Wednesday, November 10, 2021

It's not how I see it

I've been trying, for years, to get a good photo of this stand of birches out next to one of the vineyard parcels. For some reason, and after trying different settings with three different cameras over the years, my photos of these trees just do not look like what I actually see. Or what I think I see. I can't describe it, but I'm just not satisfied.


The heating company arrived on Tuesday afternoon on time. They spent just under two and half hours to pull the old tubing out of the old chimney, disconnect the boiler's exhaust from the through-the-wall vent, plug the hole, and install a new tubing in the old chimney and attach the boiler to it. The boiler is working just fine and we have a nice, new, and in my opinion good-looking chimney cap. And it's working fine. Of course, the real test will be our first cold and windy day.

The exhaust system is a double vent kind of thing using two concentric tubes (one inside the other). Smoke from burning the fuel goes up through the center tube and fresh air comes down from the outside tube. There's also a condensation process that squeezes extra heat from the exhaust before it goes up the chimney. The company took responsibility for the problem by stating on the paperwork that the job was necessary due to a badly placed exhaust vent; it faced the wind and exhaust was forced into the fresh air intake, snuffing out the boiler flame. Since we have a maintenance contract with them, we only had to pay for parts, not the labor.


  1. It’s probably what you think you see! And once you’ve seen it that way, no way you can see it another way. It is printed in your brain!

  2. This double vent is an interesting conception. Hope that works. Keep us posted.

  3. Thank goodness for maintenance contracts! The labor is usually the most expensive part of a repair job - but maybe with all those ships waiting to unload... who knows? Not me!

    I have not read any information about the supply-chain debacle in Europe. Are there ships outside the European Ports also waiting to unload like in the U.S.?

  4. I hope the boiler fix worked. I understand your frustration with the birch photos. This one looks great to me but I, too, see something, shoot it, and then think, “That’s not what I saw!” For me, it’s even more frustrating when I see something and imagine my drawing of it, which doesn’t then pan out.

  5. Glad you got it fixed, and yay for the company saying it was their responsibility.
    I haven't read about any supply-chain messes in Europe, either, but I gather that a big part of the US problem is that so very much comes into just one port, Long Beach, and Americans buy lots of stuff. Europe has multiple ports of entry.

  6. chm, you may be right!

    judy, yes!

    evelyn, :)

    tim, no... I'm afraid I've never dabbled in multiple imaging HDR. However, my photos are takein in RAW format and I have a lot of control over the contrasts, light, and shadow in Lightroom. Still...

    mary, I'm not sure. I've heard some stories in the news but nothing earth-shattering. Maybe I'm not paying attention...

    mitch, ah, the trials and tribulations of the artist! ;)

    emm, a quick look at Wikipedia shows that Long Beach is the 5th largest seaport in the US (measured by overall trade volume), behind South Louisiana, Houston, New York/New Jersey, and Beaumont (TX), and it's the 4th largest for foreign imports. LA and Oakland are also on the list. And even my humble home town ranks No. 49 out of the 100 busiest seaports in the nation. Amazing what one learns by blogging!

    1. I probably learned more in the last twenty years by using internet and blogging than I did in my whole long life!


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