One of my goals this summer was to work on my photography skills. I didn't find a class that worked with my schedule but I did do some reading and some trying-to-listen-to-my-husband-explain-technical-mumbo-jumbo. I've got a long way to go to learn how to use my camera to its full advantage, but here are some photos I took playing with my 50 mm lens and aperture priority settings. I have only the slightest understanding of what I'm doing, but it's a baby step in the right direction.
These were taken before the string of hot days that fried all living things to a crisp.