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!
I love the idea of an arbor with vines – grape especially – to hide from the hot sun. This is up at the local botanical garden, and every year the vine is pruned back, and every year it returns with leaves and grapes and a place to rest.
These are some of the first daffodils in the botanical garden. I don’t know if I will be able to see too many more as there is rain predicted over the next two weeks. When this happens, the gardens close down to keep erosion on the hilltop and trails to a minimum.
Even though many parts of SoCal are a deadly brown, many of the plants are imported from areas of the Mediterranean, and many are evergreen. With a few judicious choices, even the desert we are becoming can have the green of other parts of the world.