Traveling to Learn

Spring is meandering into our lives once again.  It dances close, then retreats.  Soon it will settle in for the duration.  Roadtrips will be coming along with it.  We are starting slowly by tripping locally.
Last month, we went down to Nashville for a Macro workshop.  It was interesting and the speaker showed a lot of gorgeous pictures, but I wasn’t personally inspired to try.  I’ve done Macro work before and I like the effects I can get shooting that way, but it’s just not my main focus.  It’s closer than Photojournalism or portraiture, but I still prefer landscapes.

So my photos from Nashville are of the skyline instead of closeups of flowers.   After the workshop we all went to Ray’s condo for dinner, then walked down to the river to shoot the skyline.  I had forgotten my tripod and didn’t expect to get much, but I was surprisingly pleased with some of them.

This past weekend we went to Pennyrile State Park at Dawson Springs for the Spring Photography Weekend.  It’s an annual excursion for us.  When we started I was using a point and shoot Minolta that I still remember fondly.  It was an easy camera to use and got beautiful photos.  In the lower category with that camera, I always got two or three awards.  It was so easy, I felt guilty.  So I pushed myself into the SLR category.  Now I consider myself fortunate to place even one time.  However, I am learning more about the use of interchangeable lenses and setting the aperture/shutter speed to get the effect I want.

It has been a slow process, stalled by changing cameras several times.  The first time because I slipped crossing a stream and drowned the camera and lens.  I replaced that one with the next step up and had almost mastered it, when Jim bought his new D800.  He decided to give me his D700 and I passed my simpler D90 on to my grandson.  Now I am back at square 5, not one.  Some things are still the same, but the location of features and how they work together is very different.

In spite of that, I did manage to get third place in the Cliff’s category of the Intermediate Division.  Perhaps by fall, I’ll understand the camera well enough to improve my standing

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Finding Points of Interest

Whenever we plan a big trip, part of that process is researching points of interest along the way.  In anticipation of September’s excursion, I spent several hours last week online with a list of stops on one screen and Google open on the other ordering brochures, downloading PDF files and bookmarking websites.

This week the ones I ordered have started arriving.  Colorado Springs, Utah, Arizona, and San Francisco  all tempt me with myriad adventures.   Unfortunately, we’ll never have enough time to do it all.  That would require a stay of about a month per location.

So, the next few weeks will be spent reading through the information and making lists.  Then consulting Jim on his preferences.  Of course, I know anything that includes a train will be a definite event, but there are many other criteria: expense, time, and distance being the main ones.  So much to do and so little time to accomplish it.  Half the fun is in the planning.

As decisions are made, I’ll add a short paragraph to that week’s post regarding our anticipated activities so that you, our friends, can have an idea of what we’ll be doing.  If you have suggestions, feel free to comment.

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Planning the Year

You’ll see in the sidebar the big trip for this year. We will be spending the whole month of September traveling from home to Los Angeles and back. We are excited. I’ve planned the itinerary, mapped the route, and found our lodgings. Jim has even made some of the reservations. Now, if only he can get his knee surgery done in time to be recovered by then. He’s got a torn ACL and Meniscus. How soon they do the surgery depends on the doctor’s schedule. Then it will probably take six weeks to heal enough for him to drive and hike. We may need to adjust our travel plans somewhat if things don’t go well.

2013 Pearson Family Reunion

2013 Pearson Family Reunion

In the meantime, we’ll be heading back to Ohio for our annual family reunion in June. The plans are all made for that. Then there’s another trip to Ohio later this summer for the dedication of a bench honoring Jim’s Air Force unit. Those are definitely on the calendar. Plus a July trip to Holiday World for Damion and Elaina’s birthdays which should have ample photographic possibilities. At some point, I’ll be going to Charlotte as well, since my youngest grandson has expressed interest in visiting one last summer before he becomes too involved in the working world. Those are the ones that are, at least, tentatively on the schedule.

I’m thinking of asking one of my granddaughters who is going to New York with a friend to do a guest post. She plans to be a professional photographer and I’m sure she’ll get some interesting shots. We’ll also be going to festivals and other summer activities. Be sure to check in from time to time and leave some comments on the photos.

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Random Trips This Past Year

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www.simplesharebuttons.comDon’t be shellfish…

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Family Reunion trip…

2013 Pearson Family Retunion-webWell, this post is a bit later than I had planned, but here it is! We all had a great time attending the 2013 Pearson Family Reunion in Springfield, Ohio. As you can see from this group photo we had a pretty good turn out this year and hope for an even better one next year.

We decided that it will be in Springfield, Ohio again next year, but at a new location which is yet to be decided. The date has also been set so those that want to mark their calendars the next reunion will be on June 22, 2014 beginning at 1pm.

Xavier, Damion and Elaina

Xavier, Damion and Elaina

It was great to visit with cousins and Aunt Jean to catch up on a lot of what everyone has been up to since we last got together! Everyone got to meet their newest cousins from Kentucky, Xavier, Elaina and Damion! Hope more of the family can make it next year as we all had a great time and plan for an even better time next year.

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Off to the Pearson Family Reunion…

Moses and Marie Pearson at the farm on Satler Rd.

Moses and Marie Pearson at the farm on Satler Rd.

Well this morning April, myself, David, our brother, Chrystal, Aprils daughter, and three of my great-great kids, Elaina, Damion and Xaiver are off on a long weekend roadtrip to our annual family reunion. This year it’s at Springfield, Ohio which is centrally located for most of the family that lives in Ohio.

Family reunions are always a great way to catchup with what’s going on in everyone’s life and I always look forward to them. Hopefully this year we’ll have a good turnout from my grandfather Moses and grandmother Marie Pearson’s descendents. They had 15 kids, our dad, John Alexander Pearson being one of them.

Of course we’re also looking forward to visiting two different Renaissance Festivals that will be happening this weekend close to Springfield. One at George Rogers Clark park that is during the Colonial Times and the other being at Harveysburg, Ohio. Should be a fun weekend and we’ll post some pictures and updates as the weekend progresses!

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