Every year in recent memory my wife and I have gathered a plethora of our belongings, loaded them in to our trusty 4 wheel steed, shoe-horned the family in amongst the chaos, with the resulting tableau appearing as something inspired from “Hoarders, Buried Alive!”, and embarked upon the epic 2 1/2hr (sometimes much more) drive to my in-laws house near Ocean City, MD.
This year was little different, except instead of 4 people to try to get in to our 6 place vehicle, there were 5. When my daughter was born a couple of months ago we removed one of the captain’s chairs from our Mazda 5 giving us significantly more room at the expense of not being able to fit any non-members of my atomic family in to the vehicle. This was also the first year my wife actually attempted to subscribe to the notion that packing for vacation, sometimes less is more. The result, more room then normal despite the addition of another family member and many of the things that a small infant requires (that and we pawned off a lot of the things like portable crib, swing, etc on to my in-laws in advance).
Also this year my older son was “graduating” from 3yr pre-school to 4yr preschool. As I “had” to take off work Thursday afternoon for the picnic, we decided to leave a full day early. The last couple of years we have been driving down around lunch time on the Friday before a summer holiday weekend to avoid most of the traffic and I’d take a day off AFTER the holiday and come back that morning. Turns out, we should have done that (or taken an extra day on the front end still).
The drive down was smooth and hassle free (other than a little fussiness from the littlest one). Not so the return drive which was unfortunately timed leaving at 10:45 Memorial day morning and arriving at about 3:30PM after nearly 5 grueling hours in the car (it is 2 1/2hr drive with clear traffic).
A great time was had there though. To the pictures!
Sigma 30mm, f/3.5, 1/160s, ISO200
Actually pre-dating the trip, but the rose-bush by my house has been really beautiful this year with its lovely orange with pink tinged blossoms.
Olympus 40-150mm @ 96mm, f/7.1, 1/2000s, ISO200
The sunset the first night turned out to be the best (view from the dock). All the rest had the sun dip in to clouds before it got particularly low, even though we had nice clear/partly cloudy weather the entire time and moderate temperatures.
Sigma 30mm, f/2.8, 1/60s, ISO320
Just a little texture.
Olympus 14-42mm @ 14mm, f/8, 1/1250s, ISO200
f/8 and be there
Olympus 14-42mm @ 27mm, f/10, 1/160s, ISO200
My youngest son LOVES to borrow my hats. Just in off the beach for the day.
Sigma 30mm, f/3.5, 1/1600s, ISO200
Those flowers are about that over-saturated in real life as well, about the most mind bending red I have seen before.
Some back story on the next couple of pictures. Every Thanksgiving my family and a lot of my wife’s family get together at my in-laws at the beach for the holiday. They are roughly in the middle of everyone, and even though their house is little larger than ours, in the off-season it is easy to rent condos near by for the week for cheap as well as a lot of things to do that one gender specific group or another enjoy. Chiefly fishing for the more male inclined gender group and tea for the more female inclined gender group (as well as beer tasting, which most of both gender groups participate in. Last years theme was Dunkles and I think we had about 17 different selections to “force our way through” during the blind taste test).
So generally early in the extended holiday weekend (generally from Wednesday through Sunday) most of the men go fishing and then on Saturday most of the women go to tea leaving the various progeny with the other group (this year there will be 6 children under 10 between us and the various cousins). Maybe it is the more cultured side of me, or maybe I have deep british roots, or maybe I just love a dainty tea cup…but “british” tea is about my favorite non-alcoholic activity that involves food and all of your clothes remaining on.
Well, for Memorial day my in-laws expressed a willingness to watch all of the kids for a couple of hours so that my wife and I could go to tea.
Turns out the place was empty, so we had it to ourselves and the very chatty owner who was a lot of fun and had tons of funny stories to tell. Best of all, no kids for 2 full hours with my wife and the sun was still above the horizon! Okay, the strawberry and white chocolate scones with clotted cream and snowflake tea was the best part, but kid free (as much as I love mine) was a very, very close second.
Panasonic 14mm, f/2.5, 1/200s, ISO200
Panasonic 14mm, f/2.8, 1/80s, ISO200
Wrapping up the trip was some inner tube rides behind the boat, more beach outings and general relaxation. Also some wild strawberry picking (though no eating). We also saw a mother fox with 4 kits, but alas my wife’s poor E-PL1 was not up to the task at dusk with the 40-150 f/4-5.6 on it as I was handholding, at ISO1600 and ISO3200 with shutter speeds of 1/2-1/4s and around 80yds distance.
Sigma 30mm, f/4, 1/2000s, ISO200
Sigma 30mm, f/2.8, 1/100s, ISO200
Also, my daughter is now to that developmental milestone of reliably smiling (she has been, smiling that is, for a couple of weeks, but only in the last few days has it been “on command” reliably as it were).
Sigma 30mm, f/2.8, 1/25s, ISO400
In a final note, the tracking information says that the OM-D E-M5 was delivered this afternoon to my house…so unless there are a couple of pictures I took in the last few days to share, everything from here on out should be from the E-M5. Ok, except pictures of the OM-D I guess. Speaking, those should be along sometime tomorrow as I should have a chance to sit down with the camera for a couple of hours tonight playing with it (partly making sure it is working right as it is used and partly to set up the controls the way I’d like it).
That is all, until it isn’t.