Happy Hiking Day! After suffer through a summer (3 months) of never ending 100+ temperatures autumn is here. The drought dried many of the leaves which dropped from trees in October. So this year the autumn leaf show is a limited viewing. Most of the show is on the North side on the mountain trails where it was often a tiny bit cooler and the scarce rain fell this past summer.
The worst sound! While hiking I hear dreaded thunk as the shutter mechanism of my camera dies. My heart sank and my brain screamed OMG not during spring! I take my camera on every hike and the past few weeks without it has been painful. It is as if my extra sight sense has been taken. *deep breath* I feel incomplete without my visual paint brush which allows me to share nature’s beauty.
Nine years on, hundreds of thousands of images and two repairs I guess it was about due to give out. As I have no clue how long it will take to save up for a possible repair or new camera (best guess a year). These will be the last photos for a while. If I manage something spectacular with my very old smartphone I will share.
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I am a child of the moon and have been lucky to witness many of her magical events. On this night however a serious of unfortunate events lead me to a mad scramble whose result was forgetting my tripod. I was thankful to get anything which resembled the moon. Tomorrow I will share the avanguard versions of my moon photography.
While the shutdown is on DO NOT hike alone in Hot Springs National Park plus avoid evening hours. Every time the government is shutdown a certain element from the city moves in to sell drugs, poach, steal wood and vandalize. Rangers are not even driving the roads and the trails are abandoned. They have turned off all the mineral water fountains so you will have to bring your own.
Take a friend… my hiking buddy (beloved husband) is 6’3″ and always has my back while I focus on photography. Stay Safe!