(Looking at the pond from the garden. August 2008.)
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Yesterday, sort of on the spur of the moment, M and I decided to go to Blossom to see/hear the Cleveland Pops Orchestra perform with special guests Time For Three. We buy a book of lawn tickets every season and we had six tickets remaining, along with two upgrades for the pavilion for the 2008 season.
We weren’t sure we’d go, mostly because we weren’t sure what the weather was going to do. At the time we decided to go, it appeared there would be one more band of rain moving through and that would be it for the evening.
Appearances can be deceiving.
The band of rain we were expecting materialized on the drive to Blossom (it takes about 30-40 minutes to drive there from where we live). By the time we arrived the rain had stopped and it looked like it might clear up. We had a seat at a picnic table to eat our picnic dinner. Shortly after we had all of the food out and we started eating, it began to rain. No problem. We covered ourselves and the food with one of the rain ponchos we brought along and continued to eat our dinner.
We did upgrade to pavilion seats, lucky us. It rained a couple more times throughout the concert. The worst of it hit after the concert as we were climbing the big hill back up to the bridge and parking area. It poured! And I mean POURED. With the temperature in the 50’s, it was a little chilly, to say the least. But great fun. I can’t remember the last time I got a good soaking in the rain. It reminded me that, as a child, I used to love to play in the rain. I don’t do that much anymore, mostly because the rain is usually accompanied by lightning, but partly because it’s just one of those pleasures in life that has fallen by the wayside as I got older. I’ll have to do something about that.
The concert was quite good. I really enjoyed Time For Three. They’re very talented musicians who put on a great show. And one of ’em is from south Jersey. Gotta root for the hometown people.
If you have time, go have a listen at their website.
The concert started early (7:00pm) so we did manage to get home in time to see the men’s U.S. swim team win the relay. Was that exciting or what?
We continue to have gorgeous weather here in the Bogs, even with the occasional rain, something the garden needed so I’m not complaining. The garden is doing quite well, and I harvested my first handful of tomatoes yesterday. Yum!
I’ve been busy learning Photoshop, and now that I’ve finally gotten a grasp on how it works, I’ve been having fun playing around with it. Most of the time I don’t think my photos need much tweaking, but sometimes the tweaking brings out what I saw when I took the photo (in light or colors or both). The camera doesn’t always capture what my eye sees. Photoshop comes in handy for helping that along.
Now that I am beginning to feel a little confident in my use of Photoshop, I’ve started to revamp my photography website: MaidinSun Photography. I still have a long way to go in terms of getting the galleries set up the way I’d like. There are some technical aspects giving me trouble at the moment. I’ll have to wait for M the Younger to get back online (I think he’ll be getting hooked up to the internet this week) and help me out since he set up the website for me. (It should be noted that I’m not entirely without talent in regards to html and setting up websites, but M the Younger seemed to think that was the case and, so, locked me out of certain aspects of the website. I suspect that will change when he gets tired of making the changes I want and he’ll gladly hand it all over to me.)
That’s about it from the Bogs for today. I’m off to do some laundry and then spend time in the garden. It’s too nice outside to be indoors.