Favorite Photos #1
For December we are home at our house in Atascadero. Our renters
have gone to Texas for Christmas and asked us if we would like to
"house sit" our own house. But, of course! God has blessed us with
fantastic renters who take good care of our house, pay on time and
let us use the house for Christmas with our family. Thank you Lord.
While we are not traveling, we know that many are addicted to the
weekly travelogues. So we will bring you some of our best photos.
Although we have taken 63,614 photos in the last six years, we have
to give credit to our wonderful camera, the Sony DSC-H5, a 7
megapixel "prosumer" camera. A prosumer camera is the best of the
consumer cameras, just below a digital-SLR. DSLR cameras can create
higher quality images but even large computer screens have limited
pixels. The photos shown in this travelogue are only 1200 pixels
width and 900 pixels high. That is just a one-megapixel
presentation. As you can see you don't need a 20 megapixel DSLR
camera when the web is your destination. We love our Sony camera and
someday will upgrade to the most current model, the Sony
This camera fits in a coat pocket and has a 30-times
optical zoom so you don't have to carry extra lens like a DSLR
camera. Okay, we've said enough about this great camera, now you say
something nice! Enjoy our best "snapshots".
Fort Amarillo RV Resort
Black vultures at Lake Hugo, Oklahoma.
Outdoor Resorts in the Ozarks, Blue Eye, Arkansas
Sea World in San Antonio, Texas
Photo from boat ride at the San Antonio River Walk
Dust or moisture in the air leads to poor quality photos, so this
might actually be "good" quality. Dust storm on US-54 between
Wichita and Dodge City, Kansas.
Football game at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs,
Colorado. And yes, they did stand for the entire game!
Sky divers and fly overs are part of the AFA pre-game.
The Air Force Academy chapel.
Outside the chapel.
Another view of the chapel.
Arches National Park.
Arches at the north end of the park, 20 miles from the entrance.
"Flipper" at Sea World San Diego, California.
Shamu comes over for a kiss.
This is an excellent example of a quality snapshot. While a
professional photographer would have scouted out the best location
for this photo, we simply pushed the button and voila
got a great photo of Shamu and her trainer perfectly centered in
front of the stage backdrop. Thank you Sony!
The "sports" setting of the camera freezes the ball and let's Brad
get a good look at it.
Weeping Rock in Zion National Park.
An artistic shot out of the Zion shuttle bus.
Ellen crosses the bridge marked "Keep Off", over the Virgin River.
The Alamo, San Antonio, Texas.
None of these photos have been enhanced or even cropped! You can
see what brilliant cameras Sony makes. Well, we hope all y'all
enjoyed the photos. If you ever see one you want to print, email us
and we send the 2 megapixel original. Eventually, we started taking
all photos at 7 megapixels just in case we wanted to crop out a
small portion of it.
Travelogues for weeks 1 to 327 were all sent at a width of 1024
pixels. This travelogue was sent at 1280 pixels. We would love to
hear from anyone whose monitor was too small to see the entire width
of the photo. Web statistics say that only 13% of web users have
less that 1280 pixel width and that number drops every month. Are
you one of those?
Love, Pete, Ellen and the very wet Mandy ("It never rains in
California, but girl, don't they warn ya? It pours, man, it pours" Lyrics by Albert Hammond)