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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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...