Today I took off for a long-needed walk in the local botanical garden. Spring is ending, summer is here. My own plants are looking good – flowers, vegetables, fruits and herbs. The botanical garden, too, is entering the beginning of summer, and the air redolent with the dry scent of pine and sage.
Tag: botanical garden
Green houses are always a delight no matter the size. This is the one on the grounds of the local botanical garden. On Sundays they sell plants as part of the fund raising – always native plants for reasonable prices.
Our local botanical gardens is open again! I took one of the dogs, Smudge, my X100V, and off we went, following the trails up and down. We have missed a lot of the early spring blooms, such as the narcissus and daffodils, but the trees are beginning to blossom. At the top of the hill is the cactus garden, filled with a variety of desert plants. There are barrel cactus, crowns of thorns, cholla, saguaro. Other drought-tolerant plants are there, too. The best of the day, though, was the Palo Verde tree, fully dressed in its light yellow-green leaves.
I cannot believe I have digital images going back to 2007 – but I do! I will be looking at them a bit more and pulling out ones I rather like. The reasons for choosing this one or that will be variable as the day.
Today’s choice is one that I took in December 2011 at the local botanical garden. I wonder if it’s in bloom right now! I haven’t been up there for a bit because of the rainy weather and the holidays. I should go take a look pretty soon!
BTW, I think this is a protea, but I may be wrong. I used my now-lost Nikon D7000 and Tamron 70-300mm lens.
While not where Wordsworth was, this little bit of local beauty is always a place of tranquility and quiet – a place, a place to be thankful for each day.
I’ve been doing a “silent 365” in black and white this year, but I want to make a comment here. The camera which I used to take this picture is a 1935 box camera, a pseudo-TLR, the Voigtlander Brillant. It’s an interesting camera – has a few quirks – but I was really pleased with the results. This is an image taken on Ektar 100, 120mm, and converted to black and white for th is project.
I am doing a 365 wordless black and white project this year, but every now and again the need for color rears its head! With nothing demanding my time – being retired is so cool! – I am doing a lot of film photography and using some of my vintage cameras. And, now, I guess vintage film as Agfa Vista 200 is no longer with us . . .
This image was done using Agfa Vista, as stated, and a really interesting camera that I got from the same gentleman who refurbished the Agfa Silette I wrote about earlier. This is a twin lens reflex (TLR) 35mm camera called the Flexilette, produced from 1960-1961. The first roll of film I put through it bombed because I pulled the rewind knob out too far and disengaged the canister. This time I didn’t, and got some really amazing shots. (Not that I am a great photographer, but the film and camera did a great job!)
I plan to write a review of the Flexilette, but if you want to read about it, do so here. Meanwhile, a wonderful and colorful spring to you!