It’s been a busy few weeks it seems, to the point nothing is getting posted! So, back at it with some images in C-41 black and white, Ilford XP Super 400 and the Bronica SQ-AI 80mm f2.8 Zenzanon PS lens (for you techies out there!).
I took these in particular because the gazanias are a two-toned variant, in yellow and an orangey color. I wondered how they would look with the orange lens filter I had on. I wonder if the contrast would have been stronger if I hadn’t used the orange filter, but still, I think they turned out pretty good! The overall contrast is pretty nice even if not as strong as I had hoped for on the flowers.
Behind the botanical gardens are hills covered with grasses and scattered oak trees. And filled with birds, lizards, a few trails, and possibly a few rattlesnakes on a warm, sunny day. On such days, I stick to the trails and walk slowly and look carefully before I move. Thus, a view up a hill to a lovely copse of oak and scrub.
Bronica SQ-AI, 80mm f2.8 Zenzanon PS, Ilford XP2 Super 400. And no snakes.
I had two vases of peonies a few weeks ago – here, the late afternoon light through the skylight lit them up.
Something about paths – I always want to paint or photograph them. It is like they have potential for a new adventure or entrance to a magical world.
Vining petunias trail down the sides of pots. I never put them in the ground. Snails and slugs devour them, and there is some kind of virus that is in the local soil that kills them off. So, in a pot, away from slimey critters.
Usually yuccas grow on hillsides here in SoCal. This was one I believe was deliberately planted on the hilltop of the botanical garden. They are amazing plants – beautiful and tall, but they die away each year, putting out new leaves and a new stalk. This time of year you can see them straight and bright on the green hills, all of which have low-lying vegetation. Rather like a candle . . .
I have no idea what this plant is, but the leaves are huge and pointy and grow like weeds. Nice weed, eh?
A rather invasive plant, Jupiter’s Beard, also known as valerian, is a favorite plant of mine. It sort of wanders around neighborhoods, settling in, then blowing its seeds into new places. I have no idea why it is called “Jupiter’s Beard” but I think it is a great name for a plant!
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.
I am not sure what this cactus is, but it always looks like it needs a haircut come spring!