Dear friends, family and followers,
We’re currently dealing with the aftermath of an ice storm in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area…. Downed trees, snapped tree branches, and our power is out as well. With all this going on, I’ll be MIA from the blogging world, but I promise to reply to your comments when I get a chance, and visit your blogs again as well. I miss my blogging friends!
I still have a few posts that are scheduled for the next few days and hopefully I’ll be back before they run out so there will be no interruption of daily posts
See you all again soon!
…growing on my fence…
And to show you just how tiny they are…
Trevor wanted to take some pictures of them, too!
Finally made it to see the Thanks-Giving Chapel in downtown Dallas last summer. I’ve seen pictures of the spiral window before, and have been wanting to see it myself ever since.
All taken with my iPhone 4s and olloclip macro lens.
So named because the “puffs” have little black seeds with a white heart shaped spot inside.
aka Powder Puff
A pile of pumpkins at the Dallas Arboretum during “Autumn at the Arboretum”
Doesn’t look like a weed to me at all!
On our way back from Florida we took a little detour through New Orleans. We didn’t spend a whole lot of time there because we arrived in the afternoon and continued on the next morning. We had to stop at the famous Café du Monde for beignets and café au lait.
One of my favorite Florida pictures…..my girls, walking along the beach, and it almost looks like they’re holding hands. Which they are most certainly NOT!
(Taken with my iPhone)
I saw him at one of the wineries in Florida and it was love at first sight ♥ I just had to take him home with me!
I think if you ask my 10-year-old daughter Sara, she’d tell you that one of the highlights of our Florida vacation this past June was visiting Winter at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium in Clearwater, Florida….. and if you’ve seen the movie Dolphin Tale, you know who Winter is. (If you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend it, it’s such a good movie!)
After we got back from Florida, Sara asked to have the movie added to our Netflix queue so we could watch it again and see all the familiar places. A big part of it was filmed at Clearwater Marine Aquarium, although it had a facelift since then.
Winter, with her prosthetic tail
Two of the stars of the movie
A still from the movie….
….and where it was filmed
Free shuttle busses take visitors from the Marine Aquarium to the movie exhibit (and back again of course!)
One of Winter’s prosthetics that she has outgrown
The third in my collection of vintage cameras is this Yashica A from about 1958.
It is a medium format 120 film TLR (twin lens reflex) camera and features twin Yashimar 80mm f/3.5 lenses. It has a Copal rim-set shutter, with shutter speeds of 1/25, 1/50, 1/100, and 1/300, and apertures of f3.5-f22. The picture size is 6x6cm.
With 120 film still available, and labs able to develop it, I decided to order a roll of film and try it out. As of this writing I have not yet finished the roll though, so stay tuned for the results. I hope!! This camera is manual everything and doesn’t even have a light meter (and I don’t have a hand-held one either) so it’s all pretty much guess work.
Please excuse the picture overload, I just couldn’t narrow it down any more
This photo was taken by my daughter Sara when I let her play with my Nikon.
Found this beauty when we drove through Everglades National Park one evening. It was worth getting eaten alive by mosquitoes while getting a few shots.