Not Today!

Trip Start Sep 29, 2007
Trip End Oct 14, 2007

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Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Here's how the radar map has looked all morning. YUCK!

I really don't think I'll be taking any photographs today. I know there are pockets of places around the Leelanau Peninsula today where it isn't raining, but I don't feel like driving all over just to catch a glimpse of the sun. I'm using my time today to get caught up on some computer "housekeeping" and to back up my files and burn DVD copies.

Folks - I can tell you from experience - don't let a major computer issue happen before you make backup copies of your digital photos (and other important files too!). Having your hard drive malfunction, or some other odd computer quirk that damages or loses your images the equivalent of having a house fire and losing your photo albums and negatives.

Back your images up on DVD, or upload them to some type of file-sharing service such as Flickr or Kodak Gallery - there are many out there to choose from.

It's very easy to take a zillion photos with digital camera these days (unlike the days when you had a 24-exposure roll of film to use for the weekend). Therefore, it's nothing to snap a 100 images on a simple family outing. Believe me - or want to keep them to print out, to make future slide shows and scrapbooks, etc. You'll do yourself an enormous favor by backing up your images.

I'm coming down off my soapbox now...just remember to back up your data.

Another outdoor photographer, Tom Haxby, lives south of Traverse City near Kingsley. I helped design and set up his website, and we had talked about meeting up this evening, doing a bit of work on his site, and perhaps heading out to do a bit of photography. Between the hard rain, the wind and my coughing (still), I decided to cancel our meeting (sorry, Tom!). Tom has some great images around the Traverse and Leelanau areas - take a look through his galleries.

About 3 o'clock, ot stopped raining for about 2 hours - and I couldn't resist at least trying for a photograph someplace nearby.

But there just wasn't much out there to be found in such low-light conditions. I saw some nice red leaves on a vine against some barn wood two days ago, but it was too breezy for macro photography. The slightest movement will ruin a shot that is so close up. I drove out to Port Oneida to look at the leaves again - and now they were lying on the ground. Darn it! I found more nearby growing up a tree trunk, but they didn't look as nice as they did in contrast with barn wood.

There was a swampy area where beavers have created some wetlands. I sat and looked for animals near the water's edge, but didn't see anything but a few sparrows darting in and out of the brush. About this time, the light conditions deteriorated, and I called it quits!

Each night I noticed Art's Tavern in Glen Arbor appeared to have quite a number of cars out front. It looked like one of those places frequented by locals, so that's always a good sign. Ready for some hot food, I had a seat at the bar, ordered a draft beer and the specialty burger of the evening. It had unusual toppings...a roasted garlic and cucumber relish and topped with cheese. The burgers was very tasty - a bit spicy and served with tater tots that were cooked to crispy perfection. After such a disappointing photo outing, having this yummy burger was sort of the highlight of the day! I would highly recommend if you visit Glen Arbor to stop in and have some fun at Art's.
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