Saturday, September 26, 2015


I'm testing a new camera.
So far, the results are inconsistent.

In a batch of snaps taken between house and barn yesterday,
fewer than half turned out as planned.

Azalea explains,
"Surprises are all very well in their way, but we require consistency in some areas. In photography, for example, we have very clear ideas about the images we seek to record."

 "Or, for a more pertinent example where consistency is critical,
let's talk about the supply of carrot pennies.
Yes, let's talk about that."

Ahem. Yes. Thank you for that insight, Azalea.
(Stops typing to scribble "carrots" on grocery list.)

I must set aside time for a careful test, under various conditions.
It's on the Weekend List.

I hope it will be a long weekend,
because it certainly is a long list.

Meanwhile, here's a picture of Fern (left) and Tansy (right),
choosing the Perfect Spot to lie down atop one of the old wells.

These girls turned 5 months old last week!
To refresh your memory,
here they are on the same well cover, in May:

Time flies.

As do baby goats, remember?


I hope your Saturday becomes a day to remember -
in a good way.



  1. Nice pictures. Any blur might be the image size and distance? I recently learned that, but still don't know how to explain it. I use Irfanview to sharpen closeup photos.
    I remember the video of a kid goat jumping off the rock! Its amazing.

  2. The growth of the goat kids is astounding. And the memory of flight is vivid!

    It always takes time to figure out a new camera. But, sometimes I try to learn on the fly so it takes me quite a while to realize that I really don't like one. Your method of testing it carefully this (long) weekend makes more sense because you may still be able to return it if you decide it's not the right one for you.

    I enjoyed the photos in this post (especially because you appear to still have flowers!)! I can see some of the challenges of your new camera though. Black animals are always tough... as are close-ups! I hope your weekend is productive!

  3. Azalea has such good advice! LOL Of course "new camera" really caught my attention, but I'm the last person to offer advice on photography.

  4. The girls look like they are doing a little synchronized dance number. Love the flying goat photo. All your pictures look great to me. I just aim and shoot and what I get is good enough for me. :) Have a great day!

  5. I think the photos are pretty good. Great shot of the baby jumping :). I'm curious - what in the world is that red stemmed plant (second picture)? I've never seen anything like it!

    1. Probably just as well you don't have it at your place: it's baneberry (Actaea rubra) and quite toxic!

  6. New cameras (new anything, really) requires a learning curve it seems. Looks like you're doing well with it already, so congratulations. Interesting to see the growth of the goats too. (as a little aside note, we took our grandson to the zoo yesterday and their petting zoo included miniature goats. He loved them!)

  7. I think your photos are awesome-- I'm no expert but to me they look beautiful!!

    Love those goats!!! Can't believe how big they are-- they sure grow fast!! Love their names too-- so cute!!


  8. Fern and Tansy look like they are posing...cuties! The camera is just practice; the more pictures you take, the better you'll get but you know that. lol I'm with Vicki, think your pics are already really good.


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