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June 9th, 2011

hot.

So hot. As soon as I crushed mint into iced tea, lemon basil into lemonade and poured myself a tall drink of water, the sky opened up and quenched my thirst.

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June 7th, 2011

red and orange and green

My lilies have opened, it’s officially summer in my mind. This photo is a snap shot, to remind me to spend time with the slr and the lilies when I get home. I wish these red and orange blooms would last all summer.

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May 5th, 2011

Spring visit to Chanticleer garden

So I went to Chanticleer on Monday night. There was a reception for the new Chanticleer book by Adrian Higgins and Rob Cardillo.

I kept straying from the tour because I was distracted by the plants. Wishing I had my big camera with me, I walked around the garden a few times. We’ve had so much rain this spring, and it’s been so gray. It was nice to saunter around a garden in the late afternoon sun. I took over 100 snapshots, trying to inhale all of spring in one day. Why can’t you photograph smell? I kept looping back to the woodsy areas to smell the earth and look at the fiddle heads. These shots don’t do the garden justice, but maybe they will entice you to visit the gardens yourself. You’ll want to buy Rob’s book of quality photos as a reminder of your visit.

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March 18th, 2011

March 18: Sunny and 70˚

Another day, another quick walk outside. Spring is about to explode.

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March 17th, 2011

Bloom Quest: Crocus and Snowdrop edition

Today was the first meeting-free day of the week, and my friend Michelle and I got outside for a few minutes to check in on spring. I know they’ve been out for a couple of weeks now, but this is the first time I’ve seen snowdrops and crocuses in person. We stretched right out on the Rodale walking trail to take these photos.

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We saw this lone purple crocus taking in the sun. The sunlight was gorgeous, but the shadows were quite harsh. I forgot my diffusion screens today, but Michelle used her hooded sweatshirt to create shade.

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This last shot is a TTV image. You create the image by taking a photo with one camera through the viewfinder of another camera. TTV is a  fun way to reuse old waist-level viewfinder cameras. I found my Kodak Duaflex and a Starflex at thrift stores, and made a shooting tube to block light leaks. (You can find templates online.) Your images will be backwards, but you can flip them in a program like Photoshop and crop them to a square size. Over the years, my favorite TTV photos have been of retro architecture, but the weather was nice and the flowers were willing, and it was fun to play outdoors.

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