The Dedication of Rose Cottage

Rose Cottage Dedication - Handing over the keys
Rose Cottage Dedication – Handing over the keys

I volunteered to take pictures at the Dedication of Rose Cottage, a shelter for abused women and their families. The pictures have now been made public so I can post them here too.

The Episcopal Church Women's Group
The Episcopal Church Women’s Group

The Kitchen Helpers
The Kitchen Helpers

The event ran for the greater part of the day – starting around 10:30am, with a service at 11:00am, followed by lunch, and then a visit to the cottage with a blessing of all the rooms and finally a hand-over of the keys.

My day would have been a lot easier if I hadn’t lost my workhorse 18mm-105mm F3.6 VR lens earlier in the week. Somehow I misplaced it while I was taking pictures of the Vacation Bible School in action at church. That meant I had to work with my fixed focal length 50mm F1.8 lens for a lot of the day. I switched to Ginger’s 18mm-105mm F5.6 lens, which fortunately fits my camera, where the light was brighter.

Checking my group pictures taken over the past few months I realize I need to get more aggressive in placing people and moving them around. There’s always someone who manages to hide. For the ECW group picture I was highly constrained on space, and the room was dark. I had to use the 50mm lens and work with my back pressed hard against the wall.

Here are the remaining pictures.

I’m glad to say that the missing lens turned up this week (very glad because I was surprised how expensive it was going to be to replace). It was found in the kitchen at church. I have no idea how it got there.