Thursday, June 24, 2010

Took my new camera (& kids) on a hike

The kids and I went on a hike at the lake near our home today. A "cold" front had come through overnight taking the oppressive humidity and heat with it and leaving in it's place clear blue skies and a refreshing breeze. Late last week our "new" refurbished camera came in. (Reuse baby!!) And we have been trying to figure it out, only ever having a point and shoot camera before this camera is a great deal more complex. I have figured out the close up shots, now I just need to figure out the scenery/people shots. Thankfully I know a few folks who are really good photographers that can help a camera "dummy" like myself. Here are the results.

Wild blueberries by the lake, not quite ripe yet.
Brayden throwing rocks.

Male Widow Skimmer Dragonfly.
Haven't ID'd this one yet.
Male Blue Clearwing Dragonfly.
Brenna is quite a poser lately.
Red eared pond slider catching some rays.

While we were on the hike we encountered a man jogging with a baby strapped on his chest, which was odd, until he told us his older daughter had fallen and broken her leg. There is no cell service there so he had to drive to the top of the hill to call for help. We were hiking in the park where my husband works so this was a rare opportunity for the kids to see their dad in action and get a better idea what he is doing. We walked by the poor girl, felt bad, but there was nothing we could do but say some kind words, help was already on the way. I stopped the kids a little ways down the trail and we said a little prayer for her & her family and the folks helping her. They had to boat her to the access road as she had fallen in an area inaccessible to any vehicles including ATVs. The kids watched as their dad motored across the lake to get her and as he brought her and a paramedic back across. We hope she will recover well. This is just another day in the life of a "park ranger".

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