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There’s a niche design market for parking structures, believe it or not. One firm designed the working structure of of this garage and a local firm, MMW Architects, designed the exterior look. It has grid tied solar power which should yield net-zero power usage. They run the lights, two elevators, and gates. There will be a restaurant facing Front street eventually.
Nice to be back in business. The camera works just as the drowned one did. The 16-35mm is a nice upgrade (two versions removed) from my old 17-35mm. Smoother zoom and focus, better resolution too. It has coatings the old lens didn’t need for film. Plus the camera and Lightroom have built in profiles to micro adjust for any fall off and what negligible aberration and distortion there may (or may not) be. = sweet lens
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Sundog and Western Meadowlark.
#montana #missoula #mt #blackandwhite #landscape #nature #sun #phone-picture
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On being realistic and the indifference of nature….
When the kids were little-er my dad asked how much drink he should give them in their cups. I told him, “not more than you want to clean up.”
Part 1. When rivers in Montana blow out the white-water crowd continues on while saner paddling folks take to the lakes and easy canoe trails. Sunday was a canoe trail day, a short paddle between two lakes in the Seeley-Swans. It’s a narrow stretch 1.2 miles as the crow flies and, maybe, three miles of snaking around. Easy.
Part 2. I pride myself and family a little bit that mild stormy weather is not a deterrent to getting outside and enjoying ourselves. I try to prepare for the worst. Sunday was mostly sunny, but we planned for bad weather anyway, because weather can go south quickly. Putting in at the beginning of the canoe trail it was mild and warm. Midway through clouds were stacking high over the Missions and by the end where the trail dumps into Seeley lake it was a strong gale and white caps.
Where I failed (or potentially could have failed) in making for the take out is being realistic about keeping the family safe should we capsize. Which we did. I’m still taking deep breaths thinking about going over. Not a big deal for me, but a real big deal for children. Not a big deal when close to shore, but it would have been a long swim had there not been a boat close by to pull us out.
Part 3. Random things I’ve learned: I’ve raised the bar on what I think is the worst Ma Nature can dish without much warning. Where she is indifferent I cannot be. For all my belief that if there’s a God… God is indifferent, I find my self looking askance when things turn out well, unexpectedly. Lastly, there’s the reward of pulling through unscathed. The kids are resilient, the dog hit land and began chasing ground squirrels, the wife and I will be more cautious. Hypothermia is real.
Things I learned that I don’t give a fuck about: LifeProof iphone cases are awesome. Whole Canon systems will sink like an anchor even in a dry bag. Rip camera. Luckily Canon made new cameras today and credit card companies happily welcome my debt.
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James Behring cutting copper for a knife hilt.
It’s been a long time since I’ve had a good macro set-up. I had tubes and extenders for my Nikon film rig, but nothing since going to Canon.
This Canon 100mm Macro IS USM is good for everything from portraits to 1:1 macro, has images stabilization, and from what I can tell so far, is pretty wicked sharp. I’ve only had it a day though.
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