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Spring in the air

The other day we took a quick trip down to visit Albert’s sister, who was in town. It was a very quick trip and spur of the moment — got kids from school jumped into the car, got to the Bay Area, had dinner, jumped back in the car and came home. Albert’s sister’s family was only in the Bay Area very briefly.

On the way down, I really loved looking at the green hills. Around here most of the year things are kind of dead-looking due to the semi-arid environment. But due to all the rain, the landscape looks beautiful now!

I’m pretty amazed these pictures turned out as I took them out the window as we were whizzing down the highway. Err… let me clarify. Albert was driving and I was taking pictures. (Wouldn’t want you to think I was doing both driving and photography simultaneously!)

I would look ahead to see if there was a nice looking hill coming up and aim the camera and shoot. It’s amazing things aren’t totally blurred, but I did set the shutter to a fast speed. Even so, I was pretty impressed at the little camera’s ability to take pictures.

Wow, you’d think you’re out in some other country, looking at these pictures!

What you don’t see is all the road I cropped out. Or the random telephone poles or cars that got in the way.

It’s kind of funny when you take pictures while the car is zooming by, you notice details you would have never seen. Like funny glowy-looking stakes in the grass. Or once I caught a biker in the picture and I didn’t even know the person was there.

But it sure was lovely… green as far as the eye could see.

I got a lucky shot. This picture is exactly how it came out on the camera — didn’t crop or retouch or anything. The sun finally came out.

I tried to get pictures of flowering trees but there was a lot of traffic.

Ok, enough of the green. Now for some sky. What a change from last week’s unending rain!

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