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Now this is something worth noting 🙂
I love nature. It’s one of the many things I photograph. But to say that I don’t have “green fingers” is probably a serious understatement.
Now with the Better Half gone I’m responsible for the plants and it’s something I’ve been dreading for as long as I can remember. It’s a disaster waiting to happen, a time bomb persistently counting down to zero. We don’t have many of them in our apartment, but they’re all of a different kind. That one needs a bit of water every day, that one needs a bit more water, but every other day, and it’s enough if you give that one a bit less water every third day, but feel the soil, if it’s wet, you should wait.
WTF??
So… One has already reached the state of “no more brain activity”. It’s in a coma, a serious one. It’s… well… a vegetable, so to speak, for lack of a better word. And I have serious concerns if it will ever again regain consciousness (I will have to discuss with the PhD when she comes home, but we might have to euthanize, sorry to say).
Another one, although still very much alive, doesn’t seem to have as many leaves anymore as it did over the summer, but that might not be my fault, that might also be the change of season (hopefully).

So in short… even plants that are deemed next to immortal die a swift, but painful death in my care. Imagine my surprise when I went to water the plants today, and I found one of the Better Half’s favorites (and, as she’s mentioned before, one that seems to be difficult to get to flower (not to her, though, she gets everything to flower 🙂 )) with a big white flower and otherwise stuffed to the rim with buds. They seem to have grown overnight. I didn’t notice them before. But hey… Victory! 🙂
And the cats and the turtle are still alive, too! Maybe I’m not such a lost case after all 😀

Alive and kickin'

D700, ISO200, 0,7 sec @ f/16, Tamron 90mm macro

Alive and kickin'

D700, ISO200, 1/6 sec @ f/13, Tamron 90mm macro

I’d been meaning to go to this field already for quite awhile, but always something else came up and then the trip to England came and I still hadn’t gone. I expected everything to be gone by the time I got back from England, but much to my surprise everything was still there. But then the weather turned sour and I had to wait for almost another week still before I actually got to go. But there was a nice day in between all the rainy ones a couple of days ago (not the same day as the wedding 😉 ) and I waited for sunset to go and shoot.
The ground was a mess… sticky clay, especially after all the rain, but I guess they thrive well on that.

Summer on its way out…

Sunflowers at the end of summer

D700, ISO200, 1/180 sec @ f/4.8, Nikkor 50mm

Sunflowers at the end of summer

D700, ISO200, 1/10 sec @ f/11, Nikkor 50mm

Sunflowers at the end of summer

D700, ISO200, 1/250 sec @ f/3, Tamron 90mm macro, on-camera (fill) flash

A week or so ago I was in Holland for a couple of days. The few days before I left it had rained cats and dogs, every day, the whole day, without stopping. When I called with the home front back in Holland I heard it had been and was supposed to stay great weather. That was positive.
But upon arrival the weather had turned 180 degrees, and I was left with spending my days in Holland while it was raining cats and dogs, every day, the whole day, save for the last half day before I left.
So what do you do when you can’t go outside, and you’ve worked to the point of irreparable boredom?

Right: you start to go through your mom’s window sills. Good stuff to be found there! 🙂

D200, ISO100, 1 sec @ f/11, Tamron 90mm macro, SB-800 off-camera flash

D200, ISO100, 1 sec @ f/11, Tamron 90mm macro, SB-800 off-camera flash

D200, ISO100, 1 sec @ f/11, Tamron 90mm macro, SB-800 off-camera flash

D200, ISO100, 1 sec @ f/11, Tamron 90mm macro, SB-800 off-camera flash

D200, ISO100, 3 sec @ f/11, Tamron 90mm macro, SB-800 off-camera flash

D200, ISO100, 3 sec @ f/11, Tamron 90mm macro, SB-800 off-camera flash

D200, ISO100, 1,5 sec @ f/11, Tamron 90mm macro, SB-800 off-camera flash

D200, ISO100, 1,5 sec @ f/11, Tamron 90mm macro, SB-800 off-camera flash

D200, ISO100, 1 sec @ f/3.8, Tamron 90mm macro, SB-800 off-camera flash

D200, ISO100, 1 sec @ f/3.8, Tamron 90mm macro, SB-800 off-camera flash

D200, ISO100, 1,5 sec @ f/11, Tamron 90mm macro, SB-800 off-camera flash

D200, ISO100, 1,5 sec @ f/11, Tamron 90mm macro, SB-800 off-camera flash