Mid-October Lunchtime Walk, Part II

Hillsboro is back to October weather: instead of yesterday’s blue skies and 73°, today is overcast and might reach 62°. In other words, it’s beautiful!

After all, “There’s no such thing as bad weather; just bad clothes.”1

So, like yesterday, I grabbed my camera and set out on a walk. I had hoped the soft light would yield better pictures than yesterday’s, but my cheap point and shoot camera didn’t know which leaf to keep in focus.2 Oh well. The colors are gorgeous.3

How is your October?

1Thanks, @MaryRarick!
2Or maybe, it’s the operator. Nah… ;-)
3A little vector magic and the focus doesn’t matter. ;-) Click the picture for colorful goodness.

Mid-October Lunchtime Walk

Shortly after noon, I looked up from my desk to see a balmy1 mid-October day inviting me to a lunchtime walk. Who was I to decline?

Grabbing my camera, I headed out for a clockwise 1.5 mile walk around Hawthorn Farm. I snapped pictures of fall leaves in between kicking and stomping the acorns scattered about.

Halfway around, I spied a great blue heron stalking. I paused to take a picture and saw it strike, coming up with a small creature in its bill. A mouse?

A one o’clock meeting placed a hard stop on my trek, so I hurried the remainder of the circuit.

Another beautiful day!2 :-)

1Upper 60’s. Not a cloud in the sky.
2Aren’t they all? :-)

Another Good Friday

It’s Friday! The weather is gorgeous. Here are a few of the shots I took on the ride to work.*

I hope you have a wonderful day.

*Yes, taking pictures slows down the commute. For that matter, so does stopping at Starbucks. At least taking pictures keeps me from showing up to work all sweaty.

This is day 8 on the bike this year.

All Moved In

My three boxes1, monitor, and stands were delivered last Friday2. I went in this morning to get everything in its place so I could hit the ground running Monday morning.

All my cables, cords, and locks are in place. Just a couple of zip ties will make it tidy.

Update. I just bought a cube-warming gift for myself: a Spathiphyllum plant. I think I’ll put it on the Intel 2400-baud modem on the back shelf.

1There’s another six boxes of archival tools sitting in storage for me to review, catalog, photograph, and recycle.
2At first, to the wrong cube, but that’s another story…
Yes, that’s my favorite site in the browser. Aren’t you glad I’m finally moved in so I can go back to taking (and publishing) pictures of the sky? ;-)

Transitional View

My view this morning, before I head into the phone booth to run my stakeholder meeting.

This is my first attempt creating a stitched panorama with my cheap camera and Hugin. Clearly, I need to try again* later — when I have more time…

*Or just get a smartphone that can do this stuff natively or go through the extensive tutorials on Hugin.