Though I took these photos today they are really a continuation of a previous post. My apologies if I’m boring you with flower photos all summer but I just can’t help myself…they look so beautiful to me when viewed up close. At any rate, there’s only another month or so of them left before we move into autumn (my favorite season)…at which time I’ll no doubt post photos of trees in transition. I really like all of these photos but if I had to choose just one it would be the one directly below…a droplet captured at its point of departure. Click any for a slightly larger view.
No this is not my personal garden, these photos were taken in the garden of my place of employment. I had mentioned a few times prior that I am lucky enough to work in a place with such a lovely garden (and one which I can walk when it is empty) and I often find it relaxing to look at some of the plants through the lens of a camera. Today I was feeling a bit stressed (not about work, about other things in my personal life) and on my lunch break I went out to snap a few photos. It had just finished raining, and these are the result. Click any for a slightly larger view.
So am I the only one that cannot believe it is already the second week of August? As we enter the backside of summer I’ve been trying to appreciate it more by noticing the things right in front of me (which isn’t always an easy thing to do); but looking through a camera lens helps me do this. Anyhow, the vegetables are growing, quite literally, just outside my front door near the sidewalk, and the flowers are in my next door neighbor’s front yard.
In the general scheme of things I have so many things to be thankful for…but sometimes (oftentimes) with the business of life and distractions it is difficult to remember this. This week, for example, has been trying. Like much of the country we have been gripped with an intense heatwave. I do not have air conditioning in my house nor do I at work…the kitchen has been incredibly hot. At times I found myself speaking in single syllables to conserve energy (no joke). But still–when I consciously think about it–I am thankful for the job that I have…that I am good at what I do and still find it interesting and engaging. Another example (of how everything is really awesome but sometimes I don’t really see it) is represented in these photos. I’ve been having issues with my camera lens this past week and it’s likely I need to purchase another when I am already strapped for cash (if anyone has had this problem with their lens I would love to hear your comments), so I brought the camera to work with me as I often do with the intention of taking some test-shots on my lunch break. The garden where I work is incredible, it really is, and that alone is something to be thankful for. And as I took these photos sometimes the lens operated correctly and sometimes it didn’t. I was frustrated and really hot–sweat dripping from me in the noonday sun–as I stalked the garden in my chef’s uniform. But because of the malfunctioning lens it forced me to concentrate on what I saw through it. And what I saw was nothing short of pure unadulterated beauty. And for that I am truly thankful. As for the lens…it does seem to be on it’s way out (these were the better photos, many were blurry). I’ll get a new one eventually, somehow. But as I walked back to the sweltering kitchen I had the sense–as I do now typing these words–that everything will be fine, that I have much to be thankful for. And that feeling alone is enough to give thanks.
Okay, so yes, I realize that I sometimes get carried away with photos of flowers. But I can’t help myself…their incredible and natural beauty blows me away (especially when looked upon through a camera lens or close up). All of these flowers are growing in my next door neighbor’s front yard (thanks Melissa!). And I’m pretty sure that other neighbors on the street–by now–know me enough and are not alarmed at seeing me crouched down in the yard next door with my camera. At any rate, after a busy and hot day in the kitchen, coming home and shooting these photos was like therapy for me. I hope you enjoy them as well. Click any photo for a slightly larger view.
Despite the cold temps, these plant still manage to push through the damp soil and reach for the sun. Amazing isn’t it? In a few month’s time the crocuses will be a memory and the tiger lillies (two below) will all but have taken over my garden.
Okay, so before you look at the photos (if you haven’t already) I wanted to show you the camera I shot them with. Yup. That’s it. A little palm-sized point-and-shoot Sony Cyber-shot. 12.1 megapixels. This camera, in fact, is what I use for most of my close ups and much of the food photography on this blog. It can be carried in my pocket, and–worst case scenario–if I broke it, it could be replaced rather easily (but I hope it doesn’t as I really enjoy it). I do have two other “better” cameras (neither of which are DSLR and one I purchased used) but this is the one I use for close ups. And while I am in the market for a DSLR camera (a used one that would fit my budget) I get by fine without one. The reason I mention this is that I really believe it is not necessarily the camera (or at least not always the camera) that takes the good photo, but the person viewing what’s in front of them through it. I’m just saying…
This camera not having a great zoom–and when I zoom from a distance it gets blurry–I have to be right on the subject at hand for a crystal clear photo. Thus, for these photos I was, without exaggeration, just a few inches from the bees. Anyhow, here they are.
I caught glimps of these as I was unloading my bike this evening after a brief ride home and just after it had stopped raining. Separately they are beautiful; together they are–I think–stunning. I love how they are in contrast to one another. One is brightly colored; the other dark purple, almost black. One is smooth, the other jagged. The bright one has a dark background and the dark one has a…well, you get the idea. Click it for a larger view.
I realize I’ve posted a fair amount of flower pictures lately but I can’t help myself. They are incredible to look at with a naked eye but when zoomed and seen through a lense of a camera they can seem almost other-worldly. The season for these will be over soon enough and you’ll begin to see images of my vegetable garden. But here’s a few more flowers for now; click either for a larger view.
These photos were taken over the past couple weeks…definitely not the last couple days. The reason I say this is the past couple days we have been experiencing the outer edges and remnants of a Nor’easter that has really pummeled much of the east coast. We (Western New York) were lucky in that we’ve only experience cold, rain, sleet, and snow…but it’s the dreariness that gets me; cold, wet, and dark for days at a time. Anyhow, these photos were obviously taken during sunnier times–and they’ll come again, likely sooner than later–but for now I think they are nice to look at, and I thought I’d share them.
I took these photos mostly in a neighbors front yard when I arrived home from work late this afternoon. The sun shone just right that they almost seemed illuminated. Interestingly, of the three cameras that I own, the smallest of them–a teeny Sony Cyber-Shot that I purchased for $99 two years ago–takes the best close up images with bright colors, such as these. And that’s what I used to take these photos. Click any for a larger view.