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First Morning Of 2021 When Temp. Was At Least 60F When I Set Off For My Morning Walk.


by Anura Guruge


WOW. I couldn’t believe my eyes. 60F. Warm at LONG, LONG last.

The ‘Spring’ of 2021, IF you could really call it as such, has been very cold, windy & chilly. Even YESTERDAY it was in the 40Fs when I set off for my 4- to 5-mile morning hike around 9:45. I have been wearing 4 to 5-layers of clothing. It has been COLD.

So, today, FINALLY, a bit like it is supposed to be.

We have NO GLOBAL WARMING. That is official. Go check the New Hampshire weather archives. We are running COLD. 15F below average last week!

So, please don’t tell me about Global bloody Warming.

I will agree with you 100% that we have Climate Change. No question. But, what we have is GLOBAL COOLING. OK? Any questions?

I Will Gladly Part With A Testicle For Some Bloody GLOBAL WARMING!

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE. 49F at 2:30pm. That was about as high as it got.

At 67, with no shortage, whatsoever of testosterone, I am sure I could get by for another 20-years on one good testicle — luckily, both of mine, are in tip-top shape. So, I will trade one testicle for a tiney, winey bit of GLOBAL WARMING.

Today was May 1st. May 1st.

When I woke up the temperature in Central New Hampshire was 37F (3C)! That is frigging crazy. May 1st & we are just above bloody freezing.

I have had it.

When I set off for my walk at 10am it was 41F (5C). That is insane. I had to bundle up, wear an insulated hat & gloves. May bloody 1st.

Where oh where is this global warming.

Can I, please, please, have some. Not much. Just a bit.

I am so done with being cold.

I believe 100% that we have climate change. I know because we in New Hampshire now have Global Cooling.

So, please don’t talk to me about Global Warming. I have two testicles that will tell YOU otherwise.


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2019 Fall Foliage In Our Yard — In Central New Hampshire.

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I have, over the last few days, been trying to share 2019 Fall Foliage with you all. Yesterday I commented that I do not have to go far to see, enjoy, appreciate and take pictures of the foliage. It is all around me — just there to remind me that winter, with its brutal cold and paralysing snow is but just a few weeks away and I am stuck here again. SMILE.

Well this is foliage in our yard. All around the driveway.

Enjoy. Wanted to share.


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The Garmin Forerunner 645 Tolerates The Cold Much Better Than The Fitbit Ionic.

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I got the Operating Temperatures for the new Garmin Forerunner 645 directly from Garmin — by posing the question on Amazon and getting the answer from the ‘manufacturer‘, i.e., Garmin. See above.

The Forerunner 645 low temperature range is ACCEPTABLE — especially since I have my own +5°F (-15°c) cut-off for running in the cold.

So, this is another BIG plus for the Garmin Forerunner 645. It really looks like a pretty decent ruggedized watch.

The Fitbit Ionic is really NOT suited for use in cold climes such as New Hampshire.

Intrigued by Garmin recommendation that it is best to have a fully charged battery prior to cold weather outings. I guess that is partly because the battery will drain faster in the cold.

So, this was good to know.


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Ski Day #4 Of 2018 (At Gunstock, New Hampshire) — February 1, 2018.

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The fourth & last Thursday of the Alton Central School (ACS) 2018 Ski Program — and given that it is ‘sponsored by them’ (so to speak) back at Gunstock, in Gilford. It was luckily, and to my intense relief, nowhere as cold as last week — and it was brutal last week. It was warmer BUT it was a miserable day as you can easily tell from the picture. No blue skies. No sun. Just dark, dreary grey clouds and pelting snow showers in the morning. We, however, prevailed.

The kids are amazingly resilient and buoyant. They were just glad that it wasn’t cold. They enjoyed themselves. We even went to the Summit — three times with the kids.

Since I continue to ski while the kids have their 1-hour, compulsory lesson, I probably skied a tad more than they did.

It snowed, lightly, all morning. Kind of got covered in light snow while sitting on the chair lifts. Also made the skiing surface a slightly slick and choppy. So, it wasn’t the best of skiing. Soft, fresh snow — and NO, NO, it was NOT powder. I don’t think we have had powder in New Hampshire in a long while.

Well, it is done. As far as I know there were no major (or for that even minor) mishaps. That is always a relief. I was trying to work it out today, sitting on a ski lift. This was probably the sixth or seventh year that I have champorened ski parties — this, however, the first in the U.S. They rest were all in Italy, way back, with British school kids. Skiing in the alps is a whole nother kettle of fish.

This was more skiing than I have done in a decade. Not sure whether I will go out again this winter. If I do, I will sure let you know.


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Ski Day #3 Of 2018 (At Gunstock, New Hampshire) — January 25, 2018.

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Third Thursday of the Alton Central School (ACS) 2018 Ski Program — and we were back at Gunstock. This took fortitude. It was BITTERLY cold, bloody cold. Much colder than last Thursday, and it had been cold then.

The forecast had called for 19°F (-7°C). When we were leaving at 1:45pm, with the Sun close to its peak, the Quest thermometer read 17°F (-8°C). It had been much colder in the morning.

When I got there at 7:50 in the morning, I was but the 4th vehicle in the visitor car park! I knew we were in for a challenging day. Other than the kids there weren’t many others around. Some of the kids stayed back too. This had some benefits. Zero lines and EMPTY, totally empty runs. I used the ‘Tiger Claw’ lift which serves mainly ‘intermediate’ and ‘expert’ terrains and much of the day I was the ONLY rider. Suffice to say I had the slopes to myself as some of the pictures testify.

The kids were cautioned against going to the Summit because of the cold — the long ride up being the main issue. Teischan took that to heart. She stayed on the lower slopes all day. I ventured further out once I had gauged the piste.

Gunstock, belying expectations, had done a VERY GOOD job grooming. I only encountered exposed ice on one slope — i.e., ‘Smith’ — and that is their widest slope. As such the 3 – 4 bare ice patches were easy to easy and easy to avoid. The rest of the slopes/trails were hard packed, but groomed piste. It was semi-hard, technical skiing BUT I enjoyed it. The skiing was fast and that always pleases me.

The kids did good. I skied more than I expected and more than most of the kids! That was not expected. Didn’t ski as much as the last two ski days, BUT you had to be there to appreciate how cold it was.

Well, another ski day done and dusted.

We were all glad when it ended — uneventfully.

One more day left and we are all hoping that it will be WARMER.

 


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Ski Day #2 Of 2018 (At Gunstock, New Hampshire).

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Second Thursday of the Alton Central School (ACS) 2018 Ski Program — and I was back at Gunstock as one of the MANY, MANY chaperones.

It was another good day, BUT boy was it cold, especially so in the morning. Low 20°F (-7°C) with a strong, incessant breeze. I got there at 8am and we started skiing at 9:15am. By 11am I had to come in because I was cold and had lost feeling in my fingers though wearing ‘good’ (but old) skiing gloves. The ‘kids’ were already in for lunch — so that was OK. It was 10 – 15°F colder than it had been the prior Thursday — BUT we all knew that that was exceptional.

Despite the cold (and yes, there are many (albeit much younger (and often much fatter than I)) would consider 20°F for skiing just fine) it was a GLORIOUS day. Blue skies and the sun beating down. After lunch, the breeze dropped and it was quite nice.

Gunstock had done a great job grooming SOME of the trails. And coming down those were FUN. Hard, tight packed — but not frozen — piste. Loved that. Some trails were left — intentionally I assume — ungroomed and the snow was slushy and harder to work.

But, we had fun. Had to stop at 1:35pm since the buses leave close to 2pm (though I bring Teischan back home with me). We did a fair amount of skiing. The kids did the Summit to bottom at least 3 times — maybe 4. I did it one extra time.

It was good. Sorry about the out of focus pictures. That is the Google Pixel 2. Guess taking pictures of Teischan skiing down — while I am on a chairlift going up is just a tad too much motion.


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Out Running In Central New Hampshire In 11°F (-12°C) Weather, December 19, 2016.

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I knew that today, Monday, December 19, 2016, was going to be ‘cold’ — BUT not cold enough to preclude my near daily ~2.5 mile run with the two dogs.

My self-imposed personal cut-off for running is 5°F (-15°C).

If it is warmer than that and there is no precipitation (read snow or sleet) or a howling gale wind I will venture out.

This morning at 9:30am it was 11°F and there was no wind — beautiful blue skies with a few wispy white clouds. I had no excuse. I had to go running.

Nothing special in terms of my winter wear. Just my normal 3-layers on top, T-shirt, sweatshirt and ski jacket. 15-year old waterproof sweatpants held up around my waist with a piece of string! Oh, and a protector to keep ‘them’ tucked close into my body to prevent possible frostbite!

Off we went. I worry about the dogs because they can’t turn around and tell me that it is too cold for them and that unlike I they have no clothes. But, they show no signs of distress. I watch the tails. I know their tails. As long as the tails are upright and erect I know that they are ‘OK’. Doesn’t seem to bother them. This is not new to them either. If I run, they run. So they have run in the cold before. It is Braxton, the Harrier, who has no coat of any sort, that amazes me. Yes, he, at 3 years, is young. The cold does not faze him. I checked his body when we got home. He was HOT.

Anywho … It was not bad. Actually quite nice. Didn’t feel cold! I was sweating when I got back. Just for good measure I then did 10-minutes of shoveling — not that there was any need because our driveway, thanks to all our administrations over the weekend was 100% clear and DRY.

So that was my run.


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The New Pentax K-70 Is Not A Fuji X-T2 But It Is A Temptation.

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The ‘New Camera’ that I read religiously every morning and every night has been promoting the Pentax K-70 for the last few days. It not for their incessant coverage I might have missed it altogether given that I am trying hard to be ‘ALL Fuji’. The “New Camera” Website is at: thenewcamera.com. Click to ENLARGE image and read here.


Oscar Wilde and I are one when it comes to this sentiment: “The only way to get rid of temptation is to yield to it… I can resist everything but temptation.” Temptation has been the greatest source of pleasure as well as the bane of my life — though I have always maintained, very truthfully, that I only succumbed, at best, to 10% of the temptation that came my way. When I was young, which (alas) was a long time ago, my temptations were mainly carnal. In my old age, having forgone my love of photography for 30 years because I was too busy with my career, the only temptations that stir me tend to be cameras! I am NOT sure whether I should be happy or sad about that — though I do realize that lusting after cameras, irrespective of how expensive they are, is still cheaper for me that lusting our my old temptations.

So, that is how the Pentax K-70 came into my life, with a resounding bang, yesterday.

A year ago I was convinced that the Pentax K-3 was going to be, as of September 2015, my MAIN camera. Well a lot of water and cameras have flown ‘under that bridge’, so to speak, in the last 9 months: Sony a77 II, Panasonic Lumix FZ1000, Sony RX100 II, Panasonic Lumix LX100 etc. etc. SMILE. Temptation. For I this is NOTHING!

These days, next to the U.K. “Daily Mail“, which I read, ‘cover-to-cover’, every morning (as I did when I lived in the U.K.), the only other publication that I do not miss is the “new camera“. They, over the last 3 days, have been shamelessly plugging the Pentax K-70. Eventually I took some notice.

WOW!

The Pentax K-70 really could be the camera for me!

Did I just say that. Isn’t the Fuji X-T2 THE DREAM CAMERA build to my exact specs?

As you might know I take a lot of pictures, every day — most of them outdoors. The ideal camera for me would be a very rugged one, WEATHER SEALED and able to work in New Hampshire’s below freezing winters.

The K-70 is for all-weather outdoor use, up to 14°F (10°C) in cold climes. That is still 9°F outside MY range of operation in that I will run in 5°F weather.

I will HAVE to monitor the K-70. There are claims that it’s auto-focus (AF) is very good and it’s image quality is exceptional. And then there is the ISO above 51,210. That I would like! So stay TUNED.

I might still surprise myself. As I saw in a forum, the K-70 could be as good as the Fuji X-T2 at 1/3rd the price! Yikes.


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Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 & LX100 Sensor & White Balance Appear To Be Affected By The Cold.

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Recent examples from very cold days.
In each case I had to use Manual White Balance.


Given that I live in New Hampshire (year round (at least for now)) and I am trying to take at least 6 photographs a day, without fail, for my “6 Images a Day” series, I use both my Panasonics, the Lumix FZ1000 & the Lumix LX100, in whatever temperature it is outside. Yes, I know that there must be a temperature rating for these cameras — BUT I haven’t checked. My rationale is that IF I am outside then my camera should be able to be outside with I.

OK. I just checked.
32°F (0°C) to 104°F (40°C).
That seems rather conservative.

I could be VERY WRONG but I have noticed that the cold — and by that I mean below 32°F (0°C) — seems to affect the Lumix sensors and in particular White Balance. In the cold everything literally has ‘cold’ greyish tint. I am forced to MANUALLY juggle White Balance and I am not very good at that. IF I can find some white I know, quite well, as to set a ‘Custom WB Setting’ by pointing at the white and hitting ‘set’. Today I broke down and ordered some White Balance cards! For $9 I can afford it and the layard more than anything else was the clincher. I can carry the cards with me.

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Click to access Amazon product page. I did NOT spend much time looking around. They all seemed to be in the $9 range — and I liked the lanyard. I will let you know when I get the cards.

I did a quick Google and found some evidence that maybe others too have seen this ‘affected by the cold’. Well I guess Panasonic’s stock answer will be that I am using it outside of spec. I will have to check the specs for the Fuji X-T2 — more than likely my next camera. Just wanted to share this with you all. 


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