Marshall Mesa Trail

Today M and I hiked the Marshall Mesa trail where there are some great views of the flatirons.  The hike was easy and we took our time, enjoying the views and the gorgeous weather.

I took lots of photos.  Unfortunately, many of them have a dark blob in the upper middle portion of the picture, most noticeable when the shot includes a clear blue sky.  I’m bummed.  I saw the spot early on, cleaned the lens, and thought that had taken care of the problem.  No such luck.  I think the problem may be on the inside of the lens.  I’ll be taking a trip to a camera store tomorrow to see if they can fix it (blow out the dust or whatever is in there).

Here is an example:

Bummer, man.  I can fix them with Photoshop, of course, but it will take time and effort.  (In case you missed it, it looks like a dark cloud above the middle of the mountains.)

Ah well.  What’s done is done.  I can’t go back and retake the shots.  They are not all bad, either.

After our hike we paid a visit to Celestial Seasonings, the tea company.  They had a tent sale this weekend.  We had originally planned to go on Friday but couldn’t fit it in.  As it turns out, that was a good thing.  Teas that were $3 on Friday and Saturday were $1 today.  We loaded up on both tea and coffee.  Getting it home will be no problem as we have an extra suitcase due to carrying out some stuff for the newlyweds (a wedding gift that was left with Mere’s parents).  It’s a huge suitcase and since we already paid to take it on the plane, we might as well fill it.

We had lunch with M the Younger at the Scotch Corner Pub in Boulder.  From there it was back to the hotel for a bit of a rest and then we rode The Bike back to the Pearl Street Mall and wandered around for a few hours, a good chunk of that spent in the Boulder Book Store, an independent bookstore where I’d be perfectly happy spending an entire day or two.

We met up with M the Younger and Mere later and had dinner at The Hungry Toad.  The food was great and plentiful.  Spending time with M the Younger and Mere was great.  While we were there some storms with lots of lightning rolled through.  Although the storms had moved out, it was dark by the time we finished so we were unable to ride The Bike back to the hotel.  It’s illegal to ride a bike without lights in Boulder when it’s dark or raining.  We’ll have to pick up the bike in the morning.

8 Comments on “Marshall Mesa Trail”

  1. Anna Surface says:

    Gorgeous shots. Ah gee, looks like sensor dust. I have had that problem because of changing the lens so much. I bulb blow the sensor with the mirror locked up, and I also have sensor cleaning solution and swabs. The camera shop can also do this if you don’t care to mess with the guts of the camera. 🙂 What a wonderful hike! Oh, I would enjoy going to Celestial Seasonings! Sounds like you are having a great time. 🙂

    • Robin says:

      Thanks, Anna. 🙂

      Yep, it’s sensor dust. Can’t fix it on my own, though, due to the type of camera. Might be looking at buying a new camera (something I really can’t afford right now).

  2. Bo Mackison says:

    Ah, so that’s what is wrong with your camera. Sure looks fixable to me. I’ve had that kind of problem before, too. Your hikes sound great. I love Colorado.

    • Robin says:

      Bo: It may be fixable but I suspect Kodak is going to charge me darn near the cost of a new camera to do it. 😦

      My next camera will probably not be a Kodak.

  3. ybonesy says:

    Too bad about the blob. Maybe it’s an orb? Ha!

    The shots of Colorado are fabulous. I read on your Twitter updates about the hard time adjusting to the altitude. Looks like you finally got accustomed. Cool, too, about the tea party. 8)

    • Robin says:

      YB: The altitude had me feeling pretty awful for a few days. By our fourth day here I was feeling almost normal which was a vast improvement and put me in a great mood. I’m still getting the occasional headache but that’s easily remedied by drinking water and having something to eat.

  4. Norm says:

    I’m really enjoying tagging along for the trip. Thanks for sharing. You have some terrific shots here and I hope you get the lens problem sorted out.

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