Monday, May 23, 2022

Better Late than Never

For many years, I have done a birthday collage for the kids -- pictures from the previous year. Because we see them a lot less, I don't have the same variety from which to choose, so I thought I probably wasn't going to make it this year. But when I sat down to it, I found enough to create some sort of little memory for them. 

They're late, of course. Jonathan's birthday was in early February and Danica's in mid-April. 

Sunday, May 22, 2022

The Second Booster

It has taken me a whole week to get around to posting about our second booster from last Sunday because I've had a lot of spring blooms to show y'all.

As soon as we could go ahead and reserve our spots about a month ago, we did. I booked mine about a scant 5 minutes after securing Sue's appointment, and that resulted in a time slot a whole 2 hours later. Go figure.

It turned out that the turnout wasn't great when we got there, so Sue asked about me getting in early. Sure enough, they weren't overwhelmed this time, and Sue texted to let me know that I could come on in.

She was already done and waiting her obligatory 5 minutes when I entered. I saw her; she saw me. What joy and bliss!

As you can plainly see, Lacey was with me in spirit.

I was soon well shot and joined her for my obligatory 5 minutes. She had me take this picture with her phone.

For me, it was as easy peasey as the first three C-shots. I didn't feel a thing, and there were no subsequent repercussions. Sue hasn't fared quite as well. While she hasn't been terribly unwell, she has been incredibly tired. It's been a week now, so I expect her lethargy will soon pass as I seem to read of some others having a similar experience and then rebounding after about 7 days.

Saturday, May 21, 2022

Blooming Bush and Boulder

Three years ago, I did a little photoshoot posted here of the blooming trees at St James Park with St James church in the background in some of them. I returned in both of the past two years, but my timing was off in one year and the road was under construction in the other year.

Here are two of the photos from 2019.

It's tight shooting, and I wasn't sure what I could do differently this year, but I returned regardless because you never know.

I think I was earlier in the day this year because the light wasn't on the trees so much. My attention, however, was drawn to a smaller bush or tree adjacent to a boulder, which the sun was reaching nicely. These were my three photos.

Before I left, I took another of the old mill (now apartments) across the river. There's almost nothing but green in this one, which almost makes it seem like a completely different location despite it being quite a small park.

Friday, May 20, 2022

Myosotis and Taraxacum

Sunday was overcast, which can be a pretty good time to photograph flowers. You don't have to worry about uneven lighting and overly bright highlights. I was drawn outside by the lilac bush, which was blooming, but they were completely washed out in those conditions. However,  the dandelions (taraxacum) and forget-me-nots (myosotis) looked good way down there at ground level.

Yes, although dandelions are an unwanted weed for the most part, they can be photogenic. I found one right next to a little patch of forget-me-nots and thought the two would contrast nicely. Complement might be the better word.

Then I focused on another little clump of the forget-me-nots. I like the heart-like shape of this patch.

In both cases I used a wide aperture to keep the background blurry, but with macro photography the depth of field is tiny, and that threw many of the flowers out of focus as well. So, I kept changing the focal point and then combined the different shots in post. Both of the above photos are, thus, a combination of 7 different images. I more or less accomplished what I wanted to with the second photo, but the farthest of the forget-me-nots in the first photo remain unfocused. It still came close to what I envisioned, however.

Thursday, May 19, 2022

Tulips in the Garden

On Saturday morning, I decided that I couldn't wait any longer for the breezes to subside. Nope. I had to photograph our tulips as best as I could while they still looked good. There was much rain in the forecast, so the opportunity might soon be lost.

While there are more than two tulips out front, given the light and distracting backgrounds, I concentrated on two flowers that I could focus on pretty tightly.

My first target was an orange variety.

Actually, they may have been two different tulips↑. I can't remember for sure, but the light is different. I prefer the second one with the backlight.

There was a smaller magenta bloom bent over a bit, so that became my next target.

Now what? Well, the forget-me-nots have not forgotten us again this year, so I'll try to get a few, as I do every year. They're harder to photograph, though – much smaller and lower. Groan, grumble, grumble.

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Raising Cane and Kicking Up Our Heels

After many years of creating cards of various kinds for various family members, I may be more or less done with making full inside-outside cards – at least sometimes. But I did post this ↓ one-sided card on the bathroom mirror for Sue to see first thing yesterday morning.

We are a pretty low key pair, so we seldom do anything too very grand. A certain issue from 53 years ago was repeated, however. To begin to unravel that thread, let us go way way back. This ↓ is a portrait of Sue before the nuptials.

And here ↓ is the wedding party after the blessed betrothal.

Notice the placement of the flowers in the first photo (of Sue) and my foot in the group photo. We were doing what it took to hold Sue's veil down in the mighty wind.

Yesterday was also very windy and even more so. Sue's theme for the day was contrast and mastering. She decided that we were both in the process of mastering canes, and a contrast between b&w and colour would fit nicely.

We are ordinary folk, but we can raise a little cane on occasion.

That ↑ was the photo that she chose to post to her group, but we did take some others – with help. We sort of required assistance because the wind was wreaking havoc with Sue's very flimsy phone tripod. A nice lady saw us struggling and offered to help.

We are kicking up our heels in this ↓ photo.

Other than that, we did our usual pizza: a tradition after having one delivered to our motel room on our honeymoon. I am not sure that we have done this every single year, but we have repeated it an awful lot. A treat of fudge is also a part of the tradition. We haven't been able to follow that quite as much as the pizza, but we've also done it a lot.

A pleasant touch was having our car and driveway strewn with what looked like confetti from blossom petals being blown from the neighbours' tree.

Fifty-three years have brought one or two mild changes (wink), but what would have really floored us all that time ago was being told that we would be taking pictures with our phones. Can you imagine how we would have processed that, trying to picture, among other things, how long a cord we would need.

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Following the Rays

Way back on April 07 I posted Spring Has Truly Arrived because that is the day when I first noticed the sunlight reaching my computer screen in the early morning. As you realize, that is several weeks after the the supposed arrival of the season via the equinox, but you know that true spring weather at this latitude doesn't arrive until later. In point of fact, it didn’t get here much before last week, and then it suddenly became more like summer  

Of course, as the days passed, more and more of the screen was lit up or would have been lighted had I not reverted to closing the blinds. But on Friday morning (May 13) I opened them again when I shifted over to my chair. I looked up and saw that the rays were engulfing almost the whole wall.

Distortion results from having to pan the phone in order to get the whole wall in the frame.

The next morning, May 14, I looked up even earlier and saw that the rays reached farther, all of the way to the corner and even the door.

Unrelated, except that these photos were taken on the same mornings, here is big Lacey hanging over her little pedestal.

That was on Friday, but on Saturday, she took to her little hidey hole under the self that is in the background of the above photo.

Being not the cleverest of pussy cats, she tends to use this enclosed, almost airless space, more in summer than winter when it is already very hot and stuffy up here on the second floor. Cats, eh?