Life has been interesting over the last few months. At the beginning of summer my wife found out she had breast cancer, my basement flooded several times , and my wife’s mother died. So we have been quite busy with doctor and hospital visits, contractors, and dealing with the aftermath of my mother in laws passing. Things finally started settling down around mid October. We still have to move my brother in law, who was living with my wife’s mom, to his new home and do some more repair work in our basement. Needless to say , the blog got put aside for a while.
My wife is doing great and has recovered from her surgery, the basement repair is moving along, and we are planning a vacation before Thanksgiving and a trip to Alaska next summer. Since things are doing better , I decided to buy a new camera so that I could learn to use it before we go to Alaska.
I went to Gibbs Gardens yesterday and spent the day playing with the new camera. After a lot of research I decided on a Sony A7 Mark 3 full frame mirrorless camera. So far, I love it. It has five stops of stabilization built into the body and also adds in any stabilization from the lens if it has it. I have a problem with carpal tunnel and my hands shake enough to require a tripod almost any time I am using my camera. With the new camera I can now hand hold again and get decent shots. I spent four hours taking pictures and never used my tripod. All of the shots below were hand held!
Here are a few of the shots I took while I was trying to learn to use the new camera.
The water lilies were just starting a new bloom cycle so there were only a few blooming.
I mainly went to see how much the foliage had changed to the fall colors. It looked like the color changes were just beginning.
I saw this statue and noticed people were sticking money in his mouth and eyes.
Some of the maples were just beginning to change.
Others like the one below were in full glow mode.
This is one of the ponds in the Japanese Gardens.
I found a few flowers still blooming, like the rose below.
I ran across this plant and have no idea what it is. I just thought the swirling feathers coming out of the seed pods were interesting.
I even managed to find a butterfly in the garden. Most of them are gone by now.
Hope you enjoyed the pictures. I will try to get back into posting a little more regularly now that life is giving us a little breather.
Until next time —