Tomorrow my walking will be limited to airports and hotel lobbies. I’m flying to Houston to report on the annual convention of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists.
So today I had to hit the trail. My knees are already well recovered from my fall Friday. Climbing up or down is no problem.
My camera was not so lucky. Although I managed some photos that were sharp enough on Saturday for my “Walking Meditation” photo essay and yesterday for “Goose Creek,” today I checked out the camera and lens at the camera store in Boulder where I bought them. They showed me where the barrel of the lens was loose, which was the reason why I had trouble locking it closed. I had them send it in to Canon for repair, which will take up to four weeks.
The camera itself seems to be fine. But they will check it out at the store while I’m out of town.
This is actually pretty good timing for me. I wasn’t planning to take my Canon 50D to the convention anyway. I will be carrying around my laptop computer on one shoulder and don’t want a camera on the other. My Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX2 fits in my shirt pocket. It has a great Leica lens and is sharp enough for the sort of photos that I expect to take of the people at the convention.
It was also sharp enough today for the landscape and the flowers. Compared with my ailing 18-200mm lens, the main thing that the Lumix lacks is the ability to bring distant objects close. No more bird shots for a while.
The landscape in Doudy Draw was so much greener than when I came here this winter! It was like a new hike for me:
Maybe the rains of April had something to do with the green of May. No rain today, just a lot of sun, with the temperature reaching 83 degrees at 4 p.m., just about the time that I hit the trail.
And some more flowers have decided to bloom! I wish that I had time to look them up in my flower identification books, but I do have to get packing. Anyway, the pictures are worth a thousand words.