Buena Vista on Highway 53

While out and about today and still looking for the perfect prairie grass I took highway 53 back rather than 93 (I already knew what was on 93 from an earlier trip). While I didn’t find the ideal clump of prairie grass, I did find a nice turnout, with a good view, that was westward looking.
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Pewit’s Nest

The fall color report on Travel Wisconsin has had a tantalizing photograph on its gallery from last year.  So, I decided to head down to figure out what some of the buttons on the new camera does and how to use them before I need to use them.  So, a trip to Pewit’s Nest was in order.

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What goes on behind the scenes of += with String in Java

For some reason, the designers of Java decided to make + and += work with Strings. These are the only Objects in Java that have an overloaded operator that turns out to do some magic behind the scenes.

You see it all over the place:

But when is this acceptable when when is it problematic?
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Baraga, Bond and Back

And up and leaving from Baraga.  There isn’t too much to say about this other than that I stopped by Bond Falls on the way back home.

I got into Bond Falls at about 10am.  Fortunately, the mosquitos weren’t out and ravenous as they were the previous afternoon.  However, the sun was shining on much of the falls creating some very large dynamic ranges on the scene making it very difficult to photograph… and so I continued home.  That’s about it.

Need to update my library and post some of the photographs from the trip.

Waterfalls of Baraga County

The day started out with a search for some insect repellant.  This has been a very buggy season – lots and lots of mosquitoes.  Started at the local mini-department store, but they were completely sold out.  After a bit of an excursion, found that there was only about a dozen cans of Deet based in the local gas station camping section and another dozen cans of permethrin at the local sporting goods – thats it in town and likely the county.

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A trip to Baraga county

The weather is finally right for a trip up to the upper peninsula – enough foliage on the trees, not too late in the season for the falls to go a bit dry… its time for drive.

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Lytro at Mitchell Park

I have a few cameras.  One in particular I haven’t had a chance to play with… yet.  Its a Lytro camera that has the ability to capture some of the three dimensional information about the scene (rather than just the flat focus plane).

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