There have been few showers but several dark days so far this month. I think of April as renewal time. The first greening of the outdoors, the peeper toads singing in the evening. Firsts are counted in things longed for all winter; first day over 70°, first night with the heat off and the windows open, first meal cooked outside and served al fresco on the deck.
Sight, sound, smell, and touch have all become heightened so it was crippling to lose my dear old camera. It had been showing signs of age; A Nikon D50 it was the first digital camera I have owned. I shot film previously and fought the switch until the quality seemed hard to argue with. The D50 model offered at whopping 6.1 megapixels when I bought it. Today, camera’s on the most basic phone have more pixels. I pat myself on the back for getting shots as good as I have on this gem, though some of my all-time favorites were shot long ago on Kodachrome.
I can not justify buying a camera at this point in my financial life. Like music, however, I can’t live without it. What wonders of technology this month has brought! A blue-tooth, wireless speaker that replaced an entire 6 speaker “stereo system” and a camera with 24.1 mega pixels.
A camera is akin to eyeglasses for me, though I purchase those by the case at Job Lots for $3.00 a pair because they are expendable. Like a new prosthetic, I am frustrated with the time it is taking to become comfortable enough with all its settings and options; to meld it into an extension of my hand and eye. I view the world through a lens as I attempt to capture: the changes in season, Alice, life as a single woman in her 60’s in New Hampshire, my equine adventures, and moments in nature that should be remembered. And Alice, of course, lots of Alice…