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May 22, 2015

This Night

Friday. An Elementary rerun I'd seen last night and so the lights were out well before eleven leading to an uneven night's rest. Felt as if I were awake half the night, even getting up for about thirty minutes at around three to futz a bit with yesterday's entry. After all this I still awoke thirty minutes before the alarm was due to sound, got up and headed off to breakfast as if I'd been sleeping like a rock.

Read the papers over breakfast, documented the four cent fall in gas prices and took another picture of the pandorea blossoms, seemingly doing well in this overcast weather. Oh, and a couple of the “alleyways” connecting to Grand taken as I was walking home.

And so a nap, right? We'll see. It's ten-thirty, I've finished working on yesterday's photographs, not yet time to check out Latham Square, so, a bit tired, but not all that tired, we'll see if we can get some sleep.

Later. An hour's nap. Still overcast outside as it approaches one, we'll catch the one o'clock bus downtown, see what they're up to at Latham Square and think about lunch. Friday, a long weekend ahead, the Carnaval Parade on Sunday, a Carnaval street festival tomorrow and Sunday, we'll see if we can take in both. My memory of the Carnaval street festival, at least for me, is too much effort is required to get there for limited (photographic) results. But who knows?

Later still. A crowded bus downtown to Latham Square to take a set of pictures, no trees coming down, but workers digging up Broadway and a line of trees wrapped in what looks like a bumper/protective material of some kind. I seemed to recall these trees had been marked for destruction, so I'll ask if that's so and, if so, when they're coming down. Probably not the best sort of advertising for a project: pictures of trees dead and dying on the ground.

Two Biscotti's and coffee in the Rotunda building before taking the elevator upstairs and shooting pictures through the window, a bus then back to the 7-11 look-alike for another box of Good & Plenty on the way to taking another set of apartment house construction site photographs, these last couple of hours spent working on them in Lightroom and Photoshop. They do take time to process.

Evening. The late afternoon in bed on the tablet to then get up and watch Democracy Now at five-thirty followed by New Tricks at seven, an episode I've seen before but, as so often, didn't remember the outcome. Midsomer Murders we can leave for another day in another May.


And to bed. It's getting late and I have a feeling I'm going to get a good night's sleep this night.

The photo up top was taken at the San Francisco How Weird Street Faire with a Nikon D4s mounted with a 70-200mm f 2.8 VR II Nikkor lens.