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July 10, 2012

A Few Firsts of the Summer Season

Filed under: What's Blooming — Karma @ 9:47 am
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Summer, summer, summer; I love it so.  And not just because I still have 7 more weeks before I have to go back to work!  The days are long and seem to pass slowly with no particular place to be.  It is warm and green and lush.  Some of my favorite things about summer are also starting to appear around me, a bit early I believe.

On July 4th, I harvested my first cucumber and summer squash from my garden.
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Zucchini quickly followed and I already have a few over-sized specimen.  Meghan and I ate the first zucchini like this:

Breaded and shallow-fried, delicious.

Like many flowers in my yard and gardens, my daylilies seem to make later appearances than others I’ve seen around town.  My first opened on July 5th this year.

first daylily

And now that the butterfly bushes are in full bloom, the butterflies have returned to my yard.  Surprisingly, the monarchs were the first I saw this year.

First monarch spotting

King of butterflies

The swallowtails, hummingbird moths and a great spangled frillitary have all made subsequent appearances.

Another of my favorites of the summer season happens this weekend – the annual camping trip.  I know that camping is not for everyone, but you can read about what makes this tradition with my group of friends pretty great right here.

Now that the heat wave that has had so much of this county in its grips for a while has started to ease back, I hope you are getting out and enjoying summer too.

July 17, 2010

Thinking, Learning, Blooming

Filed under: What's Blooming — Karma @ 3:29 pm
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I want to start by saying thank you to all the photographers who have been reading this blog and giving me advice, especially since I got the new camera.  I’m spending time thinking about shots when I compose them.  I’m trying to remember what I have learned from the many awesome photos I’ve seen on your blogs.  I feel like I am beginning to bloom with my photography skill.   The zinnia above shows one of my better attempts to fill the frame with the zoom lens and keep the shot in focus.  I’ve unfortunately realized that just because a shot looks focused on the LCD, it doesn’t necessarily mean it is focused!

I’ve been thinking about composition.  I remembered Scott’s post about looking at any picture two different ways when I took these daylilies.  I thought they told a little story about daylilies: past, present and future. But I couldn’t decide which way looked better.  What do you think?
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I’ve been thinking about white balance and exposure compensation.
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I’m learning to take chances and to try to focus on the details.
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I’m looking for the beauty and interest in everyday things.
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I may be a late bloomer, but I hope that I am blooming and growing.
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(P.S. Happy Birthday to Hubby today! 🙂 )