Wednesday, March 31, 2010

We're back...

The computer is back and reading my camera card once again. My photography these past few days suck. My focus is on one thing green. We brought the Kawi home on Saturday. It was a lovely day for a ride, and we had our pick of backroads to ramble back towards home. Of course I got us lost. No problem one road seems as pleasant as any other. 
Home
Later we went for a short ride around town, and down to the school parking lot. Two years ago I spent a lot of time down here weaving and circling.  I'll need to be doing some more of that again, but I'll wait for the sliders to be installed. 
 
Seriously short legs.
 Sunday we went for a ride. A nice little 70 mile loop from Lebanon through Sweet Home, Crawfordsville and Brownsville. We took a break at Sunnyside Park near Sweet Home and made use of the facilities. That's it in the background. Obviously I'm not in photographer mode or I'd have found better scenery.
Hmmm, where to hang the helmet. Mirror? Handlebar? Footpeg?
I hate leaving it on the ground
Did I mention that we had a little rain?
Tomorrow I'm hoping to take the bike to work. I'm still a little nervous backing out of the driveway...so we spun 'er around and she's ready to go. 

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Look What The Kat Dragged Home

Well, now I've gone and done it. We traded the Suzi, and this came home with us today.
I wish I had a better pic to present, but alas the computer has decided (yet again) that it doesn't recognize memory cards, so more pics when I can get them off the camera. This was taken Friday evening before leaving Taylor's.

Three things stood out on the very fun ride home.

Wind.
My helmet isn't as quiet as I thought.

Bugs.
Nothing now stands between me and the bugs... my poor helmet shield. I won't be leaving it open so much. On the other hand, with all the wind I won't need to. Note to self: carry cleaner and a rag.

RPM's.
I'm supposed to keep the rpm's below 4,000. That's barely 55 mph! It's gonna be a long 600 miles. Actually with the unfamiliarity of it all, I was going pretty slow anyway.

It' late and I'm exhausted tonight, so I'll leave it at that.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Look Up, Look Down

How many times have I walked past this spot and never noticed it before? It's only a few blocks from my house, next to a friends house, on a route we walk on many evenings. To be fair until recently our walks have been in the dark, so that gives me one excuse for not spotting it. Tonight I looked up and saw movement. An anemometer is spinning briskly atop a light pole. (I didn't know it was an anemometer, a google search found me a better name than "wind thingy".) The photo was taken  this evening. I let photoshop adjust the curves and it came out looking like early afternoon.
 Anemometer
F/4.5 • 1/60 • ISO-800 • Handheld

Inspired by a post on Stayton Daily Photo, I was looking for something specific on our walk last week. Several sidewalks along our route are dated in the 1940's. At least I assume it's a date. We found three on our route; one is included here.
Sidewalk Date?
f/4 • 1/160 • ISO-100 • Handheld

Sunday, March 21, 2010

From the Garden

This weekend was spent planting 45 shrubs around our backyard. It went faster than expected, so I spent a little time snapping some pics of a few spring flowers blooming around the yard.
Labrador Violet.
f2.8 • 1/20 sec • ISO-100 • handheld 
 I used a square crop because it was the best choice for the composition. Nah...I lopped off a corner with a blown out blob of light that couldn't be easily covered with a photoshop cheat.  :)
Andromeda
f2.8 • 1/60 sec • ISO-100 • handheld 
 Both were taken with the G11.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Commuting once again

Yay! I was back on the bike today, and it felt so good! Too good. I wasn't late for work, but with no extra time I should have taken the freeway. I took the back roads anyway. They called and I fell under their spell. I took the backroads home too. No freeway today, none at all. I craved curves and I got them - nice, clean, dry, curves, at their best. No pics from the commute today either. I took the camera, but couldn't be bothered to stop and take a photo.

I just can't post without adding a photo, so here's one from our walk on Sunday. My family used to buy farm supplies from Scroggins.
Take Care!

Morning Light

 It's good to wake up to morning sunlight streaming in the window.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Open Gas

Today we went plant shopping. One nursery had some interesting little buildings tucked away amongst the plants. This was my favorite.

It's always the question. Open another blog, or keep multiple subjects all in one blog. I've done both, and I still can't say which is best. Lately I've been wanting to post more on photography, yet I don't want photography to take over this blog. It seems I haven't posted much on motorcycling lately.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Thistles

Yesterday's post was gentle and soft.
Today's post is prickly and sharp.

These guys had lots of company.
 Taken at Cheadle Lake on the last day of February.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Where did Spring go?

This morning there was white stuff on the ground and on the car. It melted before I left for work, so no need to scrape the windows. The bike has been staying home this week, although Thursday is looking hopeful...
Yet more plum blossoms. Sorry, it's the only thing blooming in the yard lately. Soon it will be cherry blossoms...I bet you're waiting with bated breath! My photo habit of late has been to sharpen everything to within an inch of it's life, so for this one I went all soft and smooshy. What's a fancy word for it...ethereal maybe? Truth be told it was just having some fun in photoshop on a quiet afternoon. Something to tide me over until the spring weather returns.

Counting down to daylight savings time. Woot!

Graupel

The word for the day is...graupel. Even the spellchecker doesn't know what to do with it.

From Wikipedia (the ultimate source for all things!):   Graupel (also called small hail, soft hail, or snow pellets; METAR  code: GS)[1]  refers to precipitation that forms when supercooled droplets of water condense on a snowflake, forming a 2–5 mm ball of rime; the snowflake acts as a nucleus of condensation in this process. Graupel is the German word for this meteorological phenomenon.
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I took the cage today. Today's weather report excludes bike riding for me. Snow, hail, and cold: All of these are ingredients for a mess I'm not prepared to deal with.

I didn't know it, but I ran into a shower(?) of graupel this afternoon.  (No pics, I was on the freeway.) I didn't know what it was at the time, but when I got home the cheery meteorologist informed me that that weird, powdery, hail-like stuff is graupel. This is the same meteorologist who can make a hurricane sound cheerful. Anyway, I was glad to be in the cage for once. 

I stopped for a couple pics before heading home.

Snow on Snow Peak
Ominous cloud hovering over the valley.
(Could it be the source of the graupel?)
Cheerio!