#A Walk in the Park – Wordless Wednesday

Please join me for a walk in the park to admire the fall leaves.
Orange
Red
Yellow
There’s no one hiking on the trails this quiet October Sunday – everyone must be home watching baseball.
except for The Great Pumpkin – trying out the new zoom lens.
And Mr. Chubs here – not quite ready for his camera moment.
The beach was deserted.
and the beach grass all dried up.
They’ve moved the old log cabin and rebuilt a replica.
And put a new little library in front of it. The pioneers would have loved that.
The animal farm was closed but you could still take a train ride.
or buy an $8 frozen yogurt as the weather was still warm 70 and sunny.
A last look at the Carolina forest trail, which could have been a better picture if the camera person knew what she was doing with her new camera – 77 photos on the wrong setting…

Puzzle – fall at the lake.

37 thoughts on “#A Walk in the Park – Wordless Wednesday

    • Joni says:

      I had asked the clerk in the camera shop to set it on automatic settings and he put it on Program setting which means I was supposed to adjust the light and aperature stuff which I know absolutely nothing about! It was a beautiful blue sky day with light filtering through the trees which did not really come across when I uploaded the pics so when I went back to the shop they were all Covid positive, and I had just been there 4 days before buying it. Luckily did not catch it, and just dealt with the question over the phone, but someday I need to take a course or something. The online manual is 373 pages!

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    • Joni says:

      It matches the big Red Barn in the animal farm part which was closed at 3pm, so I was unable to get a photo of it or the animals out in their pens. I guess the animals must go to bed early!

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    • Joni says:

      It’s a Panasonic Lumix (Leica) ZS60, with a 30X Zoom and an oldfashioned viewfinder for sunny days as well as the LCD screen. It’s really just a fancy point and shoot with a zoom lens for travellers, but I got it for a great price $360 (it was $499 at Bestbuy) at a camera shop, but the customer service there is not very good unless you are a professional photographer. They do not have any patience with amateurs. I just wanted it on the automatic setting but the clerk set it on Program which requires you to change the light and aperture settings, something I know nothing about, so I had to go back to the shop and when I did they were all COVID positive which he had not told me when I called and said I was coming in. I left right away. The manual is 370 pages long, so it’s way more camera than I need, but much better than my old 2005 digital which only had 3X zoom. My cell phone camera is not very good as it’s just a cheap knockoff. It was the viewfinder and zoom lens that I wanted. I’m sure I’ll eventually figure it out from youtube etc. The leaves are mostly off here as we’ve had several windy days too. I do like to see the leaves dancing in the wind – maybe I could get some action shots!

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    • Joni says:

      Thanks Ally….unfortunately there’s nothing much to take pictures of in November. The little library is fashioned after the red animal barn. The local Rotary Club made it specially for the park.

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  1. Linda Schaub says:

    These are great pictures Joni – I love all the Fall leaf shots and the little train from the animal farm (we also have one that looks the same) and Mr. Chubs too. Please don’t worry about 77 photos with the wrong setting. But you are more adventurous than me because I do everything on automatic, with the only concession to making adjustments is twirling the knob from “A” (automatic) to the picture of a guy running (sports settings), so if you have something like that, just go with that for now. I told you I sat and read the manual, then read the “Canon T6 Rebel for Dummies” and even took notes, then went to the Park and tried out all the fancy things I learned about manual settings. I came home with either too dark or light, all wrong exposures – all duds. One day I’ll learn how to use it manually, but for now, I’m happy with just automatic. Then when I study, I won’t read the book, but watch YouTube videos instead. These are gorgeous pictures of the leaves and the trails – my kind of walk. Fall has always been my favorite season – the cooler temps, the leaf colors … it’s just a shame that means we are on the road to Winter. Our weatherman just reminded us today about the big snowfall we had in 2019 on Veteran’s Day – glad that wasn’t today.

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    • Joni says:

      I shot 77 pics thinking it was on Automatic! It was the store clerk who put it on the wrong setting on the dial – I asked him to put it on Automatic and he chose P for Program, but then said he didn’t really know the camera. After I read the quick manual I realized he had it on the wrong thing on the dial. I asked about sports settings or movement or night scene and the owner said Automatic adjusts for that automatically…..we shall see but it didn’t seem to when I took a picture of a duck fluttering its wings out of the water. There doesn’t seem to be any markings for those on the dial, but they may be in a menu somewhere I have yet to discover. It’s not likely I will use it much over the winter, unless for birds. I am a bit better now with the zoom – the squirrel was the first one I did with the zoom.

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        That’s too bad he set it like that for you Joni. I got the camera in June 2018 and sat and read the books the following May – it rained one day on Memorial Day weekend, so almost a year later, then messed up all the photos so decided to just go with automatic going forward until I can sit and study it. I worry I’ll miss good shots trying to do manual settings.

        I have not even tried the video function yet (nor on the small camera either and I’ve had that camera since 2015). That is great if it adjusts automatically for movement. Yes, November does not present many opportunities – leaves are gone, everything is gray. You might get some nice snow shots, like today if you had the light snow like we did? I took some photos of snow on the red leaves and on the rosebushes one year. I had not cut them down as it had rained every weekend in October … it was that snow on Veterans Day 2019. I liked your squirrel – he was nice and closeup.

        There are lots of people with Christmas decorations up already – it seemed odd in the warm weather, but after today’s sudden cold and snow, I sure know why they did it.

        There is a new strain of Covid. We had 10,000 people coming down with it and 168 died.

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      • Joni says:

        I never did video on my old digital either…this one can shoot a 120min movie? We didn’t get snow, just a rain/wet snow mix for a bit, nothing stayed down. I wish I had at least prepped my greenery for the Xmas baskets while it was warmer. Is the new strain BQ? I’ve read about it spreading quickly…I’m still trying to stock us up with stuff so we don’t have to go out much when it gets worse, which it will, or it did last year.

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        That is a lot of video – I really am not good with directions and didn’t want to waste the battery and take up space on the card in case something good came along to photograph. We just had snow on the grass. I still have leaves in the backyard – they’re not all down and need to oil the garage tracks, change the sensor light, all which could have been done, like you, when it was warmer. Yes, that is the one – it does spread quickly and having Covid before, even recently, does not protect you. The less time amongst people, the better.

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  2. Linda Schaub says:

    Well I discovered the problem with the big pictures … my zoom was set on 125% – I did not do that, so that’s why I said “I didn’t do it” … so whether there was an update or something I don’t know, but I am going to see if I have Zoom on Firefox too. Everything looked blurry to me. Sigh.

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        That’s what I don’t “get” Joni. You can make the typeface bigger on your screen by hitting Control and using your scroll button to go up or down, up being larger typeface. I do that for everything on my screen to make it easier to read. By the time I’ve looked at a screen all day, then evening too, it is easier on the eyes, but if I used the Windows 10, it would be a larger screen by two inches. So it would behoove me to use the new laptop. Anyway, I don’t know if the zoom feature in Chrome is the same no matter what Operating System you are on. Here’s how you access it:
        1. Go to the very upper right hand corner of your screen; you will see the hamburger menu (the three lines).
        2. The seventh item down is “Zoom” and there is a – and + to make magnify your screen. The next increment after 100% (default) is 110%, then 125%, then 150%. Mine was turned to 125%. I have had this happen automatically during a Windows update, or a Chrome update (you should always check you’re on the latest version of Chrome and if you’re not, it will prompt you to update it – you’re probably good as you just had your laptop in for service).
        So mine was set at 125% and I didn’t do that and Windows no longer updates Windows 7. I do virus scans (Malwarebytes paid version and Microsoft Essentials) daily. Those programs would not have changed anything … I never thought to look there, but it was driving me crazy. I noticed it on my own posts, then others and yet on my actual blog site and other’s blog sites (because I looked), the size was normal. I was on the verge of writing to the WP and asking if I turned on some zoom feature within WordPress. It just goes along with everything else lately. You would not believe what I am going through with Allstate – I paid my bill electronically as I have now for a decade and they keep sending me a reminder to pay. Allstate got the notice I paid; I got the notice I paid. Every time I sent a message to the bank, they had a different answer, all which made no sense, so I just deleted Allstate-Car as a payee. Now my house insurance premium is due by 12/03, so I’ll go through the same debacle again. My agent set me up for an automatric withdrawal from my checking account as you save $30.00 each premium payment, so $60.00 a year, but they never withdrew the payment until after the due date, so too risky in my opinion, so I have taken the last six months trying to change it. Must everything be a song and dance? Unbelievable sometimes. Today I logged onto Comcast and got a message that said “sorry, it looks like we’ve run into a problem – it looks like you’ve come from an unknown source.” Really???

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      • Joni says:

        I’m stuck at number one and the three dots/hamburger menu? I’m on Google chrome and don’t have that. Is it in Reader or outside of it? To increase or decrease the size of the font etc. I hit control and the use the minus or plus key beside the backspace key on the key board. I know if I’m in Windows Office there’s a thing at the bottom which will increase or decrease the print too. I guess everyone has their own system. It’s good that you figured it out though. I’m behind in Reader, just starting in on Dave’s/Thursday. Did you read Hugh’s blog about stress in blogging and how we shouldn’t feel like we are behind in reading or commenting?

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        Hi Joni – this is actually in Chrome at the very top to Zoom it – just click on the hamburger menu next to your Google picture and go down seven categories. I didn’t know those keystrokes so just tried them out. They do work for me for me too and have the same result as going to . It is good I found out but how that happened without me changing it I don’t know?? I did read Hugh’s post about blog stress and he wrote it in part as I had made a comment a week or so ago about having difficulties keeping up, so he said “you gave me an idea for a blog post” … I never get time to read the comments people make as a general rule as I’m perpetually behind, but I did for this post and there were lots of other people who felt the same as we do when we get behind. I think it’s okay to be fashionably late but as behind as I was, it was just crazy. I have been taking individual bloggers and reading to see what I’ve missed which is easier than scrolling through each time (and getting lost in doing so sometimes).

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        Isn’t that amazing? I have never gotten that message from Comcast before and then this morning I turned my computer on for work. I could not remote all the way in as I got a message about a security certificate – it did not look like SPAM. So had to contact the computer guy from Comcast. I e-mailed my question, got an answer, then wrote back to thank him – Comcast e-mail had frozen. Then I lost my internet all together later in the day – fed up with everything. I am still on Windows 7 but I don’t think that is the culprit as all the other websites worked fine. I will go on Windows 10 but it has two driver issues right now so if I can’t fix it, will have to contact Ron. It seems I cannot go one day without some type of issue going on at work, the house and/or computer.

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    • Joni says:

      Hi Annie…..I have a picture of the Autumn Blaze in this coming week’s blog A Blaze of Glory. I had too many pics so I had to spit them up. What a week it has been politics wise!

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