Oh, To Be a Snowbird

Sunset Panama Beach

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.

Evolution of my Passion

Five different cameras

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.

Delightful to Look At

Midwest snowstorm

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).