look at, a pleasure to hold, but if you should…” drive in it…your car might be…wrecked. I’m not much of a poet (smile).
Two weeks after the United States was devastated by the destruction of the Twin Towers, my ten year old son bowed his head in prayer at a memorial service.
Reflections on Self
The annual March of Dimes Bikers for Babies ride held in St. Louis County is a draw for hundreds of motorcyclists each year. It usually takes place in the fall of the year and the motorcyclists gather at a local amphitheater. My husband and I attended and and I go nowhere without my camera.