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As part of a ‘staycation’ I took this past week, I visited a sort-of local attraction–Longwood Gardens.  I say ‘sort-of’ local because it is about an hour and a half away without traffic–and there’s always traffic.  But it was worth the bumper to bumper ride.

The stated purpose of this field trip was to entertain my friend who had been staying with me for a couple of days.  The bonus purpose was that I got to try out my camera.  And boy, did I try it out.  I learned…

  • How to do that cool blurring water effect that I’m so enamored by
  • How much fun it is to take close up photos of flowers
  • That carrying my camera around on my neck is uncomfortable but worth it
  • That taking 250 photos is a good thing because it means you may end up with three or four that are actually good
  • How a pipe organ works (this is having nothing whatsoever to do with my camera, of course!)

The best part about this is that now I have 250 photos to play around with in Picasa, like the one at the beginning of this post.  In case you can’t tell, I just discovered how to do the focused black and white thing that I also so love.  I thought that took all kinds of magic and skill.  Nope.  Not at all.  Don’t you love when you learn something is easier than you imagined?

I think I shall make field trips a part of my weekly schedule.  I just need to come up with some sort of workable weekly schedule first!