Lenses can be so pretty.

Nikkor 135mm
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2, 1/60 sec, ISO1000
Nikkor 135mm

To help offset the cost of my new camera, I am selling a lot of my old gear. I don’t think I’ve ever used this 135mm Nikkor lens (it came as part of a film camera ebay purchase), but I found a local photographer who I sold it to. I hope he can get some good use out of it!

Trout for Dinner

Trout for Dinner
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2, 1/60 sec, ISO500
Trout for Dinner

We bought some trout at Costco and Mariko prepared this yummy baked dish. I’ve loved trout ever since we went fishing up at Mammoth Lakes when I was a kid and my mom prepared our day’s catch for dinner. Of course there are small bones to be careful of, but they aren’t to difficult to avoid and the taste of trout is fantastic. A little bit of shoyu and it’s perfect!

ごはん!

ごはん!
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2.2, 1/60 sec, ISO640
ごはん!

Today’s dinner was a yummy selection of kushikatsu. We also shared a delicious saké that Mariko brought back from Japan.

Pork katsu for dinner. It was yummy!

Katsudon
Photo info: KONICA MINOLTA MAXXUM 7D, 35mm, f/2, 1/125 sec, ISO200
Katsudon

Mariko made a delicious katusdon for dinner. Everyone enjoyed it! Another dish she has mastered, we all agreed.

Renewing the Aquarium

New Plants
Photo info: FUJIFILM XF1, 6.4mm, f/1.8, 1/125 sec, ISO400
New Plants

Last month, the last of our aquarium fish passed away. It was an algae-eater, who lived for several years… pretty amazing! But now that the aquarium was empty, I decided it was time to clean it up a bit before buying new fish. I got rid of all the fake plants (some of which were falling apart) and bought a couple real plants. I’ve never grown plants in an aquarium before, but I read that there are some benefits and not a whole lot of care. To start, I bought a couple from the local pet store chain and planted those. So far, they are doing well! Growing at a moderate pace, with new leaves forming.

Next, we bought some new fish – a plecostomus, a rainbow shark, and two platys. We didn’t know it when we bought the female platy, but she was pregnant, and after a day in the aquarium, gave birth to four babies! (Two of which have survived) The next week I went out to get some more plants and visited a smaller local shop. They had some plants for sale, but the ones I wanted were small so they gave them to me free of charge. I offered them money but they said I was doing them a favor by taking them. Woohoo! So now we have a nice little garden going, which provides some hiding places for the baby platys.

The final addition to the aquarium is the Pirate’s Cove centerpiece. When we bought it at the store, the cashier took a look at it and said, “Classic”. I have to agree.

I’m pretty happy with the new plants and fish and hopefully they will continue to have healthy lives.

Scary Signage
Photo info: FUJIFILM XF1, 6.4mm, f/1.8, 1/350 sec, ISO400
Scary Signage
The 10-gallon Tank
Photo info: FUJIFILM XF1, 6.4mm, f/1.8, 1/170 sec, ISO400
The 10-gallon Tank