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Thursday, December 23, 2010

Squeaking Out All I Could Manage

What do you do when your camera batteries go dead on one of the most picturesque mornings of the year? “Buy more batteries” might be one answer, but I use rechargeables, so my choice was to make do today with the last images captured. The one above and directly below were taken on Wednesday, a day that brought alternating sunshine and dark clouds to northern Leelanau County. Skies were dramatic.

This morning, Thursday, the sky was not as exciting, but heavy new snow, bright and white, made every corner of the landscape beautiful.

It was probably just as well I didn't have dozens of photographs to fool around with today. Customers and friends kept stopping by the bookstore, and between visitors I kept diving back into that irresistible ARC of Loreen Niewenhuis's book. But sometimes, if the batteries are allowed to rest a while, I can turn on the camera and quickly snap, tricking the camera into giving me one more shot.... It worked! Here’s Sarah at Dog Ears Books in a bright, colorful new scarf. (We stole this idea from Bonnie.)

There was good news in the batteries running low. When I got home and plugged in the charger, I found the wool tam that had gone missing. Now I’ll be going into Christmas Eve with a warm head, charged batteries and a stylish dog.


dmarks said...

Great pics anyway. I sometimes carry some extra batteries, and have some in the car, in case I run out.

P. J. Grath said...

Thanks, dmarks. Either I have an extra set somewhere, or it occurred to me that it would be a good idea to have backup. Now, which was it???