Sunday, February 22, 2015

Off Topic: That Was the Week It Was - February 22, 2014

Good morning! It's Sunday and that means it's time for my off television topic reflection on the week gone by in both words and photos I've taken along the way.

On a brief television note, Lifeguard Laurie is taking names for the Survivor blog pool -- you can sign up for that on the post for the pool. The cut-off is Wednesday by noon Pacific (9pm ET).

About the only positive thing that happened for me this past week is that I received my new camera on Thursday. Unfortunately, it was so brutally cold that I didn't do much with it as I was shivering and need to take my gloves off to take a photo. I like what I see of the camera so far, but I long for days of spring to comfortably take photos.

Most of what else I have on my mind would be construed of as whining. A lot of it boils down to "I'm tired of ..."

Onto the photos -- clicking on an image will make it larger.

Venus and the crescent moon

I took this shot from the Bridgewater Train Station leaving work on Friday evening. Mars is there, but not very visible in the dusk. 

Once I got home

The dark clear skies were great for the shot! Mars is more noticeable with the darker skies, too. This is with the new camera. I took it on the front walk of my building juggling a half-gallon of milk, no tripod, shivering because it was record-setting cold and I had to take my gloves off.

Testing the zoom

It was too cold to do much, but I wanted to test the zoom a bit. I took this photo from the other end of the Plainfield Train Station. Where the fence is marks about a block distance from where I stood. I didn't even have it at full zoom, but it was too cold to do anything more. The windchill was about 20 below zero.


The Gnarly Tree

Once again, I look out the window and this is what I see. This morning as it's still doing a combination of snowy ice out there. Sigh.

Not in Service, No Passengers

Huh. That's kind of how I feel these days. This shot was taken with my older camera when the temperature was "feel like" ten below zero. Plainfield Train Station.

Birds trying to stay warm

In the well below zero wind chill factors, these birds found warmth atop a chimney on East Second Street in Plainfield. This shot is one taken with the new camera Friday morning.

More berries in snow

They're there. I have to shoot them.

Watchung Avenue sidewalk

I really wish the city of Plainfield would fine residences and businesses who don't clear the walks. This doesn't look it, but it was very slippery. I ended up walking on the snow as it was more safe to do so.

Vincent has a new box

Yes, I ordered an Amazon box just for Vincent. He's giving y'all a raspberry because YOU don't have a BOX.


Palmaltas said...

Although you didn't get to take many photos, the ones you did take are excellent!

Jackie said...

Thank you, Pat. I'll be happy when the temperatures cooperate and I can actually play more with the camera.

Kevin said...

Congratulations on your new camera, pictures are great. I shoot a little and curious of the body and lens you're using.

Jackie said...

Kevin - This one just replaces my point and shoot I always have on me. I have an old Nikon D40 as my only DSLR and it's too bulky for everyday. The new camera is a Canon PowerShot SX520 HS.

Nickelpeed said...

Venus and Crescent moon are gorgeous!!!