A heavily edited/processed/altered/massaged/insert-verb-here image of some tree blossoms in my back yard. Mega-massaging courtesy of Perfect Photo Suite 7. At some point I will have hopefully worked this out of my system and go back to less manipulated material. I feel like I did back in the 1990’s with Corel Photo Paint when I learned I could disort peoples bodies and put antlers on their heads. The possibilities of this software are mind boggling!
My large but minimally maintained backyard is not particularly scenic. I can barely grow grass, I seem to do much better with weeds. A week or so ago I noticed a spot of red out there. Too far away from the house to identify, I was thinking it was a piece of trash blown into the yard. Walking out to retrieve it, I discovered, to my amazement, it was not trash, but a perfect red tulip. Growing out in the middle of the yard, this was something new. I know for at least the ten years I have been here, there have been no flower beds, flower gardens, or an attempt at such anywhere in the area.
So what could this mean? Was it my wife’s recently passed beloved grandmother sending us a message? Was it my dad saying ‘hey’ from beyond? A special gift for me to celebrate another spring after a health scare in the fall? A little divine help in naming my wife’s new upcoming business venture? Or perhaps just a flower. Whatever the case, we are enjoying the mere fact of it’s existence.
To tell this story with a photograph I really needed to show the tulip small in the frame, illustrating it’s lonely position out in the middle of the otherwise unremarkable setting, however I couldn’t seem to figure out how to execute that in a satisfying fashion. I have thus gone macro to at least have a record of the special flower.
There are some beautiful trees in Wichita right now, with brilliant white blossoms. I think these are pear trees, however I may be mistaken. These trees have that infrared look, without the need for pesky IR filters or expensive camera conversions.
I searched the city on Saturday for one or more of these trees in a pleasing setting, but had no luck. They all seem to have been planted along busy roadways, parking lots, next to power lines, etc. There are a few of these trees along my walking route so I isolated part of one against the blue sky with a few wispy cirrus clouds. This is another example of what the little Canon S90 can produce, the jpegs look quite good right out of the camera. Spring is here and I for one am quite happy about it.
Scientifically speaking, as most of you probably know, Spring has officially arrived here in the northern hemisphere. In honor of this, I found an image from a few years ago, some tiny blossoms on one of my trees. I am by no means a macro or flower expert, but I thought this one looked pretty good. As I recall, I was fooling around with my Canon screw-on magnifying lens on my 70-200mm zoom. I’m fairly certain a true macro lens would make things easier, however the Canon magnifier does work quite well for the occasional use. Happy Spring.
Like many parts of the country, Wichita has been experiencing quite a winter. We’ve had several major snowstorms, but one week after the most recent one we were having record high temperatures in the 70’s. Crazy stuff. We have a nice botanical garden in the city, this is one of my better images taken there. Hopefully a reminder of things to come.