Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Wonderfulicious Wednesday

Oh my! I decided to treat myself
to a macro lens for the iPhone. 
I do love close ups! 
Decades ago when I
had a Hassleblad camera 
and did darkroom work it was
all about landscapes!

I don't know if it's that I'm older or what, but
now I prefer close-ups and a more intimate 
view of the world. Landscapes rarely interest
me anymore.
The macro lens caught what I
didn't even see on the Begonia, 
a few brown spots. 

I do love the combination of sharpness against blurred

Shells on the worktable waiting to be photographed
became perfect candidates for the first few photos
with the new lens. 
There is a bit of a learning curve with 
the new lens, mostly because
my vision is wonky. 

Happy Autumn! I'm looking
forward to cooler temps and 
time outdoors again. 

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Wonderfulicious Wednesday - some nuggets for this week.

Saw this Begonia as I walked into Trader Joe's yesterday.
I haven't had a plant call out to me in
awhile; seemed apropos on
my birthday week.

Finally, a little rain yesterday. While
 some areas got enough rain to flood, the
rain here was a mere surface wetting.

I discovered the leaf, above, dried in a book.
I don't know where the leaf came from or
why I stuck it in a book but when it showed
up in my life it felt like a gift from the past.
I had to photograph it. 

This morning the yard was full of 
gifts from yesterday's wind. 
The beautiful bunch of leaves, above, is from
the Calliandra vine. And below . . .
a mystery leaf.

The cluster of leaves, above, is from 
the Tipu tree that has
quadrupled in height this
year, much to the dismay
of the gardener who recently
told me he wishes he'd pruned
more off it last year.
The growth of this tree in
8.5 years is nothing short
of phenomenal, 

Tuesday, September 08, 2015

Wonderfulicious Wednesday - September my Birthday Month

This weeks nuggets. 
Seems that most of the Wonferfulicious posts
have been of birds and flowers, so why change now?

Finches at the nearly empty bird feeder.
More Photo therapy at work here; Vintage effect.

Blended layers. Oak limb and rust. (Perhaps I should 
have saved this one for Oct.)

Near the front door are 2 pots of cheerful.
Flamboyant-de-jardin aka
Mexican Bird of Paradise.
They bloom from spring
to Fall.

From the tiny Hibiscus plant that has never grown much and
normally only has one bloom a year. This year I was
gifted with two. 

Night blooming Cereus. At around midnight
for a few nights last month I photographed
the magical flowers that by dawn had withered. 

It seems only fitting that I end this post with 
another bird image. This black bird had
dibs on the fountain. Or, maybe he was
just cooling his feet on a brutally
hot day. . . .