Blowing in a gentle breeze

I have a new zoom lens for my camera that I haven’t mastered yet. These were taken as I was wandering around my garden.

Just when I was learning to lower the f stop to blur the background, I was surprised that the first two photos were f/13. I like the softness of these two photos. The background blurs out.

The lens is so heavy. My arms ache. I’m starting to build up my muscle strength by carrying it around. There was a little camera shake, but I really tried to stay still. I’m also learning it pays to drag the tripod along with me too!

Cobwebs

A sign of neglect or a thing of beauty? I call them Irish lace, although I believe the more common term is Irish curtain. I like Irish Lace. It’s also a sign of good luck. Look the leprechauns have left me some presents.

These cobwebs appeared on a garden decoration while I wasn’t looking. I like the way they have followed the circular pattern, almost looking like a part of the design.

This is another view. The garden sculpture contraption is made out of farm bits and pieces and moves with the wind.

Another web (below) was interesting in that it was a bit of a failure for the spider. It looks to have collected only one small insect in the top right hand corner. The rest of it is small bits of whatever was blowing in the wind.

Pink Mystery

I had no idea what this flower is. Thanks to Agata 40thousandkm for identifying it as a forest lily (veltheimia bracteata)…

It’s in a pot and there is only one flower stalk.

It is swelling and the bells are starting to open up.

I wonder whether it will ever be all opened up. I’ll keep watching.

Watch the birdie

playing around with black and white photography.

I’ve been reading about what makes a good black and white photograph. I’m finding it difficult to get my head around. But I’m happy with this.

I like it geometric feel. The bird was kind enough to pose at exactly the right angle. I like the different shades on the pipes and I love the flair of white on the beak and tail of the bird.

I could have rotated the photo to make the cross pipe exactly horizontal, but I like the slight angle leading the eye up to the bird.

In colour the same shot.

This guy couldn’t resist posing for me. He’s a very different character. I just love him.

I like him in black and white too.

Sunshine at last

and pesky shadows

Introducing a friend of mine.

When I began my blog I wanted to merge two of my passions, one for gardening and the other for my creations. I don’t call them ‘dolls’ because not all of them take the human form. They are very impressionistic. They’re not perfect in proportion and my sewing can be impatient. I still haven’t found the language to express my ideas, (I don’t know what to tag them), but the images might tell my story.

When I began my blog I was frustrated with the quality of my photos. I have been fixated on trying to improve them. I’ve studied lots of other blog and watched countless videos. Now, I have a new challenge taking inside photos indoors. I cheated and went outside in the brief sunshine we’ve had. Who to take first? This one seemed appropriate for the sunshine.

You might be shy too, in this outfit
Look at me up here

As I was playing around with the sun and the pesky shadows, (there is a downside when the sun comes out), I noticed something through the viewfinder. Oh wow, blossom. Here, as I’ve said often lately, it’s the end of Winter. Wait on, maybe I should say the start of Spring

Look what I found
Cheers

Details about the doll on My Friends

wishing I had a better lens

30 posts into this blog, I’ve decided that I really enjoy it. I am enjoying sharing the environment where I live. It’s good to take the time to look around and appreciate where I live.

An unexpected bonus is that I also enjoy other people’s blogs. I love reading and comparing experiences. The other day, I was frustrated after looking at the rabbit damage on my farm. I stumbled on another farm blog where someone on the other side of the world was describing their problems with the rats and other animals I’ve had no experience with. I’m glad I only have rabbits and the odd wallaby!

I am blown way by some of the amazing photography. There are so many bloggers who produce stunning pictures. These pictures of birds illustrate my frustration. The birds are so small, when they could be the focus of the picture. My photos have generally been taken on my phone, which does do a reasonable job at times, but I can’t help thinking that it is time to dust off my ‘real’ camera and learn how to use it properly.

This lagoon is 15 metres from my front door, separated by a gravel road. It is home to a variety of bird and wildlife. These birds know no boundary between the lagoon and my garden. These are called Crested Pigeons.

The pattern in the gum tree is called a burl. It’s a deformed tree growth. The wood is prized by some wood workers.

Crested pigeon
Can you find the bird? I’m not sure what this one is..
There it is!!!