April 30, 2003

Yesterday and Today

Yes, it's another bore-blogger post!

Well, yesterday I went on my walk to the park, which is situated between three small lakes and has a playground, a senior citizen center (where you can play pool! Hmmm.) and a tiny little wood with a raised wooden walkway through it (that's necessary here in the Land of Sogginess). I took my little baby digital camera with me, and took some nice shots of the lakes, and tried to get some shots of a nest of baby hawks (they were too high up, though, and I doubt I got them), a family of coots, and a group of half-grown ducklings that were all huddled up on a miniature island in one of the lakes. My memory ran out before I could get a picture of the ibises, but they flew off anyway. (I had tried to get a picture of a Great Grey Heron that was standing in a little creek that runs into the lakes, but a garbage truck happened by on the street next to the park, and it flew away.)

Not that any of this matters. While I was uploading the pics, my computer froze up so bad I had to completely power it off, by the switch in the surge protector. And I had to wipe the memory in the camera. I think I need new batteries. They probably weren't the greatest pictures anyway. I need a real digital camera soon.

I may go for another walk and take my film camera -- or I may go to Cracker Barrel for lunch instead.

Posted by Andrea Harris at April 30, 2003 12:22 PM

Mmmmmmm... Cracker Barrel. We don't have them in CA and I'm eagerly looking forward to vacation in June and getting some Cracker Barrel.

Posted by: Ith at April 30, 2003 at 01:12 PM

If you need any advice about digital cameras (probably not), feel free to ask me; I know a fair amount about them, and current models. Which "baby" do you currently own, and what features and price range are you looking to go for? (There are a lot of nice choices in the ~3.2 megapixel, under $400 range, at present.)

Posted by: Gary Farber at April 30, 2003 at 01:29 PM

I bought that $40.00 Vivitar, the blue one that runs on two AA batteries. What I really want is the Canon Elph (I forget the number, I think it runs for about $300.00). Because it's cuuuute... I am sad, I know.

The pic of my cat was taken with the cheapo. It's good for little snapshots of things like that, but I find that I have to prop my elbows on things to get a steady picture. And the "macro" setting (for closeups) isn't that great. And there is no preview, of course -- you can't see the pics until you plug the thing into the computer.

I'm no photographic expert so I don't mind advice, definitely. I like to take pictures of landscapes and objects in nature, or my apartment... silly things like that. I tend not to take pictures of people because I can't shake the feeling that it is a rude imposition on their personal space. Probably a holdover from childhood, when I absolutely hated my picture to be taken. (My parents and grandparents were always after me with the camera. I used to have my dad's old Brownie, but that has gone with the wind.)

Posted by: Andrea Harris at April 30, 2003 at 01:50 PM

"Mmmmmmm... Cracker Barrel. We don't have them in CA and I'm eagerly looking forward to vacation in June and getting some Cracker Barrel."

Ith, you posted exactly what I was about to post, except vacation isn't until July! :-)

Posted by: Kay F at April 30, 2003 at 09:05 PM