Monday, August 4, 2008

Best Shot Monday and The Weekend

*For Best Shot Monday, I couldn't pick just one photo....the one below is my favorite. I couldn't believe these deer just stood there without moving as I drove the car up. They finally did run off, but they let me get some good pics first.

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I'm a blogging wimp. I must face that fact. No matter how hard I try to keep up with this blog and reading and commenting on others, I can't do it. I just can't. And part of me thinks it is silly to try. Nobody out there is pressuring me. I'm pressuring myself. And I don't know how to stop it. I don't want to give up blogging - I love it. However, I DON'T love the pressure I feel to post or read and comment in order to "keep up". So, I'm just doing the best I can. And I hate to start tons of posts with "sorry I haven't blogged in so long". People get sick of reading that!!

So, let us proceed with this post.

Life has been full and good lately. Brandon leaves tomorrow morning with my parents for Colorado. They are doing this really cool thing calledSOARING TREE TOP ADVENTURES. Check the website out. How cool is that? So, they leave tomorrow to drive there and do that and then drive back. They are going to visit a few more historical sites in between. Brandon has had an activity filled summer! I wish I could go with them, but I really need to stay here as I can't really afford (monetarily and time wise both) to take off work for the week.

I took Brandon up to the school yesterday as they offered free physicals for those kids that are going to participate in athletics in the coming year. It was nice I could do this for free. Found out Brandon is now 5'5" and weighed in at 155!!!! Oh my gosh. I knew he was taller than I. I'm 5 3 1/2 but I thought he was just over that, but I didn't know he was 5'5". And I don't think he has even hit puberty yet. Wow. He had a friend over to spend the night Friday night so they had a good time.

Oh, people have been asking about my date. It went great (this was last week) and I actually had another date this weekend with him. We watched a movie and actually went out to the wildlife refuge and took some pictures. It was really enjoyable! He is not a photography buff, but he seems to not mind my obsession with it. He is a hunter so he really liked seeing the deer out there! I got a couple of good pics of some animals which I'll try to post here. I still need to edit them so I hope to get them on this post. I won't say any more about the dating thang cause I never want to feel that I'm exploiting anyone on here - ya know? But, it seems to be going well. I think I have another date for next week!!

The movie we watched yesterday was Blood Diamond with Leonardo DiCaprio. It is an excellent movie - very dramatic and compelling. But it is also very disturbing. Have you seen it? Definitely don't let your kids see it. It is very violent. In fact, the movie kind of stayed with me and I've been thinking about it. It is based on what I would imagine is what happens in other countries where they mine for diamonds...and how they treat the natives who dig for them. It is sickening.

The part that bothered me the most was that they take children from their parents (young boys) and they kidnap them and then train them to become soldiers. They give them weapons and have them kill and they inject them with drugs. These are KIDS - Kids that looked to be as young as 7 and 8 up through teenagers. Just sickening. Anyway, despite the disturbing subject, it was a good movie.

Also, I should post about THE HEAT. We are melting here in Texas. Melting!!! It was like 105 yesterday. You certainly don't want to go out during the day and do anything. Even going out in the evening is almost unbearable. UGH. Makes me want to hibernate in my air-conditioned house.

I should end this post. I have a number of sets of photos that I need to work on editing so I suppose I should start on that. The weekend is rapidly coming to a close and I still have work to do.

I still have about 7 more days (apx) of photos from my trip to post. I'll get around to that in the next century. I hope.

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sweetsalty kate said...

Fantastic nature shots all around! Not a skill of mine... but I really envy those with such good timing and stealthiness as you. Fantastic!

Rebekah said...

Glad you had a good date. Keep us posted.

And Brandon's adventure... imagine how many great pictures you could get from that vantage point. Hope he has a good time

The Ramblin Irishman said...

I agree with Salty Kate. The pictures are fantastic. I am glad to see I am not the only one who suffers from blogging pressure. Sometimes I just cannot think of anything to say.

Mia's Mama said...

I really loved your shots...the first one especially. So serene.

We're in Texas, too. I don't even want to talk about the heat :)

Wow! 5'5..I remember when I grew taller than my mom..I thought it was the coolest thing ever!

I did NOT like Blood Diamond and could not even watch more than a few minutes.

loved reading your pressure :)

Melissa said...

Really beautiful nature shots! I moved from north to central Texas and get wildly excited every time I see a deer - much to the amusement of those around me.

I especially love the one of the heron - what a fantastic capture!

Andrea said...

Sweet, sweet shots.

I, too, am melting in Central Texas. It's unbearable.

Christina said...

That first shot is incredible! How special to see the deer up close and personal like that.

And I am in Texas too. I do hibernate inside in the nice air conditioning. the summer is just miserable here.

Maggie said...

I am also with Kate -- I am not good at nature shots at all, but I am totally envious of those who do it well. And you definitely did a great job with these!

Joanna said...

Those deer are wonderful! Lucky you for getting to be so close and shoot away.

ALF said...

Great pictures. Glad the date went well. And don't worry about "keeping up" with blogs - it causes stress and just isn't worth it!

Mandaroo said...

gorgeous nature shots, I especially love the first, so amazing!

Me said...

Great pics like always!! I have seen Blood Diamond and thought it was very well done. I found it disturbing because I knew that those kinds of things go on. Opens your eyes that's for sure!

I'm also with you on blogging. Most days I simply don't have time to. Weekends seem to be the only time I have to catch up. I don't feel bad anymore because I simply don't have enough hours in the day some days. :)


~ Melody ~ said...

Fabulous nature captures. I really like the dear, but the white bird is my fave.

Hope Brandon has a blast. And about blogging...only do it when it's fun. :)

Kelsey S said...

wow those are awesome photos


Kailani said...

Wow, that first photo almost looks 3D.

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Golightly said...

the deer are gorgeous, I love how they practically posed for you in the first photo.

AVCR8TEUR said...

Beautiful photos. Glad your date went well and Brandon's off onto another adventure. I learned that writing shorter posts will take some pressure off of blogging.

Kim said...

Lovely pictures.
I feel the same way about blogging... that nagging, internal pressure to constantly keep up. (with who?) I'm not doing too well either... summer is just too darn busy.