I have been really bad about updating this thing lately.. which means all three of you have one less blog to read. :p
Anyway, we're off tomorrow to Costa Rica. I can't wait. :) My whole carry-on is camera stuff. It's ridiculous. And having this huge lens is totally throwing me off.. I usually use my favorite camera bag at all times -- that way, everything fits and I can wear it on my back, and if it starts raining I can just put my camera away.
But the camera with the lens won't fit into in the bag. Even just the lens won't fit. So what to do? You know, while walking all day or when we get caught in the rain, like last time. I'm improvising but it kinda sucks.
Anyway, tired. Back in a week!
I couldn't get them all into focus with the aperture I had to use that late in the day... Which is too bad because so many of the pictures I took of them that day are really cute. I'll have to try again, earlier.
Taken with my "backup" camera - D70 w/ 50mm. I decided to not subject the D300 to being carried around in my rolling school bag.
My sis sent this picture from Macy's birthday party.. She's so so so funny. I can't wait til she visits!!! I have all sorts of fun things planned - trips to the beach, playing in the pool, sidewalk chalk on the pool deck, going to Buca di Beppo and getting the BIG dessert platter and letting her do something like she's doing in the picture, letting her and Gretchen wear each other out...
Should be good times. :)
Photo Credit: AFP
I am reading Moby Dick right now for school and did an image search for whaling to put in my mind a picture of what was being described.
I found this one instead. A Japanese whaling ship hauling up a mother whale and her calf. I saw this long ago, when it happened, but seeing it again brought up the same sick feelings.
#1. HOW COULD YOU KILL A WHALE?
#2. HOW COULD YOU KILL A *BABY* WHALE?
It's such bullshit. Whale killing under the guise of "research" - I really don't understand how they can get away with it.
It's 2009, people, we don't need WHALE OIL anymore.
I made a donation to Greenpeace a while back. I think I need to make another one. They prevented the Japanese whalers last year from missing their target... by about HALF. Incredibly awesome.
My effing shoulders get so sore from carrying my bag.
I took a picture of the contents.
As of earlier today, our trip to Costa Rica was going to be more or less a repeat of the last one.
Then I started whining about wanting to go to the sloth sanctuary, and we set out to see if it was feasible. And it turns out that the drive ain't gonna be fun, but we can do it.
So now it's all changed. I think we'll still go to Monteverde -- the landscape was so pretty, and there's a frog place and a bat place there I didn't know about before. But, amazingly, I just decided that we shouldn't go to Manuel Antonio, where SO many of my pics were taken last time. I would love to, but I think I'd rather see new things and not be stressed about time than trying to hurry it up so much so we can see it all.
Monteverde will be out the window, too, if I can find something that sounds even more appealing; I'm going through the guidebook (and Flickr pics!) now.
I read a book on slavery in the modern world and afterwards I felt sad and helpless. I tried to think of something I could do... and right there, at like 3 in the morning, I decided to sponsor a child. It's a small thing, but I think it is actually a good thing with a good impact. My monthly contribution is pooled with the contributions of others and it goes towards the local school and health care facilities.
Parents sometimes in poor villages in Haiti sell their children to people from the cities, after they're promised their children will be well cared for and educated. Of course, they don't follow through and often mistreat the poor kids. They are known as "restavecs".
The sponsors are encouraged to send letters to the child, with perhaps a photo. You can send a gift, too, but it should be small and inexpensive. I couldn't decide what to send her... I got hair ties, which I thought might be a nice little surprise for a cute little girl, but was wondering if anyone else could think of something that would seem appropriate? She's five and lives in rural Haiti.
Today I skipped school. I felt bad, but it felt gooood. I have three absences allowed in each class, so now I'm on two (the first one was when we were in San Francisco), which is far from ideal, but it's okay. I always do this - miss classes strategically - so by the end of the semester, I HAVE TO GO TO CLASS NO MATTER WHAT.
Anyway, I realized this afternoon that Tuesday is the day Patty can't come home during lunch to let the dogs out. Not usually a problem since I stop by between classes. But since I was skipping... Well, I had to go to Boca today anyway. But I took Maggie with me and she had fun wrestling with Buddy and running at full speed in circles in Patty's yard.
I've been keeping my camera with me, ever since I got the smaller camera bag that fits in my purse. It's a heavy addition to an already heavy bag, but it's well worth it. I got some really cute pictures, including this one. Buddy really is a cutie, isn't he?
And I swear, I'm always learning when it comes to photography. I did something wrong with this picture... I didn't meter for the dog; I metered for the whole area. So Buddy is too light. Thankfully I realized it while shooting and changed the exposure compensation, but would've been better off just doing the center-weighted metering.
Boring you yet? Hehe. I guess it's just nice that I'm actually spending time taking pictures again, and thereby learning. I end up deleting most of what I take, but sometimes I get a keeper and that makes me happy. :)
this dude from boot camp is sick so instead of working out on monday night brought his camera. i saw the flash go off every now and then but wasn't sure what pics he was taking.. now i see! long exposures!
i'm in here somewhere. i thought this pic was cool cos it kinda looks like everyone is just a torso. :D
Yes, on top of every other crazy thing we have here, apparently we have monkeys!
this is just way too cute... it's been real hot apparently. so this lady finds that a koala has come onto her back porch in search of relief. she fills up a bucket and there's a sequence on cute overload that shows the koala testing the water, then licking it, then hopping in for a bit of a soak.
so ridiculously cute.
I've been riding bike a little more than normal recently, so Chris had the thoughtful idea (after hearing me whine about my sore ass) to get me a big, comfy bike seat. The presentation went something like this...
Me: Oh! And it's nice and big. Good for my big ass!
Chris: Yep, good for your big ass.
Me: I can't wait to tr... Wait, what did you say?
Oh, and the Lensbaby is a sort of birthday gift to myself. Or a student-loans-came-in-and-woefully-in-debt-may-as-well-live-a-little gift to myself.
These poor girls were listed on Craigslist. They're girls, friendly, free, and the current owner says "You can do whatever you want with them." Does that include snake food? Or pit bait? It seems as if they don't care.
Look at these conditions! All-wire floor. Nowhere to hide. Hardly room to turn around. And they must be outside, where it gets WAY too hot for rabbits here.
I am trying to get these bunnies tomorrow so I can drop them off at a local wildlife center. I guess they generally claim to be full, but one of their volunteers said they will take them in and try to adopt them out. In the meantime, the conditions at the Center will be "like heaven" compared to how they're living now.
Wish me luck that the guy responds!
i so sick. as usual, i got sick a little while after chris did. it wasn't bad until today, but now.. ugh. real bad. thank god for these 4-day weekends. (let's just hope i'm significantly better by tuesday!!!)
so the superbowl is today. normally i wouldn't care - at all. but chris is crazy about the steelers, along with half the country apparently. so he's been playing this damn steelers polka and some some that goes "pittsburgh's goin' to the superbowl - here we go..." he's out there right now, yelling at the tv.
um, okay, i think that's all. back to sniffling and watching the same episodes of law & order for the, like, 60th time. :)