Lovin’ the New Camera

Peony Closeup
Originally uploaded by crafty dad

Here’s a shot I took early yesterday evening. I love the detail of the paper-thin petals of this peony. I am really happy with the camera. I still need to learn how to take better indoor/flash shots, but in general, this is a fantastic camera for the money.

My wife took several inside shots of the park model yesterday. I’ll post those tomorrow so you can see just what our version of ‘camping’ is. Here’s a hint: it’s NOT the pitch-a-tent-and-rough-it version. :-)

Leaving on a jet plane …

… no, actually we’re driving. To the lake for a three day weekend. And with the mad rush of end-of-school-year activities, my wife and I need some ‘down time’. I mean it’s all been good: the boys got awards at school and that’s ALWAYS a good thing. Then there was the band concert (Son No. 1 plays a mean alto sax.) And the field trips. Our oldest was just in Chicago at the Museum of Science and Industry. (See photo above.) And, just today, my wife accompanied our first-grader to the Ft. Wayne Zoo. So..it’s been a busy, busy time.

My oldest ‘graduated’ from elementary school this year. It’s off to the big middle-school next fall. Yikes! That’s a transition for all of us. (Perhaps more for my wife and I than him….we’ll see about that.) He was honored last night with a President’s Circle Award for academics. The boy is bright, I’m telling you. (He takes after his mother, you know.) Books? Oh, heck — he devours them. And that’s a very good thing. (On that subject he takes after his dad.).

So…it’s off to the lake for some good ol‘ R & R. Here’s hoping the sun shines for at least most of the weekend.

Have a very good weekend, peeps! See you next week.

P.S. I don’t want to forget our ‘little guy’. Our six year old is a smart little cookie too. He has been recognized a few times this year as well. And that boy….oh, he’s a charmer…so watch out girls.

Backyard Beauty

After I cut the grass last night, I was playing around with the new camera and came up with these.

[Our Patio]

[The most beautiful geraniums I’ve EVER seen.]

[Closer view of the geraniums.]

[Close-up shot of geranium. Click the photo for a better shot.]

Oh I love summer, the patio and our new camera. :-)

The Ghost of Vacations Past

So…I’m going through some old photos on the computer and I found a ton of Walt Disney World vacation photos. The boys are so small. So young. Oh my gosh. I got choked up looking at them. So to avoid that teary-eyed look, I moved along. And I found this one:

[Sea gulls on the umbrella fountain – Cedar Point.]

Since it’s 76 degrees outside, I thought this photo was fitting. The sun was shining bright that day and the sun is shining beautifully today, too. Cedar Point has been a favorite vacation and/or long-weekend destination for our family for several years now. This is the “umbrella fountain” in the pool area of the Hotel Breakers. The hotel has some great history. Click here to learn more.

Okay….now back to reality.

P.S. I hope the sun is shining on you today too!

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