A true harbinger of spring here in the western U.P.-my first black fly bite. The little bastards like to get inside you cuffs, socks, neckline, or behind your ears and bite. You don't feel it while they are performing their evil, but later when it swells and burns. Makes a mosquito bite unmentionable.
I removed the "Like" function from the blog, which hitherto, I did not know was possible. While doing some design changes, I came across a switch to turn it off. My reasons are twofold. First, I despise anything that shares a Facebook-style template. Secondly, I want to encourage people to actually write their feedback by using the comments section. Checking a like box is like texting-it is faux communication and requires no expressive language effort. Flickr allows for comments in addition to marking favorites, which I regularly use to provide feedback when I see something that strikes me. When I get one of those canned favorites that have an annoying group logo/graphic, I delete them (and thereafter avoid posting in groups that encourage their use).
First round of buying annuals for the many pots and hanging baskets at Rauhallinen Farm today. The lawns need cutting again and the perennial beds weeding, but I am going to photograph this afternoon instead-I have all week to accomplish the factotum enterprise.
The woman up the road and to the west that either died or moved, leaving a barn that I have photographed on the exterior many times. Now that the property is vacant, I invited myself to peek inside the barn, which will likely not see another winter or two before collapsing. Literally dozens and dozens of potential shots inside-I went through a roll of 120 in the Rolleiflex faster than I can spell it. Will return this evening and shoot another. Lots of old junk, implements, and strange light through the decaying slats. A stellar find right on my doorstep. Have a good week. I cannot be outdoors enough when the weather is grand like this.