Teddy and Flowers

Teddy & Flowers

I was thrashing around again for something indoors to photograph when I saw some buds, rescued from a bunch of pinks that a friend had bought for me. I’d popped them into a tiny empty marmalade jar and placed them next to a pottery teddy that my late hubby had bought for me years ago. So I thought I’d have a go at being creative.

I quite liked this one that has Teddy in the background, though he is the main subject. I’ve been trying to teach myself more about ‘depth of field’.  For ages I’ve been thinking about buying a new camera  and at last I’m doing something about it!  My daughter is taking me to Park Cameras on tuesday. I’ve been looking into Compact System Cameras [CSC] and they seem to be getting very popular … it’ll come down to whether I can afford one or not I guess.  I can’t get bogged down in too much technical stuff , so I always use auto, however – I’m hoping I will be able to cope with the new challenge of using it manually, but even so – I can always fall back on the auto.

Teddy again

A more distant shot, and below I used a plug-in ,  Virtual Photographer – the effect is called Dreamy.  It’s rather high key so I hope I haven’t overdone things here…..

dreamy

see you next time      Eileen

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Time for a Stroll

Heron

I was feeling very fed up  last friday afternoon so on the spur of the moment , and believe me – I am not a ‘spontaneous’ person by any means,  I decided to take a stroll down to The Pond again.  It was a glorious, warm, sunny day to take advantage of ….

I felt well rewarded when I came across this Heron.  Usually I’ve just been able to make him out in the distance, across the other  side of the lake.  He was still a fair distance from me , as you can see from the second image, so I used the little zoom on my camera for this one – risking a bit of camera shake in the process.

With a little bit of tweaking in my Paintshop Pro, I think it’s turned out ok. Sometimes when I see all the wonderfully sharp close up pics taken by other photographers here, I lament my lack of ‘equipment’ and camera expertise. But even if I had them, physical limitations would prevent me using them I think.  I really must get my son to take me to Parks Camera shop in Burgess Hill so that I can talk to an ‘expert’ and try handling cameras!

Oh dear,  I fear I’m waffling a bit …. but truly, this is something that keeps cropping up for me and I never do anything about. I could leave the planet before I ever do !  Comments are always most welcome here [ NB. I’ve been trying to learn how to attract more ‘traffic’ to my blogs recently] , and also your constructive criticism of my photographic efforts.  I know there are  web sites and forums where you can submit your work, but I get defeated by the technical know how – ha ha – the attention span is decreasing with age  lol.  Till next time then ,   Eileen

Distant Heron

 

Thought I’d throw in these as an afterthought ….

Fisherman

Feeding the ducks


Ladybird

Ladybird

I’ve been having second thoughts about digging out this achillea plant completely – I may just divided it up instead. My change of heart has come because the Ladybirds have obviously taken a fancy to it. It’s still yet in bud, but the Ladybirds are out in force today.

The sun is so bright that I couldn’t really see anything on the screen display of my little camera, so it was simply a matter of pointing closely on the macro setting and taking a complete chance on whether I’d captured anything or not….   equally, I do find camera shake a bit of a problem as I can’t keep my hands so steady as I used to.  I know my tripod would help, but by the time you set these things up the insects have moved or flown. So – I just hope for the best.

All things considered I feel quite pleased – especially with the depth of field. I tweaked the brightness/contrast a bit with my paintshop software afterwards.

Ladybird 2

Ladybird 3


Patio Garden

patio garden

This is a corner of my little patio garden.  As you can see  – there are still gaps to fill as I only started planting it up last year and wanted to see how much room the plants would need.  I’ve tended to go for ‘clump forming’ plants because I don’t want the hassle of invasive ones.  I know from past experience what a nuisance they can be – even if the flowers are beautiful [you can have too much of a good thing!]

The poppies, I think, will easily  divide, so I’ll be able to give some to friends. For the most part the chosen plants have all behaved themselves, but I bought an achillea that has spread far too rapidly – the flowers are a deep pink and appear to be more invasive that the lovely pale yellow variety I had in my old garden. So – I will get them dug out and passed on to my daughter who likes the feathery leaves.

I’m not able to do the digging and planting [because of arthritis/hiatus hernia etc] so I have to rely on a gardener to do it for me. Unfortunately he is very busy and tends to fit me in when he can …. I also rely on my son to take me out to Garden centres etc. when I need more plants.

At the moment it seems to be all reds and pinks showing , so I’m on the lookout for some pale yellows/blues. Irises [which I love] would probably fit the bill but the one I bought last year must have made a nice meal for the slugs as it hasn’t re-appeared.  Either that or it didn’t like the sun [no shade here whatsoever] or the soil isn’t right.  P’raps someone  could enlighten me?

My all-time favourite rose is now blooming – it is called Cream Abundance, so I just had to take pics of it again….

Cream Abundance

aAbundance 2

Abundance3

Please feel free to leave a comment so that I know you’re there!    many blessings,    Eileen


Enjoying the Sunshine

brightness

As it was a bright and sunny day and I was stuck indoors doing nothing in particular, I decided to take a stroll down to the Ifield Pond again.  Although the scenery is much the same [although changing with the seasons of course], at least the wildlife activity varies and there’s always something different to see.

Disappointingly I’m a bit late to catch the ducklings in baby stage – they look more like teenagers, but there still seems to be a lot of courting going on.

This is a particularly nice little area, favoured by the ducks and geese because people park their cars by the roadside nearby and come especially to feed them. In fact I got slightly wary of one particular large Canada Goose who approached me – I think he though my little camera was something to eat and was waiting patiently for me to throw it for him.

This very handsome drake ‘posed’ for me , but I took the pics as much for the interesting water as any ducks on it.  I confess to doing a bit of enhancing to the colour, as the sun was so bright and sparkly on the water, and what with the reflections of the overhead trees – it was beautiful to see, but hard to capture. I liked the somewhat hazy appearance.

hue2

Let me now introduce the Goose ….080


Busy Bees

geranium & bee

This Geranium [Crane’s Bill] is growing outside my garden border –  from past experience I know how they can take over a garden. However pretty they are, I don’t like ‘invasive’ plants, but the Bees do and they were going crazy over this one.
Geranium & bee 2

I would have liked the bees to have been sharper, but they were moving about from flower to flower the whole time , so it was pure chance that I got a couple of reasonable shots.

It’s times like this that show my lack of camera know-how – and oh how I long for a guiding hand over my shoulder!  Maybe one day I’ll find a photography class/course /day that will be conveniently near enough for me to attend …. but ideally – it would be lovely to find a knowledgeable companion to go on photographic walks with. Meanwhile, as usual, I have to learn as best I can from the many excellent photography Blogs here or my beloved books, but as when learning to use a computer, there’s nothing like a real person to explain things is there?  Oh dear – I hope I don’t sound too sorry for myself!!

see you soon,     Eileen


Oddments …

bite

This is a super Heuchera , appropriately called ‘Marmalade’ that I bought last year. I love heucheras and I love marmalade- so what more could a person ask for?  They are such undemanding plants and have spires of tiny starry flowers in early summer. I like them because they are clump-forming  – and they look beautiful in the rain too.

Rose and Ladybird

I’ve shown images of this lovely rose  here before – Rhapsody in Blue – but this time it had a visitor. It looks like a ladybird, but it is yellow and black, so that has thrown me a bit!  Anyway – as yellow is the complementary colour to the purple rose [on the colour wheel] I thought it looked rather nice. The bug isn’t as sharp as it might have been ‘cos it was on the move the whole time ….

snails

I thought I would throw this one in rather than make it a new post ….  it almost looks like the snails and debris are on the sea shore, rather than on the paving in the garden – just a bit of flotsum and jetsum.

see you soon,   Eileen