I don't know why, but I was pre-occupied with removing my neck warmer and didn't think about the camera strap around my neck so when I pulled my warmer OFF, I heard something crash to the ground. The camera came off unexpectedly too. I don't know why I just didn't put my Canon T2i on the table first. Later in the evening I inspected the damage and as it turns out the camera appears to be fine. No dents, bumps or scratches. The lens flange is also working without binding but the zoom ring may be slightly stiffer than normal as it appears that it landed on the corner of the lens breaking the scalloped lens hood and bending the protective UV filter ring.
I was worried that the filter would be stuck onto the lens but it was easily removed. The other side was bent at least 30 degrees and the lens cap had to be forced on. I got a pair of pliers and bent the ring back to normal position but wreaked the outer threads, but at least the lens cap fit
The lens hood fits into a channel near the end of the lens. It was not broken but looked stressed. I managed to use my glue gun and with a piece of clear plastic from some packaging I used it to piece the lens hood back into service .
I got one side lined up perfectly, but this side, not so much
It seems to work okay, but I have to be careful not to put too much pressure on it in case the glued joints come apart
I ordered another hood from the local dealer and it should arrive in 3 months. They are not very busy this time of year so I have to wait until they get their Spring shipment .
New Years Day 2011 started off very cold around -6c . It has been the coldest in recent years. Last year it was pouring rain. This year there was frost everywhere
All of the ditches were frozen over
even the blueberry bushes were patiently waiting for Spring
We usually arrive at the farm, park our car and then walk back with the Polar Bear participants back to the River. I fall behind as I am busy snapping photos along the way
If you come back when the Blueberries are in season you can pick some for yourselves using that tried formula of; two for me, one for you. Eventually though, you will get your containers full around the same time as your stomach fills
After some traditional formalities, the swim gets underway with a crossing of the Alouette River . Some walk in and dunk while others swim accross
And others are content to hold a camera, observe & record the action
A few years ago there was a problem when they realized that they should have a safety system in place so now they have a rescue kayak on site
after the swim we head back to the farm for breakfast
I can't help but notice all the food out on display
I'm starting to get hungry. It takes a lot of energy to carry and aim a camera
I also notice some appertifs in the middle
today I am driving so I settle for the bottomless coffee pot
and a sneak peek at the treasured award, of which we were a recipient a few years ago
Here's another image from SonjaM's back yard (<-- click)