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When we travel

22 Jun

Apache PlumeApache Plume, a desert wildflower in the rose family

I am kinder and gentler
when we travel.
My world narrows down to a smaller place
which confuses as we are driving into new vistas
each day.

I am kinder and gentler
when we travel.
200 square feet that flies down the road
is a world I can manage

I am kinder and gentler
when we travel.
Clear in vision.
Focused ahead.

I am kinder and gentler when we travel.

© 2011, Liza Lee Miller.  All Rights Reserved.


Macro Obsession

1 May


I’m still in love with my new camera.  I particularly enjoy taking macros with it.  Look at how I can climb right into the rose?  Yummy color and texture!  I’ll talk about birds in my next post.

The future’s so bright . . .

29 Apr


I gotta wear shades . . .

The sun was so bright at San Juan Bautista Mission. Really, it was too bright for shooting the flowers but I couldn’t resist.  I played with this a little bit in iPhoto and I’m so glad I shot it.  I’m sorta dazzled!

Now, where did I put my sunglasses?

First Bird . . .

9 Mar

. . . shot with my Rebel.

Dark-Eyed Junco (female)

It should have been a Raven rather than this sweet female Dark-Eyed Junco.  I was walking up to my classroom and this brazen Raven was on the railing, eyeballing the trash can.  I went into my classroom, got the camera, came back out and the Raven is fine with all this activity.  But, the simple act of turning on the camera and lifting it to point at the Raven caused it to fly off, kronking at me in a most irritated manner.

I was really hoping the curse was on the camera.  But clearly, I am the one cursed by the Ravens.  Sigh.

I know the picture is focused on the tree and not the junco.  I know you can see the fence too clearly.  But, it’s my first bird with the Canon.  Can I keep a list of just bird I’ve taken pictures of with the Canon.  That’s got to be more important than my county list or country list, don’t you think?

Upgraded . . .

8 Mar

Delicate blossoms

I have a new toy. My loving husband got me a new camera . . . well, new to me.  Gotta love Craig’s List.  I have loved my old camera.  It was a Panasonic Lumix DMC-FM7.   It took some amazing photographs . . . and, honestly, I think it took the shots.  I just pointed and it did the rest.

I did some research on my upgrade camera.  It definitely needed to have the ability to change lenses.  It definitely needed a big ol’ screen on the back.  It definitely needed to have great automatic features.  It definitely had to be a few years old so I could afford it.

I settled on the Canon Rebel XSI.  It was new in 2008.  It has everything I wanted.  It is even super complicated and slightly intimidating.  I LOVE it!  I searched for a few days and found it.  I picked it up last night.

Why does buying something from Craig’s List make me feel as though I’m doing some sort of illicit deal.  I’ll meet you at the place (it’s always a Starbucks).  You bring the camera.  I’ll bring the cash.  I’ll be wearing a red rose behind my right ear.  The code phrase is, “It only rains on Sundays.”

Anyway, this is the first REAL picture I took with it.  I’m pretty pleased with it. I’ve got a lot of work to do learning to use it . . . even on auto-everything mode.  But, what a great challenge.

My husband tells me that I can’t sleep with it at night and that I really need to stop petting it and calling it “my precious.”