My little town

Like most small towns near Seattle, my little town struggles with growth while trying to retain that small town feel.  The powers that be tell us we are almost grown out….there is very little room left for growth.  My inner Emmet Watson rejoices!  But knowing when growth can’t go out it goes up, I worry.  Apartments and condos are people concentrate, and those are the only options left.

I’m a late comer to my little town….I’ve only lived here for 15 years.

My original little town, about 25 miles south, exists in name only.  Its history and my tangible memories plowed under by prosperity….and that’s prosperity with a capital P.  Driving down Memory Lane in the original my little town, is becoming pointless.  There are fewer and fewer structures left that would trigger memory.  Most of the homes of family and old friends, deemed worth far less than the land on which they stood, have been replaced by, in modern parlance….McMansions.


Boo hoo.

This isn’t the first time this has taken place.

Near my house are a couple of tributes to previous inhabitants that probably disliked the changes they saw coming their way as well.





I wonder who will come next.



iPhone cameras have an upside and a downside.

On the upside….it’s easy to carry everywhere you go and the focal length is short so it has depth of field for miles. On the downside….I’m less than thrilled about the low light result….kinda noisy.  But I was even less thrilled about the small bat that was flitting around in the low light.  I took this pic when I was hunkered down hoping he wouldn’t notice me.  I became kinda noisy when I thought he did.

Never fails….until it does.

Remember when I started that photography 365 project?  God I hope you remember….because it was yesterday.  Well I started it after my camera broke.  It was an elderly Nikon D80….and what was weird….I literally blew the dust off it because my daughter asked me to take pics of my brand new grand baby.  And the D80 performed great….right up to the time it died.  I took some pics and was packing up to return home….then saw the shot I’d been trying to get for a week….the perfect baby feet shot….babies don’t make it easy….they aren’t all that interested in holding a pose.  Took the shot….thought I’d do one more quickly just for insurance and CLACK!  Nothing more could be seen thru the viewfinder.  Had one of those Whiskey Tango Foxtrot moments.  The LCD window displayed ERR.  TO THE GOOGLE!!  Which is where I found that it would cost more than the D80 is worth to fix it.

Godspeed Nikon D80.  You were the first digital camera I bought.  I bought you as a reaction to a snotty person who saw me using a Nikon N90 (a film camera for all the non-dinosaurs out there) and informed me, while rolling their eyes, “Daaahling simply everyone is going digital”. Okay.  They weren’t that snotty….and they didn’t call me ‘Daaahling’….and there was no eye rolling.  Truth be told, all they said was  “you might try digital photography.” I just tend toward the sensitive and take advice badly.

Having no DSLR presently, I will be using the camera feature on my iPhone.  Until such time as I acquire a new camera or leave for Arizona where I, like tons of other older people, spend the winter.  That is where the rest of my photography stuff is stashed.  Why I didn’t bring it back up north with me, I’ll never know.  Yeah….I do.  I left it there because I thought I’d quit photography.  I do that periodically. My quitting usually stems from a lack of creativity and my tendency to be a hermit.

It was stupid….but….

Just because it was stupid doesn’t mean I won’t do it again.

Honestly if I should ever design a heraldic crest for myself that will be inscribed in latin on the banner.

Here is the last pic taken by my Nikon D80….

at least it went out on a high note.

I just remembered….I still have that Nikon N90….and the speedlight that goes with it!  How it survived my occasional fits of ’embracing minimalism’ purges I don’t know….and this time I really don’t.  It’s a bit banged up and the rubberized back has a sticky gummy feel I don’t care for….but when we went steady we usually had a good time together.  I remember why I bought the N90….because I’d read that that was the camera Tipper Gore used on the campaign trail and I thought her photos were nice.  Yeah….that was a long time ago….a real long time ago.  I could use it….but processing film is a pain and it smells. Then you have to scan it….I still have an enlarger but what I don’t have is patience.  But you never know….remember the motto on my heraldic crest….

Just because it was stupid doesn’t mean I won’t do it again.

I actually ran that through Google Translate just to see what it might look like in Latin.

And this is what I got back….


So I had to go for the next best thing….what’s that?….Irish….duh.

Díreach mar a bhí sé dúr ní chiallaíonn nach ndéanfaidh mé é arís.

My crest will have to be huge….or….I will need a shorter motto.



not going to bitch about it.

Thought I’d try a 365 photo attempt.  The idea….if I do it….and finish it….is to be able to look back at the year.  Okay there has to be more to it than “oh yeah, I remember that”….hopefully.  I’ve got nothin’ to lose….even if I have nothin’ to write about.

Which brings me back to weather….not going to bitch about it.

You can’t get a rainbow without rain….today small squalls blew in and blew out….and one came with a rainbow.

But there must come a time when a rainbow isn’t much in the way of compensation for the amount of rain….thinking of Houston.