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Sunday was long and lovely. I got on the 8:00 am bus (the earliest bus) and got to the Minnesota State Fair at 8:30. I came back via the 7:30 pm bus, and got home after 8.

     It was a beautiful day (middle 50's and breezy at first, so I wore a windbreaker in the beginning). Not a cloud in the sky, which eventually reminded me I'd forgotten sunscreen! (And a great turnout of 183,528, according to the website.)

     I had great fun trying out my new camera. It:
Did great indoor shots of flower arrangements with no flash
Was great fun with the zoom outdoors making a far-off duck seem close
Was even more delightful during the raptor show, with a caracara and an eagle.
Rose to the occasion with the zoom in poor indoor lighting (and I love the coloring of that horse!)

     Had fun with science at a presentation with 'Clancy,' one of the three mercury-detecting dogs in the world (the other two are in Sweden).

     I also had great fun with my stomach--potato skins with sour cream and chives, the obligatory corn dog, mozzerella sticks, honey lemonade, roasted corn on the cob, strawberry-banana smoothie, Sweet Martha's cookies, and deep-fried cheese curds...I should probably not eat the rest of the week!

     Non-food purchases--I hear Ecuador Manta (Ecuadorian/South American flavored music and instruments) every year when I go to the raptor show, and every year I'm terribly tempted to get another cd from them. This year I succumbed, because they put out some cd's with English titles and descriptions--and they had one that focused on Ecuadorian panpipes! I quite enjoyed listening to it while driving around Monday.

     Monday was my recoup day. I'd been meaning to go for weeks but overtime had thrown it off--finally headed up to the half-price book store to sell a few things and buy a few more. Got a few books on my reading list that are not available in the county library system (and others that are but I want to add to my own collection)...then later in the afternoon picked up a few I'd requested through the library, and cleared up the book marked overdue (they'd shelved it without scanning it in, whew!).

     Back to the grind Tuesday--but two four-day workweeks in a row are going to feel quite nice!
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On August 26th, 2008 01:53 am (UTC), silvanime commented:
Those photographs are fantastic! No wonder you're so pleased with the new camera. I admit to being quite envious--it sounds like you had a wonderful time.

I hope you recovered okay.
On August 26th, 2008 11:25 am (UTC), hyarmi_records replied:
It was a gorgeous day, and I'm very pleased with my camera--it performed better than I expected. =)

My hips are still quite sore--perhaps it's the fact that one simply can't walk in a straight line for more than a few steps in a throng of 100,000! It's the nice kind of soreness, though.
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On August 26th, 2008 03:48 am (UTC), brezzydal commented:
The photos are wonderful. You sure made a good choice in cameras. I starting to
think I should have purchase the same one.

So glad you had a great time at the fair. Makes me want to go so much. Maybe next
year.
On August 26th, 2008 11:33 am (UTC), hyarmi_records replied:
Well, remember we had different aims--I wanted a big zoom, you wanted something good for active kids and indoor photos. I was amused by its face detection at the fair--the camera 'recognized' the face of one of the birds once, and it also though it saw a 'face' in the arrangement of shadows on a lady's rear end--hard not to laugh at that one!

Let me know early if you want to go next year, because I'll be fighting many coworkers to get that time period off!
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On August 26th, 2008 07:37 am (UTC), saiena commented:
Ahhhh, blue roans are so beautiful. I saw a blue roan foal and mother on Dartmoor a couple of weeks back, but we couldn't stop there :( I was all for grabbing a trailer from somewhere and going back for them, but dad wasn't so keen - spoilsport, says I.

Love that camera, those shots are great.
On August 26th, 2008 11:36 am (UTC), hyarmi_records replied:
That's a blue roan? I was under the impression that blue roans have dark mane and tail and dark points (and no dapples). I never can keep all those horse colors straight! They had some really interesting mini horses that were palest blue-grey and white, and I was curious if they were born like that or not...

Thanks for dropping by!
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On August 26th, 2008 11:54 am (UTC), saiena replied:
In the true definition mane and tail are black, yes, but since I'm neither a breeder nor a shower, to me that body colour is a blue roan ^__^ I'll never forget the two palominos where I kept my horse, whose owner was very up on all that (yah,yah). Apparently they count the black hairs in mane, tail and coat before deciding whether a horse can be truly classed as palomino. Ridiculous.

Sounds like they were beautiful. I know the majority of greys are born chestnut or bay, but I don't know about skewbalds and piebalds (or paints)... Now I'm wondering...
On August 26th, 2008 07:13 pm (UTC), hyarmi_records replied:
Ugh, counting. It's amazing just how 'into it' people can get, especially breeders.

I keep wondering what such a horse looked like as a foal too... *twitches* Oh well, there's always Google. ;)