Trying to Settle Down

Oh wow … I skipped through all of July without blogging !

I think I’m getting old … I can’t keep up with all the activities any more … I tried quick posts on Facebook and Instagram – the new technology for the year, and that worked for a while but I think even that is falling behind now …

Anyway, in a nutshell … 


We had an unexpected trip to Trinidad at the beginning of summer, and then three weeks later flew across to San Diego, California for a soccer tournament.  We stayed an extra couple of days so the boys could see more of California … 


  So our routines have sort of flown out the door, and we’re not quite ready to settle back down yet … 

Tin will be starting his senior year in high school … aaarrghhh!! really???  senior already?  Maybe I’m the one who’s not ready for it.  He doesn’t seem to be bothered by it, which drives me crazy, because there’s so much to put in place before the school year starts!  And .. he’s finally got his license!  No, that’s not his car – he’s just sitting in it! 😂my stress level and blood pressure has been up these past few months, and now that he can drive out on his own, it’s double-double pressure … and no, he’s not bothered by it, because of course, this euphoria of being able to drive around on his own, with friends, anywhere, is ultimate freedom … *sigh* what to do?


 

So, I’m going to make myself settle back in a routine … and we’ll start that with working on the blog again, if for no other reason is that it makes me sit and write – or I should say, type.  There’s something about the fingers on the keys and the clicking of the keyboard, isn’t there?  Sometimes, I just want to re-type a page or two of documents just to type and exercise my fingers. Yeah, weird … 

I’ll work on a photo recap of the summer up till now .. That will also give me a chance to sort through the thousand and more photos that I took these past few months …


Have a good weekend, all !

 

 

Summer! 

Finally! Hot weather! 

Well, here in Trinidad and Tobago, it’s hot … reellll hot, as they would say. 

We had an unexpected and unplanned trip … Tin was asked to come down and try out for the national soccer u-17 team, so here we are. So far, it’s been a lot of hard work and practice in the heat and humidity, but he’s holding up. 


They had a break from the training over the weekend, so of course, that means … beach! 



And of course … a little game of beach soccer! Can’t get away from it 😏


And where was I? Under the umbrella of course … yarning! 😁

Oh yes … time to relax … 


Have a good summer, everyone! 

Reds

I always have exposure and lighting problems with photographing reds.

It comes out as either dark or light, but not the correct shade or tone of the subject, even with a little bit of adjustments.

Our Japanese Maple tree gave me lots of chances at working with reds.

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Blowing in the wind …

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A dark and light …

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This is more the shade of red that was on the tree, but it came out a bit dark … but I like that shade, anyway …

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Maybe it didn’t help that I was taking these photos at the end of the day, when the last rays of the day’s sun was slowly going out …

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I think I did pretty good this year!

 

 

Pink and Purple

A favorite color combination … purples and greens …

Again, I haven’t seen these flowers in the garden before …

I should go out to that corner of the garden more often …

 

I tried to get a full, clear picture, but I couldn’t adjust the focus for the full frame.  Just that one small flower and a leaf.

Back to practice again.

Blazing Yellows

The boys had soccer practice one early morning, out in the country.  I hoped to see colorful leaves, and I wasn’t disappointed.

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The weather wasn’t bad either – even with the wind blowing, there was warm sunshine.

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I put on the earphones and walked around, among the colors, singing to the wind – I was the only one there, so nobody would hear my off-key singing …

I walked in the bright sunshine and was blinded by the bright yellows …

A hole in the leaf …

Blowing in the wind …

Yellow leaf on the ground …

Not quite as bright and fresh as at the start of the season, but more interesting to take photos of.