Tuesday, March 22, 2016


Andean Bear Cub

If you have been reading my posts, you might remember that early into our Flower Power Cruise I lost my camera.  It was my point and shoot camera and it was old.  Ray has often suggested I get a new point and shoot because this one was having a few issues.  The power button needed extra care when turning on the camera.  Some of the pictures looked like something was wrong with the lens.  He had had a camera just like it and gotten a new one four years ago.

The reason I loved this camera was because it had a view finder.  It is difficult to find a point and shoot camera with a view finder.  I like to have the choice  to either use the view screen or the view finder.  Often, the view screen is difficult to see on a sunny day, and I have to just guess and hope that the picture I have taken is what I intended. 

I was lucky to have my big DSLR camera for the rest of the cruise, and also my iPhone...but I missed having that small camera that would fit in a pocket and take quick shots and movies.  Luck was with me!  Ray found my camera in the pocket of my robe.  I must have been taking a shot from the balcony in the morning while in my robe waiting for breakfast.  I forgot to mention in the other posts that Ray had found my camera.

After our cruise, we travelled to Washington, D.C. to visit Ray's daughter, Valerie.  While there we went to the National Zoo.  I will write about that later.  The sad thing....I have decided that I no longer love my point and shoot camera.  I sound like the woman on the insurance commercial who talks about loving her car and that she had even given her car a name...and then got into an accident and the poor car would have to be replaced.  Once she hears from the insurance company she is all happy.  Well, for me, I loved this camera...until our zoo visit.

           Here is a nine second clip of the video I made of these two playful bear cubs. 

Here is a 30 second clip of the same bear cubs.  If you have a tendency to get sea sick, please don't watch this.  If you are ready for an adventure, take a look.

So what happened!!!  I realized later, when we had left the zoo, that when I thought I was recording a video I was actually on standby.  And when I was on standby, I was really recording.  So all of my videos of these two bear cubs were ruined.  I have four other clips of them...well, of what I thought was them.  Now I do not like my camera.  If I had used the view screen instead of the view finder, I would have realized that I was not recording and I would have captured some fun videos.

Here is a still shot.

All was not lost though.  I used Ray's DSLR and recorded two videos of the bears.  Here they are.  You will understand why I am upset for messing up the other videos.  These bears were having lots of fun and putting on quite a show for us.

                                               Here are two more videos of these cute bears.

I think it is time to get a new point and shoot camera.  


  1. I agree with it being annoying not to be able to see the screen in bright light, but I have gotten used to having just a screen. Darling video of those bears! Happy shopping for a camera.

  2. Glad Ray found your camera but sorry to hear it is no longer a favorite. The videos are cute. They seem to be having fun. I did have to smile because I am one of the worst picture takers and I know that I can't blame the camera.