365 Photo Project - Days 3, 4, & 5 - New Toys and New Appreciation

This Weekend

Since this was the weekend that my brother had his son, it was the time we chose to do Christmas with my family over the weekend. I got an awesome new camera strap that I had been lusting after for quite some time, and a new LED on camera light that has already come in quite handy. My mother is a manager of a wedding venue, Chishom Springs, in Edmond, Oklahoma, so we got to explore the grounds around there. Unfortunately, my wife started feeling ill the on the 3rd mid day, and was unable to keep anything down, and slept the entire day of the 4th. When my wife hurts, I hurt. I longed to make her feel better, but all I could do was sit by and watch. But I realized how grateful I am to have her at my side challenging me and pushing me to be better. So when she fell ill, I felt helpless, I have such a new appreciation for how strong she is.

You can view high resolution images on my flickr.

Day 3 - Chisholm Springs

There was a wedding at the venue on the night of the 3rd and it had wrapped up. While they were cleaning up on the inside I ran around to the back to spend some time with the beautiful scenery.

Specs:

  • Camera: Nikon D5000
  • Lens: Kit: 18-55mm
  • Focal Length: 18mm
  • Aperture: f8
  • Shutter: 25 seconds
  • ISO: 200

Day 4 - The Dirt Road

Apparently dogs need to use the restroom. While staying with my parents I took my little yorkie, Potter, on a walk. Potter is a jerk. The long dirt road leading from my parents' is really quite beautiful, especially right at sunset, so I snapped this picture and potter went pee.

Specs:

  • Camera: Nikon D5000
  • Lens: Kit: 50mm f1.8
  • Focal Length: 50mm
  • Aperture: f2.2
  • Shutter: 1/160 seconds
  • ISO: 200

Day 5 - Hilly Roads

Today, we rode back to Dallas with my Aunt Sherry, a wonderful, kind, and caring woman. My wife, still slightly recovering from her stomach bug, sat up front and slept much of the way home while I sat in the back, appreciating the scenery, dozing off a time or two, and reading some news articles on my phone. On the drive up I-35 to and from Dallas you pass through the wonderful rock formations that seem to spring up out of nowhere. They're not grand by any means, but since I am a rock climber and my home of Dallas is quite possibly the flattest place on earth, I get extremely exciting when I see them. On the drive back I caught the first approach into these small jutting cliffs that the road cleanly dissects.

Specs:

  • Camera: Nikon D5000
  • Lens: Kit: 50mm f1.8
  • Focal Length: 50mm
  • Aperture: f1.8
  • Shutter: 1/1250 seconds
  • ISO: 200