17
Jul
2013

Loves me some summer gardens; such a treasure trove for photography. I may break out the macro lens this weekend.

Summer - WEEK 24

13
Jul
2013

(Please Note: ‘Seester realizes that Sequestration with a capital S definitely impacts a significant number of people in her area and elsewhere. Therefore, ‘Seester is trying very, very hard not to sound whiny. Forgive me when I fail.)

Due to temporary measures in place, I find myself with Fridays free to handle all of my personal business. I’ve had discussions with the kids that they are going to have to help me with some of the slack around the house, that I am only going to be making one weekly grocery trip, and that they definitely have to help me with Friday chores and laundry. I’ve moved doctor’s appointments and other obligatory sessions to Fridays where I could, to later in the year where I had to. I was trying to organize our lives so that I could rely on my elder teen to get his sister to her activities, without overscheduling either kid.

Yesterday, was our first Friday.

My son, the elder kid, promptly broke his collarbone.

(The new ER is okay, by the way, fairly efficient at the onset of our visit, but the xrays took very long to come back to the waiting attendees.)

Sigh.

He can’t drive, at least not for a while.

Best laid plans and all that.

Whine.

HOWEVER!!! Never fear, blog land, because I did take advantage of the lovely morning to work on the Brenizer photography method again. I really think there is a lot of promise in it, and I just love the shallow depth of field you get with it. While I am not happy with my efforts so far, I have improved.

Here’s my little guy before his annual checkup. He’s lost 2 pounds and is back in his proper weight range!

Deuce_BMethod

And here is the backyard in which he exercises:

back yard

So, it wasn’t a complete wash.

21
Jun
2013

I found out yesterday that the Vieux Carre cache in New Orleans has been archived. Even though I don’t have thousands of finds like other hardcore geocachers do, I love the hobby, and I loved this cache. It is probably one of my top 3 all-time favorites, both because of the wonderful nature of the cache itself, and the memories it brings back to me.

You see, I found that particular cache with my sister in New Orleans on the day they reopened the Superdome the year after Katrina and the levee breaches devastated the city. I went to the archive of my old blog from that time frame and pulled out part of the relevant post. Shall we reminisce?

September 25, 2006

The official re-opening party was to start around 3pm on the streets around the dome. The doors were to be flung wide at 5:30. We had a lot of time to kill that day. So we did what seesters do. Walk and eat. And search for snipers on the tops of buildings. Guess where the secret service men are… You know, normal reindeer games down south.

We decided to do this one geocache that someone had told me about. It was in a building. The clues said NO CHILDREN PLEASE, and to look for the two people under the artwork and ask one of them if they could escort you to the cache.

At first we thought it might be in the casino, because the coordinates took us near there (no children, right?) But, no, it was a big shiny office building across the street. We went in, looking at the GPSr in my hand, and were IMMEDIATELY accosted by an uptight woman who kept asking:

“Are you lost?”

“No -we are not lost.”

“Really, where are you trying to go?”

“We are fine, we are not lost”.

I thought she might be getting ready to tackle us (not everyone takes things easy in the Big Easy).

“Are you looking for the mall?” (This had to be because of our sparkly look!)

“No. Lady we are fine.” GO THE FUCK AWAY!

She was, literally inches away from our faces, wringing her hands, leaning in, and obviously very concerned about someone’s welfare (although I am not sure if she was worried about US or herself).

In the meantime the security guard is watching and laughing his ass off. When we finally extricated ourselves from the attention of the fruit fly, he came over and said he’d take us to it. Oooooh boy. Up to the rooftop we went.

The cache itself was up in the maintenance area of the rooftop. Since it’s archived now, I’m not spoiling it for anyone. After disembarking from the elevator, the guard took us around the corner to a storage area with what looked like a huge pirate’s trunk. To date, I think it’s the largest cache container we’ve found. It was full of travel bugs. After liberating a couple of travelers, we continued on up a short metal stairway to the best stage of this cache.

topview

WOW! Two seesters on top of the world with the sacredome in sight! The guard was so nice, we chatted for a while and then went on our separate ways. There were some maintenance men in the stairway shaft up to the roof that were probably wondering what we were all doing out there, but hey, let ‘em imagine the best!

One of my favorite memories, ever.

14
Apr
2013

I was experimenting with the Brenizer method of stitching panoramas to obtain some really cool depth of field with essentially a series of closeups. This is my very first attempt in the back yard, and it isn’t too bad. I am going to have to work on the white balance. I thought i had checked it prior to starting, but I think I changed something. This image is a little too “cyan” to really represent the yard greens, but I do like the variations in depth on the front bottom and right upper areas.

Mule Barn in Distance