I fought the…

…snow plow and it won.  OK.  It wasn’t me and there wasn’t exactly a fight.  A mistake I suppose.  I don’t know how many times I have heard “stay back, stay alive.”  It isn’t a joke.

These snowplow drivers have a difficult job which is only compounded by impatient people driving like absolute idiots because there is only an inch of snow.  No matter how much snow or what you have going on – stay away from the snow plow…you won’t win.  All you will accomplish is having a bad day and making things rough for all of those stuck in traffic.

On my way home from work today there was a bit of a mishap.  I was thankful it was in the opposing lane.  Traffic was backed up for miles.  I am not sure what three plows where doing together (wasn’t a lot of snow to clear) either.  It didn’t look major thankfully – except for the backup.







2013: Week #37 Photography

This week I was on the road a bit.  St. Cloud on Tuesday & Wednesday.  Albert Lea today.   Windshield time it is often referred; I don’t mind it at all…except for being away from home and traffic and road construction. More often than not it puts me in the vicinity of something interesting to photograph.  Here is my week – a lovely mix of mostly urban, road kill, traffic and some 5-o.

2013: Week #24 Photography

Finally some palatable weather.  I never tire of the blue skies and puffy clouds.

Nicer weather means getting back into the yard and finishing some things up…or getting them closer to completion.  A freshly installed spigot on the front side of the house will open up new opportunities in the front yard no doubt.  The backyard is getting closer to completion as well.  Cyndie has all the photos of or work wrangled together.  It has been quite the transformation.  I look forward to seeing them altogether in the near future.  In the meantime, here are my shots from this last week.   All are from my weekday commutes as I have been very busy in the yard; in fact, I am headed out to do some more work in the yard.  Enjoy the beautiful day everyone!

2013: Week #23 Photography

Blah rah ah ah Ah, Blah rah ah ah Ah, rain, rain, poo poo poo.  No not another Gaga hit; no bad romance here, but the crappy weather needs to end.  It is June and I think we’ve had one day of  hot steamy weather – a record setter no less – and that is all.  The average temp for May was 57 degrees!  That’s just not right.

We have had lots of rain though with back to back months (Apr/May) dumping 5+ inches of rain each.  Most of the farmers managed to get their crops in.  Cyndie and I saw a few yesterday still planting.  The wet and cold weather has put a damper on our yard plans and has delayed many a project.  Just like the farmers, we have managed to push through and get most everything done. One of the vegetable gardens is in along with an herb garden.  We have one more garden planned that will hopefully get done soon – ambition willing.  This season we are all about growing food, not lawns.  Makes more sense in the grand scheme of things.  With a hilly yard, this is a complete no-brainer.

One more rainy week by us and hopefully some sunny ones to come.  This last week started out with a bang – a few of them.  I was met with accidents on my commute both Monday and Tuesday.  You really can’t get upset about the backup in traffic because that very easily could be you, but it still is a bugger.  I figured it was an opportunity to take [some blurry] pictures.  I hope you all had a good week; enjoy your weekend.


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“A certain amount of reverie is good, like a narcotic in discreet doses. It soothes the fever, occasionally high, of the brain at work, and produces in the mind a soft, fresh vapor that corrects the all too angular contours of pure thought, fills up the gaps and intervals here and there, binds them together, and dulls the sharp corners of ideas. But too much reverie submerges and drowns. Thought is the labor of the intellect, reverie it’s pleasure. To replace thought with reverie is to confound poison with nourishment.”
― Victor Hugo

Assorted Photos – 2013: Week #6

In an effort to shoot more; shoot more often, my backup camera has become an extension of hands.  I try not to leave it at home and am successful most days.  You never know when the clouds are going to form up just so or when the light is going to be amazing.  You never know when you are going to see something interesting, amazing or even disturbing.  Last week I saw someone on their phone looking at Pintrest @ 60 mph on I94 in crappy weather on slippery roads.  And other times, it is just capturing the everyday.

These days I am usually always caring my Nikon D60 with the kit lens 18-35 mm or my new 18-270 mm (thank you honey) set to auto ISO with a minimum shutter of 1/60 sec.  I am usually able to get the shot if it isn’t too dark or something isn’t moving too fast.  I like to shoot right from the car.  I try not to be moving if at all possible, but sometimes the shoot isn’t standing still.  I just point it out the window and hope I get it.  9 times out of 10 I get what I was looking for.  Auto ISO is a handy setting.  If it is dark you get some grain, but that doesn’t concern me much as it usually adds to the photography.