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a new moon

On November 4, 2017, I drove out to Daytona Beach to take pictures of the full moon.   I used my Nikon  Coolpix L340.  I really like this camera but it has its limitations.  Here are a few of the pics o f the moon I took.

I wanted to take some pictures where you can really see the moon, pics like I see on the internet.  After this, I went online to do some online research on how to take pictures of the moon.  The tutorials I found required adjustments to the settings for aperture, shutter speed and  ISO.  Unfortunately, my Nikon doesn’t allow for adjustments to these settings.

As a Christmas present to myself, I purchased a Sony a6000.  This is my first camera that has the ability to make adjustments to the settings mentioned above plus much more.  This is also my first camera with changeable lenses.

On, December 31, 2017, I went and took pictures of the full (well almost full, it was actually full on January 1) and I am encouraged this camera will be able to take the kind of pictures I would like.

I took these two pics with the point and shoot method but they came out pretty good.  I think once I actually learn how to use the adjustable features and change the aperture, shutter speed or ISO, I will take some amazing pics of the moon.  I hope so anyway.

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Christmas Tree Trail at Disney Springs

When: December 2017
Where: Disney Springs, Florida
What: Christmas Tree Trail

We went to Disney Springs in Orlando, Florida to see the Christmas Tree Trail.  There approximately 20 character themed trees.   We went on the weekend so it was VERY crowded.  Fortunately, Disney Springs has two large parking garages so you usually can find parking. We had a wonderful time, definitely worth a visit.

I have a pics of my favorite trees here and I have a video of all the trees here:

Christmas Tree Trail

 

This is the first tree, one with tags as ornaments.  It has logos for all the different stores here at Disney Springs.

This is the first character themed tree.  Mickey & Minnie Mouse, it is really cute!  It is decorated with red and white polka dots on bows and other bows and some mickey ornaments.

Next is Cinderella, this is a really pretty tree.  It has pumpkins, carriages and swans.

This one is for Dumbo, one of my favorite characters.  It is very colorful and ornaments for things you might see at a circus.

Last one, here is the Jungle Book.  This isn’t really for once character but the story.  It has bananas, other fruits and jungle plants.

In addition to all the beautiful trees you can also see Santa at Santa’s Chalet.   As you can see from the sign, there was quite a wait to see Santa.

 

 

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Saint Patrick’s Cathedral

I visited New York city last year.  One of my favorite things was Saint Patrick’s Cathedral.  It is an amazing church.  Absolutely beautiful, inspiring!.  I am not even catholic but when I have the opportunity to visit NYC again I would like to attend mass.   The church has so much to that you could easily spend several hours there.   My pictures really don’t do the church justice, it is really breath taking.  Of course that didn’t stop me from taking a whole bunch of pics. 

If you ever have a chance to visit this church I highly recommend it. 

There was alot of amazing statures and alters.      Visitors would light candles and pray.  Of course I was tempted to take pictures of people praying, I am snap crazy but the need to be respectful won out.

The stained glass windows are amazing as well.    Beautifully colorful and detailed.

The website for the church is https://saintpatrickscathedral.org/.

 

 

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Mount Dora at Christmas

  • Where: Mount Dora, Florida
  • When: December 9, 2017
  • What : Christmas Time

We went to Mount Dora to see the Christmas lights.  We usually go at least once a year during the holiday season.  It is really something to see.  The whole downtown area is done up in lights.

We love to window shop, Mount Dora has a nice selection of stores and restaurants.  There are a couple of bakery / ice cream / bakery stores, a pet store, books stores, antiques, clothing and lots of crafts.  Next time we go I want to try the “Let’s Do Maine Lobster Roll’, it looks good!

This the the Children’s Christmas at Mount Dora night and there were lots of activities for kids.

Overall it is a great time.  A few words of caution, finding parking can be difficult and there is limited places to use a restroom.  The stores will not let you use there restrooms, even if you are a paying customer.  At least that was my experience.   I have gone to Mount Dora on few occasions when it is really crowded and it can be a real hassle.  I recommend going at slower times.

 

 

 

 

 

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