Pictures of my dog and my yard with a borrowed Nikon D80

Pre-Meg I had a great camera, it was a Canon FTb. It went everywhere with me.  Sometimes I traveled alone.  When I did, my camera was enough company.  I was able to spend all the time I wanted setting up a shot.  It never complained.  Of course, in the pre-digital age, I spent more money on film and developing costs than I spent on the camera.  But that was then and this is now.

Terry and I are planning an October trip to Cuba.  Much as I love my handy iPhone, I am looking for something more.  I’ve been reading camera reviews and specs.  I check out the blog Photobotos and covet cameras that would take such amazing photographs. A friend loaned me his Nikon D80 to fiddle with for a week.  I chose my yard to check out the quality of the camera, recognizing I am now so rusty I can’t remember more than the most basic techniques for taking a picture. Here are my results:

Casey at peace with his world

My feeble attempt to make my overturned wheelbarrow look like art

                                                                      In mid-May the Hydrangea are suddenly blooming
                                                                    The yard is Casey’s kingdom and he knows he is the king
                                                                                             View from our second floor deck
Hope your weekend is as beautiful as ours.
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Springtime in Petaluma

It is cloudy in Petaluma today, but you can still feel spring in the air. The flowers are blooming, the air is warming up, and the scent of fresh-cut grass looms under your nose. Spring is definitely here, and our backyard is finally starting to show it.

Down the street, there are a few beautiful blooming trees. I couldn’t resist playing with my camera for these.

What a beautiful afternoon.