It was a quiet week here on the farm. We have a few dozen calves born and not many more to go before spring calving season ends. I didn’t roam the pastures really at all this week. The A#2 farmhand handled everything with my Farmer – but that’s just as well considering what the backyard boys conjured up. The week was anything but boring.
The Friday Favored: 8th Edition
1.) Your Camera Doesn’t Matter
A camera catches your imagination. No imagination, no photo – just crap. The word “image” comes from the word “imagination.” It doesn’t come from “lens sharpness” or “noise levels.” ~Ken Rockwell
Now, I’m still going to purchase the lens I researched- because I believe having good eyes (lens) is more important than having a brilliant mind (souped-up camera body)…
…I mean I understand Hellen Keller was brilliant in her blindness, but when it comes to camera equipment I’ve found I can do more with a great lens than with a fancy camera body. Plus, I’m super near-sighted, and not as brilliant as HK, so I buy nice glass (lens) like I keep my optometry prescription updated – it’s just smart…
That said, I agree with Mr. Rockwell completely in that a nice camera does not replace thoughtfully created images and basic understanding of light and equipment. A nice prime lens makes my heart sing, but it’s not a magic wand for making something awesome out of nothing.
Cameras don’t take pictures, photographers do. Cameras are just another artist’s tool. ~Ken Rockwell
Go give Ken Rockwell a few minutes of your time. You might just learn something. I know I do each time I visit!
2.) The Backyard Boys:
I don’t know what got into my backyard boys this week, but they were intent on destruction.
P.S. Unedited cell pics all the way this week. On the spot documentation uncut. 🙂
Tom, really?! Must you always start at one end and mangle until you’re bored? What about “cleaning your plate” or leaving the leftovers elsewhere?
That’s what happens when you play with your food – Buddy confiscates it.
Thankfully, Buddy is non-confrontational and usually listens to a well said “leave it.”
I know, Buddy, your dry kiblets are just nothing like fresh squirrel. I make the same distinctions with chocolates.
I think the moment of sadness above fueled a ground hog strangling.
Violent, I know.
There was no blood. He’s a clean killer.
Good boy. I prefer clean.
Tom, aren’t you going to try to take Buddy’s ground hog?
I don’t blame you – after watching him strangle that thing with nary a drop of blood and death in less than two minutes, I’m staying back here with you until I can wrap my brain around the Buddy Dog’s rodent removal prowess.
I guess I can return the trap to my parents. So much for catch and release.
3.) Low Glycemic Tortillas, etc.
If you count carbs, monitor blood sugar or just want to try a bread product that has more protein and fiber, I recommend trying these sprouted grain products. You can find them in the freezer section at Publix and other grocery stores.
We had Italian cheese bites with a squash and pasta sauce dish the other day. Just brush the tortillas with olive oil, sprinkle with Italian seasonings and cheese, then broil/toast for a minute.
4.) Progressive Farmer – March 2014:
I spent an hour with last month’s PG one evening this week. Here are a few highlights.
A Savannah Reborn – in Iowa of all places. 🙂 Forestry is a large portion of the agriculture industry in the South. This was a fascinating read for me and it expanded my perspective on US forestry regionally.
Born for the Show Ring – I can’t find the link online, so it must be in their print magazine only. So, if your farm copy of The Progressive Farmer is lying around,
possibly crumpled from being inhaled by a farmer you know,
I do recommend this sweet story from the “Your Life” section as well as the review in the “Health Care” section that introduces a documentary on US hunger called Place at the Table. I plan to watch this soon now that I’ve learned it’s out there…
…I may just do that this weekend. What are your plans? How was your week?