I happened to be out and about last night with my camera, and took a couple of photos.
I went for another long bike ride today, and took a few more photos, several at the Assiniboine and a few at the community garden in the south end.
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I went on a 23-kilometre bike ride on the Monday of the August Long Weekend, before it got too hot outside. I took along my camera, with my 50mm, 24mm, and Lensbaby lenses.
Here are the results.
- wrote my 2,000 words in two stints;
- crossed the 100,000-word mark in my novel;
- debated changing the title from Translations to Reflection, Translation, Invasion (which is a not-completely-inaccurate summary of the story, at a very high level);
- turned on the air conditioning, because it was getting pretty hot;
- borrowed the neighbours’ kayak and paddled on the lake for a half-hour or so right at sunset;
- went and got some more photos of the Milky Way and (serendipitously) the Aurora Borealis.
Continue reading “Writing Retreat, Day 6″
“Can I help you with something?” Headless mannequins wore flimsy cotton dresses in earth tones. Countertop racks displayed neacklaces and bracelets made of beads, pearls, or smooth and polished stones. A sign at the back said RESTROOMS FOR PAYING CUSTOMERS ONLY.
“I need a washroom,” I said.
She motioned at the sign.
“No, I need a washroom.”
She sighed, though I couldn’t tell whether she was exasperated with me or with the situation I was evidently trying to put her in. “Policy,” she said. Then, giving me a good looking-over, she said, much more quietly, “You okay?”
Yes, I wanted to say.
It seems I’m a bit behind on the ol’ posts. Here’s a quick recap of Wednesday to Friday:
- wrote a bunch of words, though I’m a bit behind my goal;
- went on a couple quick bike rides, including one up the hill to the graveyard (where I was tempted to lie down, just for a moment, because that’s quite the hill) and the observation tower;
- contemplated going kayaking but decided I was overheated, so went swimming instead to cool down;
- drove to Winnipeg for my nephew’s 19th birthday;
- also went up to Clear Lake to visit my friend Tim;
- and went out again on Friday night to attempt some Milky Way shots.
On Tuesday, I:
- wrote 2,000 more words in two shifts, morning and evening;
- read about ⅓ of Dreyer’s English, chortling all the while;
- went for a 3.5km kayak ride on the lake;
- did a quick 5km bike ride to the coffee shop and to Co-op for groceries;
- and went back out for some more astrophotography, this time in the river valley to the north.
Here’s a quick sample of the writing so far (still 1st draft):
Continue reading “Writing Retreat 2019, Day 2″
Your nose is broken, she’d said. I reached up and touched it, gingerly, expecting pain. Instead it felt cold and numb. Touching it felt like I was touching someone else’s nose. Like it was made of wax.
I felt a thin strip of metal or metal-like plastic that ran from between my eyebrows down the bridge of my nose to its tip. I tried to lift it off, to pry a nail under it, but couldn’t. It was like it was a part of me. Maybe it was a part of me now.
You’ve been concussed. That part I didn’t need to check to believe. I remembered the headache, the nausea that never quite went away and never quite resolved into actual vomiting. When I lay down on the bed, the room seemed to shiver and spin, slowly, an orbit that I didn’t like.From Translations, 1st draft
- wrote 1,000 words in the morning,
- went for a 11-km bike ride,
- visited with my landlords for the week,
- went on a scouting drive for the astrophotography,
- snapped some photos in the countryside (below),
- wrote another 1,000 words after supper,
- finished reading Provenance (review coming),
- went back out into the countryside and took some darker photos (above) till the moon rose and washed out the Galaxy,
- drove back to the cabin, and
- crawled into bed about 2 AM.
So far so good.
Top photo: taken about 11:45 PM or so. 12mm, 44 seconds, f/2.8, ISO 3200 (I think).
On the weekend I rode a bit over 20km. I didn’t have my Canon with me, but my phone’s camera is pretty decent. I really liked how the basketball hoop turned out; I have something of a thing for entropy and abandoned spaces, and this shot made my ride for me.
Last night was clear, at least until I got to my shooting spot, about 15 minutes south of town. Even with the clouds sliding across the sky, I still managed to get a few decent shots of the galaxy.Continue reading “The Milky Way on a cloudy night”
Last weekend, as Jupiter approached opposition, I went out into the backyard with my camera and tripod to see if I could get a photo of it.
Behold, Jupiter and the four Galilean moons. As near as I can work it (thanks to this handy calculator), we’ve got (bottom-left to top-right) Io, Europa, Ganymede, and (way off to the side) Callisto. The photo was taken June 7, 2019, just before 11:15PM Central Daylight Time, if you want to check my calculations.
Photo info: 1 second exposure, 250mm, ISO 1600, f/5.6. Photo taken in RAW format, processed with Darktable. Cropped from a larger image to show the detail.