Happy memories but I was middle aged..........

A view of White Sands park by Rebelann1949 aka Rebelann aka M.L.M. taken in 2006.
@rebelann (41231)
El Paso, Texas
April 16, 2016 4:03pm CST
Everyone is talking about their childhood memories which all seem to be so very happy so I thought I'd twist it up a little. To explain, as a child we moved so often that most memories were of mom trying to control my younger sibling while she was either packing, unpacking or worrying about when all her furniture and stuff would arrive. I am the eldest by 3 and a half years so I do recall poor moms dilemma. She didn't have it easy to say the least. Now as for happy memories, well I have a ton of em. Mostly they're of my furbabies, they've provided me with ample photo ops but there are those rare occasions when I'd venture out of town for a day trip. I'd bought a new car, one of those almost van type cars that Mazda produced in 2006 and decided why not take a trip to Ruidoso but rather than simply taking the straight shot to get there I went the route through Las Cruces which took me to I70. The whole southwest region had it's first flood like rains in recorded history that August and we were finally at the end of it all, it was late September. Now I've been in White Sands park many times, usually it would be hot, sunny and dry but on this day although it was hot it was wet because it had just rained. The clouds on the horizon in this photo were actually moving northward after dumping a lotta rain in the park. I'd never seen pools of rain in White Sands before and naturally I just had to take pictures. This picture is among the last ones that I took with my old 35mm Nikon camera, I actually had to trim the left side of it off because the camera had a leak and the light it let in ruined that end of it. You know, I still miss that camera, it took the best landscape shots. What is your favorite camera like?
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@DianneN (78053)
• United States
16 Apr 16
I love the reflection of the sky and clouds in the water. It's awesome! My favorite camera, sadly, is on my iPad and iPhone.
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@rebelann (41231)
• El Paso, Texas
16 Apr 16
Thank you, it was the first time I'd ever seen a puddle of water in white sands. I've heard that both iPad and iPhones have really good cameras, what is the megapixel of the camera on those?
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• United States
20 Apr 16
@rebelann if the puddle was visible does that mean the sand is far more dense than anticipated ?
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@rebelann (41231)
• El Paso, Texas
20 Apr 16
Yes, it's sand but when there's a downpour it takes a while for the water to soak in @enlightenedpsych2 I just happened to be in the area before the water was all gone.
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@jaboUK (53922)
• United Kingdom
16 Apr 16
That's a lovely shot - the reflection makes it special. It's good to write about happy memories - it doesn't matter when they happened. I still haven't got round to getting my camera fixed - I might just get a new one like you suggested before.
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@rebelann (41231)
• El Paso, Texas
16 Apr 16
Thank you Oh how I hope you get a new one, the options are tremendous so you'll have a hard time choosing but may I suggest you make sure to get one that has a high Megapixel output? Mine takes shots at 24 megapixels which means if I get a really good shot than I can enlarge them to 8x10 without the photo looking too grainy.
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@jaboUK (53922)
• United Kingdom
16 Apr 16
@rebelann I ain't no professional!! All I want is to point and shoot.
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@rebelann (41231)
• El Paso, Texas
16 Apr 16
Well, iPads and iPhones are supposed to be pretty good too @jaboUK I'm thinkin of checkin those out just fer kicks.
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@KristenH (24052)
• Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
16 Apr 16
I don't have a favorite camera. But I want a digital camera by the end of the year if not a smart phone. My childhood wasn't a happy one per se.
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@rebelann (41231)
• El Paso, Texas
16 Apr 16
Yeah, childhood isn't always happy, sometimes it's full of hard knocks so we learn to be happy adults.
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@KristenH (24052)
• Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
16 Apr 16
@rebelann I agree with you there.
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@sishy7 (27647)
• Australia
16 Apr 16
That is such a neat picture - the water, the white sand, and the clouds are so cool! I don't have a favorite camera. These days I take pictures mostly using my mobile.
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@rebelann (41231)
• El Paso, Texas
16 Apr 16
Thank you I'm going to look for a good smartphone so I can join the hip crowd
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@mommaj (22768)
• United States
19 Apr 16
I am really impressed with the phone's camera. LOL I know that is horrible I should carry a camera around. It is just so much easier to carry a phone than a camera. To top it off I can call people and go on the internet when not using the camera. HAHAHA
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@rebelann (41231)
• El Paso, Texas
19 Apr 16
Hummmm, that is a good point. I'm lookin at the iPads n iPhones but so far I'm not as impressed with the megapixel they have for their cameras ..... I do like the idea of being able to download coupons and insurance id's on them though. They're not all that cheap either.
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@mommaj (22768)
• United States
19 Apr 16
@rebelann Honestly I use a tablet for the kids. It does everything a computer does and it has a camera too. LOL That's all my son was after besides youtube of course. LOL I use it sometimes and the only thing I wouldn't do on it is word docs. I have a keyboard for it but the screen is too small and it irritates me. LOL
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@rebelann (41231)
• El Paso, Texas
20 Apr 16
I love my PC but now I think I need to learn about tablets, ipads, ipods, iphones and all that other nonsense @mommaj I wonder if there's any classes on those dillys for us elders ..... dang, I never thought I'd be referrin to meself as an elder I've been in denial
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@LadyDuck (157147)
• Switzerland
17 Apr 16
This is a wonderful photo, the 35 mm Nikon cameras took the best photos. My husband still regret his Nikon that was stolen in our apartment when we were burgled.
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@rebelann (41231)
• El Paso, Texas
17 Apr 16
I have to agree with that, I love my Nikons, even the digital ones I have take great shots.
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@LadyDuck (157147)
• Switzerland
18 Apr 16
@rebelann I have two small digital Canon (the Ixus and a Powershot SX610, they are good cameras.
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@rebelann (41231)
• El Paso, Texas
18 Apr 16
I haven't used a canon @LadyDuck most of mine have been Nikons or Kodaks
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@richnonai (501)
• Pattaya, Thailand
17 Apr 16
After reading all of your comments, I guess I am the only person who had and still remembers my old Kodak Brownie! Stick in the film and shoot!
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@rebelann (41231)
• El Paso, Texas
17 Apr 16
Hummmm, I don't recall the brownie part but boy was it so easy to use and it took some nice shots as well. If only I could find a place that would transfer the film from those to dvd.
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• Pattaya, Thailand
17 Apr 16
@rebelann The majority of those old pictures are old but a few that I had were scanned and cleaned up with one of the photo sites.
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@rebelann (41231)
• El Paso, Texas
17 Apr 16
You were able to scan the film @richnonai ? How?
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@lilnana1111 (2343)
• United States
23 Apr 16
Are you from New Mexico? I grew up most of my childhood in NM, loved White Sands.
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@rebelann (41231)
• El Paso, Texas
23 Apr 16
Wow, so you grew up near Alamagordo? I'm an Army brat and dad settled in El Paso TX about 5 months before my 10th birthday.
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• United States
23 Apr 16
@rebelann I grew up in Alamo, was born in El Paso.
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@rebelann (41231)
• El Paso, Texas
23 Apr 16
Wow, I wasn't born here but it's my hometown @lilnana1111 I've been here since 1959.
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• United States
19 Apr 16
It is now long gone but one of my favorite cameras was an old Polaroid my great uncle had, watching the black and white dyes create a picture , making it come to life in a developing room, oh the best memories--- except for the developing chemicals, whoa did those smell yucky ! Your picture is delightful to gaze into @rebelann
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@rebelann (41231)
• El Paso, Texas
20 Apr 16
Oh wow, how kool .... I've never seen pictures being developed the old fashioned way, now it's all done by those Fuji one hour dillybobs I'm glad you like my photo.
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• United States
20 Apr 16
@rebelann yeah I know it is a really interesting process when you mix the chemicals correctly and actually see your work come to life. The fact that a lot is digital takes away from the true beauty of development-- awesome to watch; but those chemicals, at least that has been done away with Oh your welcome on the photo as I never seen the White Sands photographed that way, a very nice capture
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@rebelann (41231)
• El Paso, Texas
20 Apr 16
I just happened to be there at an unusual time @enlightenedpsych2 it was so totally awesome that day, so many tiny "lakes" all over the place which isn't something we see around there very often.
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• Midland, Michigan
13 May 16
my current camera which replace my kodak which imploded with a cake.
So there isn't normally any water at all at that park? It looks so natural there and quite breathtaking actually. Thanks for sharing God's handiwork with the rest of us here. I've never owned an expensive camera. The one I used to have was a Kodak, which was digital and my current one is a canon which I think I shared about on bubblews. I'll see if I can round up a photo otherwise I'll wait.
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@rebelann (41231)
• El Paso, Texas
13 May 16
White Sands is in the same general region as I live in, it's mostly desert and rain is scarce. The trouble is that if it does rain it usually pours with heavy rain coming down fast and furious then when it's over there are puddles all over the place which does eventually seep into the ground but that can take a while depending on how much rain we get. This was the aftermath of one very heavy downpour. My first camera was a Kodak, it used that cartridge film which was that 126 or 110 mm. Then mom bought me my first pro camera in 1980, she'd put it on layaway for my birthday but she didn't give it to me until Christmas, it cost her over 450 bucks and boy was I shocked and delighted when I got it. Now I have digital but I miss the film cameras.
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• Midland, Michigan
13 May 16
@rebelann I still say that doesn't look like much of a puddle. It looks more like a lake. I've had many film camera's in my lifetime, too many to remember. The two I talked about above are my more recent ones. I understood the kodak one better, but I know that canon is a good product too. Did you change your title because of what I said about age? Actually, I just remembered it was someone else's post where they discussed their age. I don't remember you having the ending phrase here before and I'm not sure where being middle aged comes into this topic?
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@rebelann (41231)
• El Paso, Texas
13 May 16
No, I didn't change the title @MarshaMusselman the reason I commented that I was middle aged is because at the time I posted this everyone was writing about their wonderful childhood memories.
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@Missmwngi (9572)
• Nairobi, Kenya
19 Apr 16
My favourite camera is my phone ha haa
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@rebelann (41231)
• El Paso, Texas
20 Apr 16
So many people are telling me the same thing, I'm going to have to check one of them out to see if I would as well.
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@Missmwngi (9572)
• Nairobi, Kenya
20 Apr 16
@rebelann I guess that is where the digital world is taking us
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@rebelann (41231)
• El Paso, Texas
20 Apr 16
Well, @Missmwngi those phones still don't give the 24 megapixel quality my camera does.
@BelleStarr (38213)
• United States
12 May 16
I watch the Today show visit White Sands National Park this week, I never heard of it before. It looked lovely and your photo is actually great with the reflection and that stark white sand.
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@rebelann (41231)
• El Paso, Texas
11 Jul
I am so sorry it has taken me this long to answer this. Thank you, I had one of those lucky days when it actually rained in the southwest. I haven't been back there since 2006 but maybe I will go when it gets cooler and schools back in session.
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@PatZAnthony (12649)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
19 Apr 16
Must say-the camera on my Samsung Tablet is the best ever.
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@rebelann (41231)
• El Paso, Texas
20 Apr 16
Hummm, I've heard that Samsung makes some pretty good electronics. I'll have to check out their phones, maybe I can afford a good one.
@marlina (73885)
• Canada
17 Apr 16
Really love that photo.
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@rebelann (41231)
• El Paso, Texas
17 Apr 16
Thank you, I'm kinda proud of it.
@PainsOnSlate (20254)
• Canada
17 Apr 16
That photo is awesome! I have never seen anything like that. When my kids were small we couldn't afford printing phtos so I rarely took pictures, it was a cheap simple kodack. When i joined Gather.com years ago my husband and Son took me shopping to find a digital that I would like. I am still using it. It is perfect for what I do. I know its old but ......It is a Cannon and with the editing program on my computer I can do just about anything with my photos.
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@rebelann (41231)
• El Paso, Texas
17 Apr 16
Oh I remember a lot of your posts with all those awesome pictures for enhancement then when you went to bubblews you did the same until those dingalings goofed the whole thing up.
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@Teep11 (7059)
• United States
16 Apr 16
Hot, hot, muy caliente. (Very hot) in Florida. No rain today but they forcasted that it rain later. We always got to view something new. Keep enjoying takjng great photos. Be blessed.
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@rebelann (41231)
• El Paso, Texas
16 Apr 16
I believe it, Florida is always hotter than we are in the normal years .... I've heard you guys have gotten some cold winters over the years though. Thank you and to you as well
• United States
16 Apr 16
i bet that was breathtakin' to see'n person - what a great shot! i miss my minolta, but get 'long alright with this canon. jest wish i could afford a macro lens fer the danged thingy! lol
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@marguicha (94564)
• Chile
16 Apr 16
I have had many favorite cameras although I´m not a good photographer. I remember the several rolls photos we took at Ciudad de Mexico. I was awed by the life at the Zócalo, the city´s square. That was with my Canon. Now I have a digital camera that is getting old too.
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@rebelann (41231)
• El Paso, Texas
16 Apr 16
I only have that one, the others although they're good cameras weren't favorites of mine.
@Corbin5 (106168)
• United States
16 Apr 16
You rock the photography thing! Gorgeous photo. I never took many photos and just use the iPhone for photos and for a novice like me, it serves me well.
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@rebelann (41231)
• El Paso, Texas
16 Apr 16
Wow, Thank you I keep thinking I need to get me an iPhone or something like it, I feel so left out
• Aberdeen, Scotland
16 Apr 16
Nowadays my camera is my iPhone. Your picture is lovely
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@rebelann (41231)
• El Paso, Texas
16 Apr 16
I need to really research the whole iPhone market, if I get a really good one I might stop using my Nikon .... ok, maybe I just won't use it as much
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