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September 14, 2014

Anything Else

Sunday. I wasn't thinking yesterday until it was too late, that I wouldn't have any time this morning to work with or post an entry before heading over to Albany for the Solano Stroll. The parade starts at ten with breakfast taking until after eight (on a Sunday morning over three large Sunday papers), and so, although up with alarm to set out at the usual time, I returned to the apartment to drop off the Times for another tenant on my floor, pick up the second camera and head again out the door.

An easy enough drive, not a lot of traffic, a parking space on San Pablo a short distance from Solano and a slow walk up Solano for a mile or so to The Alameda, taking pictures as the various booths and food tents were being set up. A walk then back to San Pablo, catching the parade when it started not long after ten, a shooting time of about two hours. No great pictures from the look of them, but enough for a section on artandlife. Not as many people as there's been in the past (I was thinking), but feeling reasonably good for how it had gone as I was driving home.

Maybe thirty minutes to lie down on the bed in front of the fan before getting up to look at the pictures and then walk over to the lake to see what was happening with Oaklavia by the white columns. Two outings within five hours is more than enough, let me tell you, and I cut it short. One or two pictures was more than enough.

Evening. Another really warm day, not unusual in the Bay Area for the fall. And so more time in front of the fan, both at the foot of the bed watching something on the tablet or listening to the radio and in front of the computer by the living room working on photographs. We'll finish them tomorrow, still too warm to think about doing anything else.

The photo up top was taken this morning at the Solano Stroll with a Nikon D4s mounted with a 70-200mm f/2.8 VR II Nikkor lens.