Passing It On

Photo info: FUJIFILM X-E4, 27mm, f/3.6, 1/60 sec, ISO3200
“Split Puzzle” Cedar Park, 2021

We’ve been decluttering a bunch of old things lately, and this Hawaii puzzle will be passed along to a friend. I think it was given to Bay as a gift when he turned one. I’m happy that it will find use in a new home… it’s a cool little puzzle!

FYI, I used the “multilens” effect to split the photo into four horizontal pieces. I like the effect. 😄

Evening Ride Around the Neighborhood

Photo info: FUJIFILM X-E4, 27mm, f/5, 1/300 sec, ISO320
“Waiting for Mercury and Venus” Cedar Park, 2021

I originally intended to just ride my bicycle down to my sunset spot for a photo and then back home, but it was such a pleasant evening that I rode on past my house and kept going towards the library, and what would have been a 2 km ride turned into an 11 km evening cruise around the neighborhood.

Photo info: FUJIFILM X-E4, 27mm, f/3.2, 1/140 sec, ISO320
“Twilight Panorama” Cedar Park, 2021

My first stop was at my go-to sunset location (see top photo), where I chatted with a man who was settled in to try to see the Mercury-Venus Conjunction. The clouds were not cooperating, but at least he got to enjoy the cool evening and brilliant colors of the sunset.

Photo info: FUJIFILM X-E4, 27mm, f/2.8, 1/110 sec, ISO320
“Colors over In-N-Out” Cedar Park, 2021

After that I cruised around by our city library area and took a few more sunset photos and then on one bit of trail, I noticed there were fireflies blinking all around. It was so cool! I tried to video the fireflies with my phone, but it really doesn’t capture the magic.

I’m so glad I decided to go for the longer ride this evening. There were lots of neat things to see. ☺

Running in the Pouring Rain

Photo info: Apple iPhone 12 mini, 4.2mm, f/1.6, 1/2300 sec, ISO32
“Stormy Run” Cedar Park, 2021

Today I went for a 12-kilometer run at the nearby hike and bike trail. The weather has been stormy but there was a bit of a break in the clouds so I decided to head out for some exercise. I didn’t plan on running too far but I felt so good that I kept on going even though the clouds were threatening to unleash a downpour. Sure enough, at around the halfway point (where I turned around to head home), the heavens opened up and it started pouring.

The rain actually felt amazing! My body felt so strong and alive and I kind of felt invincible as I splashed through the puddles on the flooded path. I’ve never run in such a heavy downpour before, where I was completely drenched, and I could see it being very unpleasant if it were cold, but today was in the 70s so it was perfect.

My only concern was that my phone would get damaged, but when I pulled it out of my waist-belt at home, it was completely dry. My iPhone 12 Mini has a water-resistance rating of IP68, which means it can withstand being underwater at “maximum depth of 6 meters up to 30 minutes” so I shouldn’t have anything to worry about even if my waist-belt gets wet.

One observation I had is that if I wasn’t wearing my hat, the run wouldn’t have been as fun. The brim of my hat kept my glasses pretty dry and my vision clear. Without the hat, I would have been constantly wiping squinting and wiping the water from my face.

I never run without the waist-belt and sports cap these days. The belt holds my phone and ID, and I can quickly get my phone out to take photos, then put it back and be on my way. Of course the hat is great to keep the sun out of my eyes, but now I know that it’s useful for keeping the rain out as well. I really recommend getting a belt and a hat for running!

BTW, if you are on Strava, let’s connect so that we can cheer each other on!

I hope you had a nice day. またね~!

Going Through Old Things

Photo info: FUJIFILM X-E4, 27mm, f/2.8, 1/100 sec, ISO640
“From Before” Torrance, 2021

I was going through a lot of my old things at my parents’ house to see what to throw out (most things) and what I wanted to keep. Besides a bunch of books and photos, I have a small box of fun memories I’ll take back to Texas with me. The most interesting items are some love letters from my high school days, many of which I have no recollection of, so these carried a strange thrill with them when I read them today. 😂

It was so fun reading them, but it was also nice and satisfying to put them in the recycling bin.

Shots for the Family

Photo info: FUJIFILM X-E4, 27mm, f/2.8, 1/125 sec, ISO800
“Shot One” Taylor, 2021

Today our 16-year-old received his first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine! I found a CVS which had an available time-slot, but it was about 45 minutes away from us. It’s a bit of a drive, but it was an easy decision to say yes.

So now, both of our kids have received their first dose, Mariko is scheduled to receive her vaccination this week, and I have received both doses. I’m in a very optimistic mood!

Photo info: FUJIFILM X-E4, 27mm, f/2.8, 1/125 sec, ISO1250
“Waiting Aisle” Taylor, 2021