May 8th, photo of the day: white fluffy flower (technical name)

I’ve noticed lately that I’m not seeing as much Indian Plum anymore, in any stage of growth. I’m not sure if this because I’m no longer going to places where it lives (it doesn’t feel like this is true, it feels like I’m going to same types of places as before, but micro-climates can be finicky I guess).

Instead, what I am seeing are these fluffy white flowers that grow in popcicle-shaped bloom clusters.

They were very bee-friendly

a closer view

I love this one! It was taken using an extension tube. I know it’s not super crisp, and it’s too bright, but I like it all the same. It’s dreamy.

Do you know what this flower is called? I’d love to find out!

May 7th, photo of the day: leading lines

Part of the Blogathon are themed days periodically tossed in throughout the month. The idea behind these days is to give us bloggers a topic to write about when we might otherwise be feeling uninspired. Today was the first of such days, the theme being “5 movies that have influenced your writing (or blog).”

Since my little blog is mostly photos…I had a hard time. I tried though! I stretched and fought, trying to make connections to movies that might be believable. Ultimately, I decided it was silly to force movies to fit into my needs. There are LOADS of great bloggers who did use the prompt, or a variation of the prompt, today. You can check out a few of them here:

Aunty JuJu’s Perspective

Victoria Musgrave

The official poultrybook.com blog

And from me, you get only a photograph. Or a few. Today’s theme for me was leading lines. I saw them everywhere. Do you ever get sick of leading linage?

bamboo gate at the park

flags and a little bit of a cloud

Isaac strolling down the path

Forgive me my trees, I’ve been taking a lot of these lately.

I like to try to capture the sheer height of the trees

How do you think I did? Was your eye lead into each of these photos? I would love to know what you think.

In other news, I’ve rediscovered an awesome website recently: Supercook. All you do is enter in all the ingredients you have available, and it gives you suggestions on what to make! I wanted to use up some of my random ingredients, and there could be no better website than this to help me achieve this goal!

May 1st, photo of the day: Possibilities

Today is the first day of May. And so, I know the phrase I’m about to say is being repeated all over the country, all over the world, but I’m going to say it anyway.

“It’s MAY already?! Where is this year going?”

Okay, I got that off my chest. And..Happy May Day! *hands out flowers*

Today, was a great day. I’m going to tell you why. Today was great because I got a new lens! Yay! It makes me happy.

I’ve been researching and debating and comparing for several months, and I finally narrowed it down to the Nikon 50mm 1.8G. I chose this lens for multiple reasons, including bokeh capability, price, compatibility with my camera, and user reviews. After making that decision, I started calling/checking websites to see where I could get it. I was a little surprised when Amazon was out of stock, and then Fry’s, so I started looking at more local places (better to go local, anyway, right? Support local! No matter that the lens is manufactured in Thailand…) and I called one local place, who referred me to another local place.

When I called Cameras West, the employee I spoke with said they had a waiting list, and I could come in and put my name on the waiting list, but he didn’t know when I would actually be getting the lens.  Well, I was a little saddened by this, after all my research I thought I’d be able to just pick it up off the shelf!

So today I went into Cameras West, and the employee there was a different fellow than the one I spoke to on the phone. He said they had just gotten a shipment in, and lo and behold, there was a Nikon 50mm 1.8G just waiting for me.

This lens purchase made possible by the generosity of my sister, Amanda Ward. She’s a photographer too, in the Southern Oregon area.

Thank you Amanda! Your gift means so much to me.

I took my first photo 5 minutes later, while sitting in the car. :) Then I found a park.

It’s only a tree, but do you see the pretty leaf bokeh? *sigh*

A long walk to Bellevue

a floating feather

Sweet Shot Day

In blogging news, I’ve decided to participate in the 2012 WordCount Blogathon. This way, I can work on my actual blogging (read: the writing part) skills as well as my photography. Some days I just don’t know what to say, you know?  I’m hoping this will help. If you’d like to join too, head over to WordCount to register.

They’ve put together a list of suggestion post ideas, and if you post every day this month you’re entered to win some sweet prizes!

A few more for your inspection

Hey all!

Here are a few bunch more photos from yesterday.

There’s an interesting concrete arch thing in Gas Works Park that I want to make work at a background, to make it look awesome, but I don’t think I quite figured it out yesterday.

Some of these were taken down near Pike Street Market, where we ate dinner at a place called the Alibi Room. I had delicious mac & cheese and Isaac had grape and bleu cheese pizza. Interesting combination, fantastic crust. I asked the server if they were hiring, but she just laughed and said “no, this place is hard to get into”

Anyway, you tell me. Which photo do you like best?