2015 CHALLENGE, WEEK 20: ARCHITECTURE – STAIRWELL

Couldn’t get out all week! Went to the Dodger game tonight, and returned to my parents house to crash. On the offramp, I saw this historic, and very personal to me, old building. This is the Ventura County Council Boy Scout House. So I had to stop and capture it.

I grew up in the VC, and achieved my Eagle Scout in this council. I’ve walked up these steps on more than one occasion, but the last time was to turn in my application for the highest award, my Eagle Scout, having completed all the requirements as a senior in high school.

What a great place to capture a small stairwell. And I did it with less than an hour to spare.

BSA Scout House

Fujifilm XT-1, 35mm, f/8, ISO 1600, HDR

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Oso Flaco

Went on a nice morning date with my wife today. We walked out to see the birds on the lake at Oso Flaco. Then we snuck up to the new Surfside Donuts in Pismo Beach, and had a pair of Lemon Custard and White Chocolate Icing donuts. Oh baby!

I took a time lapse with my iPhone and a handful of photos with my XT-1. Enjoy them below.

 

 

 

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Meg’s older

My awesome little sister is celebrating her birthday today. I can’t say enough great things about her. I love her dearly.

O10849934_10203481754624895_7831103197271530042_nf course we’ve had our ups and downs. Childhood was just like one might expect conflict, yada yada. But by the time High School rolled around, I was glad to have her there. When I was a senior, she was a freshman. My group of friends folded her in just fine, and we did much together. She’s good company.

 

As adults, she followed me to APU, but we didn’t get to be there together. Yet we were developing our relationship as adults.

By the time we were back in Camarillo, I was married and she and her husband were married shortly there after. Now we got to develop a new kind of relationship. I’ll sum it up with, it’s great. Sure we’ve had disagreements, and worked through them.

When I got sick, her love for me and mine for her really blossomed. She served me in her own ways. She’s been one of the more reliable drop-the-kids-at-the-last-minute folks. (Along with my parents and a local angel.)

And now with our father’s PD, she and her husband have stepped up to help take care of him by moving in with my parents. I could not love her more for doing this! Her’s and her husband’s sacrifice is unparalleled.

Happy birthday Megan Hamlin! I love you dearly.

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2015 CHALLENGE, WEEK 19 OUTDOOR PHOTOGRAPHY – NATURE

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I want for a walk around the neighborhood, hoping to find a good shot of one of the many birds. But the flew away each time I got close. So I sat down for a bit, and that did the trick. My meds make me shake a lot, so I should have had a tripod, but that’s a bit to manage for me on a walk. I got this one within my focal plane, but grace.

Who’d have thought?

These photos are from the month and days before I was diagnosed with AML.

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The LA River Ride, a century, I rode with a cold. That gave me pneumonia.

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At a family gathering, I spent most my time napping and laying on the patio.

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And we knew something was wrong at our friends’ family 4th of July celebration, the day before I was diagnosed.