ARCTIC FOX 29-5T FIFTH WHEEL USER REPORT – REVIEW

Milo McGiver State Park Campground
Our first campsite ever in our new 2018 Arctic Fox 29-5T: Milo McGiver State Park in Oregon. What a beautiful place.

This post is just to let you know that I have just published a User Report about the Arctic Fox 29-5T fifth wheel travel trailer. I am not including the report in in my blog email update simply because it is much too long and might be a bore for disinterested readers. Truth be told, there are numerous tidbits of information within the report that may be valuable for any RVer or would-be RVer. Even so, I will let people who are interested click through to the report.

I will, in brief, say that in general, when I write a User Report that’s what it is, a user report, not a fluff piece that simply quotes a manufacturer’s literature or points you to a page where I can profit from you making a purchase. It’s based on actual experience. After 6 years of RVing experience and having lived in RVs for something akin to three years I may be in a better position to tell you about things from the perspective of an RV owner than many if not most RV salespeople or manufacturers.

Within the report I compare the 2018 model year I own to the current 2020 unit pointing out some changes, some small and some large. I also make some comments more reflective on the RV industry as a whole. If you are considering the purchase of an Arctic Fox 29-5T I would consider my report a must-read. I also think there is useful information within the report for anybody considering the purchase of any RV. Hopefully, anybody who reads the report for any reason will find something of value.

Lupine Leaves

Lupine
Lupine leaves with raindrops. This image is copyrighted property and may be used only as specified: Feel free to use this photo on your personal devices for personal, private, non business uses. If you wish to share this photo or others I may post please do so only by using any Share buttons that may be available on the page or by providing the page URL to those with whom you wish to share. Thank you.

I remember making this photo. It was exhausting. Not because I spent hours lighting and shooting dozens of frames from different angles to make a focus stacking shot. Unlike my studio flower shots this one was made outdoors, with natural light, with one exposure: click…done.

While walking I came across some lupines in a neighborhood garden shortly after a rain shower. The little beads of water on the leaves really caught my eye. Click or tap to enlarge and you’ll see what I mean. I knew the droplets wouldn’t last, that they would soon dry up. I was maybe a half mile from home which is where my camera was at the time. I knew if I was to be able to catch the droplets before they dried up I was going to have to get some exercise…and so I ran home to snatch up my tripod and camera.

Water Lily

WaterLily
This top down view of a water lily was made from five photos using the focus stacking technique. This image is copyrighted property and may be used only as specified: Feel free to use this photo on your personal devices for personal, private, non business uses. If you wish to share this photo or others I may post please do so only by using any Share buttons that may be available on the page or by providing the page URL to those with whom you wish to share. Thank you.

This is another view of a water lily. I posted another view of the same flower recently, here. I don’t recall shooting the flower, but I can see I shot five photos from which I made this photo using the focus-stacking technique.

I’m not sure I mentioned it before…in case I haven’t I recently made a gallery with some of my flower photos which makes it easy to click through them one after the other. Find it here.

ANEMONE

This close-up of an anemone always makes me feel like it’s looking back at me. This image is copyrighted property and may be used only as specified: Feel free to use this photo on your personal devices for personal, private, non business uses. If you wish to share this photo or others I may post please do so only by using any Share buttons that may be available on the page or by providing the page URL to those with whom you wish to share. Thank you.

I do not recall photographing this anemone and I’m not near the original photo of it at the moment in order to be able to check: although I’m pretty sure I used the focus-stacking technique to produce this image I cannot at the moment say how many photos were used in creating it.

The anthers on the outside are covered with a blue pollen while those nearer the center are more of a yellow color because they have not yet developed theirs. That’s my guess, anyway.

Besides its striking color and appearance I always think of this flower as a hairy eyeball. That’s maybe kind of a little creepy, but there you have it.

GODETIA

Pink Godetia
Pink Godetia, made from a stack of 27 photographs utilizing the focus-stacking technique. Feel free to use this photo on your personal devices for personal, private, non business uses. If you wish to share this photo or others I may post please do so only by using any Share buttons that may be available on the page or by providing the page URL to those with whom you wish to share. Thank you.

This blog has grown to the point where I don’t remember half the things I’ve already posted. That’s not usually a problem but sometimes I find myself uploading a photo that’s already in my media library. I did that just the other day with the shot of broccoli Romanesco, and I almost did it again with this shot of a lovely godetia.

I want to say that this is one of my very favorite photos but it seems I have been saying that a lot lately. I guess I have a lot of favorites. I suppose that’s fair because I’m sure I’ve taken millions of photos over the years–I think I’m entitled to a few hundred favorites.

This flower came home with me from a local flower shop and I set about photographing it a number of different ways. I love the gentle gradations of color, the folds with delicate interplay of light and shadow. It seems soft and inviting to me, as if I could walk into the photo and snuggle up amidst the petals for a little nap.

This image was made from a stack of 27 separate photos using the focus-stacking technique.

ASCLEPIAS

Asclepias
Asclepias, or milkweeds, produce some of the most complex flowers in the plant kingdom, comparable to orchids in complexity. Feel free to use this photo on your personal devices for personal, private, non business uses. If you wish to share this photo or others I may post please do so only by using any Share buttons that may be available on the page or by providing the page URL to those with whom you wish to share. Thank you.

I have no recollection of photographing this flower. Maybe it’s because I photographed it 10 years ago. Maybe it’s because I just had a beer. Either way, I came across this image as I was rummaging through my archives of flower photos for something to post in order to offer some entertainment.

Just as I didn’t recall shooting this flower I also didn’t recall knowing anything about it so I did a quick Google and learned from the Wikipedia page it’s a milkweed and “members of the genus Asclepias produce some of the most complex flowers in the plant kingdom, comparable to orchids in complexity.  Five petals reflex backwards revealing a gynostegium (fused stamen filaments and styles) surrounded by a five-membrane corona. The corona is composed of a five paired hood and horn structure with the hood acting as a sheath for the inner horn. Glands holding pollinia are found between the hoods. The size, shape and color of the horns and hoods are often important identifying characteristics for species in the genus Asclepias.” That’s TMI for me. I just enjoy looking at the photo.

This image was made from 17 separate photographs using the focus-stacking technique.

BLUSHING BRIDE PROTEA

Blushing Bride Protea
I wouldn’t be surprised if the blushing bride protea got its name its delicate, pink petals. Feel free to use this photo on your personal devices for personal, private, non business uses. If you wish to share this photo or others I may post please do so only by using any Share buttons that may be available on the page or by providing the page URL to those with whom you wish to share. Thank you.

Very different in appearance than the pincushion protea, this blushing bride protea has the most delicate, translucent, pink petals and a very soft appearance created not only by it’s petals and coloring but by its feathery filaments (more obvious in the photo below).

I found this blossom at a local florist and took it home to shoot in my living room studio. I used the focus stacking technique, combining seven separate photos into the image you see above. For the image you see below, 17 photos comprised the stack. Retouching, however, took much, much longer than the shooting because of the artifacts created by the focus stacking technique–when a lot of photos go into the stack more artifacts tend to be created, especially where there is a lot of fine detail.

Blushing Bride Protea
Shooting this delicate blushing bride protea took but a fraction of the time it took to retouch out the artifacts created by the focus stacking process.

A SAFER RV CARDIO WORKOUT DURING LOCKDOWN… & OTHER TIMES TOO

Omnium Over-Drive
A small, light, well made bike trainer, the Omnium Over-Drive, may be a good choice for the RVer.

While RVing around the country, long before Covid-19, there were many occasions where I hungered for a decent cardio workout but circumstances were not conducive. Either there was a cold spell, maybe rainy weather, or maybe it was too hot. Sometimes the weather was fine but the neighborhood was not ideal–too much traffic with no safe place to run or ride my bike, or terrain that was too steep, for example. Maybe it’d be nighttime and unsafe to ride or to run. Now, with Covid-19 around there’s yet another reason to workout indoors.

I recalled hearing about some rather compact bicycle trainers you could put your own bicycle on and I thought, perhaps, that if I had something along those lines I might be able to ride my bike inside the RV while avoiding the pitfall of the day that would otherwise prevent me from getting a cardio workout. So, it was off to another research project.[READ MORE…]

BROCCOLI ROMANESCO

Romanesco Broccoli, Roman cauliflower, Broccolo Romanesco, Romanesque cauliflower or simply Romanesco
It’s called many things: Romanesco broccoli, Roman cauliflower, Broccolo Romanesco, Romanesque cauliflower, Romanesco, but whatever it’s called what makes it very interesting is that it’s a great example of fractals in nature–and it’s delicious! Feel free to use this photo on your personal devices for personal, private, non business uses. If you wish to share this photo or others I may post please do so only by using any Share buttons that may be available on the page or by providing the page URL to those with whom you wish to share. Thank you.

One day at the supermarket I came across a strange looking vegetable, the sign on the shelf labeling it as “broccoli Romanesco”. I thought it somewhat bizarre and foreign looking, something I wouldn’t ever want to eat, but its appearance was striking. (Tap or click on the image to enlarge.)

The vegetable appeared to be a series of cones arranged in a spiral and each cone was made up of a series of smaller cones arranged in a spiral, and each of those made up of yet smaller cones so arranged. How cool is that? “Romanesco has a striking appearance because its form is a natural approximation of a fractal.”–Wikipedia.

I made this image from eight separate photographs using the focus-stacking technique. Then I made dinner and the broccoli Romanesco was delicious!

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