Remembering when

Remember waking up in the morning and getting a bowl of sugar pops and watching cartoons in your pajamas?  Or having “stick ball” games in the front yard with your brother.. or building “forts” out of plywood sheets that were laying around in the back yard…  the innocent times before adulthood took over…. do you remember?  Or has adulting totally taken over your life?

I think in my case… adulting took over… completely. I wake up before the sun… get coffee, get dressed in my uniform and go to work.  I come home sore, with bruises that come from nowhere, paper cuts on my cuticles and broken fingernails.  The only thing similar to being a kid… is the dirt that covers my hands…..

And then the grandkids come visit…. and I just watch them…. Playing by themselves.. imagining whatever it is they can imagine… and climbing fences with the cat….  Oh the life of a child…  the freedom from bills, stress, and adulting.  Why can’t we have this kind of happiness as adults. Why cant we see the world through the eyes of a child? Why did adulting make things so serious?

I hope that my grandkids never lose the imagination and freedom they feel… I hope that even when adulting happens… being a kid will still happen more….



Playing with extension tubes

Working as much as I do on the day job, I barely get time to “play” with my camera and accessories. I finally got a day off and was awake before the rest of the house. (excluding the cats)

So with a cup of coffee in hand… I took out the trusty Nikon and the kit 55-200mm lens. I also grabbed my extension tubes… They are made by Fotodiox, and are a combination of  7mm, 14mm and 28mm tube.  The best way to explain how these work… is that they get your lens closer to your subject without having to actually get closer to the subject… not like a zoom or telephoto lens… but say… if your taking a macro shot of moss on the ground… and you dont want to face plant into the dirt… an extension tube helps…

Keep in mind.. the longer the tube… the less light you will get in your frame… so open the aperture and slower shutter speed… and tripod if you can…

Here are a few of the images that actually turned out (haha)

extenson tube


Who does not love sweet things? Husband and I took one of my very few days off and headed to Bandon, Or. It was cold, windy and damp… but mmmm the candy  ….


Candy, Sweets and yumminess