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My photography journey 19Apr20

Shots from around the neighborhood, as most shots are these days. It’s interesting how many things I’m seeing that I haven’t seen before, despite walking, running, and biking in the same places not only in the last month and change, but in the few years we’ve lived here.

Locks on a gate that I’ve passed at least 100 times:



Along the canal are many back yards. I hadn’t noticed this guy:



A different yard got a new gate:dsc_0411


A third yard had these growing. They’re fun to look at and it was a good challenge photographing them while avoiding lots of other garbage in the background—the roof, wires, other plants. Also, I’m glad they’re not in my yard:



View from the canal:



And, as always, cactus:



I learned this week that these yellow-topped weeds are invasive and are causing some significant problems in certain areas. If you’re in Arizona and you have them around, hack them down!



I love catching the birds in the cacti!



Three shots of similar plants. The second one is The Kid’s favorite.



I love the contrast of the bougainvillea against the white wall. Also, this is someone’s front yard and the front of their house. I wonder if or when people are annoyed, paranoid, or irate about my photographing. (I’m not snapping people or identifying information or inside people’s houses, so I figure it’s fine, but they don’t necessarily know that… No one has said anything yet.)



It was a good day to catch a reflection in the canal:



And finally, not on a walk, we made banana muffins, one third plain, one third with almonds, and one third with mini chips.



I’ve started to learn some about how to manipulate my flash and how to use the external one I got for Christmas. Hoping to have some good shots for you next time using some of that new knowledge!

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My photography journey 12Apr20

Lots of photos this week!

First, a walk around the neighborhood with the camera. There’s a house with scads of roses that we’ve biked by a couple of times. I finally remembered to walk over and take some pictures.

Quite a few came out well, but they’re dull. Photographs of roses. Here are a few that I liked better than the others.


On the same walk, photos of other things I passed by.



The Climbing Daddy brought flowers home the last time he went to the store. They always make willing subjects.


There was a full moon on Tuesday. I was hoping to get some shots when it was low in the sky, as it was a different-than-typical color, but none of those came out well. (Didn’t have a good starting place, with all of the houses around and nowhere close by to get over them.)


Our neighbor down the street has a beautifully manicured desert landscape. This cactus bloomed maybe two weeks ago and, sadly, I didn’t get any shots. The flowers only stay open for a day or two. You can see all of the buds where flowers were.

I was so happy to see one straggler flower bloom near the end of this last week!


Another cactus in their yard has new growth on top, and the color difference is neat to see.


Finally, I’ve decided that the Nikon needs a name. Suggestions?

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My photography journey 5Apr20

It turns out, most of the photos I took this week are head shots of The Kid, which I don’t want to share here.

But I do have this one:


The Climbing Daddy is a shopper. He has stuff stashed in a closet that he’s bought, and it’s been a good time to slowly roll out the stuff.

A “build and grow” pull-back car was one. He happened to have some spray paint in the garage, so he and The Kid took a little time to paint it, then assemble it and put on the included stickers.

Something different to do.

I got a flash for Christmas that I haven’t learned how to use yet. Maybe I’ll see if I can work that up this week…

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My photography journey 29Mar20

Taking photos is a good way to spend some time in normal times, and it’s been good in these weird times as well.

I’m pleased to say that I’m fully in manual mode now and am getting many shots that look good. (And the ones that aren’t good are less often setting and more often just vision. “Just.”)


The Kid and The Climbing Daddy are making a table.



I’ve taken several walks around the neighborhood. Spring! Flowers!



I don’t ever want to have a bougainvillea —they’re heinous to maintain—but I appreciate that other people have them because they’re so pretty!



And what’s a set of photos without a dead plant? I thought this was very cool to look at, though.



And also



Part of a palm tree:



I liked the strings:



I always love seeing these bud new leaves:



I don’t remember ever seeing one of these like this!



And someone’s RV gate, clearly not often used:



A tree with a prosthetic trunk?



In the yard:



In someone else’s yard:



The Kid, his LEGO, and the back yard:


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My photography journey 22Mar20

Well … I’ve done a lot of academic learning this week, with just a little photo-taking. But I’ve graduated to all photos being taken on manual mode, which is exciting and yields only marginally more failure than other not-fully-manual-but-not-point-and-shoot-either settings. Getting there!

Here’s what I have to share with you, all from the yard or the garage.

The lead photo is a ladybug who is probably not happy that we’re ripping out her habitat. (The yard has so many really tall weeds. There are many other plants the ladybugs are welcome to hang out on.)

One of the cool things about having fruit trees is seeing the progression of the fruit growing. All of these little flowers will be either oranges or key limes, depending on which tree, of course. I took a few shots of baby fruits, but they didn’t turn out well.


A chili pepper … and a little critter.


I love cacti. Eventually, we’ll have more on site. For now, a few will do.


And finally, The Climbing Daddy is building a table for the back patio! It’s a good project for “we can’t go anywhere anyway.”