I really had no choice but to stop when I saw this tiny thing. The rest of the flowers were normal sized and normal shaped. But this … well, it demanding some time. IS it truly a sweet pea? perhaps I’ve misidentified it!
First Shot: Sweet Pea, 5.21.20
As I was walking to the post office I saw to my right, and at a good distance, some brightly colored flowers. They appeared to be connected to some leaves — either the yellow and green leaves you see here, or some that looked like Dietes (African iris). Well, I couldn’t keep walking to the post office before checking the flowers out. Which leaves did they belong to?
Turned out they belonged to neither. The flowers were geraniums. Go figure.
I once had someone tell me geraniums were just boring and not worth photographing. I told him I disagreed. I hope you take my side!
First Shot: Geranium, 5.7.20
I took a nice 4.6 mile walk today, but stopped very little and shot even less: this is the month of breezes. It’s rather difficult to shoot close ups of flowers when it’s windy. These roses, though … well … they had no choice but to cooperate. These were spotted on the side of Willow Glen High School and no, I didn’t arrange them.
Shortly after making this shot I passed by the Willow Glen High chickens. Yes. They have chickens. I heard them before I saw them, and I wondered how they were being cared for. When I reached them I saw a sign saying they knew people were concerned and yes, someone was coming daily to care for them and we weren’t to feed them. There was a family there observing them. I was going to take a few photos, but I felt that might make the family uncomfortable so I’ll have to return at a later date.
For now, though, have my first shot.
First Shot: Sidewalk Roses, 4.24.20
I continue to struggle on my walks: it’s just not as comfortable at the moment to be out and about. But I go out, mask at the ready. (I don’t wear it constantly: if no one is in sight I have it around my neck but feel as if I can enjoy the fresh air much better if I’m unmasked.) Below is the first shot of the day.
First Shot: Tulip, 4.15.20
This is merely the first shot of the day. I’m hoping that somewhere in the ones I made today (I didn’t do much) I’ll find something that really seems worthy of a print, but as I frequently write, “a first shot is a first shot!” That’s my line and I’m sticking to it.
First Shot: Poppies, 4.12.20
I had a nice walk today, despite it being somewhat breezy. (I feel as if it’s terrifically windy, but that’s only because I’m trying to shoot flowers!)
While shooting some beautiful iris (I hope to share something later from that house, but we’ll see how the photos turned out) a very nice couple stopped and we chatted for a brief moment. Silly me didn’t even think to get their names … so dear couple, if you did manage to find this website and read this please leave a comment with your names! It was delightful to talk a wee bit.
We are living in a very difficult moment of history, but the friendliness of people is a joy. The chalk messages on the sidewalks — the friendly waves as we avoid getting too close to one another — the brief chats. It all means so much right now.
I also had a short conversation with a mail carrier and thanked him for his work. I asked him if they are worried and he acknowledged that they really are. I was sorry to hear that USPS provides them with gloves but no masks. He said they are on their own when it comes to masks.
And with all that rambling I now leave you with the first shot of the day. I do love seeing the trees blossoming. My itchy eyes are a bit annoying, but, oh, the beauty of these!
First Shot: Blossoms, 4.2.20
I took a short walk today: I must confess I’m distracted by the whole COVID-19 issue. I’m not scared. I’m not worried. It’s just distracting to not know where it will all lead.
In any case, I did take the walk and made a few images. Here is the First Shot. I may choose, eventually, to crop it. For now, though, you get the All of It.
First Shot: Freesia, 3.5.20