Ever since getting my pilot's certificate in June, I wanted to go on a long cross country flight to visit my mom near Portland Oregon. My company shuts down the office in Mountain View for two weeks around Christmas and New Years. I took this as the perfect opportunity to take several days to go to Oregon. The flight should only take on average about 5 hours each way if the wind remains the same both ways. For this particular trip since the winds were from the north, I knew it would take longer to get there than to get back. So we planned accordingly.
This weekend is the peak of the Perseid meteor shower, and it is also just waxing from a new moon, so it's not high in the sky. A perfect combination to see meteor showers. For the past two nights, I have gone out and attempted to capture one with my camera. On the first night I was not successful in capturing any, but last night I was able to capture two.
This is the better of them, the other one has the meteor crossing high tention powerlines, which I could not see with my bare eyes, even though I knew they were there, I still pointed my camera at them.
This image was captured with a Canon 7d and the Canon 18-200mm set at it's widest, most open settings 18mm, f3/5 and focal distance set to infinity and exposed for 30 seconds at ISO 1600 speed.
As the sun started setting, and just before the kids went back into the house, I had them pose for some pictures.
I think this is the best looking picture of all three kids so far.
Here's a picture of Kara playing with her new baby kitteh that I posted on Youtube the other day.
On Thursday, I took my motorcycle to the shop to get a new battery and brakes. I also needed new tires so I got those as well as a battery tender. Since this is my 3rd battery for this bike.
I didn't go anywhere on Friday or Saturday, so the first opportunity that I had to go for a ride was Sunday. I couldn't find my ear plugs, so the first stop was to Rite-Aid. From there I decided to just, "go". I packed the camera for when I stop or see something worth photographing.
A picture of my Labrador "Buddy" sitting in my kitchen. He doesn't seem to like having his picture taken.
My dumb puppy, pure Golden Retriever biting his lip. I finally got a picture of him without cutting off any of his appendages.
Now if I can only get Buddy to sit still outside. He's a Black Lab, and we have dark hardwood floors and low light. Very difficult to take a picture of.
So I got a new haircut yesterday, trimmed up the goatee again and shaved. Ready to go back to work. Now if they would only finish up the construction on my office.
So I just learned today that they are mostly done with the construction in my office, but I won't likely have furnature in there until next week. Have cabin fever really bad need to get out of the house this weekend.
I want to get up to either SF or Yosemite again to get some images.
Here is one of the few times I've been able to capture an image of Melissa when she's not hiding from the camera or getting mad at me for pointing it at here.
She did such a good job on this baby shower and it was such a success
More images are coming soon from this event