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Photography Blog No. 39

by In Wales Fri Jun 13th, 2008 at 02:13:11 AM EST

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The blog is in three parts this week - one for "Ask the Expert" about anything you like, composition, technical things and so on.


Second is "Reflections" and kudos to Sassafras.

The usual final part is for "Photos As Usual", whatever you want to post.

Please try to keep to 600 pixels width and less than 100kb in file size and take a look at Wednesday Photography Blog No.2 for the technical bits on how to post.

Here is the Master list of previous photoblogs.


Please enjoy!



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"ASK THE EXPERT"
by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Fri Jun 13th, 2008 at 02:14:00 AM EST
Just developed the first negatives from this:

Preeetty

It's a 1950s Zeiss 'Mess' Ikonta, folding 6x6 uncoupled rangefinder. It folds up smaller than most SLRs and gives a big negative

by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Fri Jun 13th, 2008 at 01:42:30 PM EST
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How are they looking?
by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Fri Jun 13th, 2008 at 01:43:53 PM EST
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Good. The exposures seem spot on, and they seem pretty sharp, though that's hard to assess until they're dry. And they're nice and big. Not 4x5 big, but big enough. And the camera is so small - much neater than the Rolleiflex.
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Fri Jun 13th, 2008 at 01:45:25 PM EST
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Is there a Colman Technology Patent coming though?
by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Fri Jun 13th, 2008 at 02:02:07 PM EST
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No, no, that's not the same camera. The one I'm converting is a 4x5.

This one was made by nice German gnomes in about 1956 and recently serviced.

by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Fri Jun 13th, 2008 at 02:13:32 PM EST
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Yes, I am paying more attention now! It looks super nice.  Does it have its own light meter or do you use a separate one?
by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Fri Jun 13th, 2008 at 02:34:35 PM EST
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Light meter? <hollow laugh> The rangefinder isn't even coupled.

To take a picture:

  1. Wind the film on until the number on the film shows up in the window in the back of the camera.
  2. Focus the rangefinder, read the distance off the dial and set that distance on the focusing ring on the lens.
  3. Set aperture and shutter speed according to an external metering device or your own instincts, depending on how good you are - real photographers don't need no light meters. I use my little digital as a light meter.
  4. Prime the shutter.
  5. Compose the picture in the viewfinder.
  6. Press the shutter release.
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Fri Jun 13th, 2008 at 03:51:08 PM EST
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Just as well, since 50yr old light meters seldom work.
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Fri Jun 13th, 2008 at 03:54:03 PM EST
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Hmmm, yes. My Yashica Mat light meter doesn't appear to work.  I dreamt of light meters all night. I dreamt that I bought a cheap one but it was rubbish and TBG replaced it with a better one and he had a field full of poppies in front of his house.
by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Sat Jun 14th, 2008 at 02:43:07 AM EST
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I always used a Gossen Lunasix 3 lightmeter in analogue days. My Lunasix went round the world with me, and it still sits like an old friend by my desk -battered and taped, but still working.

With documentary filming one tries to keep an even exposure throughout a scene. You never know what is going to happen. When you've been doing it long enough you develop  a feel for exposure variation by the amount of light coming through the eyepiece (You always see what the lens is seeing because the mirror shutter spins at the back of the lens, allowing light to the emulsion when it is open, and reflecting light to the eyepiece when it is closed) - so you could make manual adjustments to the F-stop.

The more variable the light - say having to move and shoot through differently lit spaces - the more one used wider lenses with greater depth of focus. Changing stop and focus at the same time was tricky ;-)

You can't be me, I'm taken

by Sven Triloqvist on Sat Jun 14th, 2008 at 03:21:04 AM EST
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What is best for sealing doors with to keep the light out for a darkroom?
by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Fri Jun 13th, 2008 at 01:45:43 PM EST
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Velcro and blackout material is generally considered the cheapest option - curtain shops should sell it for making curtain liners.
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Fri Jun 13th, 2008 at 02:14:42 PM EST
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"REFLECTIONS"
by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Fri Jun 13th, 2008 at 02:14:39 AM EST
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Two colleagues (I hope they don't notice this...)

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Fri Jun 13th, 2008 at 02:17:53 AM EST
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by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Fri Jun 13th, 2008 at 02:18:54 AM EST
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An old photo. Excuse the little white dots. I don't know what they are.



Hey, Grandma Moses started late!

by LEP on Fri Jun 13th, 2008 at 02:30:50 AM EST
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Hey, Grandma Moses started late!
by LEP on Fri Jun 13th, 2008 at 03:33:51 AM EST
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I don't know - and somehow I don't feel very inclined to find out :-)  It seems "chic" but soulless ?

Maybe it's because I'm a Londoner - that I moved to Nice.

by Ted Welch (tedwelch-at-mac-dot-com) on Fri Jun 13th, 2008 at 01:22:05 PM EST
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There were some people eating on the left but I cropped them out; I was playing with my new little Canon while having a coffee. The place is a basement cafe in a museum. I not particularly fond of the photo but I like the reflections.

Hey, Grandma Moses started late!
by LEP on Fri Jun 13th, 2008 at 02:18:57 PM EST
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Hey, Grandma Moses started late!

by LEP on Fri Jun 13th, 2008 at 03:48:38 AM EST
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What is that V sign that estHer does in a lot of photos?  It's not something I've noticed UK youth doing.
by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Fri Jun 13th, 2008 at 01:40:45 PM EST
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Isn't that the peace symbol?

Hey, Grandma Moses started late!
by LEP on Fri Jun 13th, 2008 at 02:19:55 PM EST
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I think so, but it isn't something I've seen make it into British culture. Although the V - two fingers up at ya - sign is often used.
by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Fri Jun 13th, 2008 at 02:33:23 PM EST
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I"m not sure we could classify estHer as part of the French culture. She is sui gemeris :-)

Hey, Grandma Moses started late!
by LEP on Fri Jun 13th, 2008 at 02:58:35 PM EST
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We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars. Oscar Wilde
by Sam on Fri Jun 13th, 2008 at 07:06:03 AM EST
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SoRe!

When the capital development of a country becomes a by-product of the activities of a casino, the job is likely to be ill-done. — John M. Keynes
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Jun 13th, 2008 at 07:54:29 AM EST
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Hey, Grandma Moses started late!

by LEP on Fri Jun 13th, 2008 at 11:35:32 AM EST
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Looking into an English pub (see the coloured lights and table) in Bologna with its wonderful arcades reflected in the pub door.

Maybe it's because I'm a Londoner - that I moved to Nice.

by Ted Welch (tedwelch-at-mac-dot-com) on Fri Jun 13th, 2008 at 01:55:47 PM EST
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It's a bit like the multiple exposure effect from my holga.
by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Fri Jun 13th, 2008 at 02:00:27 PM EST
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I'm not sure that's a compliment :-)

Hey, Grandma Moses started late!
by LEP on Fri Jun 13th, 2008 at 02:20:51 PM EST
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I've been trying to reflect on who and what I want to be...





The school year finally ended, with ok results for myself. Half of us were sent away. My vacation started today. I'm finding it difficult to get into vacation mode, I've worked so hard for school and for other things lately that I feel guilty if I sit in front of the tv doing nothing for 20 minutes.

I have plenty of things to think about and to decide this summer. But first, I'm off to Finland next week to celebrate Midsummer and to see my loved ones (including my husband, who has been working in Sweden since April).

It's been a tough year.

You have a normal feeling for a moment, then it passes. --More--

by tzt (tzt) on Sat Jun 14th, 2008 at 02:12:50 PM EST
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Nice to see you here tzt. If it's ok with you I would like to send you an email. estHer is talking about going to photography school even though she's only 14. I'd like to ask you some questions.

Hey, Grandma Moses started late!
by LEP on Sat Jun 14th, 2008 at 02:51:08 PM EST
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Yes, of course it is OK! I'll try my best to answer. But perhaps you'd better use tzt (at) gmail (dot) com instead of the one in my siggy. I seem to have a problem remembering that one's password...

You have a normal feeling for a moment, then it passes. --More--
by tzt (tzt) on Sat Jun 14th, 2008 at 04:08:44 PM EST
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I sent you an email to the address in your signature. The address you suggested was rejected.

Hey, Grandma Moses started late!
by LEP on Sat Jun 14th, 2008 at 04:57:17 PM EST
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OK, good to know.

You have a normal feeling for a moment, then it passes. --More--
by tzt (tzt) on Sat Jun 14th, 2008 at 06:22:52 PM EST
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Love the picture

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Sat Jun 14th, 2008 at 03:23:14 PM EST
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Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Sat Jun 14th, 2008 at 03:25:47 PM EST
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Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Sat Jun 14th, 2008 at 05:03:01 PM EST
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Are you in Iowa?

Hey, Grandma Moses started late!
by LEP on Sat Jun 14th, 2008 at 05:07:53 PM EST
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by Fran (fran at eurotrib dot com) on Sun Jun 15th, 2008 at 01:22:01 PM EST
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Sunshine and rain! Were there any rainbows?
by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Sun Jun 15th, 2008 at 01:28:46 PM EST
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I don't remember, took the picture a couple of years ago. But if there was a rainbow it was behind the house.
by Fran (fran at eurotrib dot com) on Sun Jun 15th, 2008 at 01:30:31 PM EST
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by Sassafras on Sun Jun 15th, 2008 at 02:24:59 PM EST
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by Sassafras on Sun Jun 15th, 2008 at 02:26:43 PM EST
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Brittany, August 2006



Hey, Grandma Moses started late!

by LEP on Sun Jun 15th, 2008 at 02:28:34 PM EST
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Some reflection in the eye.

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by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Sun Jun 15th, 2008 at 03:45:06 PM EST
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"PHOTOS AS USUAL"
by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Fri Jun 13th, 2008 at 02:15:13 AM EST
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They know how to sell themselves.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Fri Jun 13th, 2008 at 02:25:03 AM EST
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by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Fri Jun 13th, 2008 at 02:35:13 AM EST
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by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Fri Jun 13th, 2008 at 02:36:46 AM EST
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Hey, Grandma Moses started late!

by LEP on Fri Jun 13th, 2008 at 02:40:28 AM EST
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Hey, Grandma Moses started late!
by LEP on Fri Jun 13th, 2008 at 02:46:36 AM EST
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Bee and flower from last week with a little photoshop work.



Hey, Grandma Moses started late!

by LEP on Fri Jun 13th, 2008 at 03:26:41 AM EST
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We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars. Oscar Wilde
by Sam on Fri Jun 13th, 2008 at 06:58:51 AM EST
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I really like that!

Has a slightly off-balance Japanese graphic feel to it. Composition, colours and accents, the bambooiness of the deck panels and their axonometric tilt, the calligraphic bird - all are reminiscent of my most favourite artist, the Old Man Mad About Drawing, Katsushika Hokusai

You can't be me, I'm taken

by Sven Triloqvist on Fri Jun 13th, 2008 at 07:29:28 AM EST
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I think the off-balance feel is provided by the intersecting sets of parallel lines.

When the capital development of a country becomes a by-product of the activities of a casino, the job is likely to be ill-done. — John M. Keynes
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Jun 13th, 2008 at 07:53:27 AM EST
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and the fact that  the picture is framed so the horizon line (if you could see it) would be tilted off horizontal - see the pot.

You can't be me, I'm taken
by Sven Triloqvist on Fri Jun 13th, 2008 at 11:07:23 AM EST
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Taken with the NikonD200 at full 200mm zoom...and then cropped...




We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars. Oscar Wilde

by Sam on Fri Jun 13th, 2008 at 09:50:35 AM EST
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Hmmm...the 2nd one could have been a contender for the 'reflections' section...looks like the sun is reflected in her eye...

We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars. Oscar Wilde
by Sam on Fri Jun 13th, 2008 at 09:53:07 AM EST
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Christopher watches the world go by.
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Sat Jun 14th, 2008 at 02:09:30 PM EST
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He really looks like a future philosopher and ponderer to me.

And I just can't believe that he is already sitting. Wasn't Christopher just born yesterday?

by Fran (fran at eurotrib dot com) on Sun Jun 15th, 2008 at 01:28:10 PM EST
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Well, he's not quite sitting yet - he's propped up in the corner there - but almost. He's able to stay propped up!
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Sun Jun 15th, 2008 at 02:09:29 PM EST
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He looks like a union organizer to me- if unions still exist when he grows up!

Hey, Grandma Moses started late!
by LEP on Sun Jun 15th, 2008 at 02:14:16 PM EST
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So you think he'll take after his great grandfather then!!
; )

We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars. Oscar Wilde
by Sam on Sun Jun 15th, 2008 at 03:22:42 PM EST
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Tell me about his great-grandfather!

Hey, Grandma Moses started late!
by LEP on Sun Jun 15th, 2008 at 03:53:54 PM EST
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What is that?
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Sat Jun 14th, 2008 at 02:12:27 PM EST
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Look out!
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Sat Jun 14th, 2008 at 02:17:18 PM EST
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So funny!
by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Sun Jun 15th, 2008 at 12:44:10 PM EST
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Gorgeous day in southeastern Minnesota, June 14, 2008. The first crop of hay has been cut.

Visited a nearby sport aviation airport.  This little gem was built in someone's garage.

Ailerons anyone?  These giants means this plane is fully aerobatic with a roll rate of at least 180 degree per second.

A high-performance sailplane flares for landing.  These things are SO graceful.




"Remember the I35W bridge--who needs terrorists when there are Republicans"

by techno (reply@elegant-technology.com) on Sun Jun 15th, 2008 at 02:17:11 AM EST
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Slightly grainy since it was shot at ISO 1600 (must remember to reset the limit.) It was reminding me of Colman's comment on how he can somehow tell when a photo has been taken on a Nikon.  The same kind of thing has been annoying me of late, largely in that the photos are not as sharp as I want them to be.  Although when I first got the camera I thought it was amazingly sharp.  Am I just getting used to the limitations now?

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Sun Jun 15th, 2008 at 03:37:50 PM EST
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Which lens did you use here?

Hey, Grandma Moses started late!
by LEP on Sun Jun 15th, 2008 at 03:56:51 PM EST
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I borrowed my friend's 80-400mm lens. Top stuff!
by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Sun Jun 15th, 2008 at 04:17:52 PM EST
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Sorry for the quality of the pictures, but it is more of a suggestion for visiting in case you drop by near North Wales - check Llangollen:

Dinas Bran castle:

by t-------------- on Fri Jun 13th, 2008 at 09:27:23 AM EST
So easy to find lovely places all over North Wales. I've been through Llangollen but not stopped.
by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Fri Jun 13th, 2008 at 09:38:39 AM EST
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Today is a special day and I like this picture. I also know that my father is going to pass here =)
by estHer on Sun Jun 15th, 2008 at 01:55:43 AM EST
Merci ma cheri!

I should explain to everyone here that the reason I'm not with estHer today is that I'm spending a lot of time in Paris now because there's something in the Fontainebleau forest(I live right in the middle of it) that I'm allergic to which makes me ill. The month of June is the worst period, I become almost violently ill, with November-December being the second worst. I went home on Thursday night but I returned to Paris on Friday; I was becoming ill again.
I'm a little sad that I can't be with Raphael this week since he's taking the bac, but he's very independent and couldn't care less. C'est la vie.

Hey, Grandma Moses started late!

by LEP on Sun Jun 15th, 2008 at 02:54:56 AM EST
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Hey dad maybe rafi forgot that he has his bac in 2 days (?)
by estHer on Sun Jun 15th, 2008 at 03:04:49 AM EST
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Maybe in one day, like tomorrow :-)

His mother wont forget!

Hey, Grandma Moses started late!

by LEP on Sun Jun 15th, 2008 at 03:09:40 AM EST
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Fontainebleau! You live right in the middle of the world's best bouldering place.

I have also gotten allergic for the first time of my life this year. I've no idea what it is I am reacting to. My doctor helpfully said "It could be trees." Gee, thanks doc..

You have a normal feeling for a moment, then it passes. --More--

by tzt (tzt) on Sun Jun 15th, 2008 at 06:09:35 AM EST
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You're doctor must have grown up in New York like me. I knew trees, birds and insects.. Things never were more detailed than that, except we had zoos so I knew what lions, tigers and elephants were.

I'm sending you an email on another subject.

Hey, Grandma Moses started late!

by LEP on Sun Jun 15th, 2008 at 06:55:51 AM EST
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