Signs of Spring, and Blogger Run Day

Friday I set out with my camera and Noah to take pictures of ‘signs of spring’ to share with you guys.  There has been so much rain around here that it reminds me of Oregon.  This first picture is on the main road that we always walk on.  I love the moss on the rail fence.

All the rest of the pictures are of the little stream that runs right behind the mailboxes at the end of my road.  It’s a mile and a half from my house to the mail boxes, so when I talk about taking a three mile walk/run, this is where I’m headed.  So a funny/tragic think happened on this walk.  I was daydreaming about getting a new camera.  And I even thought that I might email Lori to see if she thought my pictures weren’t as sharp as they used to be (or was it my eye sight that was getting worse?  Or did I just want an excuse to get a new camera?)

Now somewhere on this walk, I dropped the camera.  But it was a gentle drop, not more than a foot and a half from the ground, and I think I dropped it on dirt, not concrete.  And it took pictures after that.  But I think you might notice that these pictures are a little ‘off.’  Like the green is too green, or like they’ve been photo-shopped by someone who didn’t really know what they were doing.

Anyway, after taking the pictures at the mail boxes, I put the camera in my pocket and jogged back toward the waterfall/stream that I really love and have shared with you before.  It is really full right now, and I wanted to get some pictures of it.  When I got there and took the camera out of my pocket, the lens was stuck in the out position, but when I clicked to take a picture, it said ‘lens error.’  And with that, my camera was dead.  So my ‘signs of spring’ photo essay is missing a lot.  I was going to take some pictures of some of the flowering bulbs, and some of the gorgeous hills and countryside around here.

I have been investigating cameras, and asking everyone’s opinions.  I think I’ve narrowed it down to the Nikon Coolpix or the Canon Sureshot.  As you can see, its all about the color of the camera with me…I’m trying not to let that be my deciding factor.  But even within these two cameras there a ton of options.  Any opinions, anyone?

Okay.  Today my day got a little discombobulated, but after church, and after working out at the gym, I set out to time myself on my Ten Minute Mile Challenge.  I know it is only a mile, and Shelley was doing a 5K (I think) and Miz a Half-Marathon(!)  but for me this is a challenge and a victory.  I ran the whole way, and thought about Shelley and Miz when  I wanted to stop and walk.  And my time?  Ten minutes and 35 seconds!  I was really excited.  That is 25 seconds less than my previous time of 11 minutes, on January 24 (oops.)  It would have been nice to report that I made it under 10 minutes.  But actually this way I still have a challenge to keep working towards!

9 thoughts on “Signs of Spring, and Blogger Run Day

  1. We have had very good luck with the knowledge level of the staff at Best Buy. Two of my kids have bought cameras there. And staff was extremely helpsful about the differences. Each kid ended up with a different camera because of different needs. And we didn’t buy on the first shopping trip – we went in several times to try different models and gain knowledge.

    • Thanks, Vickie–that’s a great tip. I have wandered in the ‘local’ best buy, and I think you are right. But I wouldn’t have thought about going there without your tip!

    • Thanks, Lori. It IS green here, but I still think the camera was a little ‘off’ for these last few pics. I am going through withdrawal without my camera. I was even looking at my cell phone to see if I can figure out how to use it!

  2. You run fast! I need to work on my speed…I will keep you in mind when I go running again.

    That sucks about your camera – I have only had mine for a year but I LOVE it and totally rely on having it with me for everything!

  3. Way to go with the mile time! Isn’t it nice to see steady improvement?

    I dropped my Canon Powershot while in SD and it is being fixed now. So my backup is a Nikon coolpix I inherited (once again our lives move in weird parallel!). I can’t compare them though since I really haven’t used the Nikon yet (I just ordered an extra battery and charger for the coolpix since I don’t have that yet). In the future when I travel I think I’ll bring BOTH cameras so I have a backup!

    I agree that you should go to a electonics or camera store and handle them to see which is more comfortable to use!

  4. I bought Shawn a Nikon Coolpix and it is great! I love it, and I might even have to steal it from him and make it mine.

    Your pictures are really pretty, and I don’t think the green is off. At least I can’t tell if it is.

    I am so in awe of your run!! I keep thinking that once it gets warm, I’m going to do C25K again because EVERYONE and their dog is talking about running!

  5. Nice improvement on the mile time! 🙂

    Ooo, love the shot of the fence with the green moss. My kids’ school is in the forest, and I love that thick, green moss…it’s all over the trees right now!

    Condolences on the camera. We have a 6-year-old Pentax digital camera that’s still going strong, and I do love that I can snap a quick photo with my phone when need be.

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