Saturday Random Photos

I went back to the doctor yesterday and was a bit disappointed that things didn’t go as well as I had hoped, which means that I have to have more test run on Monday.  I still have a drainage tube on me, I’m beginning to feel like it’s a part of me now.  I came home and sat in my garden, it’s nice and peaceful but there’s a lot to be done and I’m hoping that Lee would be able to help me more this year.

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/4, 1/500sec, ISO 200, focal length 140mm, evaluative metering

My garden attracts many types of birds, the yellow bird is one of my favorites. This one perched on my string bean trellis.

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/4, 1/1250sec, ISO 200, focal length 200mm, evaluative metering

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/4, 1/1250sec, ISO 200, focal length 200mm, evaluative metering, closeup cropped

Fighting for a spot, this is next to the birdbath.

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/4, 1/1600sec, ISO 200, focal length 168mm, evaluative metering, closeup cropped

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/4, 1/1600sec, ISO 200, focal length 168mm, evaluative metering, closeup cropped

Lee wanted to attend a book play and a book signing by one of her favorite authors this morning. I wasn’t sure if I would be able to attend, I still have the extra backache to carry around with me.  She insisted that I go since she wanted me to take a picture of her with Deborah Wiles.

Canon T2i, EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens, Manual, f/4, 1/2sec, ISO 3200, focal length 47mm, evaluative metering, hand held

The play was nicely done by college students. I haven’t read the book and this is the next book on my list.

Canon T2i, EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens, Aperture Priority, f/6.3, 1/40sec, ISO 3200, exposure bias -0.3step, focal length 105mm, spot metering

Debrorah Wiles thanking her readers.

Canon T2i, EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens, Aperture Priority, f/6.3, 1/100sec, ISO 3200, exposure bias -0.3step, focal length 105mm, spot metering

The moment that Lee has been waiting for, she finally get to meet Deborah Wiles in person. Lee had 2 books with her, one for herself and another one for her cousin that didn’t get to attend.

Canon T2i, EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens, Manual, f/5.6, 1/500sec, ISO 400, focal length 32mm, spot metering

Canon T2i, EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens, Manual, f/5.6, 1/400sec, ISO 400, focal length 35mm, spot metering

They had a good turnout and the weather was still a bit chilly this morning.

Canon T2i, EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens, Manual, f/8, 1/400sec, ISO 400, focal length 24mm, spot metering

The campus has many flower trees in bloom, but I’m not in any condition to roam freely as I used to.  These are the pink dogwood trees.

Canon T2i, EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens, Manual, f/5.6, 1/1250sec, ISO 400, focal length 67mm, evaluative metering

Canon T2i, EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens, Manual, f/5.6, 1/1250sec, ISO 400, focal length 67mm, evaluative metering

Bo and Lee taking picture with the bear. Bo is not trying to make a fashion statement by the way, that’s Lee’s bag for her books.

Canon T2i, EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens, Manual, f/5.6, 1/640sec, ISO 400, focal length 32mm, evaluative metering

I don’t think I’ll have enough energy to make it to see the tulips at Biltmore this year, and this might the the closest to seeing one.

Canon T2i, EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens, Manual, f/5.6, 1/1000sec, ISO 400, focal length 90mm, evaluative metering

Canon T2i, EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens, Manual, f/5.6, 1/1000sec, ISO 400, focal length 105mm, evaluative metering

And more tulips at my dad’s house.

Canon T2i, EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens, Manual, f/4, 1/320sec, ISO 400, focal length 47mm, evaluative metering

Canon T2i, EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens, Manual, f/4, 1/250sec, ISO 400, focal length 105mm, evaluative metering, cropped

I see more bees now, I guess the blooms started too earlier and the bees didn’t know about it until 2 weeks later.

Canon T2i, EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens, Manual, f/4, 1/640sec, ISO 400, focal length 105mm, evaluative metering, closeup cropped

My dad’s seedlings are getting bigger now.  We should be able to plant them by the end of the month.

Canon T2i, EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens, Manual, f/5.6, 1/400sec, ISO 400, focal length 45mm, evaluative metering

And I’m glad that I didn’t miss the cherry blossom.

Canon T2i, EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens, Manual, f/4, 1/1250sec, ISO 400, focal length 80mm, evaluative metering

My mom orchid is in the 11th week of blooming now.

Canon T2i, EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens, Aperture Priority, f/8, 1/13sec, ISO 800, exposure bias -0.7step, focal length 58mm, evaluative metering, hand held

Canon T2i, EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens, Manual, f/6.3, 1/80sec, ISO 3200, focal length 84mm, spot metering

It’s good to be out and about again, and a long day for me.

The Road to Recovery

Thank you all for the well wishes. I feel a lot better today, what used to be a simple task is not so simple anymore. I’m able to cook myself a simple meal and chicken and ginger soup is something that I prepared this morning.

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/4, 1/20sec, ISO 400, focal length 104mm, evaluative metering, tripod mounted

All I knew when I went into surgery on Friday night was that I had a huge gallstone in the mouth of my gallbladder. I was scheduled for outpatient surgery and the doctor did a laparoscopic surgery, which he removed my gallbladder.   The stone was huge and he had to cut a bit deeper and as a result I came home with a drainage tube and hopefully he will remove it by tomorrow.

The two types of gallstones are cholesterol stones and pigment stones.  Cholesterol stones are usually yellow-green and are made primarily of hardened cholesterol, they account for about 80 percent of gallstones.  Pigment stones are small, dark stones made of bilirubin.  The gallstones can be as small as a grain of sand or as large as a golf ball.  The gallbladder can develop just one large stone, hundreds of tiny stones, or a combination of the two. Source. In my case it was one large stone the size of a robin’s egg, click to view the image. Bo went to the lab to take a picture with his iPhone and from the look of it I think mine was made of the bilirubin and the doctor seems to think that it’s genetic also since my older sister had one about 7 years  ago.

It’s good to be back on my feet again and thanks again for the well wishes. 🙂

Medical Leave

It’s kind of odd to take a medical leave from blogging, and in my case it might be several weeks before I could start blogging again. It started out as I thought was a severe heart burn last year, but in reality they were gallstones attacks and the severity of it got worse. I was told that the procedure is simple and I would be back on my feet in no time.

Canon T2i, EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens, Manual, f/4, 1/250sec, ISO 400, focal length 105mm, evaluative metering

I will miss visiting your blog posts and also doing my Saturday Random Photos post the most. But don’t worry, I’ll be back in no time, after all I’m in good hands.

Canon T2i, EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens, Aperture Priority, f/5.6, 1/25sec, ISO 800, focal length 50mm, cropped, evaluative metering