my new camera and a ride around town

Hello!
I hope you’re all doing well and enjoying the month of Christmas so far. I’ve already bought myself a Christmas present in the form of a new camera and i also haven’t completely devoured my advent calendar yet…. which is very very rare. Buying the camera absolutely was not planned. At all. I had decided to try and buy it next year but clearly that didn’t happen. I bought my other camera last year. You can read about the short post here. 

a cold Friday night in Laramie taken with new camera
a cold Friday night in Laramie.

Last night i sat and stared at my blog pretty much all night, wanting to write but i just felt so lousy. I haven’t been feeling well lately and it’s starting to grate on me pretty hard, but today is a new day and i’m feeling a wee bit better. Since moving to Laramie my skin has become an enormous platform for painful pustules. I’m not sure if its the water or if i’m allergic to something but my face and neck are in almost constant pain, and with the terrible headaches i get — it makes day to day a little tough; especially at work. I can sit and write no matter what my body is doing usually, but working and paying attention is another thing.

a purple sundown in wyoming
a beautiful evening

Anyway, I was actually surprised how great this camera works in lowlight — i’ll still be using my main camera but its a relief to have such a great little camera for quick use and so forth. I took the above picture last night after work. The light in the distance is the light from down town and the rail road, otherwise it was almost entirely black as death outside.

visitor center
the prison musem

Today i brought the camera with me as we ran a few errands around town. The pictures are surprisingly lovely and filming with it is incredibly easy. There are still a few kinks i have to figure out but the camera is very straight forward. I decided a while ago that i wanted to buy a new camera specifically for vlogging and also to have something small when i don’t feel like carrying around all my heavy equipment. This camera is pocket sized and does a great job, although its weird to use a MUCH smaller camera that isn’t as fancy as my big Nikon. Usually on Cyber Mondays or black Fridays i don’t buy anything but i couldn’t resist the deal this time around. With the horseshoeing school that i’ll be attending next year i wanted an easy camera to carry during the day, and this is perfect.

advertising sign
We drove to the Prison museum to take a look around and buy a few things that caught our eye when we first came to town. It was quiet and there was hardly anyone around today which was lovely. With all the games and events at the university sometimes town goes game crazy and it isn’t worth the effort to leave the house. On our way back from the Prison museum we stopped by the barn i’ll eventually be riding at, and possibly trimming hooves at if all goes to plan. I wanted to show Jack some of the horses and point out the big handsome draft, but they were all wrapped up inside or around the back so it’ll have to wait for another day. Oh i really can’t wait to start there! Senior horses are the best. Until i have my own farm i’ll take what i can get.

Irish-Scotsman from Texas outside the visitor center
We picked up some souvenirs.
girl in car
i love the lighting in this picture and the quality is pretty damn great!

Between the errands we also took a short trip an edge of town we hadn’t seen before. Sometimes all you need to keep on living is a “back to reality” check with nature. Nature…It has a way of showing you how minor your problems are in the long run, how little things truly matter and that things are temporary — theres a good chance they’ll get better.

wyoming plains
the snowy wyoming plain

I truly love the west, its hard for me to describe exactly what it is about it that has me so captured. It’s also strange to love two places so completely at the same time and have them both build you up to the person you are. We’ll be in Denmark soon and i can’t imagine what it’ll be like to be somewhere so far away from here. Sometimes the trip back to Europe hits me hard; it hits home how far i am from everyone and everything i once knew. How far from “easy” and “familiar” i am.  Nevertheless, i can’t wait to see my family and see pretty Denmark at Christmas time again. Just speaking Danish and hearing Danish voices around me will be magical. I hope to go to the forest a lot too. In Scandinavia you’ll find the most magical and peaceful forests you could imagine and a sea that isn’t worth taming.

happy couple
the sun was in his eyes, but he’s still handsome

I’m sure i’ve mentioned it before, but one of the things i’m trying to figure out is how to stop losing quality when i upload a video. I don’t know what i’m doing wrong; whether its transferring from SD card to Mac or if its during the exporting i’m messing up… I’ve read about it, asked about it and researched it but i’m still utterly clueless what the issue is. If anyone has any advice or suggestions i’m open to help and suggestions! I’m actually not at all tech savvy sadly… settings and exporting are apparently not my forte.

I hope you enjoyed my post and thank you all for reading.
I appreciate you.
Have a wonderful rest of your weekend.

pigeon Sandford

Well. We have a snow day in Wyoming today and with any luck tomorrow too. A winter storm warning has been hovering over our heads and I was quite glad of it, because I finally got some time to make a video and blog.

Sandford flew into our house. Jack took out the trash to the bins and found him cuddled into a nest of leaves groaning over a broken leg. When we approached him he attempted to flee and run but to no avail. Jack gathered him up and placed him into a box and we drove to a vet. Of course it happened on a Saturday when we were going out for the day. Anyway. Unfortunately the vet refused to help us because the bird was wild and didn’t have a name and wildlife centers are closed on the weekends. Seriously. No shit. So I took over and I put a splint on his leg, because I wasn’t about to call the police to come and get rid of it. He stayed with us for two weeks until one day, as you saw in the video, he had the life back in his legs and I let him go. And away he flew — still passing our window in the morning and resting on the telephone lines near the back yard.

Letting him go was somehow a form of therapy after Basil. I’ve been guilt stricken that I couldn’t help him or fix him and had to let him go, but seeing Sandford fly away gave me a little peace back.

I’d also like to apologize for the giving you the vision of my long johns, but you’re welcome.

Thats all we have to play with really isn’t it?

I never can make up my mind. I can’t keep up with social media as often as i’d like. Things get in the way and im busy. Working two jobs, writing my novel and trying to be creative and do so many other things. Social media is always the first to take a backseat, which is good — cause real life is more important.
But hello again nonetheless.
It’s springtime and I spent a few free hours playing around with my camera on Sunday. Theres a lot of work to do and lots to figure out if i want to start making shorts and features one day on my ranch. So i have to start somewhere. Two hours isn’t enough time to really focus and get into something though. By the time you kinda get a feel for where you’re at — its time to go. However, having said that every little helps. I want to do a few small scripted shorts with simple set ups, voice and such. So we’ll see how that goes when i get the time and the space.
Thats all we have to play with really isn’t it?
Time.