XIV (E.E. Cummings) (is 5)

it is so long since my heart has been with yours

shut by our mingling arms through
a darkness where new lights begin and
since your mind has walked into
my kiss as a stranger
into the streets and colours of a town–

that i have perhaps forgotten
these hurrying crudities
of blood and flesh)Love
coins His most gradual gesture,

and whittles life to eternity

–after which our separating selves become museums
filled with skillfully stuffed memories

I need to find an orange vest

I’ve really been missing my frequent mountain bike rides so when I arrived home from my trip, I immediately headed out to the hills.  Here is a view from the trailhead parking lot:

I took a new little camera today that is built for the outdoors.  I hung it from my camelback and TRIED to shoot without unclipping it.  As you can see, I didn’t do a great job on my first attempt!

As I neared the top of my climb I ran into some hunters coming down the road I was on.  I asked them if I could take a picture of them.  I wish it had turned out better.  These poor people sat there for a couple of minutes while I fumbled around with my camera.  I couldn’t figure out, with my foggy glasses on, why it was not snapping the photo.  A yellow box repeatedly showed upon the screen around the Deer head.  Yeah, you guessed it,  I accidentally had it set on “pet” mode and it was waiting for the dead deer to turn its head to the camera! Ha!  I found out later that the glass covering the lens was all fogged up with sweat/moisture.  Oh well.. it still captures the moment. 

I was most looking forward to photographing a particular section of trail that I had photographed several times with my cell phone camera. I thought today it would be a complete carpet of color and was excited to point a higher megapixel camera at the scene.  To my surprise however, the trees were mostly bare and the leaves had all turned brown, matching the color of the ground for the most part. 


At least the traction today was as good as ever!  The sandy parts had really taken a lot of moisture.  Had I not rammed my head and shoulder into a particular tree, I would have made it up the certain challenging section that I have not made it up once this year.  Maybe tomorrow? 

This new little camera has an “interval” setting so I just let it dangle from my pack, taking a shot every 10 seconds as I descended back to the truck.  I didn’t put it on sport mode on purpose.  I was hoping for a blurry picture.  (experimenting) 

The weather was GREAT!  I learned a bit more about the camera.  I know I need to find an orange vest to wear for the rest of this year.  I will be going again as soon as possible.  🙂