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Macro of a birthday gift

My 55th birthday is tomorrow as I post this image to Flickr. This is the first gift I have received for the occasion, and it is one I will always cherish. Commissioner Myra Harris of the Maricopa County Superior Court gave it to me yesterday, when my wife and I got together with her for a photoshoot she had requested. I love fountain pens, and this one was hand-crafted by Commissioner Harris's husband. She told me this is one of only four such pens ever given out by them to court personnel, although they have given others to family members. I intend to put it to good use.


I do regret being an arthritis patient, in part because manual writing is much more difficult for me than it used to be. I become tired now after doing it for more than a few minutes. My handwriting has been a challenge for most people, although the consensus has always been that it is very attractive. I am not so sure about that anymore, and wonder if I should make an earnest effort to learn Italic script, which might be more legible and easier for me to write. I want to be able to use this pen often.


I took this with a Sigma 50mm macro lens borrowed from my friend John Power. I don't do many macros, and I think I might take another stab at this tomorrow, in an effort to achieve more uniform depth of field. So stay tuned. Meanwhile, some things in life are absolutely certain, such as death, taxes, and the failure of the Chicago Cubs to win the pennant. In two days I have another dance lesson scheduled with Miss Angie, at which time this pen is equally certain to become part of the sacred pen-confiscation ritual which always precedes our lessons. (For an explanation of the ritual, see here.)

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Taken on June 8, 2008