A Death in the Family


Photo taken with my brand new Canon PowerShot SX20 IS.

Stringtown Rising Farm–Canon PowerShot S5IS, a two-year resident of the Stringtown area, died Monday the 14th of June at home.

Born in 2008 in a Canon factory, S5IS received its first batteries from Duracell followed by its informal training on the farm snapping shots of fluffy chicken butts and goats. In a career shift, it moved on to sheep and donkeys in 2009, ending with cows in 2010.

S5IS taught image transferring and super macro throughout its life, continuing to work on the farm under adverse and sometimes abusive conditions until its untimely death.

S5IS loved wildflowers, good food, and the West Virginia hills. It had a wonderful flash that could light up a room on the few times it was allowed to utilize it.

It is survived by many chickens, goats, sheep, ducks, guineas, and donkeys, all too numerous to count, plus one cow.

The eulogy at the funeral was given by the one with whom S5IS spent the most time.

Clover: “I made that camera. It would have been nothing without me.”

Memorial donations may be sent to Clover in the form of cookies.


  1. Nancy in Iowa says:

    Poor S51S, cut down in the prime of life. Long live the King – and Queen Clover!!!

  2. CindyP says:

    Poor, poor S51S….it had given you many many many pictures. It is sad that it was replaced so quickly, but look what it can do! I LOVE that pic!!!

  3. Kelly Walker says:

    A faithful and loyal companion…may it rest in peace.

  4. Stefinity says:

    Well the replacement is doing a fabulous job…. That is a GREAT shot of the daisies in the water! Very nice picture!

  5. glenda says:

    The camera served you well, may it rest in peace.

    The daisy picture is wonderful! I see great pictures ahead for the Blog. What a treat for all of us.

  6. Linda says:

    Hehe. Glad it was just the camera. Though even cameras can be part of the family, for sure. 🙂

  7. northcountrygirl says:

    You have many fine memories of your photographic friend in the form of pictures that will last a lifetime. I’m sure your new Canon friend will do it’s best to fill the shoes of your beloved S51S.

  8. Jyl says:

    This is probably a little late to tell you since you have already replaced it, but Canon has a loyalty program where you can send in your broken Canon and get some pretty big discounts when you replace it with another Canon. They are fast about it too.

  9. Leah says:

    I would want an expensive camera to last longer than that! It sure did take good pictures tho.

  10. JenW!~ says:

    many great memories were made with that camera and it looks as if many great more great ones will be made with the new one too. Love the daisy photo.

  11. joycee says:

    R.I.P. S5IS! You served your purpose well in this old world. You gave us pleasure, you gave us insight…you let us get to know the real Stringtown Farm. You didn’t sugar coat the rough roads or the the trials and tribulations of the McMinn clan. You just gave it to us straight, shot from the hip in plain old pictures that touched our hearts and made us love you. You will be missed but you have earned your reward in Camera Heaven now…batteries that are forever charged and eternal sunny shots!

  12. w10ac says:

    The camera is dead! Long live the camera!

  13. Cheryl says:

    Did your camera “die” or were you just ready for a new one?

  14. Connie of Ohio says:

    You are too funny Suzanne. My camera was murdered by my 10 year-old on Memorial Day. Hope to replace it with a better one.

  15. Susan says:

    You are a nut !!! I love it.

  16. Melissa says:

    My husband and I had some kind of Canon point and shoot for a while and it went on the blink. We sent it in for repair and they sent us a brand new totally different model. Canon has great customer service. Maybe they can fix yours or send you a new one too.

  17. Mary says:

    Now it’s time for a new mate. Off to buy a super duper one now.
    Mary :happyfeet:

  18. Jennifer Robin says:

    My heart was in my throat when I read your post title, you goof! Stunning picture with the new camera, btw. I’ve always said a camera is just a tool, but it’s amazing how much a new tool can inspire us to do better :snuggle:

  19. I Wanna Farm says:

    Remember when cameras were made to last for years? Everything was, come to think of it.

  20. Susan at Charm of the Carolines says:

    Sounds like an upgrade to me! Hope you enjoy the new camera.


  21. winifred says:

    Crumbs only 2 years old. Just a baby, how sad! They don’t come with very good guarantees do they. Bit like us.

  22. One Sunny Acre says:

    I wish my camera would die… I want a new one so badly!

  23. Tammy says:

    So sorry for your loss. Love your pictures of your goaties! They are so photogenic aren’t they! I have a Cannon Rebel XS and absoultly love it!

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