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My photography journey 21Mar21

The Climbing Daddy was in the kitchen and yelled, “Come here and bring your camera! Or your phone! Bring both!”

I grabbed both and hurried in, and on the back wall—because we have walls here in lieu of fences—was a hawk.

He took some shots with my phone and I took them with the Nikon, hoping they’d turn out—as I was shooting through the window. (I knew that if I opened the sliding glass door, the bird would fly away.)

I didn’t notice it when I was shooting, but you can see its meal. I saw it when he took off from the wall.

Fortunately, this hawk appears to be too small to prey on our small but not that small dogs. There are others I’ve seen that would make me more nervous.

In other parts of the yard, the aloe out front are blooming and are lovely.

I rearranged some furniture in the house and have a mini-office in the corner of the living room now. I bought myself some flowers for the space. They’re a lovely purple which looks fabulous against the bright green wall.

Same flowers up close. The shots were taken on different days. It’s interesting how much difference there is in the color, based on the light. The pictures below are more true to what they look like, though if they were more purple and less magenta, that’d be fine by me, too!

I put the vase on a wool ball trivet, an impulse purchase a long time ago from Trader Joe’s. So while I was getting shots of the flowers, I captured the wool balls, too…

That’s all for today! Have a great week!

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My photography journey 14Mar21

Last spring, we planted tomatoes. They yielded no tomatoes but they grew and grew. I knew from years past that if we could keep them alive through the summer, they’d produce in the winter.

They grew and grew … and didn’t produce in the winter. But now, a full year after planting them, we are getting tons of tomatoes!

I love how these look with the sun behind them. The flowers are tomatoes-to-be.

We have peas, too. I tried to take photos of the curlicues, and none of them were awesome. This is the best of the lot:

We have many small cactuses in the yard and I took many pictures of them. Most didn’t turn out well (do you see a theme?) but this one’s not bad.

Some days you go and get great shots; some day you don’t. It’s all part of the journey.

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My photography journey 7Mar21

It’s the most beautiful time of year here—so many things blooming! And while I do love photographing the dead or hibernating plants in the summer, the wildflowers in the spring are wonderful.

There were a few shots in this batch that I was disappointed in the result (I’m not posting them), and I had my extension tubes (for macro) on the camera when the hummingbirds were playing. Other than that, I was happy with this shoot.

I would like this one much better without that bottom flower, or if it was in focus with the others. But these little flowers are so pretty.

From farther away, glowing in the rising sun:


I love the color in the trees, too.

Save the best for last. This is my favorite shot from the morning: