Pardon the atrocious grammar in the title, but when one is ill, one reverts to childhood. It’s a rule. I saw it somewhere.
As previously mentioned, AJ and I spent last week in Wisconsin. My last day there, I managed to get out on the scooter one last time (this would have been Friday after work). There was no sun, and depending on where I was, temperature fluctuated from okay to chilly. When I swallowed, my throat felt weird.
I knew I was getting sick, and it pissed me off. I haven’t been sick in four years. But CG dragged herself into work last Tuesday, looking like death warmed over, and hacked and spewed her germs all over the office. Inevitably, some of them gleefully managed to get inside me. As I write this on Sunday afternoon, I’m wondering if anyone else came down with it, too?
I didn’t let it stop me, though. We went out to dinner that night and got a little drunk on good Chardonnay, and then returned home Saturday morning. So far, AJ is fine. I hope he stays that way.
However, I spent yesterday with my arsenal of anti-cold remedies, and so far, it hasn’t gotten worse. My lungs and head are still clear, and in fact, although my throat still feels weird, it no longer burns when I swallow. Things are draining, but it’s not constant. I have hopes I stopped this one in its tracks because, seriously, you should have seen CG. I can’t believe she was upright or managing to work at all.
I took some photos Friday. Let’s start with a couple of landscapes.
Barns are eternally interesting to me, and I’m not even sure why. Dark places, wonderful earthy smells, and the hay mow. Who doesn’t like a good roll in the hay? Right now, Wisconsin is full of dandelions that have gone to seed. You know, those puff balls you blow on to make wishes. When you do that, you’re spreading dandelions. ;/
One of my favorite back roads–gravel, of course–goes over a stream. This is the view to the south.
While I was at this spot, I noticed a young phoebe flying back and forth under the bridge. First, I took his picture on the south side. To bring out his eye, I used a non-destructive “lightening” technique I fully intend to document here one day. After running it through the Topaz filters, I also masked through to the original to bring light back to the area around the bird, so he’d stand out more. In fact, the entire bird is from the original photo; he was too dark after processing. If you don’t know how to mask, let me know. I’ll put together a tutorial for the blog.
The phoebe got bored and went to the other side, where he perched above the stream.
I masked on this one, too, because “spicify” is sometimes harsh on delicate things. 🙂
In the first phoebe photo, I was a good thirty feet away, leaning over the bridge to get as close as I could without scaring him. In the second one, I was even farther away. Gotta say, I love the super zooms on the current crop of cameras! While it’s always preferable to get as close to your subject as possible, it’s not always possible. Better to get a shot than none at all.