Super Zoom LUMIX DMC-ZS7

Lately, since we have the four kids, the only camera I’ve been travelling with has been my Lumix (Panasonic) DMC-ZS7 CLICK HERE!.

When we were on the Ferry to go visit Grandpa Scott and Great Grandma Scott, I took these two pictures to demonstrate the power of the digital superzoom that the camera has.

This first shot is zoomed out all the way to the 35mm equivalent of 25mm, which is a really wide angle for a single lens camera, and wider than most DSLR kit lenses.


Notice, you can barely see the barge and tug off in the distance in the middle of the frame beneath the white cloud. In this next shot, I zoomed in to the end of my 12x optical zoom which would be 300mm 35mm equivalent. Which is pretty impressive.


In the next shot, since it was so bright and  just to experiment, I zoomed in on the tug, all the way to the end of what LUMIX calls its intelli zoom, which maxes out at 16x/23.7x. I’m not sure why sometimes it zooms farther. It does this obviously by cropping in on an already miniscule 12mp sensor. Still, the results are impressive at web resolution.


I find that to be amazing… Cropping in on this picture gives the expected results…


This is all the more impressive when you can buy this model camera on Ebay for around $160, buy-it-now, like I did.

We had a dinner party!

We invited the Hansens, the Greens, and the Mackowiaks over for dinner, which is a lot of people. There were two birthdays to celebrate and quite a bit of lasagna to eat. The kids sat at the big table and played the telephone game, the adults (mostly) sat at the other table.

In our other house, there’s no way we could have hosted this group for dinner.

Holly worked hard all day making the food and it was a wonderful evening. I think Shannon brought the bread, and the other families each brought something, but I’m kind of fuzzy on the details.


The kids got along great even though they ranged from 18 on down to 7 or so at the kids table.


I have to admit that one of the things I like best about the new house is the dinner table. Its made from solid oak, with metal rack  pinion gears, it’s 42 inches wide and expands from 5’6” to 9’6” with four leaves that stow under the top of the table on two shelves.. And the best part about it is that we got it used on Craig’s list in Juneau and it was a really good deal.

Lots of snow

This year will be remembered mostly for it’s snow, I’m thinking.

Today, I showed Marky D. how to run the 1132 used snow blower that Ronald Panigeo purchased for me off Craig’s List in Anchorage.


John Caleb loves to follow me around when I’m snow blowing and he’s very faithful about donning his ear protection. Mark’s winter gear is actually not too bad a shedding the winter snow. And Luke does a great job with meg in the rocking chair.

Little Feet

Time for the one month old photos. Here are some feet and Mother’s hands.


The comforter on the master bed is black, which makes for a nice backdrop.

A gob of snow

Well, we had another pile of snow land on us today.


Our new family picture

Here we are dressed up for Christmas Eve Service. We stayed in Haines, as we’ve been quite busy lately. We got the boy’s tuxedos off Ebay for about $24 each: Ring Bearer tuxes for weddings. I guess we lsot Mark’s tie and I need a white shirt.


When we bought the latest tux, I forgot to find one with tails for Mark, so his has a standard cut jacket and no vest. The idea is that we’ll just hand them down as each boy is done with his and we’ll only ever need to buy one per year.

The pink clothes win!

It’s a girl!IMG_8774_resize

Elizabeth Margaret Davis was born on December 8th, 2012 weighing in at 7 lbs 8 oz. You can see the meconium in the hair still.


The boys were very good the and were in the birth room for the critical moments. Meg, as we are calling her, seems to have inherited my loud voice.


Nice capillary action in the finger tips.


Luke got to cut the cord. But they spend most of the time in the muscle room with the doula Shayna.


The placenta actually had some anomalies with the structure of the blood vessels. Normally the main artery connects directly to the placenta and the sub-arteries branch out from that contact point. But in this one, the arteries are connected to the sack that surrounds the baby instead and branch out from the sack. This can sometimes be a serious condition.

The boys still thought it was cool. I don’t actually know whether this bunch of blood vessels (left) goes to the mother or to the baby, but I do know that the placenta is the interface between the mother and baby (admittedly, I don’t know much about the placenta).


We call her Meg. She is the first of our children born at the new Juneau Family Birth Center—A beautiful facility staffed with wonderful folks.


She sleeps wonderfully and doesn’t seem to have inherited my sinus problems, like J.C. did. Although she did get my turned up nose, and perhaps Holly’s smile.


This is a precious moment below. All that vomiting, all that discomfort, the pain of labor, the swollen feet, the selling of the cabin, the purchase of the mini-van, the move to the new house… was it all worth it? Yes.

You can tell Meg gets her hair from me.


Nana and Grandpa John showed up shortly after the birth from Indiana along with my niece Joy who was in town for the youth basketball tournament.


Joy and I almost immediately went out in search of baby clothes. We found Mommy and Me near the airport and by Alaska Industrial Hardware.

We bought two large bags full of clothes for $80. Half or them were for 0-3 months and the other half for ages 3-6 months. Joy picked out a number of outfits and I picked out anything that was a good deal.



Mom and Dad stayed in the basement of this church using pads and sleeping bags we brought from Haines.


There’s a basketball hoop right outside the Cosgrove’s house and Mark spent most of his spare time shooting and doing layups there. There was actually not much traffic there, contrary to the way it looks in the picture.


The boys actually got along really well and were able to share and have a fun time working together on most things


Holly spent 2-3 days holed up in the Cosgrove’s upstairs room where we all slept, basking in the glow of maternal love and peace, eating grapefruit and cucumbers and water.



We came home together on the ferry along with my parents.


This rather artistic shot of the final stages of a diaper change show a neat reflection off the bottom side of the table.


Bob and Margaret met us in Haines at the terminal and then we ate a meal that Margaret had made.


Luke was quite a pack-mule, lugging the same diaper bag that all the boys have used, the little yellow and blue one.