We are in the mountains for the weekend to escape the 100+ degree temps. We rented a room at the Holiday Inn in Blowing Rock and spent the day out and about. We ate dinner outside at the Six Pence Pub in Blowing rock and I snapped this picture of the lemon on my water glass with the brick wall acting as a cool, plain but not too plain backdrop. (55mm, f5.6, 1/20, hand held but braced pretty significantly on the table and slight curve adjustments post)
Here are some other pics I took today. Since I'm waaay behind on posting, I'll just put them up without the metadata. If I have time at the end of the week, maybe I'll go back and add it but I don't think most of your would care too much either way.
I have been wearing the same lenses for far too many days. These were my last pair so I called last week to order more. My left lens is toric to accomodate my astigmatism but as you may expect from me, my astigmatism is not typical so Dr. Tucker doesn't keep them in stock. So I had to wait for them to come in. They called me on Monday to let me know they were in however, KC had woken up in the middle of the night with his back in a spasm so between that, volunteering and work etc, I was not going to get down there on Monday. The rest of the week was similarly hectic so I finally got down there today. Dr. Tucker is a very good photographer and has taken some pretty amazing pics with his little P&S. Anyway, as I was there, I noticed these pretty flowers on the front desk. Dr. Tucker would appreciate my snapping a few so here's my capture of his flowers. (50mm, f3.5, 1/100)
For the past 5 weeks, Caribou has had a photo contest on Facebook. Every week has a theme this week was your favorite thing to do outdoors in the summer. This was my entry for this week. Next week is the last week. The grand prize winner gets a Canon DSLR. I'd sell it immediately to fund my new lens if I win it. To be eligible, you have to enter every week. I've managed to get one in every week. One more to go. I don't know what my chances are but I'm hopeful.
Walking Floyd this morning, the light was very pretty. I particularly liked the way it was hitting these leaves and the one with the premature red spot on it caught my eye. I am still familiarizing myself with my 50mm so I bracketed all over the place and then went back and sorted through them to get the best exposure. I did some adjustment of color in LR an cropped it very slightly but it's pretty close to original. (50mm, f2.0, 1/1000)
On a different topic, I'd just like to say, today was hot. Our first triple digits of the summer. Blech! Shadows and highlights were adjusted to help show the LCD better and cropping had to be done. (50mm, f2.2, 1/400)
And yet another topic: Today was the 4th quarter recognition ceremony at LPES. Delaney was recognized as "Best Effort Student of the Quarter." In honesty it doesn't mean all that much but it makes the kids feel acknowledged and it costs so little to encourage positive behavior and effort, I don't see the harm. Not every one gets something every time and I imagine the teacher does try to give the awards to coincide with specific children's efforts for the quarter so it's valid I suppose. The 1st is her class when Ms. Maye was announced. They were so very loyal. I added vignetting to the 2nd one because I felt like it needed something to help pop Delaney out at her "moment." Some cropping and minor color adjustments have also been made in LR.
KC was away today and I didn't have much gumption to make dinner so I made eggs for Delaney which she loved. Macy, however, asked for a ham and cheese omelet. KC, is the one who usually makes the omelets but I told her I'd give it a try. Well.... It's a good thing Macy doesn't taste with her eyes. She thought it was fine but wow was it ugly.
I am lucky enough to be able to volunteer in the girls' classrooms. This year I read to Delaney's class on Mondays from 1:30-2. This week, however, there was a scheduling conflict and I had a Tuesday cancellation so Ms. Maye moved me to Tuesday since I couldn't miss my final day of reading to them! So I went in and finished off "My Father's Dragon" with them. Then, I snapped some pictures of the entire class. What a great bunch of kids. (50mm, f2.9, 1/60)
And here's the obligatory 3rd grade "silly" pose. :)
After a good weekend, Mondays are always a little more difficult. This is the last week of school so the effect is even more pronounced. Delaney fell asleep on the way to the gym this afternoon. Now, was she playing "Possom?" Possibly, but even then, she's pretty wiped out to even fake it. Before anyone gets upset that I was shooting while driving, relax, I had parked the car in the gym parking lot before whipping out the camera. (50mm, f2.2, 1/125)
Today, Macy wanted to have a picnic lunch so I made PBJs and chocolate milk, threw some cherries in a bowl and we ate in the back yard. While I was pulling out the picnic blanket, I came across our water balloon pump. I figured it'd be some good clean fun. What I didn't count on was the fact that it was nearly impossible to throw it hard enough for the balloons to break when they hit a person. Floyd had a good time however, just chilling on the blanket. (50mm, f4.5, 1/2500, ISO 4000. I did some noise correction post.)
For those of you who have been wondering about my hydrangeas, here are some pics of how the colors are coming along. I still think I need some more acid.
My BFF stopped by today with some birthday flowers for me. I love them! (50mm, f2.2, 1/100)
Last but not least: KC's family came over this afternoon to celebrate Delaney's birthday. Here are a few pics of her opening her presents.
Rachael and Trent had the old Superior gang over to the pool for the afternoon. The girls had a great time. This picture was my favorite of the day. (50mm, f1.7, 1/2000)
Here are some of my other favs:
I noticed a dark sky moving in this afternoon and grabbed my camera to try to capture it. I was completely unsuccessful in that pursuit however, Delaney saw me and followed me out. I loved that. After a few minutes, I turned the camera on her and I got this sweet shot of her. I just love the expression on her face. (50mm, f2.2, 1/60)
As I was outside with Floyd this afternoon, I saw this on the deck. I snapped it thinking it'd be pretty neat. When I pulled it into LR, I noticed how close it was to B&W so I changed it over and kind of liked it. I cropped it pretty severely but didn't do much else. (50mm, f1.8, 1/1600)
Delaney has spent the past several weeks working on her report on Israel. She read several books, researched on-line and even interviewed Dana for an insider's perspective. Today, she presented to her class and a bunch of parents. I was unable to stay for the other presentations but, in my completely subjective opinion, there's no way any compared. She worked very hard and we are very proud of her. (50mm, f3.5, 1/50)
26mm, f4.2, 1.125, with on camera flash
We've known for a while that Delaney's teeth were not growing in correctly. Her two teeth next to her front teeth are growing in practically in the roof of her mouth! Today the inevitable happened: she started with braces.
Dr. Bo only put 2 brackets on her front teeth and there's no wire yet. The major work is being done on her palet. She has a palet expander now that we have to turn twice a day. We are hoping it makes enough room for those 2 teeth to move up front. It may require more help than that which is why next time we go (July 24th) she will be getting a wire put in.
Orthodontia has gotten much more aggressive over the past 30 years. I'm astounded at the number of 2nd and 3rd graders with at least partial braces. That was unheard of when I was in school. I'm glad we are getting this moving now though. Dr. Bo said we'd do it in 2 stages. The first being the palet expander for ~6 mo (which translates into more like 8-9 mo) then in a few years, she'll go back in for a full set of braces to straighten the rest of it out. I'm buying stock in GUM wax now.
I'm a mother of 2 girls living in NC. I've dabbled in photography on and off but really this is just for fun