Barry was out in the yard talking with Tom when I went out this morning. Looks like he is loading up his spray stuff to go up into the hills to spray some brush, so I changed my plans and joined him.
We rode on up to the Guerneville overlook.
He sprayed brush and I cut some brush that would hit us in the face while riding with my clippers.
He’s spraying Scotch Broom, a non-native plant that is becoming native. It grows like mad and has lots of seeds and is very hard to slow it down.
We rode on back to our main spring to refill his sprayer.
And rode over to this area to finish up with the spraying.
From there, we rode on back to my place to get rid of his equipment.
Going for a ride
Then we hopped on the bikes again and rode back up into the forest for a bike ride around the property.
Stuck hose fitting
We stopped here on the way up to try and get this stuck hose off the faucet with the two pipe wrenches Barry brought along for the job. The darn thing seemed to be welded to the faucet, but persistence got it unstuck. Of course we forgot the wrenches there.
We rode around for awhile then headed up to our rest area at the top of the ridge. Looks like fog sneaking over the hills from the ocean.
We were headed for home on this trail.
And got stopped here by this downed tree. All the downed trees across the roads give us a lot of exercise removing them. We didn’t have a saw, so he just pushed it aside so we could pass on by.
I collected the game cards but there was nothing on one of them. I likely didn’t turn the cam on or something.
The other one had this gray squirrel on it and a couple little birds got a drink too.
A Sony AX33 4K, a video camera that takes stills too. What am I doing with that? I take pictures from my Kayak a lot. I found I was missing interesting shots, because my pic was being processed in my camera, before it would let me take another pic. Since I like to take what I call action stills, I bought this camera to take videos, that I could make stills out of, but, as a bonus, this camera also came with buttons to just take stills and that's what I mostly do, unless something is real interesting or too far away for my still zooms. My digilat zoom setting for video goes to two hundred x, and sometimes I need that, but usually, I only use the 10x lens zoom. Because this camera is HD and 4K, the quality has to be real good and it has a lot of stabilizers on it which really helps out a lot for taking pics on the water.
The other thing it has that is a must is a view finder and I had to buy Sony's top of the line cam to get it. This is a must for taking pics on the water, as you must hold the camera as still as posible and putting that eye piece to the eye forms a tripod with your arms that helps a lot. The eye piece is also a must as it works way better than a LED screen to see what you are taking a picture of in the daylight as the LED screens wash out easily in sunlight.
I also have another video camera, a Canon VIXIA G30. I use them both to mostly take stills. The Sony takes higher resolution stills than the G30. That was a bit of a disappointment as I bought the G30 to replace an older camera I dunked in the river, but then had to buy the Sony to get higher still picture resolution that the G30 was lacking.
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