a tool i picked up for the upcoming nuptials. there will be fun.
i picked up a new camera this week. save for travel photos, i have neglected my photography in recent years. in large part this is because i have grown sick of lugging around a big DLSR. i figured i would try out a compact systems camera for a change of pace and picked up the fuji x-m1. so far i’m rather happy with the results. i think i’ll try to take photos daily again. another camera, another 365 project.
trees will likely feature heavily as i’m attempting to expand my tree identification skills and because trees are awesome. bella will also feature heavily, because she’s bella (see below for evidence)
here is 05-27-14-05 to 05-29-14
yesterday Dave and i went a little hike. well, a long hike. in total we walked over 20km. we started out in cape spear, the (disputed) most easterly point in north america and hiked north back to st john’s along the east coast trail. aside for some irritating moments where the trail was poorly marked, it was a great adventure.
there are many photos, so i will break them up into sections related to the hike.
cape spear – blackhead
we played in some of the WWII-era tunnels at cape spear before heading off. Shortly after leaving cape spear we noticed some whales breaching. we expect they were humpbacks. Mostly we saw explosions of water and heard the ‘slap’ of their fall back to the water. it was magic. we continued out hike to the small fishing community of blackhead
The conference and preparing for my presentation occupied most of my time over the past two days, so I have no photos to post. Today, however, field trips were on the CAG docket and i opted for the cape spear to north head hike (a section of the east coast trail)
or at least what felt like a lot. i and several of the others turned back mid-point, afterwhich the rain (naturally) all but stopped. While stupendous vistas were ruled out by the thick fog, it brought it its own type of beauty. though most of the jaunt was too wet and windy to bring out the camera, i still managed to get a couple of shots. see below
I have officially opened up my little hobby store: the knitting primate. Really it is a store in two parts. There is an etsy store where I sell small hand knit items designed and made by me; and there is a ravelry store where I sell knitting patterns (sometimes of items I have for sale on etsy) for those other knitters out there.
75% of all profits from the knitting primate will be donated to a charity of my choice. That charity is currently the Orangutan Foundation International (OFI). OFI is dedicated to the conservation and preservation of orangutans and their rainforest home. You may remember the organization and it’s founder, Birutė Galdikas, from the documentary Born To Be Wild. See below for a snippet from their website, or better yet, visit there website
As most of the people in my life can attest to, I knit a lot. I can no longer watch TV without working on a project; I take my knitting with me in the car, on the bus, on the plane, and sometimes even while walking: I knit while I read, while in class, while socializing; while doing pretty much anything that doesn’t fully need the use of my hands. I even bring my head lamp with me on night-time road trips so that I can keep knitting in the dark (as a passenger, of course). I wonder what the other nighttime travellers think of me when they see my glowing head and my nose is another knitting project.