Monday, July 22, 2019

The bees this year so far

I worry about the bees. What with insecticides and colony collapse, they've been having a tough time of it. We are trying to do our part by making the garden bee friendly. I'm pretty sure there are tiny bee colonies in the nooks and cracks of our property. That's fine by me.

There are several different species working in the garden, and they seem to get along. Taking photos of bees is challenging because so often they are head down in a flower, hard at it. Bee butt photos can be very cute, and I know one of my readers just swoons when I get publish such a photo, but I'm more interested in their faces, and in a huge technical challenge, their wings in flight.

Still, because I like to make Susi swoon, here's a rerun.

Look carefully! Yes, I could crop in more to make her more obvious, but then I'd lose the composition.

Driftwood of the Day

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Some weirdness

Just for a changeup today, I'm going to post some photos of weird flowers in our garden. I mean peonies and roses and lilies and tulips are all beautiful, especially after some rain, but you guys see them so often here that you're probably all, wet roses today blah blah blah yawn zzzzzzz.

No special order today. No comments on what they are, because I probably don't know. Feel free to comment if you know. Maybe they're familiar plants from a weird angle, or at a life cycle place you might not have seen.

















Driftwood of the Day

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Finally, an easy day

You'd almost think I was working again. Friday in particular was the busiest day in a long time. Swim, massage, theatre photo session, aircraft carcasses, and home again 12 hours later. Whew!

Slept in today and finished editing the theatre troupe shots. That was amazeballs fun! I ended up shooting almost 6100 photos for them, and the hardest thing was trimming them down to pick out the best shots. Their various exercises were fun to watch, and some of them I almost wanted to participate, and I don't have a theatrical bone in my body.

Shooting triathlon made me appreciate how people look when they're focussed on something, and the theatre people can emote with the best of them, and that's before they put on a clown face. Then there was their circus practice. Holy doodle.

It's been rainy rainy rainy here for a while now, so I think I'll cheer you up with some sunny tulips.

Driftwood of the Day

Friday, July 19, 2019

A quickie because a smidge under 7000

July is just over half done, and I've shot 6970 photos so far. Just for comparison on a per day basis, that is twice as many per day taken during the New Zealand trip. This is not setting up the camera and letting it do all the work taking star shots or a time lapse. No, this is me shooting action, every shot is different. Some of them are amazing.

Almost half of that was shot yesterday. Remember what Neil says? If you want to take better photos, you have to put yourself in the path of interesting greatness. And my goodness is this path interesting!

Here's a pano of a place to put yourself in the path of interesting greatness.

This is the outlier photo from Red Rocks. Not a rock. Not a landscape. Not a cloudscape. Not a flower. Not Sean. But interesting.

And now I'm off for another busy photo day!

Rock of the Day
And there we have a wrap on the Red Rocks Coulee rocks. Hope you enjoyed it. I'll see if there are some other interesting rocks to share with you. Stay tuned!

Driftwood of the Day
One of the beaches on the Mahia Peninsula. I was in driftwood heaven!

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Today I learned

That hens and chicks have cubical bits. No, really. I have evidence. I was out, as I often am, capturing flowers in our garden as they go through their life cycle. I have a soft spot for the hens and chicks we rescued from someone putting in some new steps with extreme violence. The poor little plants were all torn up and would die soon, so we brought them home, Linda thinking they would die soon anyway. As if. They have prospered.

This flower is little, about the size of my thumbnail from the tips of the petals across to the tips on the opposite side. The spikes are easily visible, but the little spheres and cubes at the ends of the stalk are barely visible to my naked eye. Yet here, some of them are a cube, the rest are ovals. I have no idea why or if one transforms into the other. You might have to embiggen the second one to see the cubes. The first two were taken with the 100 mm lens with all the extension tubes.

And then I got out the big gun, thinking go small or go home. Or something. This is about 3.5x with the 65mm macro lens. It's not quite exactly cubical, so I'm not worried about it growing into a Borg spaceship, but still. (Hand held, no cropping, no artificial light.)

Since it was right next door you get a macro bonus. These are the tips of some petals on a something. Looks a little like a sunflower. Linda says they are Gazanias. (So I learned two things today, imagine that.)

Plus, lilies! I love this yellow. We've been working hard so far this year to keep the lily beetles under control, and so far, so good.

And lastly, a photo abstract for you. I'm pleased with it, since I'd envisioned the shot, then played with the camera to get it. This does not involve photoshop trickery, it looked much like this in camera.

Rock of the Day

Driftwood of the Day
This is the last of the Napier area beaches. Next it's off to the Mahia Peninsula.

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