From the "Yesterday's Trees" Gallery
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"Yesterday's Trees" and "Storybook" are now available at Art166.com.
They are conveniently offered in a variety of sizes, priced from $35.00 - $95.00 US, in the "Yesterday's Trees" gallery.
___________A day or so ago, over at Dr. John's Fortress, the good docter lamented the abundance of birch trees showing up in photo-blogs. His post, of course, inspired me to post trees, today! Hope you stop by, Doc!
The Backstory -
Last summer, I fell in love with and purchased my lovely, little Canon 5.1mp, "pro-sumer" camera. The "pocket-sized" User's Guide? 185 pages. Yikes!
I figured out pretty quickly that the only way to learn to use the new camera, was to get out there and use the darn thing.
Enter Joe and the b-i-g Dodge truck. On the itinerary -- a 90 (or so)-mile drive to beautiful, and oh-so-picturesque, Garner State Park.
In the park, the Frio River nourishes about a zillion tall, stately Cypress trees. These wonderful trees grow right up to the water's edge, and I dare you not to reach for the camera! I sure couldn't resist!
Joe took an hour-long "power nap" in the truck, while I walked along the river, talking to strangers (kids, don't try this at home!) and shooting everything in sight. It was about 100 degrees F, and the sun was crazy-hot; the tops of most of my fingers and both of my hands were sunburned from holding up the camera. It seems there are limits to how much protection you can wring out of SPF-45 sun block! Who knew?
When the 128SD card was filled (the only one I owned at that time), I went back to the truck to transfer the pics to the laptop. Of course, I had to wake Joe to let me into the truck; it seems that diesel engines don't mind idling, indefinitely, even with the A/C running full blast, while someone gets their mid-day beauty sleep!
I dumped my pics, Joe decided that a longer nap could only be a better nap, and I, happily (or, perhaps stupidly) went back to work.
Learning to use a high-tech camera -- my personal digital baptism by fire -- and I had the peeling knuckles to prove it!
P. S. You guys played together so very nicely while I was away on Monday. I'm so proud!