Friday, January 30, 2015

Focus

San Diego Metro KOA
Chula Vista, CA
January 22, 2015




Pearl has a new look these days!

If riding bicycles is your thing, San Diego offers alot of trails/paths. I have always loved riding a bike...but unfortunately, I have had my share of falls. It all started when I was 10 years old and trying to impress this really cute boy who lived down the street. I sure made an impression swerving back and forth until I hit a rock on the sidewalk and down I went. Thought I recovered OK until I realized my front tooth was broken and blood was dripping down my shirt. The boy on the front porch just laughed...and riding bicycles has never been quite the same for me! That's not to say Joe and I have not tried. Staying focused is a challenge for me. The bikes loaded on Pearl are the third pair we have had. 
That's me, Joe and Ronnie and Cooper


At my request, one more attempt...this time I have a beach cruiser with only 3 gears, front coasting brakes and back pedal brakes...very much like the bike I grew up riding. We have been on 2 rides and I am in childhood heaven. No spandex needed...just a helmet and a bell! Thanks for the picture Carol.




Speaking of focusing...I had a great exercise with my camera at the bark park the other day. I happened to notice a butterfly on the other side of the fence. When I looked closer, there was also a caterpillar. I have always taken pictures, but photography is a fairly new hobby for me. I have learned a lot...I have a long way to go. There are many blogs that "awe" me with the pictures that are posted and I have learned a so much from just studying them.  


It was fun trying to capture both of them through the fence...







And then I practiced on a South African Coral Tree in our park...




Dover doesn't like it if "stuff" is in the water at the park. She stayed very focused and worked very hard until she was satisfied it was clean enough for her and the other pups. She is such a good little mama...



Last week-end, our computer decided to go into a coma. What a bother! The Geek Squad did their magic and all is good, but not quite the same. Every time this happens, it seems like we have to adjust to all kinds of new looks and changes. Do you store pictures on the computer? I do...usually on a yearly basis. At the end of every year, I take the time to go through them all and save the good ones to an external hard drive. I had procrastinated doing this time consuming task this year. So Geek Squad called to tell Joe he had 90 GBs of pictures...several thousand...and could they put them on a drive to clear up space. Yeah! That job done!

Just a few pictures from the KOA...







Belle is on the left...parked next door to Ronnie, Carol and Cooper.

I'll bid good-bye for now. Until next time, take care and...


happy trails!


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    1. She was our first Judy. And such a good girl!

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  2. I love being in the San Diego area. There are so many places to go and things to do. I'm not sure I would be comfortable riding a bike around all that traffic though.

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    1. Thank goodness we can drive our bikes to the parks and bike paths. I dont do traffic either Jeri! That is unless you count other bikers and some inconsiderate walkers who refuse to budge. So far, so good...

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  3. Great job on those photos. Good exposures & I like the density & clarity of each one. . Keep up the good work. I'm curious to know what kind of a camera you are using. .

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    1. Thank you Al. I have a 2 Nikon cameras...a D7000 and a D5300. That day I was using the 5300 with a 70 - 300mm lens.

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  4. Your pictures are always so clear and crisp I enjoy looking at them all.

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  5. Nice that you are getting back on your bikes again, enjoy and ride safe.

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  6. I grinned reading your bike accidents. I too have some accidents but luckily no broken tooth just shaken and shame.
    Your captures are vivid and crips Gay and I think you have given your camera a good workout.

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    1. Thank you MonaLiza...photography had become such a fun hobby!

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  7. Love the photos!! That caterpillar is so neat and the colors are so crisp!! Very cool flowers on that tree. Nice shot:)

    I am glad you didn't give up on the bike riding. I use to fall more, than John told me to remember to look at where I was going not down in front of me. Look out in front of myself. Amazing!! I can't believe how much better I am. I haven't fallen since:) Keep up the good work:)

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    1. I do love to ride bikes...and yep, looking out ahead is the key. I am constantly reminding myself to do that instead of looking all around and thinking about all the photo opps I am missing. Each time we go out, I get more confident!

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  8. your pictures are very nice. I cant wait for April, our first camping trip of the season! And I keep all my photos on my laptop. I should probably put them on a memory stick.

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    1. Good morning Missouri Gal...I will always remember the excitement when thinking about and planning for RV trips. At the time, I never dreamed I would be living in one full-time!

      Thanks for the compliment about the pictures...

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