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Fore! August 22, 2006

Posted by jessicraft in fitness, golf, health.

As I’ve said previously, I really should have left this more open to being “a beginners blog.” I know what you might be thinking – what is a twenty-something year old girl doing figuring out her interests only now – and the truth is I had lots of interests but went through a kind of dry-spell in terms of ‘activities’ and am rediscovering things, I suppose. And, hey, interests change.

So, yet another relatively recent development – golf. A couple of years ago I had my first job that was, well, y’know – like a grown-up. I had a desk, a phone, an e-mail address, good gracious, what a grown-up! With this came – golf. Before this job I had golfed once previously in my life with my family, as my mother is an avid golfer. That experience, probably near a decade earlier, did not go so well to put it mildly.

This time around I found things to be quite different, and golf seems to be a big part of becoming a Grown Up if you want to get into the corporate world (and I do! and I’m still looking if anybody who comes across this has a job for me!). We had a day of learning with Links for Women Golf Schools at RattleSnake, which involved lessons from various club pros at the driving range, the putting green, on golf etiquette and a round of nine with a club pro in the afternoon. Luckily for me, many of the women golfing with me from my office were very new golfers themselves.

It wasn’t much later that I found myself at The Rock, where my foursome managed to golf a single hole before being completely rained out. Just that was very intimidating and that essentially ended my golf for the summer.

Last year I decided I’d like to give it another try – I had come to appreciate the skill involved and understood that golf does take strength and flexibility. It was a challenge, I was terrible at it, so I wanted to learn more (I will always find ways to be a student). I managed to get out to the driving range a few times and had some good laughs with my girl friends “working on the short game” at local miniputt places. I also golfed my first round of 18 holes at Manderley on the Green and tried another nine with friends at Irish Hills Golf & Country Club. It wasn’t much, but it was enough of a taste to get me interested.

So far this year I’ve done the driving range thing a few times, gone to Irish Hills, Pakenham Highlands Golf & Country Club and most recently Amberwood Golf & Country Club.

I guess that’s a little intro to my golf experience so far – I’m a completely horrid golfer but am starting to understand a little more about how I hit, so far I’ve been told that I have a good looking swing, so I guess it’s just practice.

Pakenham Highlands VII

Pakenham Highlands

Stay tuned for .. I dunno, thoughts on courses from a beginner and workin’ through these clubs.  Hybrids yay, driver so-so, irons not-so-much, that’s a quickie run down so far.


A marvelous night for a moondance… August 22, 2006

Posted by jessicraft in photography.

After enjoying an earlier evening’s long-exposure goodness my friend and I returned to try shooting the moon. Usually when you shoot things in the evening you go about it in two ways – one, you might try using a high ISO, wide aperture, to get things moving quickly; two, you might get out the tripod and use slower ISOs and smaller aperture settings and long exposures.

I had tried to take shots of the moon before and because it’s night I started with the above in mind. However, what one easily forgets when shooting the moon, is how much light the moon gives off. It’s incredibly bright so you don’t need the super long exposures or the wide aperture.

After some experimentation I came at the following result – and while things looked fairly focused on my camera, the final result is far too blury for my liking. I think that’s part of the problem with my lens but it could also be poor focusing on my part. Anyhow, here is the result.

The Moon, Bright Crop

Need to keep trying, but I think I’m heading in the right direction..