An Autumn Day at Sierra Valley, CA

A few photographs I took yesterday while driving around Sierra Valley. OH! I found a Barn Quilt Block just outside of Loyalton! YEA!

An Autumn day at Rancho San Rafael Park ~ Reno, Nevada

I thought I’d had better take the camera with me on my walk around Rancho San Rafael yesterday, before our Winter Weather Storm Watch would hit us (today). I wanted to get some “color” pics before the winds knocked off all the leaves. Seems I wasn’t the only one with that idea…lots of folks roaming around with cameras. 🙂

Playing with my new camera ~ Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

For the last month I’ve been doing a lot of research on cameras…I can’t afford a full-fledged SLR camera, but needed something much better than the Canon S5-IS that I had (should never have let go of my S2-IS). I checked out Canon, Nikon, Panasonic, Sony, Pentax, Kodak, but I kept coming back to the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150. I put off buying it as I wanted to use my Sears card (6 month no interest), and Sears had it listed for $600…but then they dropped the price to Amazon’s price…I bought it. 🙂

First thing I notice was how light it was compared to the Canon! It takes a battery pack instead of 4 AA batteries. Love the hand grip, feels very comfortable and natural while holding the camera. I know this is small stuff, but MY LORD! This camera has a lens cap that actually STAYS on the lens! I can’t tell you how many times I cussed at that Canon lens cap. It comes with a short paper manual with quick run-downs…and a complete manual on dvd (also the menu in the camera is very easy to follow). So far I just read through the paper copy and have been taking pictures by trial & error.

Here are a few of my pictures taken up at Rancho San Rafael Park next the University of Nevada. We had a really nice day yesterday, mostly over-cast but warm.

Pictures are as is out of the camera…some may have been cropped and all have been sized down.

The next two are what happened when I was fiddling with the Macro…I didn’t quite grasp the directions at first and took a WTF picture (which I sorta like! LOL!). The camera focused onto the flowers in the background and not what I was trying to take (which is the second photo).

The next photo was taken with the Intelligent Auto setting…

This one is with the Creative Control Mode set to Expressive…my naked eye caught colors more closely to the Expressive setting.

I’ll post more pictures tomorrow.

For Today ~ 08 November 2010 ~ Simple Woman’s Daybook

FOR TODAY … 08 November 2010

Outside My Window… Snow up in the mountains! Leaves on the ground. It be chilly! 36F right now at 7:34 am.

I am thinking… I really enjoyed my trip to Apple Hill by myself. My Pontiac G6 GT sure drove nice up and down the Sierra…it loves twisties! 🙂

I’m also thinking that my Buffalo Bills look a lot better than an 0-8 team. Big sigh. Sure wish we played the Cowboys…we could pick up a game! ROFL!

I am thankful for…all the quilts I made! I love piling them on and crawling underneath them with the window open…makes for a nice sleep.

From the kitchen…Left over tri-tip and sauteed mushrooms.

I am wearing… Jeans, tennies, grey 3/4-sleaved shirt, pony tail frozen from cold.

I am creating… I finished all of the blocks for the ‘All Patched Up’ quilt I’m working on, just need to square them up and then I can start sewing the quilt top together.

I am going… to turn the heater on under my desk…it’s a bit nippy here at work.

I am reading… a Michael Perry book, and all the magazines that I’ve been bombarded with. I’m not sure how I get onto mailing lists as I don’t sign up for them.

I am hoping…it rains some more. Wendy’s baked potato and a cup of chili sounds good for lunch, no?

I am hearing… hvac, liquid nitrogen tank, ice machine, doors slamming.

Around the house… just a few dishes in the sink.

One of my favorite things… If this doesn’t make you smile…you’re weird.

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week… quilt and go to the Nevada Museum of Art to see Explorer, Naturalist, Artist: John James Audubon and The Birds of America

Here is a picture thought I’d share with you… more from my trip to Apple Hill…up in the Sierra.


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Sunday Stroll through Rancho San Rafael Park ~ Autumn Colors

Sunday while my husband rode his bike at Rancho San Rafael Park ~ I strolled through the Wilbur D. May Arboretum with my camera, of course! 🙂 I’m only going to post 20 of the 89 pictures…heh.