Saturday, October 12, 2013


So, this thing happened...

Sunday, September 08, 2013

Pie'd Green Tomatoes

As close as we realistically get to a pie cooling on the window sill...

Saturday, August 31, 2013

School Time

OK, so the post rate has been very low.  We'll try to get back in the habit.  Maybe I need some guest posters ;-).


First up this week, M headed out for the first year of Kindergarten this week, and the first time riding the bus to/from school!

Ready to go

First time on - she did very well!

 Waiting for bus, day two.

 Think the backpack is big enough?  For her lunch?

Isla waiting to "take a picture" of Margot's bus.

I's turn to start a new school is next week...

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Cape Cod Thunderstorm

Thunderstorm over the Bay, seen from East Sandwich on June 24, 2013. Had to work on the technique for a while, but the storm was obliging and the air between us and it was clear. Winning formula is to have a long shutter speed (e.g. 30 seconds) to give the greatest chance of catching a flash, but a high f-stop (e.g. f-10) to catch detail in the lightning (and so that the hand-held 30-second exposure didn't having moving, blurry, weak-lit foreground objects).

These have had no processing - JPGs off of my Rebel T2i and EF 28mm 1:1.8. I have RAW copies which I can play with more later.

The following two were earlier attempts with a low f-stop so they lose detail of the lightning, but show more context of the storm over the water.  Similar shots with bigger lightning strikes just washed out (though they show some interesting reflection artifacts, I think, in the lens).

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Choices, choices

Margot: (trying to pick which mac and cheese to have for lunch) Eeny, meenie, miney, mo.  Catch a tiger by the toe.  Ellie Hoffens, let him go.  Eenie, meenie, miney, mo.

You've gotta watch out for that Ellie Hoffens!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Big ideas

Isla latches on to the most exciting part of something and uses that as the word to describe the thing.  Birthdays are known as "birthday cake", as in yelling "Happy Birthday Cake!" on someone's birthday. Similarly, the big things we drive around are "car seats".  Daddy drives his car seat to work every day.

The other fun part of this stage is that whatever is in front of her at any given moment is likely to be "my own favorite" or "my new favorite".  She'll sit with a pile of books, pick up each one in turn, and declare it to be her favorite.

It's such a pleasure to be around such enthusiasm.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Getting to the bottom of it

Gonna go with the short cryptic posts, as the long verbose ones don't seem to be happening. 

Floor is going down!