Category Archives: Pontifications

Fly, again

Fly out surveying her yard

Fly out surveying her yard

With all the excitement caused by the new puppy, it’s been important to make sure Fly gets some attention as well.  As Whiskey got older and had more problems, she got the bulk of the attention.  We don’t want Fly getting depressed about Trix since she already misses her bossy buddy Whiskey.

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Year in review

I’ve never been one to do year end retrospectives, but I thought I’d give it a try this year.

01Jan 2014-web

Tony Bennett, an Anna’s Hummingbird that hangs out in our back yard

In January we spent time getting to know one of our resident hummingbirds.  We’ve since named him “Tony Bennett” since  he comes out and sings to us in the morning when we exercise the dogs.

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Getting to know the new puppy

Trix and Fly getting to know each other.

Trix and Fly getting to know each other.

The new puppy around the house is Trix, a 10 month old Border Collie/Australian Shepard mix.  Lots of energy and self centered like only a puppy can be.  Fly gets along with her well, although she has had to explain to Trix about keeping to her own food bowl.  Trix, on the other hand, doesn’t understand why everyone doesn’t want to play with her 23 hours per day.  She’ll start pestering Fly who will just get up and walk away when she’s not interested.

Bad Air

Air over west Phoenix

Dust and haze over west Phoenix

We have a pollution advisory till Thursday night.  Phoenix is in something of a valley, and during the summer heat we’re prone to inversion layers.  On top of that the west valley area is still largely agricultural, so when the farmers disk their fields the amount of dust in the air is truly impressive.  We live far enough west that we generally have clean air (dairy farms aside!) but you can see the dust and pollution clearly to the east.

On cameras, a personal journey

My main cameras today, the E-P5 and the OM-D E-M5

My main cameras today, the E-P5 and the OM-D E-M5

I’m currently shooting with three different types of camera. My primary system is Olympus, with the OM-D EM5 being the main body and an E-P5 as a backup/carry it around solution. A Hasselblad 500 is a lovely enough tool that it’s even gotten me back into film to a limited degree. Finally I just got an entry level Phase One DF+/P20 for digital medium format. And of course I always have my iPhone with me – it takes surprisingly good pictures for a pocket sized package.

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