It’s 30 deg. C / 86 deg. F in the uk today, quite hot for this country. I decided to walk to the hairdressers and have what meagre hair I have shaved to a No. 2 setting, feels so much cooler. Then walked on into town to pick up some essentials, it was quite busy, but I can’t help but think back to the 60’s & 70’s and how lively the city centre once was. Stopped off at my favourite café, had an iced Americano coffee and a homemade cheese scone.
Yesterday I took a few images around the garden with my macro lens, still trying to get the hang of it.
Missed posting on “Thursday doors” yesterday, was out in town for the best part and had chores to do and my cat Mimi to fuss when I got back to home. Whilst hanging out the washing this morning (the excitement never ends) I noticed the garden had sprung into life a bit, also noticed how much work I need to do to get it into some sort of shape. The weather in my part of the UK has been very mixed, it’s still quite cold and windy. The only camera I had with a charged battery was my old Olympus E400, but I managed to get a few shots of the spring growth.
We have had some reasonable weather (at last) over the past few weeks and the garden has really burst into life. I think the huge amount of rain earlier in the year has really benefited my Rhododendron. It’s quite difficult to photograph, but with a combination of the Sigma DP1 and Olympus E620 I managed to get a few images.
I put my old Tamron macro lens on the Olympus via an adaptor, It’s tricky to focus as the viewfinder on the Olympus is a bit small and the depth of field very shallow.
The Bee’s love it.
I tried the 1 to 1 adaptor on the lens and photographed a few of the plants around the garden.
The Humble Dandelion
My midnight visitor comes in every day now for his breakfast or tea, quite often both. He’s such a sweet little cat, today he was a bit dusty. I’m still not sure if he has a home of sorts, but someone must be feeding him as he is at least 9 years old. Of course he might be a (click link)“Six Dinner Sid”but I don’t mind.
Well spring has finally arrived in my part of the UK, even managed to get some gardening done today with a little help from Mimi & Fleur.
Signs Of Life
P.S Was having a snooze on the sofa yesterday afternoon when I was gently woken by a soft purring and a nuzzling around my ear, it was my black and white midnight cat visitor wanting some food and a fuss.
Last few from the Canon taken in my garden using the lovely Helios lens and an extension tube. It was really hard to focus with such a narrow depth of field and my eyes aren’t as good as they used to be.
Musk Mallow (Malva moschata rosea)
I have to admit I needed to look up this flower as it was a self setter. The Bees really like it.
Can’t get these to grow where I want them, they seem to prefer the gaps between the paving slabs, so I guess they like a sandy soil.
I enjoyed using the Canon 500n especially with the Helios lens, it deserves another outing with some fresh film.