Sunday, June 11, 2006

Unexpected visitor...

This bird-themed post goes out to my parents, who are celebrating their anniversary today.

We returned home yesterday evening and found Dobie and Buster alive and well, the house a tad bit stuffy, and the garden exploding with new growth and flowers. One unexpected treat was the mourning dove that I startled on our balcony. It would seem that mama dove has staked out a nest in our New Zealand flax (which is flowering for the first time, fyi). There are two white, quarter-sized eggs in the nest. We're now a wildlife sanctuary.

Also, its SOOOOOO nice to let my photos tell the story versus all the writing we've done over the past two-and-a-half weeks. The journal style was fun though, and thanks for the encouraging feedback. I'll get to the trip photos slowly. I'm estimating about 2100 images! (For reference: last year in Italy, we took about 1300 images.) Needless to say, a reasonable "slide show" size will be around 100-125 images, so there is much work to be done. Self-editing is the real trick of expert photography.


Kim said...

Welcome home! It looks like Paul will be in your town the first week in August. Shame I can't be there with him. :-( You will have to meet him for Chinese at our favorite spot one night.

Buddy said...

2100 pictures!!! good god man :-)

in the days of film that would have been nearly 88 rolls of 35 mm...I'd hate to think of even carrying that down to the 1 hour photo :-)

seriously, glad you had a great trip...reading your descriptions made us one to go back to France even sooner and I have never been to Venice...but want to go now.

BullBunky said...

Kim: House of Nan King rocks!

Buddy: Yes, one of the artifacts of digital photography is the freedom to photography the grand AND the minutia. When you can carry your camera in your pocket, you can catch the shots you would never have dreamed of...and at no cost to try. There will always be a warm spot in my heart for film photography, but digital photography adds real creative freedom! Oh, and yes, you MUST get to Venice.

bobgirrl said...

Welcome back!