Ode to spring — as I see it
Posted on 13 Apr ’14 by Earl
This collection of images will serve as my ode to spring this year. They were all made on the same day, this past Saturday, three of them beautiful flowers Bonnie is growing and the rest from a nearby park where Maggie and I did our daily walk.
Here’s a little side story. I’ve wore glasses full time for years and years and regularly have eye examines. Over the last couple of years I’d been thinking my vision was slowly getting worst but each examination showed my eyes have been stabile the last four years and any changes in prescription would be very, very minor — not worth the money for new glasses/lens. It’s only in the last 6-9 months that things escalated and driving at night became a challenge with light sources displaying as large starbursts — try dodging that in heavy night traffic with hundreds of headlights and streetlights. I’d almost become convinced I was developing cataracts but the examines also showed that not to be true. I finally examined my four year old glasses and noticed a very fine haze which wouldn’t come off — no major scratches — it was micro-scratches from four years of cleaning them.
I received my new glasses about two weeks ago and what a difference…no more starbursts, no more fine haze. Now you might wonder how this fits in with the photos above. I’m embarrassed to admit this but with my old glasses I wasn’t able to see some low level noise and detail on the photos I’d been processing. Now everything pops out at me.
The glasses degraded so gradually I’d only noticed it when it reached a tipping point. Also, if my eye’s had been changing I’d have gotten new lens regularly and it wouldn’t have been an issue. Yeah, I know…it’s an old man story…you gotta laugh sometimes!