Good morning world! How are y’all doing? The last few days have made me want to sign up with SAG as I feel like we all have been movie extras in the dramedy and we should be compensated or at least let us have some of the scraps from craft services. Oh, never mind, not going to rant but did find a cool website that is geared toward kids and teaching them US History. To my kids, maybe you can share this with the grandkids, It has some cool lessons and explanations that most people can understand. I may even have to go through some of the lessons myself to get a refresher on US History. What I will probably do is read over a few of the articles and then Google to find more info on the subjects, like maybe I will also check out an encyclopedia. Never to old to learn, right? So, Hubby had a few days off and we got to take a drive to Salton Sea yesterday. We drove as far as Bombay Beach in the Salton Sea. It was so cold at that time of the morning so I refrained from venturing out of the car, except for a few minutes. Our adventure started around 7:30 AM, my favorite light of the day!

I used the Nikon D3400 and it is in dire need of a cleaning!

Yesterday morning the sky was clear and orange that faded into a pale powder blue. I tried to capture it as best as possible, so I used my Nikon with a 35mm prime lens in manual mode. The Nikon really does feel good in my hands as my A7 feels so bulky and hard to hold. Also, the Nikon is just quicker and the images are just sharper and not sharper by a focused clean photo, but sharper that I can be in a car, traveling at 70ish mph and can capture an image as it whizzes by that I meant to catch, like the one below.

If I would have yelled stop, we would have been a half mile away from this spot.

Our whole trip lasted a little under two hours and I played a game of shooting road signs. I am trying to have some sort of consistency in my life, so I am starting small, like minute. On Sundays, I post to the IG account Here’s Your Sign Sundays photos. (#heresyoursignsunday). So far I have done it for the past three Sundays and I hear that it takes two weeks to make or break a habit. Oh and this morning, Youtube analytics suggested the song, Dirty Imbecile on my playlist and when I looked up and saw that there is a dude rocking a Cello and singing, I was hooked! Please press play.

Thank you Youtube for this gem!

This song sounded like a good accompaniment to used as background music as I chose photos from yesterdays drive. Back to yesterday, I took several shots with the Nikon as I hardly use it because of the spots that I can’t get rid of no matter how many times I have tried to manually clean it. Those spots are my fault as I change lenses often when I am using that camera, depending on what I am shooting or the time of day. Care of my equipment is another thing I need to work on. Never claimed to be perfect, ever. Below are some of my picks from the Nikon.

We did get out and explore for a few short minutes as my fingers froze instantly. I mainly used the Sony.

It was around 45 degrees at that time of the morning and I only had on some compression leggings and a mini dress. D’oh! I should practice what I preach, “Make sure you take something warm with you…” I am sure we will be back in the area again when it is warmer.

As I had mentioned, I played a little game and tried to get as many road signs as I could and in focus or at least clear enough to read. All photos below were shot using the Sony A7 mirrorless, using auto features and changing between a few like LANDSCAPE and SPORT.

I have tried to get that train trestle for a few years and finally I have success! You see, we usually whiz by and I forget about being ready to yell, Stop! the being high thing. However, yesterday I was ready and to me, it felt like I won the biggest stuffed animal on the prize wall!

We were going 70+ mph, North on Highway 111 and this is with the Sony using the automatic “kids” shooting.

It had been a little while since I had been giddy reviewing photos. Again, I think the farther away my body gets away from that Topamax haze the more I will want to pick up my camera or create any form of art. My mind surely needed the distraction as I am sure many need right now. Before I go, I want to go back to the song that I added, as background music, at the beginning of this post. I had to Google the band, The Happy Fits as I had never heard of them before. I noticed they had a new song posted and I gave it a spin and watched till the end, it is a great video and they also speak about #saveourstages . Do check them out or check out Save our Stages website for more information on this great cause that was created because of the pandemic. Really, we need entertainment and music in our lives to add to the never ending song list of all of our lives. Again, thank you Youtube monkeys!

Love the beat and that rock star cello player! Watch till the end πŸ™‚

To you dear reader, thank you for stopping by! Hope I was able to give you a moment of distraction. Where you are going today or not going, hope the journey is peaceful. Hugs…

9 Comments Add yours

  1. You presented this post very well I know it takes lots of hardwork

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  2. I always love your photos Michelle. And I love The Happy Fits! What a charming bunch of young guys, and so talented too. Thanks for sharing them.

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    1. Hi Jeff!

      Well I love taking them! Really, though, thank you for being so kind.

      I listened to more of their catalogue yesterday and I am diggin’ it. You always gift us with your musical finds so I thank you!

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  3. morishige says:

    Hi there, M!

    The first song was really great! I played it while reading this post and it ended right after I finished reading.

    Wow, the Salton Sea? I first read the name Salton Sea while reading Into the Wild, while I was in secondary school. Chris McCandles camped there while traveling throughout North America back then around 1990-1992, if I’m not mistaken.

    And I finally went to the the beach two or three days ago, with Nyonya. The southern sea. I couldn’t believe that I had not seen the ocean for more than I year. πŸ˜€

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    1. How lucky for you both to see the ocean! We haven’t been there in almost 8 months. Hope it is getting better there, the virus and all the lockdowns. I is slowly getting better, but not much.

      I have not read or seen the movie, Into the Wild. 😦 Yes, I do believe you are correct. I will post some photos from Salvation Mountain in one of my next posts. Hopefully, you will get to travel here to see it. The Salton Sea really is other worldly. We were just there yesterday. I did feel like I was at the ocean, sort of…

      Finally, ha ha, someone listened. Every time I post a song, I am hoping someone is listening to the music as they read. I know that it is not possible if the post is viewed from a phone. Thank you πŸ™‚

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      1. morishige says:

        Thank you! I almost cried my eyes when I saw the waves and hear the roaring sound. I hope so… By the way, are you still in lockdown there?

        Going to the Salton Sea would be like a pilgrimage for me. πŸ™‚

        I always played at least one of the songs that you feature on the post. Thank you for doing that. πŸ˜€ As I’ve written on some of your previous posts, I learn so much about music from your posts. πŸ™‚

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      2. You are welcome! I think I might shed a few tears too the next time we get to the ocean. Yes, we are still on lock down. It is very bad here in California. I live in the Southern portion and Los Angeles is being hit hard. Our hospitals are full 😦

        I am sure you will like it, if you ever visit this area. Now I think I will read the book. I think Hubby has it somewhere.

        Ah, thank you! Music has been such a big part of my life and I just like sharing songs that make me happy πŸ™‚ By the way, I learn about places you have gone and Indonesia through you, so thank you! πŸ™‚

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      3. morishige says:

        I hope things get better in California. I read it on the news that the hospitals here are full as well. (We got tourists during Christmas and New Year.) But I am still hopeful as people here have adjusted to the “new life”, wearing facemask and hand sanitizer.

        You’re gonna love the book. πŸ™‚

        You’re most welcome, M! I feel grateful that I stumbled into your blog last year, as I could see the west coast from your stories and photos.

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      4. Slowly it will get better and this will all be a bad memory. Oh wow, I guess hospitals worldwide are full. We are getting adjusted to it hear, but not happy. I like it cause I can hide my facial expressions behind a mask πŸ™‚

        I am going to look for it and start reading today πŸ™‚

        Glad you made it here to my world, ha ha, well, almost…be well πŸ™‚


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