A Bad Day With A Camera

Mundane Sunday

All three of us overdid it at Heritage Park on Saturday. My watch said 5,100 steps for the day. My phone said 10,000 steps for the day. Now I know why the watch was only $22 on temu.com. In any case, we were all a bit tired and sore and in no mood to drive to Canmore on Sunday as originally planned.

Sunset over the not so great lakes, Strathmore, AB, 2024-05-26 (Drone)

I had promised my wife that we would go mattress shopping this past weekend, so we did that instead. We wound up at The Brick, which is, meh. I hate how there are salespeople circling constantly like sharks and they all make a line for you when you enter the store.

That green something something again, My Front
Yard, Strathmore, AB, 2024-05-26 (Canon)
The reason for the season, My Backyard,
Strathmore, AB, 2024-05-26 (Canon)

We told the salesman our budget was a $600 to $1000 mattress and we walked out holding the receipt for a $1,300 mattress that we had to pick up at the warehouse across town. Upselling is one reason I hate salespeople. Pushiness is another reason I hate them, and how come most of them have no concept of personal space? Having to pick up my own shit is biggest reason I hate shopping at stores. Amazon’s Happy Van coughs my stuff out at my front door without a salesperson blowing up my budget. So much more civilized. But… We had to go try the mattresses before buying. Blargh.

Grey day for the Mayday, My Backyard, Strathmore, AB, 2024-05-26 (Canon)

Anyhow, we bought a mattress and came home. I wound up having an unplanned nap while my wife and daughter, both sore, mowed the back lawn without my help. I felt a bit bad about that, but I just couldn’t wake up for a while.

Proof of life, My Backyard, Strathmore,
AB, 2024-05-26
It weeps for you, My Front Yard, Strathmore,
AB, 2024-05-26

I eventually did wake up and sauntered out into the yard with Ray’s Canon EOS 7D. I just sort of snapped whatever caught my eye. It was less about getting a picture and more about taking the picture. I wasn’t really concerned about getting anything portfolio worthy, it was that need to exercise my itchy trigger finger.

Splash of colour, My Backyard, Strathmore, AB, 2024-05-26

I was fortunate to get a handful of good images in the backyard. I am working the flora as hard as I can since I know we are within days of the blossoms falling off the plants for another year. I had to stop as a short rain squall briefly rolled through.

Fading rainbow, Thornbriar Green, Strathmore, AB, 2024-05-26 (Samsung)

Spring and summer rain squalls usually have an upside that comes in the form of a rainbow or sometimes a double rainbow. We had the latter Sunday evening, but I didn’t get outside with a camera quite fast enough to get the twofer. Still, one rainbow is better than none. Always take what you are given.

Speaking of which, I had to run to Walmart to pickup burger patties and buns and there was a classic 1968 Camaro SS sitting in the parking lot on my way into the store. Guess who had his phone camera handy?

SS, Camaro, Strathmore, AB, 2024-05-26 (Samsung)
350, Camaro, Strathmore, AB, 2024-05-26 (Samsung)

The Camaro obviously doesn’t have the best paint job, but as someone who does not own a Camaro at all, I’m not really in a position to point fingers. I would be happy if this one that I photographed landed in my lap.

Later in the evening we hauled the new mattress out of the minivan and stuffed the old one into the back to haul it out to the dump later this week. We offered it to the offspring as a family heirloom and she wanted to know what made it an heirloom. Mom and I reminded her that she was conceived on it. I have never seen her turn so many different colours at once. (“Oh, Jesus! That’s gross! I did not need to know that! Ugh!”) It was awesome. Apparently she does not wish to keep the old mattress, so it is being discarded.

Alpenglow, Looking South from Lower Gray Pond, Strathmore, AB, 2024-05-26 (Drone)
Big tipper, Lower Gray Pond, Strathmore, AB, 2024-05-26 (Drone)

The wind died down and the sky developed some character around sunset. I fired the photography drone into the air and flew it toward my favourite ponds across the road. The images I got weren’t too dramatic, but I was pleased with them.

Sunday wasn’t a great day, but it was a good day and I was grateful for it.

Today’s cameras were a DJI Mini 3 drone, a Canon EOS 7D with a 70-300mm EF IS USM lens, and a Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra. Each image indicates the camera used in its caption.

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