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|Bookmarks - Booklists|
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I just ordered the Canon 10D digital SLR. This camera offers significantly higher resolution (6 megapixel versus 4 megapixel) and the ability to easily use high quality telephoto and wide angle lenses. With the new camera, I should at least have the technology, if not the talent, to improve on my wildlife and nature photography pictures. However, at least as of the end of June when I wrote this issue of our newsletter, I don't have any pictures with the new camera yet simply because I'm still learning the new controls and capabilities it gives me.
Nonetheless, we have added a number of pictures in the last month based on our visits to the San Juan Islands in the spring and early summer. Some of the better photos we've taken include:
|The Red Fox|
|A pod of natural born killers (whales)|
|Deer at play|
|Beached sea lion|
|Turkey vultures - up close and personal and in flight|
We had a record quarter through Amazon.com last month. This is a family non-profit website but, somehow, we've got to pay the hosting fees to make our pages available. The income from various cross-marketing programs helps us get to a point where it's almost self-sustaining. Anyway, what's good? For the kids, duh, it's a no-brainer to pick Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Book 5). Our boys haven't let go of their copies of the book yet so we haven't read it yet but the mere fact that they're deeply engrossed in an 876 page book (!!) is proof.
Sherman Exposed: Slightly Censored Climbing Stories by John
It's been a slow couple of months for new books -- not enough airplane travel. However, we would also like to recommend at least this one additional book over the last couple of months and would recommend it if you're at all interested in grapegrowing:
Oregon Viticulture by Edward W. Hellman (editor), et al. We haven't finished reading it yet but this book is unique in its approach of combining the expertise and experience of university researchers with that of professional grape growers and winemakers. The new version has both broader coverage of more topics and greater depth of coverage of grape-growing. Recommended for anyone trying to grow grapes in Oregon or even Western Washington.
Summer wines are in at our house -- nice light whites (pinot gris and pinot noir) and big, powerful BBQ-ready wines (syrah/shiraz).
Speaking of wines and summer, we're hoping that the summer "heat" we get in Seattle doesn't bake our newly planted grapevines just as they're starting to get established. According to reports from the Puget Sound Winegrowers group, this summer we're already running about 12% over the number of GDDs (Growing Degree Days) over the 5-10 year average and it's been very dry. We're making sure that the vines are getting enough water -- but we don't want to over-water because then the roots won't get properly established. It's a dilemma that really means that I have an excuse to check on them every few days to see if they're looking parched.
Steve's Digicams. Fabulous website for getting a clean analysis and opinion on digital cameras. I read the current reviews very closely while doing the research for our purchase of a a new digital SLR camera.
Luminous Landscape. Many, many professionally-written articles on digital photography techniques, equipment reviews and more. Plus, lots of great pictures from a number of photographers that illustrate the techniques.
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