Midwestern Wanderlog

2016-03-26 – Ridiculous rain

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Broke out the umbrella today – it was drizzling the entire way up and back.  The trail was still solid underfoot, fortunately.

Sunrise Stats!
First light: 6:33 AM
Sunrise: 7:02 AM
Daylight: 13 hrs, 27 min

These mornings are getting disorienting as far as timing when I need to be where – and this morning I spent way too long searching for my glasses anyway.  The broken sleep and second shift hours are all messing with my sense of time and place.  Some mornings, I wake up after the nap I take when I get home from the Bluff and wonder if I slept through my alarm and missed my sunrise.  Though it’s possible I’m getting accustomed to short sleep; usually I’ve only had about two, maybe three, hours by the time I have to leave for the hill.

_MG_7883Of course, the disorientation could just be because of yesterday’s work schedule.  Yesterday I worked a 9:00 to 5:30, so a full eight hour shift on less than hour hours’ sleep – it’s Easter weekend, and used to be that Good Friday was automatically a holiday.  These days, you’re given a floating holiday; if you request Good Friday off, you can’t be refused.  Or, you can save it for some other occasion.  Which is nice.  But since the shifts were going to be so very sparse, second and first condensed rather; they worked their usual, and we shifted ours and then locked up for the weekend at 5:30.

Unfortunately, I didn’t take advantage of the opportunity to get a good night’s sleep.  Oh, no, I was up until two (as usual).  Silly Ellen.

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Look! The first greenery of the year!

So this first rain day of the project brings up the topic of protecting your camera from the falling damp.  I use a rainsleeve on the camera; it’s easy enough to feed the camera in, and the view finder usually has a removable eyepiece that you pull off and use as a way to clamp an opening in the sleeve into place.  There’s room enough on the one end to put the camera on a tripod and feed through the cable release; on the other is a drawstring to tie tight around the end of the lens.  Then it’s just a matter of turning up the ISO and opening up the aperture to let in more light (and in the case of the aperture, make sure the camera isn’t ‘seeing’ any droplets on the lens by shortening the field of view).

And then, too, you can also hold the umbrella over the camera, angled to keep any blowing drizzle away from the lens – after all, what’s really important?  Staying dry, or keeping the lens clear?

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