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Thursday, August 16, 2012

What's in the Canon?

I have a Canon Power Shot sx130 camera that I use for backup with my Nikon D40. I use it when I want to carry something light and easy or when I forget to charge my Nikon's batteries and the big camera just dies on me, unexpectedly. The Canon is one of the best point and shoot cameras I have ever had. I don't use it all the time. It's usually in a little felted bag tucked into my purse. It's my "discreet" camera... my "not so obvious" camera.
Every once in a while I remember that I took a picture, but I can't find it. That's when I say to myself, "Oh, maybe it's in the Canon." and, low and behold, there is the picture I've been looking for... trapped in a memory card inside the Canon.
So, this time, I was looking for the "Vulture" shots that I took recently and decided to check the little Canon. They were there, but so were a few others that I had completely forgotten about.  Like the day Cutter walked into the living room sporting a new look.
I don't have any idea how he did this, but both of his huge, corgi ears were tucked back in nice, neat folds. He must have been rolling on the rug and the ears just got stuck. Too funny. I grabbed the Canon and got one fairly clear photo of this phenomena.
And then there was the day that I decided to brush Annie because she was starting to look like a motley farm cat. I brushed her and used an animal comb on the fur balls that were matted on her back. She looked so good when I was done but her hair was everywhere.
It looked like some animal had lost its life.
I brushed a ton of hair out of Miss Annabel. She loves to be brushed. She gets kind of wild and crazy about it. Then she wanted to thank me and rubbed against me to show her affection.
But. "Annie! What did you do? I had you all brushed and you looked beautiful."

She rolled over again and laid down in all the leaves and dirt. She didn't stay beautiful for long. She may not care about how she looks, but she will thank me on these afternoons when it's so blessed hot and she has half that hair on her little cat body.
I also found buzzard photos. There were two of them flying overhead the other day.
And when I walked back toward the house, there was one that had landed on the power line.
He just sat there and watched me take pictures of him. He even moved around as if he was posing for me.
I took some quick pictures  and he kept watching me. Both Annie and I kept moving. You want them to know that you're ALIVE.
 I find these huge birds fascinating. These Turkey Vultures are the scavengers of the bird world. They find and eat dead things. This one never flew away. He just sat there being majestic.

I also had photos  of the last SCAT meeting in the camera. That's a new art group that we created for local artists... any art. Not just gourd art. We share our talents and what we are working on. This is going to be one of our projects.
It's a Jack in the gourd... or, in this case, a 'bird in the gourd' pop up toy for kids and adults. This one is made with an upside down gourd that has been cleaned out and a dowel has been used inside to move the gourd chick up and down. The fabric is sewn to both gourds to cover up all the inside. This could be a puppet, or anything that you want to emerge from the bigger gourd. "J" did a great job on this Easter gourd pop up. The chick is a small gourd with twigs for legs. This photo above, is in the "up" position.
This photo, below, is the toy in the "down" position.
Up, down, up, down.... It's such a great idea. I think I will make a scary, black one for Halloween, for my sister. She loves Halloween art. We can call it Spooky, in the Box.
And last... one final photo of Lake Tahoe. One of the prettiest that I took. Not sure why there was only one picture (on the Canon) of the Lake on the small camera, but there it was.
I could be IN that water right now. It would be so nice to swim around in it. But, I heard, this morning, that they are having thunder and lightening storms this week so...
 Dear Cuz.... "Stay out of the water until the storms pass."

The Canon is empty and back in my purse. I found the photos I was looking for. It's always like a little surprise to see what pictures I took with this camera.
Please don't forget about that memory card. You may have someone trapped in there.
What's in YOUR camera?


  1. a jack in the gourd...interesting...ha...my cat will def roll in the dirt as soon as he is clean...he never stays clean....those vultures are a little intimidating...

  2. ahhh that was nice
    my kitties hate being brushed..especially ms kitty oshea...back off she says to me
    oh that lake looks so wonderful..
    we have buzzards in galena too...love them...almost cartoon like...
    I wish I had an artist group to hang out with...ours fell apart years ago...when I collaged and drew a bit
    sleep tight

  3. That water at Tahoe looks so cool and inviting, but not if there is going to be lightning ...........

    Vulture looks like he is trying to dry his sweaty arm pits, LOL

  4. how funny, we both have camera posts today!
    I love my Canon powershot but I need to learn how to use it's advanced settings...that's my new goal before my new grandbaby comes.
    Love the turkey vulture photos..the gourd is just the cutest darn thing and yes, let's go for a dip in that fantastic lake.

  5. Those are great pictures, I have had a Canon in the past. I have always tried to get good buzzard pictures... yours are great!

  6. What amazing photos of the buzzards. I'd be moving quickly if that one was watching me.

    It's surprising what photos get forgotten in cameras. It's time to clean out mine again. (It's a Canon, too. I love that it is small and convenient and takes decent pictures.)

  7. What wonderful photos. I liked them all. The one of lake Tahoe made me a little homesick. Have a blessed day. Madeline

  8. I posted what I had in my camera just last evening... shots I had grabbed really quick of my girls thinking they had a cat trapped behind the stove (not) and I don't think there was a mouse either because I've not seen any evidence of mice at all in the two years we have lived here. Usually the girls only get wound up by cats anyway because of the feral cats in the country where we lived before coming to town.

    Why did I go through all that? lol I liked this post, Farmlady. We all have those photos that we forgot about on the camera. Thanks for letting me know I'm not the only one...

  9. I gave my little point and shoot to my grand-daughter when I got my new camera and 'borrow' it from her when I'm going away. If I knew how much I was going to miss it, I probably would have kept it. Nah, not true, we have so much fun together with our cameras. Love the eagle shots - I'd keep moving, too! But you know which shot I like best, don't you? I'd need a little camera tucked into a pocket, hands free for balance, to go exploring around on those rocks! It's a breathtaking shot!

  10. My mom has one of these little cameras and I'm always impressed with the quality of the photos.
    The turkey vultures we have here will be migrating in a few months back down your way...I will send you some good wishes on their wings.


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