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This old house

The other weekend we went to a family get together in rural Alberta.  The hall we camped at used to be a school, the school my dad went to as a kid.  The building has since been expanded, renovated, running water added, a furnace, kitchen, all the perks we take for granted these days.

Across the field, where many a soccer/frisbee/softball/football game are played, is a small hedgerow between the hall property and the adjacent farm field. In the trees lies the old teacherage, where the school teacher lived. It’s slowly sinking into the ground (if I tried to walk through the door without ducking, the frame would hit me in the eyes – an interesting experience for a short person like me!), one wall is gone, and the roof is collapsing.

But there’s something almost magical about it, something I can’t quite put into words.

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1/60 sec at f/11, ISO 200 – Sony a55

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1/80 sec at f/9.0, ISO 200 – Sony a55

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Posted by on June 19, 2012 in Miscellaneous photos, Sony DSLR A55

 

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Happy Father’s Day!

Kirra & Daddy having fun in the sandbox!

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1/500 sec at f/5.0, ISO 80 – Pentax Optio

 
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Posted by on June 17, 2012 in Him, Holiday, Munchkin, Parenting, Pentax Optio

 

Plants beware my brown thumb!

Why a ‘brown thumb’, you ask? Well, I definitely don’t have a green thumb, but I like to delude myself think that I don’t have a black thumb. So I say ‘brown thumb’ and mean that I’m a mediocre plant caretaker.

Take this rose plant as an example. I saw it in the grocery store around Valentine’s Day and decided to get one and take it to work to brighten up my desk. There’s just one problem… I don’t have an outside window at work. I face the hallway so the plant would only get artificial light. Which wouldn’t necessarily be a bad thing, as long as it GOT said light. I really should have taken it home on the weekend, instead of leaving it in the dark for those 2 days. When I returned on Monday it was a sad little plant, flowers dropping, leaves wilting. In other words, not good.

I don’t have a ‘before’ picture, but here’s what it looked like after I brought it home and trimmed the dead stuff and put it in a larger pot with good potting soil. This is now the ‘before’ picture as I attempt to nurse it back to health.

March 18, 2012 – re-potted
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1/125 sec at f/4.5, ISO 200 – Sony a55

April 21, 2012 – fungal pot-mates showing up
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1/80 sec at f/5.6, ISO 800 – Sony a55

April 28, 2012 – looking better!
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1/320 sec at f/5.0, ISO 100 – Sony a55

And today!
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1/250 sec at f/4.5, ISO 100 – Sony a55 w/macro lens

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1/250 sec at f/4.5, ISO 100 – Sony a55 w/macro lens

 
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Posted by on June 14, 2012 in Macro lens, Nature, Photo Story, Sony DSLR A55

 

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