Wednesday, June 24, 2009

New Family Addition, New Confession, and a New Camera

Pretty bird!
She's a baby.
A very TINY baby! I took this picture the day after she came to live with us. Coco was about 8 - 9 weeks old at the time. She's a Green-cheeked conure who will remain small (not this small, though) and will learn to talk. She won't talk as prolifically as Bailey (whom you met in the video posted a few weeks ago) but that's okay. What she can't say, she makes up in sweetness.
As you know, we HAD four parrots. Two of them (the Amazons) were "rescue" birds and were meant to only be with us for a few months. Those months turned into years. They were previously a couple (Amazons mate for life) but we kept them in separate cages. They REALLY wanted to share one cage. Hubby and I aren't bird breeders and didn't want to be. Then, at the bird fair we attended a few weeks ago, we met a couple who were interested in our Amazons. We thought it would be a happier home for them and as a result, the Amazons have a new home and we have a new baby.
NOW - are you wondering what I'm about to confess?
Let me ask you a question: Do you notice anything different about my blog photos?
If you do, there's a reason. I left my "old" camera outside one night. As luck would have it, it was a night of heavy rain. No, it wasn't raining when I left it out there.
Long story short, the camera got drenched. Turned it on, it flickered a few times, then went black. Deader than the proverbial doornail. Responded as vigorously as a river rock. You get the idea.
SO.....I researched cameras and actually found a nice, affordable Canon, with which I photographed these flowers from my garden.
I later discovered that, if you remove the batteries and memory card from the drowned camera and bury it in a bed of uncooked rice, the rice may just revive it. (Evidently, rice will absorb all the moisture. But be patient! It may take 3-4 days.)
I now have two working digital cameras. One has been very reliable for several years; the other takes better closeups and handles macros and because it's new, is really neat-o! The reliable one now belongs to my Hubby.
The rice trick, by the way, works with cell phones, too.
Didn't I once state that rice is the answer to everything? (Spoken by a true Filipino-American!)
Have a wonderful rest of the week!


misselaineous said...

Beautiful flower pics!! Almost worth leaving your old camera out in the rain!! LOL!! Love the black background...really makes the colors pop! *elaine*

Janet C. Fish said...

I love the little birdie. It's so cute! Makes me want to get another. But I think Clare would be upset, try to kill it.

The pictures are terrific! I need to know what kind of camera that is.

KatCollects said...

Awwww your new baby is so sweet. And I SOOOO wish I would have known the rice trick when I dropped my phone in the washing machine while it was swishing, lol. Hmmmm, regular or instant rice? I may need that tip again with my luck ; )

Vickie said...

Hey Sher - Pretty little birdy. My sister LOVES birds. She'd have 100 of em if she could. I know they're alot of company!

I love your pictures with the black background! Those flowers really stand out! Hope things are going well for ya - Vickie


Hi Sher!!!
What a sweet little new Coco you have!! I love her!
Also love your new said Canon...what's the rest of it?
I'm looking for better pics too!
Yup...a whole year..who knew!!
Have a great Weekend my friend!
Deb :)

Anonymous said...

Wow I had not heard about that rice trick, I'll have to remember that! Does it work for laptop computers too? hehe...I once accidently treated mine to a cola - that was a bad bad day.


Michele said...

Sher ~ those flower pics are just beautiful! Thanks for the tip about rice...I hope I remember that if it ever happens to me!

What a cutie pie little birdie baby!


Patricia said...

The photos are gorgeous, you're going to have fun with this new camera! Thanks for the rice trick, could have used that in the past. Your new baby is precious, enjoy.
Patricia Rose-A Potpourri of Fabric, Fragrance and Findings

Le-Chat said...

Hey Sher,
My it's been ages since I visited you! Came over 'cause I found people coming over from you to me... isn't that great :D But I wanted to ask you: is it the Canon Powershot you bought? Been looking at it, it's really affordable and seems to have a lot of custom functions, not everything childishly automated, without being difficult to use for an amature/hobbyist like me. And your photo's do look great. What's your experience with that? Feel free to email me privately about it if you like .


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