Monthly Archives: February 2014

A Long Short Month

We all know February as the shortest month, but it also seemed a little bit long.

Maybe because I had a very full and busy month. It seems that February has lasted longer than 28 short days. Maybe it was that 40 hour day last Thursday.

A little something new to bring the month to a close. This post includes links to all the previous posts for the month. Just look for the italicized and underlined text.Macquarie Church of Christ - North Ryde, NSW, Australia - Large treeI started the month by losing the first day as I took Off to Summer Down Under on January 31st and arrived in Summer Down Under on February 2nd just in time for Sunday morning services.

Nando's Quarter Chicken - Nando's Hot Peri Peri Sauce - Pourtuguese Style ChickenWhile in Australia for almost 3/4 of the month I was able to eat at some of my favorite restaurants: Nando’s, Go Hun, Nando’s again and Kyushu

Laughing Kookabura - Dacelo novaeguineae - Giant Kingfisher - Kookaburra Tail FeathersI took pictures of the environment Around the Office and Around the Hotel. I also took a Nature Walk where I saw a Laughing Kookaburra.

Giraffe at Taronga Zoo - Animal Skyscraper - Giraffe and Skyscrapers - Taronga ZooOn the first Saturday I took a ferry ride across Sydney Harbour to visit the Taronga Zoo. While there I took more pictures of Taronga Zoo Birds, Valentine Storks and asked Where’s Perry?

Blue Mountains - Australia - Rock Formation - Katoomba - GeologyOn my second weekend in Australia I took a train to the Blue Mountains. While there I visited Katoomba Falls, the Blue Mountains National Park and took pictures of several birds including a Pied Currawong.

There were also several holidays this month including Groundhog Day, Valentine’s Day, Lincoln’s Birthday, President’s Day and Washington’s Birthday.

In the evenings I was able to watch sports that I don’t usually see. I was able to watch Cricket, Rugby and the many different events of the Winter Olympics (especially Curling). In my post Winter Olympic Thoughts, I figured out that it has been 16 years since I have not been traveling during the Winter Olympics.

Pink Blossoms - Winter Blossoms - Early Blossoms - Early Spring - California WinterFinally it was Home to Winter? to see Bees and Blossoms and an Orchard Sunset.

Mail call had me writing about what was In the BAR, and a trip to the library found a book,  The Courage of Sarah Noble, which has an interesting family connection.

Ankerstein - Anker Building - Anker Church - BlocksAs the month drew to an end I finished posting my series of pictures showing the building of an Anker Church Building.

Finally, I bought a New Camera and am looking forward to learning some of the new features before I go on upcoming trips to Japan and Turkey.

I hope I didn’t miss any links 🙂

Has it been a Long Short Month for you?


New Camera

In my Sunday post, Bees and Blossoms, I mentioned that I had ordered a new camera.

On the way home from work today I received an e-mail that my camera had arrived at the store and was ready for pick-up.

Of course, I had to make a stop on the way home to pick it up.

I wanted to get a camera that was similar to the Sony DSC-H20 that I have used for the last five years.New Camera - Sony DSC-RM100M2 - Cyber-Shot - Zeiss Lens

I had been unable to find one in the local stores, so had to go hunting on-line. I did see the model I wanted in the duty-free shopping area at the Sydney airport, so knew that it was available.

I had several things that I was looking for in a new camera. One was size. I like to have a camera that I can slip into my pocket when I am out sightseeing, but also one that takes a great picture.

As you can see in the picture above, the camera is just a bit smaller than my old one. The biggest dimension reduction is in the thickness of the camera and how much the lens sticks out when turned off. This will make it much easier to put in my pocket.

New Camera - DSC-RX100M2 - Sony/Zeiss - Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T*

Another important thing I was looking for in a new camera was a Zeiss lens.

The Sony DSC-RX100M2 has a Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* 1,8-4.9/10,4-37,1 lens.

The T* coating reduces flare and increases light transmission and the wide aperture allows for excellent low light pictures.

The new camera has many features that I will have to explore. Some of them are really cool.

I will be able to transfer pictures to my computer, i-Phone or i-Pad using Wi-Fi.

The camera also has new modes to explore, a tilt-able LCD, dual memory card functionality and on-board battery charging.

I am sure that it will take me awhile to figure out all the new things that I can do with the camera.

Hopefully the weather will be nice enough to take a walk on Saturday and get some good nature shots. I need some practice taking pictures of blossoms before my next trip.