Monday, September 21, 2009

The Learning Curve

No beautiful sunrise awaited me and my new toy yesterday morning -- we were locked in rain.

For a little brightness, I turned to the flowers a friend brought on Saturday -- all of late summer in a Mason jar! (Note to self: GROW ZINNIAS next year!)

Not all my photos were sharp and clear. There is a learning curve. But I couldn't bring myself to delete this one -- it looks like an illustration for a ghost story, with energy swirling out of the quilt.

The up side to the rainy day (aside from the obvious benefit to the land) is that I'm spending some time with the instruction manual. Not too much -- I can only absorb tiny bits at a time. But, millimeter by millimeter, I'm creeping along that learning curve!

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hiro said...

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Pat in east TN said...

Great pictures ... nice and crisp and clear and the quilt one is strange, but quite unique. What fun you will have learning all about your new 'toy'!

Vicki Lane said...

Hiro -- Welcome! But you will have to link yourself. I will visit your blog and say hello.

Hey, Pat -- More rain! But I am indeed having fun with the new toy.

Penny said...

Hi Vicki, More rain indeed. We are under flood conditions. The Broad River is rising fast. Your photography looks wonderful.

Carol Murdock said...

Hey Vicki! The pie was great, I'm glad it's not too easy to make cause I'd be making it everyday!We have a 70% chance again today, we've had over 6 inches so far. The pond is filling back after going down during the drought but I'm ready for a long sunny day so I can hang my laundry out. Having fun with that camera I see! :)

Vicki Lane said...

Hi,Penny, thanks for coming by! Hope you're safe from floods. We are high enough above the French Broad not to have to worry -- it would be time to build an ark if the waters were coming our way.

Carol, so glad the pie was a success! I think it's my favorite chocolate dessert.

Eleanor said...

I love the ghostly quilt. And I wish I had time and a transAtlantic air ticket to attend your Writing course. I have always wanted to do a short writing course. I once attended a writing workshop years ago presented by an eminent South Africa poet with a mustache and a very posh English accent. He said my short story was 'schoolgirlish' which was rather a downer!

Vicki Lane said...

How I wish you could be in the class, Eleanor! It's quite non-pretentious -- 'popular' fiction as opposed to literary. Perhaps some day I'll think about an on-line version. That could work.

I showed a short story of mine to a friend who is a well-known writer of literary fiction. He read it and said, 'Well, the people who read your books would probably love it. But they'd hate it in New York.'

So it goes!

Kaye Wilkinson Barley - Meanderings and Muses said...

First - I have to say this.
EVEN if I lived in New York I'm bettin' I'd love your books, and your short stories. bettin' on it.

and I am SO loving these pictures. You're doing great with your new camera!!

Vicki Lane said...

Thanks, Kaye! As a matter of fact, my editor is a New Jersey/New York girl and she likes the books pretty well. I think this fella was talking about venues like THE NEW YORKER magazine -- which would, no doubt, draw its skirts aside at the sight of my work.

Poetry24 said...


I can that you're going have some fun with the new camera.

Love the flowers in the jar. So fresh and colourful.

Miss_Yves said...

Don't delete this strange photo !

The last one is very apetizing ...

Thank you for your sweet words about my header-I put it here by error, and I tried to remove it , because I don't like to show myself, but everyone enjoys this picture ...

Stella Jones said...

I love the colours in those peppers! I'm sorry you're having so much rain. Larry has been moaning about it too, in Knoxville. Over here in England, funnily enough, we have been enjoying some wonderfully clear and sunny autumn weather.
It can't last, not for you or for me.
Blessings, Star

Vicki Lane said...

Thank you, Martin, yes, I'm enjoying myself shamefully!

Rather than deleting that odd picture, Miss Yves, I may have to write a ghost story to go with it.

We're soggy, Star, but I'm still happy to feel the rain soaking in. Often in September we worry about forest fires -- we should be safe for a while as wet as everything is now!

NCmountainwoman said...

I love the zinnias. Plant some of the State Fair Zinnias. They are gorgeous.

Our rain is still falling and no longer soaking in the ground. It's running off and causing a lot of flooding. The apples in Henderson County that were not lost to the hail last week are now lying on the ground and the orchards are too deep in water to get out to get them.

Isn't digital wonderful? Think of how much expensive film we used while learning to use a new camera.

Vicki Lane said...

How dreadful about the apple crop! (After a bumper crop last year, we had very few apple this year to be harmed. Our Kieffer pears are doing well.)

I'll make a note about State Fair zinnias. I've grown zinnias in the past -- just haven't done so the past few years. They get rather mildewy -- but what cut flowers!

Oh, yes, I do love the digital! The key to success -- taking 25 pictures in order to get one keeper!