Due to the Memorial Day Marathon Work Session, I ended up with a nice 5 day weekend: Alhamdulillah! I needed a break.

So Wednesday, I started up what I thought would be an quick-and-easy-enough project: refinishing the front door. Had I remembered the fun Mike Miller had when he refinished the front door of that house in Springfield back in 2003 or 2004, I might have reconsidered…

More on that in future posts.

Anyway, after a Wednesday of no-small-frustration, Hana and I headed off to the Dallas Arboretum after a leisurely Thursday morning of coffee and Quran. I hoped to have enough pictures to call it a photowalk and share a nice gallery (something like the one I shared a couple of years ago…), but I ended up with maybe 4 worth looking at again, and only two worth sharing.

Have my standards gotten higher? A look at my recent output suggests otherwise.

Was there something wrong with the place? Other than less-than-ideal light, nope.

So it must have been me… and it was, due partly to the aforementioned door project (though the frustration had yet to reach its peak), partly to still being hungover from the work project that got me the holiday, and mostly just worn down by time: we’re entering the part of the year where there is barely 7 hours between the Isha’a prayer and the Fajr prayer, which means it’s very difficult to get my six solid hours of sleep every night, and I have yet to find a good napping time in my schedule.

InshaAllah, I’ll get that sorted out soon. In the meantime, enjoy this first of two mediocre pictures for the first week of June, 2014.

Dallas Arboretum 20140529|51|©JamesECockroft-20140529

D7000. Vivitar 70-210mm f/3.5 Series 1 (Kiron, I think), in close-focus mode. ISO100, AP mode, f/3.5. Extensive reworking in Lightroom 5.

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