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Breaking the Battery Bank

I’ve been studying going solar for energy savings and disaster prep… and even with recent improvements in battery capacity things are looking rough. We use about 100KWH a day… Sometimes a lot less, but sometimes a lot more. Yeah, that’s a lot, but our in-law suite alone is almost the size of my old house. […]

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Dogwood Flower

One of a series of photos I took to experiment with a new macro lens from Moment. I was rather displeased with the zoom and wide angle lenses, but the macro offering was very good and enabled me to get several shots that would have been tricky to impossible with the built in macro mode […]

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A Bad Night

It was a bad night. I slept in the living room and woke every hour to give Papap the morphine and antihallucinogens which were the only thing keeping the night terrors at bay as his body finally shut down. He passed the next afternoon.

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Marshy Point Lone Tree

Rising from a field in marshlands of eastern Maryland, this dying tree stood alone against the cold springtime sky. I find myself drawn more and more towards black and white photography. Not exclusively, but I do prefer it. The starkness of these branches against the sky stands out all the more in this version of […]

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FEED ME

The local birds built a lot of nests this spring, including these Robins who built in a pine tree in our front yard. We wanted to take the pines down, so I kept a careful eye on all of the nests to make sure that we didn’t cut the trees until the birds had finished […]

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Tumbling Lobby

Walking the streets of Chicago early in the morning, we stopped for coffee at a small independent roaster. Two cups of Americano later, I snapped this shot of the building lobby. The choice to tilt it came late. Between the use of rough timber construction and the angle at which I had to stand in […]

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Late Night Painters

I’ve been doing more long exposure photography these last few nights, as fireflies flit about the yard. After several dozen experiments, I managed to capture this delicately lit photo of the back garden, fairly illuminated by distant house lights and the glow of fireflies.

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Lawnmower

Walker almost fixed a lawnmower today. When the lawnmower threw a belt about half an hour before I had to log on to work, Walker took it on himself up disassemble the deck, battery casing, and powertrain. He did a really good job at it and only needed Alli’s help for figuring out which wheels […]

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What Will I Become?

I squealed like a tween at a Four Town concert when I heard John Siracusa announce that he had quit his job. I’ve been an avid ATP listener for several years now, and fully admit to being a John fanboy, as much as Marco is delightful and I used to live fairly near Casey (don’t […]

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Avoiding Calls

I did it again: Started a thing, felt like it was going really well, then lost focus and didn’t keep up for a second week. Let’s get back on track today. I need to make some calls on Monday. First and most important I need to schedule my next COVID booster. As part of the […]