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From Instagram (@disconnectedots)

I typically don’t post my photos from Instagram on this blog, but my SLR and I have been taking a little break after a snafu with my memory cards and batteries. It’s been over 6 years since I’ve had my D50 and I have yet to upgrade; I figure I’ll take the plunge once I actually start working and am able to buy it completely on my own.

The good news is that the camera and I will be taking another trip together soon, very soon … to Africa. I’m heading to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania in 9 days. 9 days! Kilimanjaro is floating around as a very lofty goal, but I almost choked today when I saw how much it costs to climb (think in the thousands). The climb would cost me as much as my round-trip plane ticket, not to mention my complete lack of climb-appropriate clothing and gear. However, nothing makes me sadder than the thought of bypassing a Once-In-A-Lifetime Opportunity.

Preparations for the trip are coming along, but two things seem to pop up for every one thing that I finish.

Vermont

I found myself in Vermont a couple of days ago hoping to get some nature-y shots for a project. Unfortunately, both my batteries died before I was able to get any landscape shots, but I stumbled upon this fascinating and kind of disgusting cluster of moss and things toying with the residuals of some nearby stream.

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Autumn

These were taken yesterday just outside my apartment. It’s absolutely gorgeous outdoors right now — I’m hoping to go on a drive this weekend and capture more of the red-orange-yellow-green beauty that will soon be gone.

San Jose Museum of Art

Trekked to downtown San Jose last week to eat and check out the Museum of Art. Having lived in cities my entire life, I’m always slightly disconcerted by a lack of people and general activity. Parking was uncomfortably easy to find in most cases and restaurants and streets were eerily quiet.

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