About a year ago, my dear and trusted little point-and-shoot camera broke. Not totally broke, but damaged in such a way that sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t. Given the rapid evolution of technology, I suppose my 11-year-old camera should have been put out to pasture long ago, but it’s a sweet thing that’s been my regular companion on many adventures (like France) and still takes lovely photos — when it decides to cooperate.

As backup, I’ve resorted to using my iPhone for picture-taking, which is fun and makes me feel like I’m participating in the 21st century. But it is not a camera camera — even if it makes that clicky noise when I push its button — and I’ve had a camera camera in my pocket for as long as I can remember.

Two weeks ago, I finally broke down and bought a new camera camera, a Canon PowerShot A1400 with a nifty zoom feature and a wide-angle lens. AND it has a view finder — happy dance — which makes framing and seeing subjects a lot easier than a backlit screen in sunlight.


Alas, there are things my new camera camera cannot do:

It cannot send emails.
It cannot make phone calls.
It cannot access the internet.
It cannot receive text messages.

And so it was that I found myself yesterday on one of my first adventures with my new camera camera, walking in the about-to-be-spring woods.

I could not send emails.
I could not make phone calls.
I could not access the internet.
I could not receive text messages.

Which is not to say that I regularly send emails or make phone calls while I am enjoying my walks, but with the iPhone there is the ever-present possibility of those connections. There is the constant seduction of technology right at my fingertips, the buzz and ding of incoming — INCOMING! — chatter. The familiar impetus to leave here and be somewhere else, even if here is the most glorious place I could be.

Yesterday, I left my iPhone at home. It was just me and my camera camera and the most quiet walk I have enjoyed since June.

Happy Dance!


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  1. This coming summer I am going to Ethiopia and have been told I need to get a nicer camera. Mine takes ok photos in the house and outside when it is daytime, but does not work so well for real zooming or sunsets and sunrises, which are spectacular here. After reading this, I will at least think about it.

    1. I went with a lower price-point on the Canon, but there are a number of really good quality cameras you can find under $250. Do you know what I do? When I see photos that my favorite bloggers take, I ask what camera they use. Especially if they seem to be able to capture images the way I would like (i.e. zooming in close from far away, or being up-close and getting crisp images).

    2. One of my best friends is from there. He and his wife invited me to go back “home” with them in July. We are going to visit his relatives a bit and then take a road trip around the country, e.g. Lake Tana, Axum, headwaters of the Blue Nile.

    1. I have to admit that I am a bit envious of the fact that your snow is gone. There’s still around a half-meter of snow in the woods here and the temperatures are significantly colder than is our usual.

    2. Ah, slippery patches abound. Just as you build up a good head of steam, you have to slow down for sun-deprived spots. It’s still cold here – frost on the windshield this morning, icy roads expected tonight. But snowdrops in the yard tell me “any day now, any day.” Any signs of spring there?

  2. There is something to be said about not having the capabilities to shoot and send images right away, slowness can allow you to savor.

  3. Love this post! It is such a great reminder of how sometimes just removing the possibility makes life simpler. As someone who is trying to live a simpler life, this is a great reminder of why sometimes it is best to just leave technology at home. Thanks for this-

    1. We’re so used to having technology as part of our lives. But if you think about all of the quiet time we no longer allow ourselves as a result? Sometimes, you just have to leave it home! (Thanks for visiting!)

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