We visited our home away from home this weekend. This time the Great Swamp was overgrown with lily pads, mosses and ferns, and the water level had risen so that most of the turtles and frogs we saw a couple of weeks ago were completely hidden. We could hear them though, moving through the water and humming and croaking all day, and a few of them we actually spotted.
I had one rule for this visit. No auto-mode for my camera. I decided to switch my camera to manual mode and try out the new lens my boys bought me for Mother's Day. T picked this lens out especially for me because there's no auto option on it. He knew I'd be forced to finally figure out all the manual settings on my camera in order use it.
I'm so not used to manual mode. After so many years of using point and shoots, I'd forgotten photography basics like paying attention to the light meter and changing the aperture. But by the end of the day I'd figured it out and remembered how much I loved my old film SLR. I like having control over the image. And even though it takes longer and I don't shoot as much, I don't know that I'll ever go back to automatic.
It was a lovely day with my guys. Seamus listened to us for the most part all day long, even though he didn't have a nap. T and I got in some much-needed conversation time and family time. We saw lots of Red Wing Blackbirds, Juncos and Chipmunks and one little Goldfinch. And at the end of the day, we ate dinner at our favorite diner. And this day my