Monday, July 29, 2013

What Were We Waiting For?

Six years ago, after our Instamatic died, the Tree Hugger and I received a "Kodak Easy Share Zoom Digital Camera" for Christmas from our children. Procrastinators that we are, we never got around to trying it out until March 10, 2008, when we were en route to the Greater Baltimore Medical Center for the birth of our second grandson. Opening the box in the car, I found that we now had a camera with multiple buttons, a dial showing tiny pictures and the letters P, A, S and M, a lens that extended itself without being asked, a shiny circle with "OK" in the middle of it, surrounded by 4 arrows, and a window with mysterious symbols along the edge. This was no Instamatic. Thoroughly intimidated, I returned the camera to its box. We left it in the car when we got to the hospital.

The baby is now 5. We tried taking a few pictures in the years since his birth. Most turned out all right, because we used the camera only in its "Point-and-Shoot" mode.Yesterday, I finally said, "Enough." I sat down with the camera in one hand and the booklet in the other. I soon found out that the camera comes with an "optical zoom," allowing you to take close-ups merely by pressing the telephoto button. Our backyard Joe Pye Weed was full of butterflies, so I went out and took about a dozen pictures. Although most were no good, I came back in with one  "keeper"  and 15 mosquito bites. 


PseudoPiskie said...

I don't dare go out to feed the cats without boots. The skeeters suck my ankles dry. I still have the evidence of 18 or so "bites".

Psterino said...

That's really a very nice photo. Congratulations on your brave new technology.
I've successfully reduced mosquitos this year by setting small bowls of water around the yard and placing a Dunk in each one. It is not poison. Dogs, cats and birds can still splash in and drink from the water. But mosquito larvae will not develop.

Beats itchin'.

Tory said...

just dropped by to say hello. I'll be writing in my blog tomorrow.
I am so sorry about your accident, but it is so easily done, so don't be so hard on yourself.
I also have a high-tech camera that I received about 3 years ago. Two weeks ago I took it with me when we went with the kids to an African lion safari park. I'm so scared of it, Matilda took all the pictures and I still don't know how to get them on my computer, which is why you haven't seen them yet!
Btw, beautiful picture.
Take Care,

Chantal said...