Out and About in My Neighborhood

I took some photos today in my neighborhood in Chanhassen, Minnesota. I initially wanted to highlight the fact there’s been barely any snow this January because of the relative warmth and lack of snowfall. But then, when I got back, I realized how nice the photos turned out because of the clear sky. These photos were taken over the course of 13 minutes on a 12°F day.

For those interested, I created a Twitter account two days ago. My Twitter username is @pugsounds. Can you guess what famous album that’s a reference to?

Missy and Pugsley on a rug
Most of the snow has melted in our front yard
Pugsley and Missy look out the front door’s window, a favorite pastime
Stop sign for Audubon Road and Valley Ridge Trail South outside my neighborhood
The National Weather Service’s Twin Cities forecast office is literally right outside my neighborhood, with the Doppler radar serving as a sort of landmark that looms high over nearby houses. It’s been a favorite photographic subject of mine since I took a film photography course in high school (that was in the spring of 2007).
A close-up view of the Doppler radar
Technically, this is government property and no trespassing is allowed. When I was young, however, I would often get much closer to the Doppler radar for photos. I’m much more polite now.

My First Photos Taken in Auto Mode With the Canon EOS R

After a month of not using my Canon EOS R, it was refreshing today to use the camera again. I switched from P mode (the default) to Auto — because I wanted to see how the face detection worked — and, man, was I impressed! This camera just takes really, really good photos! It’s definitely the best camera I’ve ever owned. I think I will keep using Auto, unless I don’t like what it’s doing to some particular photo. Then I’d switch to P. I’ve never really used Auto mode with an interchangeable lens camera; but, because Auto has gotten so much better over the years, I think I’ll stick with it. At least for a while.

My dad in the kitchen
Missy on our wood floor
Yup, he’s watching Trump on Fox News