Wednesday, July 31, 2013
But have you ever really thought about the view you get when you go across the top of a huge dam? It's an experience that you'll never forget, even though it's not the view you really intended. I know I never thought about this part of the event when I thought about coming here.
I wish I could have looked around a little bit more, but you can't really stop and get out and look while you're up there. I did at least get to take a few pictures, the ones you see here and a few more.
I'll show something a little more scenic next time, but roday's view is great to me, so I wanted to share it too. I have so many pictures now that I'm sure I won't be able to share everything. I'm still going to other places and I still have so much from this dam. I don't know what to do. Talk to you later.
Monday, July 29, 2013
Actually the whole area around there is pretty beautiful. There are hills and trees everywhere, and the Missouri River is huge at the dam. I always thought of South Dakota as flat, but this area is anything but flat.
I'm still trying to learn what to say in my new kinds of posts. Always before my subject was nature. But now I'll be mixing in stuff like this dam and museums, and other things like that. I can describe nature a little bit, but this is all new to me.
I'm going to do a few more posts about the area around the dam. I have so many pictures that it would be a shame if nobody but me ever got to see them.With my new camera I only got one dud in over 300 pictures. I've never had that much success before. Anyway, I'll talk to you later.
Friday, July 26, 2013
Most likely as you are reading this I'll be on my way to visit a big dam in South Dakota. I'll be sure to get plenty of pictures, with my new camera. I don't know how big exactly this dam is, but I've been told that it is huge. I guess we'll find out soon enough.
But I look at these flower pictures and wonder. They are slightly out of focus. I did my best. I really did. Will my new camera improve this situation for me? I'm not sure anymore if the problem is the camera or it's just me. It seems like I used to be able to get better pictures with it.
I haven't had a chance to take any flower pictures with my new camera yet, but I sure will change that as soon as possible. I'm looking forward to getting great pictures now. The only thing I can do is assume that they will be better. I hope so.
That's the good thing that I finally have after almost a year of sitting mostly around at home. Hope. I'm now finally able to do the things that I always wanted to do. That's going out and exploring more than I ever have before. There are so many things for me to do now. Talk to you later.
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
This museum isn't the only place I've been recently, but it's the only place I had the opportunity to bring my camera. There are a few places I'll be going back to so I can get a lot of pictures. One place is going to be great.
I took a drive around the countryside so I could get some3 pictures, but the direction I took only revealed standard random cornfields. A cornfield can be a good thing, but these particular fields all felt rather unremarkable to me at the time, so I didn't end up taking any pictures.
It is a huge outdoor garden with religious scenes of Christianity and huge statues of Jesus and Mary. Inside one of the buildings is a full sized wood carving of the last supper. It has trails outside to explore and relax. There is a peaceful stream and many wonderful nature sights to see.
My favorite part is something I've never ever seen before until now. There is a waterfall in the back! It is a man made waterfall, but it is still the very first waterfall I've ever seen. The waterfall feeds a peaceful little stream that runs along the side of the garden.The whole place is just beautiful and relaxing.
Oh! This last picture is where you can buy t-shirts in the riverboat museum. I made sure to stop by and get mine. I'm wearing it right now as I write this. I'm a sucker for a good t-shirt. Too bad some of these nature parks I visit don't sell t-shirts. Oh wait, one of them does!
I hope this post gets me back on my regular schedule now. It seems like events keep holding me back. That's okay. I'll take things as they come. Anyway, I'll talk to you later.
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
I'll describe a little bit what you are seeing in each picture though, if I can. The top picture is of Sergeant Floyd, who was a member of the Lewis and Clark expedition. He's pretty famous around here because this is where he died during the expedition. There is a Floyd Monument at his final resting place.
Even though I couldn't share much information about the scenes in the museum, I was able to at least share more pictures than I usually give you. I have plenty more, but we'll see if I post them or if I have something from another outing next. I'm not used to doing anything other than nature, so we'll see.
I hope to be back a little sooner next time. Hopefully my internet service decides to cooperate this time. Talk to you later.
Friday, July 19, 2013
My first trip with my new camera was to a museum on a riverboat. This place is called the Sergeant Floyd River Museum. It is dedicated mostly to Sergeant Floyd, who was on the Lewis and Clark expedition. The boat is the M.V. Sergeant Floyd.
Unfortunately I was concentrating so much on my new camera and taking pictures that I blew through this place without slowing down to get much information. I'll have to read everything a little more next time I go to this place. I got some good pictures though.
I'll have to take another trip here pretty soon because the Missouri River and another few buildings to explore are right there. I didn't want to do too much in one trip so I only went to the one place. I'm not used to doing much yet, so I thought I'd take it a bit easy.
The museum is a fun place, and the whole area surrounding it is built for recreation. There's a nice walking trail that goes along the river, and a few other places that are similar to this museum. I'll be back there again soon to explore all of these places. And in my next post I'll take you inside the museum.
In the end I came, I saw, I bought a t-shirt. I think a museum on a riverboat is a fun idea, and I'm glad I got to visit it. I hope to go again and again. Maybe next time I'll slow down enough to be able to share some of the actual information that is available there. Talk to you later.
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
The good thing is that it is going to get here later today, so I should be able to get going with the new camera just as soon as I get a small amount of practice with it. Now I should really be able to get going on my new journeys the way I've been intending.
It was because of my current camera that I went to this smaller park first. I knew there would be a little bit of difficulty. I still had a lot of fun walking the trails though. I discovered that they really haven't been keeping up the trails like the usually do.
There is a trail that goes to the Big Sioux River that is completely gone. I went there anyway because I already knew the way. It's possible that they couldn't make that trail this year because of flooding. I'm not sure. There's no flooding right now.
One thing I noticed with all the tall grass was the amount of flying bugs. For some reason they reeally enjoyed attacking me. I've really been letting the bugs bother me this year. I think maybe I've just grown soft or something, because I never let them bother me this much before.
My dog Isabella was especially excited when we got here, and I had to pull her back a few times from trying to pounce on some hidden little creatures. I like to keep her focused on the trails so she doesn't get into any trouble. She's usually happy with that.
My next post probably will be done using my new camera, unless I have time to share more pictures from this trip. I knew I'd begin to get too many pictures to share them all. Oh well, that's the breaks. I guess we'll find out what happens next when it happens. I'm just beginning to have a lot of fun. Talk to you later.
Monday, July 15, 2013
I have so many things happening right now that I can't think of what to talk about first. I just ordered my new camera, and it will be here in a few days. The camera that I finally decided on is the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200. I chose it because instead of focusing on a bigger zoom lens, this camera focused on improving overall quality of the pictures.
The main thing I like about it is that continuous shooting is supposed to be much faster than all of the other super zoom cameras, which are all painfully slow. I have wanted faster continuous shooting ever since I was disappointed in this feature with my last camera. My new camera is especially made3 for nature photography, which is obviously very important to me. You can click the link above for a full review of the camera, and comparisons to other cameras like it.
I won't be searching for things to write about anymore, like I've been doing. Now I'll probably have to leave a lot of things out because I have so many things to share. I'm not going to know what to do with myself. I already have a few things ready to post, and I'm not sure how I'll fit everything in. I had to give you this update first though.
I think I'm going to be going to a museum on a riverboat in one of the next few days, and I'll be taking a look around a huge nature center soon. I've already traveled to a couple of nice nature parks, and I'll try to fit some of those pictures in if I can. Whatever I have next should be fun. Talk to you later.
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Friday, July 5, 2013
These stems are long and green with light colored tips. You may need to click on the picture to see them better. I don't know why, but I find them extremely interesting. There's just something about the way they look. It almost looks as if they were cut off, and that there should have been something more there, but I don't think that's the case here.
I've just never seen anything quite like this. Maybe my brain is just weird or something, but I really do find this feature of the plant interesting. I can't quite put it into words why I do, but I thought I'd share the picture with you to see what you think about it. Okay, talk to you later.
Wednesday, July 3, 2013
These pictures look like some halfway decent macros, don't they? The only thing is that my macros always go wrong. The real answer is that these pictures aren't really macros. I just stood over these flowers and took the pictures while hoping for the best. I always get my best pictures that way.
These are actually the same pictures I posted last time, but I cropped them in close to the ladybug. That's what's so good about taking such high resolution pictures. If you get them right, you can look in at many tiny details.
I want to do everything all at once, but I know I'll only be able to visit each place as soon as I get near them. One problem is that I already forgot where the nearest waterfalls are. I looked again, and I can only find the ones that are clear across the state. I need to keep looking. I should have saved those websites.
Yet my mind right now keeps going back to this little ladybug. I have to remember to keep looking at the small things. Often in my rush to do things, I forget about the small things. I want to see the little details whenever I'm out. I hope I can remember that. Talk to you later.
Monday, July 1, 2013
I keep trying to tell myself that the problem with that screen is the screen, but I remember that I used to be able to see through it okay. I used to rely on that screen for all my macro shots, and they came out just fine back then. It's only in the last year or so that I've had problems.
I know I keep complaining about all of that, but I'll soon get it fixed. I just hate to have to make too many trips into town until it's time for me to go on my exploration trips. Then it won't matter so much. Until then, I'm going to remain a hermit.
I have no idea how I got these in focus while all other pictures ended up bad. It just must have been the law of averages. It also must have been that I thought a little better to take my time when I got these. That always helps at least a little bit.
I even lined these up a little so the pictures would be as attractive as I could make them. I wish I had a little better eye for that sort of thing though. My usual technique is to take the pictures before my subject runs away, and then hope for the best. One way or another, taking all of these flower pictures might teach me how to take my pictures a little better. At least I hope.