Running Slowly

Photo info: motorola moto g(6), 3.95mm, f/1.8, 1/220 sec, ISO100
“Lawn Sign” Cedar Park, 2020

While I was out running, I was thinking of the different modes of travel and how you see different things with each.

For instance, in a car, your vision is framed by the glass viewport, and are very disconnected from where you are at (especially if you are listening to music).

On a motorcycle, the glass viewport is essentially removed, the music is gone (unless you use earbuds), and now you are exposed to smells and temperature, the noise of the engine, and also the vibrations and leaning angles.

On a bicycle, you add the audio of the environment you are in, but more importantly, traveling at the slow speed, you can look in all directions and observe things more closely without fear of crashing. And stopping quickly to take a photo is now an option.

Lastly, walking/running allows a extra bit of mobility in that it is easy to stop instantly, or hop on the sidewalk. On a bike, you may have to turn around and backtrack a few yards, or dismount to get a better viewing angle. This is actually significant to me. For instance, I’ve seen the sign in the photo above while riding my bike, and thought that I wanted to take a photo, but then I am already past it and would have to turn around. Add to that my laziness, and I pass on it. But while running, I will just stop for a few seconds, snap a photo with my phone, and then be on my way.

But even not taking photos, while biking or running, it’s fun to wave at other people, stop and watch the birds when you hear them chirping, or admire a bunch of wildflowers. I guess this is the appeal of the “slow life”. 🙂

Speaking of the photo, I am encouraged by the sign in front of the house. I’ve seen several other signs, some homemade, which have similar messages of support. It’s wonderful.

Lunch Break Birding Webinar

Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/4, 1/100 sec, ISO1000
“Webinar” Cedar Park, 2020

Normally I try to take my work breaks away from the computer/office, but there was an birding webinar happening at noon, so I decided to just cut down my work to 10% and give 90% of my attention to the webinar. Just kidding. If it were only that easy! What actually happened is that I worked when the webinar wasn’t as interesting, and then switched over when it got better.

All-in-all, it was a nice birding webinar, with a several nuggets of good and interesting information. For instance, when using binoculars, first look at the bird and then without moving your gaze, bring the binoculars up to your eyes. The idea being that you are just putting the binoculars between your eyes and the bird, rather that looking into the binoculars. It’s a subtle difference, but very helpful! And that bit of info took all of 10 seconds of explanation. Amazing!

I hope you had a nice day. 😊

Evening Bicycle Rides

Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/4.5, 1/100 sec, ISO250
“Uphill” Cedar Park, 2020

こんばんは。How’s it going?

Many of you know, but I have been doing a 365 project for a while now, and it kind of connects to this blog in that my daily photo becomes the subject matter. Sometimes, it’s the reverse, where I make a daily blog post and then take a photo. But usually the photos will just be the literal snapshot of something that happened that day, and I’ll add a few words.

Because of this process, my posts tend to follow whatever hobbies I am into at the time and right now, going out for bicycle rides around the neighborhood is something I have more of an interest now since we all are staying at home almost all the time.

It got me thinking of a bicycle ride I went on in 1982 with a group from the YMCA. Two friends and I joined a 9-day bicycle tour that started in San Francisco, and ended at the YMCA in our hometown of Torrance. It was really fun, but surprisingly I hadn’t thought about it too much since then. Maybe I’ll write about my memories of that in another post, as I managed to find some old photos of the trip when I visited my parents last Christmas.

But for now, I’ll just continue with some photos I took on tonight’s ride. 🚲

I hope you had a nice day! またね~

Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/3.2, 1/100 sec, ISO400
“Seat and Bags” Cedar Park, 2020
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/4, 1/680 sec, ISO200
“Neighborhood Construction” Cedar Park, 2020

Sunday Baseball and Cat

Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2.8, 1/100 sec, ISO500
“Anko and Shohei” Cedar Park, 2020

Today Bay and I worked on our DIY project and watched some baseball. You can see in the photo the beginnings of the modular system that Bay designed. So far we have a few flat shelves and a little box that they can hide in and use as a stip to get to the next “level”. It’s coming along!

DIY Project

Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/5, 1/25 sec, ISO3200
“Designing” Cedar Park, 2020

Bay and I have been working on a project at home: shelves and walkways on our living room wall for the cats to enjoy. The first step was for Bay to design it, and he went used his new skills as a rising sophomore architecture student to create a modular system.

In the photo above, Bay is referencing the designs he created on his laptop. I like this photo because I used to sit the same way when I was a kid. 😊

We’re still working on it, but the project is coming along nicely!