Friday, 4 December 2020

Lessons Learned

This Fall my dear little 2008 Olympus camera gave up the ghost. I was much too cavalier with handling and dust had gotten into it's fixed lens. Lesson learned! It's replacement was a different brand. Although the newer camera has a better zoom distance, it is cumbersome and not nearly as reliable as my Olympus was. So I decided to buy a PEN E-LP9 from the Olympus website. Within a few days of ordering, it was here. I loved it's sporty look and convenient size. But surprise! -- no lens in the box. I re-read the online add which said 'brown body'. I took this to mean the body was brown. It really meant 'Brown. Body only.' Another lesson learned. So I ordered the lens which would have been included if I'd purchased the 'kit'.

My stylish new Olympus PEN E-PL9

 

Here are a few pictures I snapped on a walk to our bush lot. Considering the day was overcast and spitting rain, the little camera worked nicely. And yes, it is December but there is no snow on the ground here at the moment.

Still some patches of green in the bush.
Mother Nature has thoughtfully provided convenient park benches.
Nice to see a few leaves still fluttering above ground.

A larder or shelter for furry little woodland folk?
An ice covered drainage ditch beside our woodlot.
Looking towards home from the far reaches of my bluebird trail.
My neighbour's cows at an overcast half mile away.

 

On this rainy day, I'm so glad I followed Jocelyn's (Canadian Needle Nana) recommendations for Netflix viewing. I absolutely loved The Queen's Gambit. It's one of those rare movies that leaves one feeling uplifted and happy with humanity. And now I'm binge watching The Crown. I have to laugh at the parental guidance at the start of each episode. "SEX, NUDITY, LANGUAGE, SMOKING". I do admit that scenes of cigarette smoking makes me wince and gag. But what I definitely have to avert my eyes for is the use of hypodermic needles!!! Heebie-jeebies!!! We all have our own cringe factors. I'm loving the acting, settings, costumes, jewellery and the reminders of royal history. Incredible what a hold the church had in deciding personal matters. 

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Ellie Mae has a new gentleman caller. At least I expect the gray tabby is a guy or she would certainly run it off. Instead she likes to spend her evenings outside if the visitor is around.

Looks well fed, doesn't he?
Ellie Mae, keeping her thoughts to herself.

11 comments:

  1. My gosh, you sure have a lot here; and I enjoyed every photo, every word :) Florence, I love your new camera, it's really sharp! And you deserve something special to complement your photo taking skills. Enjoyed seeing "nature's park bench", Ellie Mae and her stocky suitor :) One more thing, I too loved "Queen's Gambit"--to be honest with you, I wasn't expecting such a positive, upbeat ending. It was just wonderful, period. Sorry for my long ramble and I hope you're well.

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    1. As always, I appreciate your comments, Doug. Glad but not surprised you also loved "The Queen's Gambit". Gotta tell ya, on her way to the airport home, when she made the driver stop so she could walk through the park and play chess with the Russian players there, I had myself a little blubber. I do love my new Olympus camera. I should take it for an evening walk through a nearby Village to experiment with Christmas lights. Preferably after a snow fall!

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    2. Florence, what you said about her taking that walk, sitting down to play with those astonished men--yep, I had to wipe my eyes too... now you have me tempted to watch the last chapter again! And yes, I'd love to see some pics you take of snow and Christmas lights. I'm really happy about your nice camera :)

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    1. Just glad he seems to have nearby owners and is not abandonned. Whew!

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  3. Love your new camera. Can't believe it came with out lens. I'll keep that in mind if I get a new one.
    He really is a handsome, well fed fellow and she does look like she has some secrets she isn't about to tell.

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    1. Yes Patti, I was quite surprised to learn I had only purchased the camera body. A bit like buying a car and finding out that the wheels are sold separately. Now I've got to read the manual and experiment with settings. A lovely new toy! If only Ellie Mae could talk. I'd ask her who dumped her off here and what made her so afraid of people.

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  4. That is one stylish looking camera, Florence. A little beauty. Thanks for the shout out. I really enjoyed the Queen's Gambit so much and the Crown too. I wonder when did it become okay to show needles going in and people throwing up on film. I dislike both and also the smoking. Beautiful moody shots around your property and great portrait of your or should I say Ellie May's visitor.

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    1. Oh yes, Jocelyn, the throwing up!!! That's another thing that caused me look away. That and the smoking makes me feel like opening all the windows for fresh air! Strange now to think that for a few years in my early twenties I was almost a chain smoker!

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  5. Hello Florence, I'm just stopping by from Doug's blog. I see that you have the same feelings we do about the fellow we wish would just go away.

    I do love Canada and enjoyed seeing your photos. Congratulations on your new camera. That's always so much fun. I guess I've gotten lazy now and just use my cellphone to take photos.

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    1. Thank you so much for dropping by, Kay. Gotta say, I'm mighty puzzled that Trump still has so many supporters. Could it be they don't watch reputable news casts? Perplexing indeed!

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