On Sunday, I put up a bird feeder and a hummingbird feeder and I was afraid that it would go unused. I shouldn’t have worried — there were doves eating when I arrived home for lunch on Monday. This morning, I even noticed smaller (probably sparrows) eating.
I’m pretty excited. Now, if I can just get some hummingbirds I will be even more happier.
Meet Aqua (MAN!!) Morris. This blue male Veiltail Betta is the newest creature to join my household. My mom bought the little guy for me and I couldn’t be happier. I think Izzie likes him too, although not the attention I have given the fish!
Blue Veiltail Bettas are native to southeast Asia — Cambodia, Thailand — and are also known as Siamese Fighting Fish, Combattant (in Canada), Trey Kroem phloek (in Cambodia) and Ca lia thia (in Vietnam), according to Petco, which is where I bought my little guy from.
The fish can get to be 3″ in their adult size and are easy to care for. One neat fact: Veiltail Bettas can breath through their gills like other fish as well as from the surface through modified gills (labyrinth organ).
I’m not a big fish person — I love the interaction that fish usually doesn’t provide. However, Aqua is definitely settling in (with me screaming Aqua Man!! each time I enter the door.) Plus, I’ve bought the bulbs that are supposed to grow into plants — hopefully — and I keep checking for signs of life from it.
For months, I’ve been craving a purse made specifically for digital SLR cameras. I even found these amazing bags that I would love to have if I didn’t have to pay from $120 to $250 for each. It was a happy day when I finally stumbled across several photographers’ blog posts (a few are here and here) on DIYcamera bag/purse. I couldn’t wait to try it!
My main expense for the project was the purse — I chose a black ELLE Lotti Hobo bag from Kohls ($47.40) before a 20 percent discount).
I was more specific about what I wanted this purse to look like on the exterior than the interior. I knew I needed a purse that was large enough to carry my Canon SLR camera body, two lenses as well as what I would normally carry in my regular purse. I also wanted to be able to fit an iPad in it when I travel.
I wasn’t sure how this DIY project would work — I’m not usually successful on them — so I reused dividers from other camera bags I had as well as fabric left over from my sorority days. My only other purchase was foam to line the inside of my purse from Hobby Lobby ($2.17).
Once I had everything I needed I — OK, my mom — made a pillow case of sorts for the poly foam that I bought. The foam fit perfectly inside my new purse and the pillow case for the foam allows me to easily change the foam’s cover whenever I feel like it.
Here’s my finished camera purse. It works great, however, I now need to go back and either sew a zipper, button or velcro to the open side of my pillow case.
My DIY camera purse is definitely well worth the nearly $50 I shelled out for it. Plus the foam slides out so I can also switch back to a regular purse whenever I need to. Definitely a project well worth the slight effort.
My grandmother has cancer so whenever I visit I try to make the most of the time I spend with her. Recently, I happened to catch her on a “good” day and we spent a while outside so she could show my mother and I the flowers and peach tree in her front yard. We love flowers, especially irises, so I think we all agreed the above flower was our favorite blooming at the time. What else made our trip outside great?
I’ve bought my first waterproof camera – and a Nikon at that! I’m ridiculously excited about having it, and my coworker and I had to test it out quickly by sticking it under our work’s kitchen faucet. It’s still working. Thank God.
I bought the camera to use during vacations such as Hawaii as well as when I go canoeing or kayaking. It’s a wise investment – I lost one camera already because I dropped it in a cup of Dr. Pepper and another when I flipped my car into a water-filled ditch (it was during a snow storm).
So, really this is great. An additional positive is that it’s shock proof up to 5-feet. Since I’m 5’4, that will work perfectly!!
So prepare yourself – underwater pictures will be coming – even if I have to just stand out in the rain to get them!! 🙂
I previously worked as a news and sports photographer. Recently I have been enjoying wildlife photography. My approach toward bird photos is similar to sports photography. I attempt to capture mostly action and hopefully a unique perspective.