One of our greatest talents is the ability to articulate joy. We all have this talent – it is not rare thankfully. Though fleeting in some lives. But just because it is a common talent, recognising joy, does not mean that it is of lesser value. I find that lift of the heart so frequent and usually, it is in the smallest of things. Three calves surging like young racehorses across the field. Molly the sow grizzling because Sheila stole her bed. Selling two hogs instead of the usual one meaning there is no hog left alone in the cold. And even luckier for me I am able and willing to capture some of my joyous moments in an image and share them with you. This doubles the joy factor.
I was feeling quite grim there for a while – in fact, I was feeling a little like a dartboard in a noisy pub full of strangers. Unable to join in and getting sharp objects thrown at me at regular intervals. But the workload is lifting, people are settling into independence again and I have my new camera and a trip home to my own family just around the corner.
A new camera would be like getting a new tool to many people but I feel as though I have been given a new eye. yesterday I was SEEING again. A new and rich and eminently achievable challenge. The richness I have discovered in my new Christmas Camera is delicious.
Mr X, my Fujifilm X30, has a knack for capturing rich colour where I only saw ordinary. With the correct settings it gives me a great depth of field (the area that is in focus) even up on the porch in the darkish corner where the cats and dogs have their beds I found a quilt of colours and textures.
BooBoo again. Where Ton will race out to get into the background of photographs, Boo will be in the foreground.
The lens is sharp.
We had entered the very low light of dusk when Sheila came to the husk tangled gate to say hullo and gloat a little as Molly cried in the background too afraid to go into either of the beds. They will settle down. Though Sheila is still feeling towey. And dare I say it: a bit bitchy. She will relent soon and once Molly relaxes they will sleep together and keep each other warm for the winter.
I had been warned that this camera does not perform well in low light but the settings are easy to change and it captured all the information I needed.
Look at that sunset. (above) A perfect fade of colour into the sky.
Beautiful contrast, and I am only just beginning to work out what this camera can do.
Yesterday was below freezing all day. Cold. Cold. Everything frozen – I carried many buckets of warm water to the pigs and bales of straw to their beds.
I hope you have a lovely day.
WEATHER: We get above freezing in the afternoon. That is good. I will run the hoses and milk the cow during that period. Maybe even a little snow overnight.
Friday 12/08 0% / 0 in
Plentiful sunshine. High 36F. Winds SW at 10 to 20 mph.
Friday Night 12/08 60% / < 1 in
Cloudy with periods of snow after midnight. Low 24F. Winds WSW at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of snow 60%. Snow accumulations less than one inch.
7:05 am 4:24 pm
Waning Gibbous, 70% visible 10:20 pm 11:25 am