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Three major events occurred for me last year (2010), all in the space of about 2 weeks. I turned 50. The following day I got married. Two weeks later, my oldest daughter became pregnant with her first child and my first grandchild.

Most middle-aged people will tell you that in their minds, they still feel 20 something. It's the same for me.

Wasn't it only yesterday that I was planning a night out with guys from the surf club? That gorgeous new perm. Flaired, cuffed denims and the red t-shirt with the off-the-shoulder frill. Corked platform wedgies. **sigh**

Suddenly I'm looking in the mirror and wondering how 30 years can flash by so damned quickly!

So here I am in cyberspace, sharing my genuine shock and horror with anyone who'll listen and maybe I'll even meet some other over 50s who find themselves in the same predicament!

Welcome to my dilemna!!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Totally Engrossed

What a great day I've had - totally and completely engrossed with photography today, and almost all of it from home!

I had a lovely morning at the Seat of Knowledge - even though Adoring Husband and I spent yesterday afternoon printing out a stack of photos to give to people who frequent the seat, and THEN I left the envelope containing them at home on the kitchen bench!  Ugh!

The weather was very hot and steamy this morning and there wasn't even a breeze down by the river, which is very unusual.

After I left the seat, I found a big puddle on the road which was left over from the storm last night, and as I rode past it, I saw a very clear reflection of a palm tree in it.

Reflections in puddles, is one of the photos on my 104 challenge list!

Reflections in Puddles - Photo 28 of 104
Cars even stopped in the street while I took this shot!

Further up the road, as I reached one of my main corners to turn, I saw an interesting looking car driving towards me and he turned down the same street that I was going, so I raced around the corner to see that he was driving into the car park of the local service station.

I stopped in the driveway of the car park and took a photo with my long lens.  I liked what I saw in frame and was pleased to see that the driver had a bald head ... which is another item on my list!

A Bald Head - Photo 29 of 104
I even blurred out the number plate - just like on the news!

I pedalled further to the bushland where I could hear a million (ok slight exaggeration) birds.  Unfortunately, I forgot to take my little stool for sitting in the bush, but found myself a shady spot and waited.

As usual, I could hear them all around me but could not see a thing!  I'm sure the birds throw their voices like a ventriloquist!

I stood for about thirty minutes, but I was so hot and was getting bitten by mosquitoes (my insect spray was a good distance away where I parked my trike), so after swatting and scratching and dripping for half an hour, I gave up and rode home.

Then I spent a couple of hours editing my photos and downloading them onto flickr and facebook.  Chatting, updating and commenting in the facebook group photos, and then in the flickr group.

It's quite time consuming.  Luckily I'm a touch typist, so it doesn't take as long as it would for some, who are one finger typists!

190 photos posted to date.

Of course there is a little bit of banter goes on under some photos as well, but I feel like it's important to comment and encourage people, because some of them are new to photography and some have been doing it for a while, but have found new motivation.

There are a five people (that I can think of right now) in the group who are a bit broken, and have personal issues that have caused deep sadness and heart ache.  It's nice for them to feel like they are a part of something that brings a little bit of joy into their lives.

Anyway, this afternoon, a huge storm, lasting about 30 minutes, dumped it's contents over our head.  Lightning and thunder and VERY heavy rain.

When it was all over, I looked out the front window and saw the end of a rainbow, so I ran outside with my camera (as I do) and found this above our house!

A Rainbow - Photo 31 of 104
It was beautiful and amazing!  Naturally, 'a rainbow' is on my list!

I wandered around the garden smelling the fresh rain and watching the sun glistening on all of the droplets on the plants.

A Droplet - Photo 32 of 104
This was the very first droplet photo that I took and I loved it straight away!

These were the spectacular post-storm clouds that were above me as I strolled through the garden.

I already posted a 'clouds' photo, but this was worth sharing.
So the photo opportunities today were abundant!  I also decided that my photo of 'Kazrenwin' would be my 'happy' photo, because I love their smiles so much.

Happy - photo 30 of 104 (yes it's out of order - sorry!)
Then, last but not least, my home-made dessert photo.

Home-made Dessert - Photo 33 of 104
I'm feeling all photo'd (yes I just made up that word) out now!  I also feel very happy and satisfied with my efforts.  I think I got some nice shots today that filled a lot of spots on my challenge list.

Time for bed - I think I might even dream about my camera tonight!

I really loved my day :D

Nite all

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