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San Francisco 2009 Carnaval Parade.

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June 9, 2009

Nowhere To Hide
Tuesday. Today I awoke (for the last time) after nine, some three hours later than usual. I may have to revise my definition of “usual”. If I didn't get enough sleep the night before I made up for it last night. Still, breakfast at the usual place, much later than usual, a drive by Safeway for milk and cereal (and cat food, of course), a drive back now to the apartment thinking I'll snap the 60mm macro lens on a camera and go downtown this afternoon and photograph (properly) what has been identified by a friend (who turns out to be a gardener) as Kangaroo paw or Monkey paw on a series I've been futzing with on Facebook.

You're going to go downtown today and (properly) photograph a Monkey Paw?

What more could you ask for to give purpose to a day? Or a year? (Or a life?)

Later. I should have been thinking 105mm macro lens rather than 60mm macro lens, but so what? I pass these Monkey Paws often enough I could photograph them with a Brownie Hawkeye if I wanted. Well, maybe not a Hawkeye. I believe my first camera was a Kodak Duaflex IV, hot stuff for a kid of my age at the time. I wish I still had some of the old negatives. Well, I may well still have some of the old negatives and simply not know where. I've been losing track of my where's.

The quick bus ride to and then a walk back from the downtown to take the Monkey Paw photograph cleared the head. The aching sinus-upper palate was still active, but there was a spring in the step and the mind was clearer than it had been sitting like a lump in the apartment. I have no idea what that means, although it again makes me think of getting out of here for a couple of months. And again. Maybe..., well. How many times am I going to repeat it?

They say mostly cloudy instead of today's cloudy for the rest of the week. Russian River weather?

Nowhere to go, my bucko, nowhere to hide.

The photograph was taken at the San Francisco 2009 Carnaval Parade with a Nikon D3 mounted with a 70 - 200mm f 2.8 Nikkor VR lens at 1/320 second, f 2.8, ISO 200.