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May 7, 2011

Earth and Efflorescence

Filed under: Uncategorized — Karma @ 8:52 pm
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I’ve been rather alliterative this week! Well, okay, I only wrote three posts this week, but still! 

I spent this Saturday morning as I spend most Saturday mornings –  drinking coffee and reading Twitter on my iPod while I eat my breakfast.  My usual M.O. after finishing breakfast is to bring the cup of coffee to the computer and catch up on the blogs.  This particular morning, the sunshine was calling me outside… for yardwork.  I did do some blog reading this morning, but by 10:30, I found myself outside to deal with this:
Before

This is the area for my veggie garden, untouched since last fall when I plucked the last tomatoes and peppers.  Some years I have left the entire ordeal of cleaning and prepping the garden for the same weekend as planting.  And I have paid dearly with back pain.  I am trying to be a smarter 40-something-year-old this year.  Two and a half hours later, this is what it looked like:
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Raked, pulled, weeded, hoed.  Not completely ready for veggies in a few weeks – I’ll still need to amend my soil – but much better. 

After a quick thundershower and some doing of other errands, I remembered there were more spring arrivals outside to share.  First, the ones I love to fill my lungs with each time I go to my car, lilacs:

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I wish someone would hurry up and invent smell-o-net for beauties like these!  I was a little disappointed with the light outside; at the hour I was out there it should have been lovely.  All of a sudden, it seemed like the universe was listening to me:

Hello! It's me!

Hi there!  It’s me! The sun peeped out under the clouds, just enough for this pretty light to show:
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Newly arrived in the yard this week, in addition to the lilacs, are the sweet little bleeding hearts.

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white bleeding hearts

I think these could be my next extension tube subjects if I get a sunny day with not too much wind soon.

Now that it finally looks like spring outside, Scott’s 4-season assignment has been on my mind too!  I’m hoping to get over to the location I selected for that tomorrow; be sure to get your shot soon too! 32 school days until summer!

May 6, 2011

Hummingbird Help?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Karma @ 10:14 pm
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Hi everyone.  I haven’t been around much this week.  I’m not even really sure why.  Just been one of those weeks playing catch-up, it seems.  And the blogging muse didn’t have much to say, I guess.  But that’s okay right?  Because I blog when I feel like it?  I even got a little mention over at Kathy’s place on Wednesday and didn’t see it until tonight.

Even though I haven’t been typing as much this week, I have still had my camera handy.  My little hummingbird has made a repeat appearance and I am reaching out for some advice.  In my zeal to capture the little one at a high shutter speed, I forgot to account for the fading light when I saw the little cutie at my “rhodo-azaeleas” and I got this picture:

I love the composition of this shot, but as you can see, it is wayyyyyyy underexposed.  In Photoshop Elements, I attempted to lighten the shot, but ended up with far too much noise:

Okay friends, give me the truth, is there hope for this shot?  Can anything be done to save it?  Anyone able to give me some advice on what to try to fix it?  Anyone want to take a shot at fixing it themselves?  If anyone can answer “yes” to any of these questions, I like this shot too:

Thanks for any thoughts or advice you may be able to leave me in the comments.

ETA:  I played a little more in PSE this morning with the second shot.  I brightened, added a noise reduction filter and a layer of gaussian blur around the bird:

hummingbird edit

I’d still be interested in any other editing thoughts folks might have! Thanks again.

May 1, 2011

Baseball & Blooms

Filed under: What's Blooming — Karma @ 10:09 pm
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I had a busy and enjoyable weekend, and I just thought I’d share a bit.

I went to Fenway Park for a Red Sox game today.  Game time temperature was forcast for 55° and in the shade of the grandstand, it felt much cooler.  Jennifer and I bundled up and enjoyed an exciting 3-2 Red Sox win. By the way, Jennifer’s site is all spiffed up and self-hosted now, so head over and have a peek sometime.  Here’s our view from our homeplate grandstand seats, taken with my iPod:

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Yesterday, I managed to get some much needed yardwork done after I finished being distracted by taking photos of the additional blooms that have recently opened.  The rest of my daffies are now blooming:
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The earlier of my rhododendrons has also completely opened up:

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I hope you made the best of your weekend too!  Happy May!

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