July 21, 2014

Anniversary Celebration!

To Mr. Jim:
We’ve been through thick and thin, enduring some tough times lately.
But we have rejoiced during many incredibly fun times.
I couldn’t have picked a better person to share the past 33 years.
In the journey of life, you have been the ultimate adventure.
You are my love, my best friend, my everything.

July 20, 2014

Wyoming Trip Cancelled

We’re in the process of canceling reservations for our planned trip in late September to the Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks. As in the case of the Newfoundland trip (where we were supposed to be touring right now), it just wasn’t meant to be. Having our hearts set on doing some landscape and wildlife photography during the spectacular fall season, we’re understandably disappointed and upset. But, that’s the way the cookie crumbles.

We don’t know what will be happening in September (chemotherapy or not), and whether Mr. Jim would be able to travel. However, we aren't comfortable in risking the loss of a substantial amount of money if we wait too long to cancel. The national park lodges, in particular, are very ruthless in their cancellation policies.

We’ll explore the possibility of an automobile trip later on this year.

July 18, 2014

It's Bear Cam Season Again!

I remember with great fondness our grand adventure trip to Alaska exactly three years ago.  The itinerary included the famed Brooks Falls area of Katmai National Park so that we could photograph brown bears.

There are live video cams operating now, so you can watch the bears without leaving the comforts of home!  Click HERE for the web link.

This journey was such fun, I would go back again in a heartbeat!  The bears are truly magnificent creatures.

July 17, 2014

App Mini-Review: Circular

Now that I have an iPhone to complement my iPad, I have been delving into the world of interesting and fun apps, particularly those related to photography. At first, I limited myself to only those that were free. However, I have loosened up the purse strings lately and allowed myself to periodically buy a few for amusement. Hey, it’s not like we’re talking big bucks here!

One of the apps that has been on my wish list has been Circular. It creates "tiny planets" from landscape photos. I can do this type of conversion with the big Photoshop program. But, it is oh-so-sweet to make the magic happen easily on an app. The app’s cost has been in the neighborhood of $1.99 for a while. But I saw that it was a free download today, so I grabbed it up!

July 16, 2014

Photo of the Week - Arroyo Near Deer Creek

Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah

Located along the Burr Trail, this arroyo (an intermittent dry creek) cut through the desolate landscape and showed evidence of a recent rainfall.

July 15, 2014

Mid-July Ruminations & Cogitations

This has been one of the rainiest summers that I can remember in east Tennessee. Rain clouds like this are a common sight over Grey Havens cottage. We are thankful for a good roof to keep us safe and dry!

I am on the mend from the umbilical hernia surgery last Thursday. I had a few setbacks, with an immediate one in the recovery room due to low oxygen levels, and an uncooperative bladder this weekend. But it is all good now. The mesh implant must be settling in because there are a whole lot of pinching pains going on today! I’m keeping the pain pill bottle handy, LOL. I saw my surgeon briefly yesterday, and she was very pleased with my progress. I go back on Monday next week. I’m doing well enough that I plan to sleep in bed tonight instead of my recliner.