Thursday, January 1, 2015

Mirrorless Camera, Panasonic Lumix G X Vario PZ 45-175mm f/4.0-5.6 ASPH in the Field - Sugar Moon Farm

Whatever the breed, these were large dogs

Sugar shack
I decided to go with one lens today, the Panasonic 45-175X zoom, which basically makes my ILC a super-zoom because the top switch on my Panasonic G6 powers the zoom. I like this feature a lot and the zoom does not disappoint.

I believe it is a good practice to go with one lens exclusivity so as to explore its limits and learn to use the lens properly.

Admittedly all of the shots in this post could easily have been taken with a shorter zoom but because it was cold and icy the zoom enabled me to get close to my shot without having to physically move nearer and risk hurting myself in the process.

Old International Harvester tractor
I believe this is the logo for International Harvester
We spent the afternoon at Sugar Moon Farm on Hwy 311 heading north from Truro towards the Tatamagouche area. The farm is beautiful in any season of the year and just as captivating on this cold January day. It was particularly busy today with folks stopping over to enjoy the all day breakfast. It took us a while to be served but it was worth it.

Iced up brook
Pretty ice formations
My wife and I just had coffee and a biscuit, all we really needed after our short hike thorough the many trails.

A brook captured in winter





Tuesday, December 30, 2014

20,000 Page-views So Far


Yes, this humble little blog has reached 20,000 page-views!

So first of all thank you if you are a regular visitor to Joiner's Musings. Also thank you if you are one of those people who comes here to glimpse some of the events in my life. (You know who you are!) Let us also not forget the many people who have ended up here by "Googling" the many phrases associated with clocks, cars, photography, cottage life, traveling or just stumbling to get here (yes, there is even a website called www.stumbleupon.com).

I started this blog on a whim while I experimented with the whole concept of recording my thoughts and ideas. I figured I would eventually loose interest and this place would fizzle out of existence like so many other blogs I have seen. Search and you will find a vast array of blogs where I assume people just gave up or ran out of original ideas.Were these sites failures? Not necessarily, but like anything else in life you've got to keep at it to make it successful.

It nearly did fizzle out a couple of times but I kept getting that itch to write about the things I love most in the world though I deliberately avoided getting into the personal side of my life. I did learn that to keep the page-views up I had to "feed" the blog occasionally to keep folks coming back and there were times when the page-view count for the day was discouragingly low. Not to be dismayed I hammered out yet another post to try to capture the interest of my readers. I do have slower periods and take a break. I am usually on summer hiatus but I marvel at the higher than normal page-view counts even during periods when I am contributing very little.

The odd comment that is left on posts and the semi-frequent emails and private messages have also kept me coming back. So if you have ever left a comment or sent me a message thank you!

In the new year (2015) I am going to focus on the photography side of things which was my original intent. So, I hope to get a little more imaginative and highlight some of my better photos. Although 99% of the photos on this site are taken by yours truly they are merely record shots that are meant to showcase my other interests.

Stay tuned folks, there is much more to come.

Monday, December 29, 2014

The Christmas Tree - A Lost Tradition


 Is selecting and cutting down your own Christmas tree a lost tradition?

A Christmas tree lot not far from us
I know many families buy an artificial tree and those that do buy natural trees do so by visiting the many lots that are located in towns and cities during the Christmas season. It is simply a  matter of choosing your tree, agreeing on a price, putting it in the back of your vehicle and off you go to put it up. We have actually done that in the past and have been quite happy with our selection.

But, for the past 5 years we have renewed the tradition of cutting down our own tree. Because we live in the country we could conceivably go into a nearby forest and find our own. Usually you spend a lot of time looking, all you can see are spindly little things and what you finally bring home often disappoints. No, our choice is to select a groomed tree that has been nurtured just for that purpose.

decorating the tree
Luckily for us there is a Christmas tree farm just three minutes from our house and it is there that we have going for the past five years. We are greeted by the owner, taken by tractor to the back of his lot and then we spend a little time looking for just the right tree. Once selected we take the tree down using a small handsaw. The owner comes by in his tractor, loads it up and then back to his house for a little hot chocolate before we leave. His final service to us, because we are neighbours, is to personally deliver the tree to our door.
All decked out

What a great feeling it is to put up a tree that the family has selected for the holiday season.

The first photo shows the family discussing the tree we have chosen, the second is the first stages of decorating and the final shot is the tree in all its glory. Incidentally, in other years we trudge through deep snow to locate our tree. This year we have a very green and mild Christmas season but we still manage to maintain the Christmas spirit.