pWdumaNjA-6CEEBhRoD5euxNETs When All This Actual Life Played Out: June 2011

30 June 2011

Shiney


Crystals in limestone
30 June 2011

Probably calcite precipitated into cracks in the limestone. Color is gorgeous, and I'm captivated by anything prismatic, anything that glitters.

Tech stuff: Taken with my Nikon D40.

27 June 2011

You can't always get what you want


Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
7 July 2010

The last six months have obliterated so much memory of the recent past. And the cause is obliterating at least some of my near future. So it goes. But really, we couldn't believe that it's been less than a year since we visited.

Tech stuff: Taken with my Nikon D40.

24 June 2011

Swallowed by the sea


Corona del Mar, California
18 June 2011

Tech stuff: Taken with my Nikon D40.

22 June 2011

Sandcastle


Corona del Mar, California
18 June 2011

I was wandering the beach trying to get a shot of the swallows that were zooming up and down, maybe in hot pursuit of the horrible black flies on the kelp, but I caught sandcastle construction instead. About five minutes later, with complete glee, they took running leaps at their creation to knock it flat.

Tech stuff: Taken with my Nikon D40.

21 June 2011

Breaking the rules


Universal Amphitheater
20 June 2011

I have rules. I love rules. I am rule-bound. Rules rule.

But, sometimes I break the rules. Especially if I've made them in the first place.

One of my rules is that I don't take cell phone pictures during concerts. Or video. It seems fairly ridiculous to pay for tickets to a show and then watch through one's phone. And I've seen people do this: do nothing but take photos throughout, and text, and then take pictures some more. I mean, whatever floats your boat, but I don't see the allure.

Like most of the world, I've had a cell phone with a camera for a decade or so, and it stays firmly in my pocket where it belongs. And then I got my iPhone.

Temptation. Irresistible.

Tech stuff: Taken with my iPhone4. For the record, I took exactly 2 photos, both near the end. I believe this brings my lifetime concert photo-taking extravaganza to a total of 5. So I'm not going to beat myself up too much... And yeah, that's Rush. Love.

19 June 2011

California dreaming


Corona del Mar, California
18 June 2011

Almost summer, but it was pretty chilly yesterday when I took this. Probably 65F-ish and breezy. The temperature deters no one, naturally.

Tech stuff: Taken with my Nikon D40.

18 June 2011

On the beach


Corona del Mar, California
18 June 2011

My mother has been visiting, so late this afternoon, we packed a picnic and headed off to the beach. Around 5 pm in the summer is my favorite time to go: most of the people have cleared out, and the world is winding down. This is one of my favorite So Cal beaches, but I was sad that we actually had to pay for parking since I couldn't make it down the long and winding ramp that leads to the beach from the bluff.

Still, it was a pleasant early evening, and after we'd finished our picnic, we headed over to Balboa for a Balboa bar.

Tech stuff: Taken with my Nikon D40.

17 June 2011

Celebrate


Newport Beach, California
16 June 2011

It's done. And my two silly children danced together.

Tech stuff: Taken with my iPhone4.

15 June 2011

From afar


Statue of Liberty from Battery Park
New York, New York
11 May 2011

The daughter had quite the agenda planned for our trip. She really wanted to see the Statue of Liberty, was less interested in Ellis Island.

There are limits to my physical abilities at present. I managed getting to Battery Park. I couldn't imagine trying to negotiate the packed tourist boat, nor wandering the island. I explained to the daughter up front what I thought I'd be able to do that day. She agreed that just seeing the statue would be enough.

I was sad that I couldn't get her any closer. I tend not to respect my own dis-ability, but was just as happy that I made the wise rather than the emotional choice.

I hope there will be another time. Years ago, I decided to forgo the opportunity to visit the World Trade Center. I never got a second chance.

Tech stuff: Taken with my iPhone4, Instagram filter.

13 June 2011

Whereas this IS heaven


Milton
6 May 2011

Really, it takes little to make him happy. A full belly, a spot of sunshine, and a good lap on which to sleep.

Tech stuff: Taken with my Nikon D40.

10 June 2011

For sell


Handbill
10 June 2011

Pirate vocalizations? The chick from Star Trek?

Tech stuff: Taken with my iPhone4.

08 June 2011

Hiding in plain sight


Caltech
Pasadena, California
14 May 2011

Tech stuff: Taken with my Nikon D40.

06 June 2011

Serendipity


Empire State Building
New York, New York
12 May 2011

Tech stuff: Taken with my Nikon D40.

01 June 2011

The girl who knows her own mind


The daughter
13 January 2001

Right around her fourth birthday, the daughter walked up to me, book in hand and yelled with a certain fury, "I want to read!" That action determined, in part, the course of the next 10 years of her life and the school she would attend.

The fad at the time was to send one's child to a developmental preschool or kindergarten. Academic programs were shunned. Well, I already knew that one size does not fit all children, and we enrolled her in an academic program. It was the right decision.

Today, she was named salutatorian of her 8th grade class. She is, of course, filled with a certain fury. She wanted to be valedictorian. She lost out by .02 of a point. I laughed it off because I know she's smart and I know she's capable and I know she will do just fine. I don't need her GPA to tell me this.

"Don't you want me to aim high?" she demanded, with that certain fury. Of course I do, I told her, but I also want you to accept those times when you don't get the biggest trophy at the end of the day. Some days you will miss the mark; we all do. Then you go back and you try even harder the next time.

"True," she said grumpily. "But still..."

She knows her own mind.

Tech stuff: Taken with a terrible digital point and shoot of dubious provenance.