March 27th, 2015

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Kitsnaps: Botanic Gardens Hailstorm

Last Friday Young Indiana and I went out to the Botanic Gardens and got caught in a rain-and-hailstorm. It was great fun, actually, and involved a lot of running from one hiding place to another, playing keep-safe games and dancing.

I had my camera, having intended to pursue my self-directed photography ‘classes’ some more, although I haven’t advanced much beyond practicing shallow-depth photography. On one hand that’s fine, because as it happens I Really Love shallow depth photography and I’m chuffed I’ve re-learned how to do it reliably. On the other hand, I should move on because I took some pictures facing directly into the sun and then had to apply quite a lot of post-production to get them to be, y’know, vaguely see-able. The Ladies & Palm House ended up with me futzing with it the most, because the whole image even when I took the picture had this somewhat surreal quality to it, and the actual photo…fell short. :)

I’m especially pleased with the robin, as it’s apparently an Unspoken Life Goal (or perhaps not so unspoken) of mine to take a really good picture of a robin, but I think the picture of Young Indiana is just wonderful. :)

Glasnevin Tower
Glasnevin Tower

Glasnevin Tower in a hailstorm, viewed from the Botanic Gardens

Robin Red Breast
Robin Red Breast

A European robin hides in the trees with us as we all wait out a hailstorm.

Ladies & Palm House
Ladies & Palm House

My favourite sculpture at the Botanic Gardens, backed up by the magnificent Palm House.

Botanic Gardens in the rain
Botanic Gardens in the rain

Botanic Gardens in the rain

Dancing in the Rain
Dancing in the Rain

Just singing and…

(x-posted from The Essential Kit)

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*incoherent squeeing*

KIM STANLEY ROBINSON WILL BE IN DUBLIN IN APRIL

*DIES OF EXCITE*

Seriously, you have no idea. Meeting him is like bucket-list material for me, and I was SO HAPPY to get to meet him at Loncon, because I figured it was a once in a lifetime chance. And now he’s gonna be doing a thing in Dublin in TWO WEEKS and I’ll get to meet him AGAIN. #diesofexcite

In fact he’s doing an entire week of teaching and lectures in Limerick and Ted was like “Are you going to Limerick?” and I’m like DO NOT TEMPT ME! And he’s visiting the ecovillage, where I want to live ANYWAY, so I said to Ted WE MUST MOVE THERE IMMEDIATELY. LIKE BY NEXT THURSDAY! and he was all, “I’ll get right on that.” *laughs* I have a great husband. :)

I do not own the Mars trilogy in hardback. I may have to rectify that by the 10th. And seriously I had this big angst about whether I was bringing all the Science in the Capital books with me to Loncon and I finally decided no just the first one because weight allowances and I’ll just have to be happy with that AND I AM but now omg I will get to have the other two signed and #flailswithjoy

(x-posted from The Essential Kit)