May

"Be like a flower and turn your face to the sun."

~ Khalil Gibran

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May 1, 2018

I awake to gray skies but by afternoon the sun has come out of hiding.  The day passes by quickly; there are chores to be done and catching up to do with this project.  I'm entering my fifth month and am pleased that I've not yet abandoned it, though sometimes I am tempted.  I keep pressing on, hoping that I am growing as a photographer in the process.

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May 2, 2018

More play with abstract photography.  I visit Laurel Ridge again, this time with a friend.  The jonquils and daffodils are nearly all in bloom and the effect is a calming of my mind.  I've been distracted lately, my mind fuzzy.  I feel as if I don't have a good handle on each day.  In a way, this picture reflects how I am feeling.

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May 3, 2018

I resume taking walks, aiming for two miles at least 4 days a week.  I don't bring Popeye with me and am glad; it is sunny and hot by 10:00 a.m. and he would have tired quickly.  As it is I finish my trek with a headache, having forgotten to wear a hat and to take ibuprofen before setting out.  This barn is on the route that I take.  I'm dissatisfied with the result, still needing to learn how to effectively take pictures of architecture.  Perhaps if I had focused on just one aspect?

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May 4, 2018

The speed with which the earth turns from ground to green awes me.  I consider doing a four seasons project, focusing on the flowers in our yard.  Although Spring, the past few days have felt like summer, hot and humid.  The quick change unsettles me.

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May 5, 2018

Another shot with the slow shutter cam.  I love the impressionist feel of these shots and am inspired to paint them.  Look closely and you can see the ghost of the flower in the middle of the largest blossom.  I plan on doing more of these.

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May 6, 2018

The bleeding hearts are now in full bloom.  I love how delicate they are and think about lining the perimeter of the woods with them.  A lovely greeting to the new season.  

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May 7, 2018

I continue to take shots of the flowers in our garden.  I am beginning to feel discouraged because my photographs lack variety.  I plan on maybe starting Artist Dates, where I go out and visit different spots and perhaps work around a common theme.

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May 8, 2017

I continue to play with my 50mm lens, which is definitely my favorite.  The hosta is rapidly growing and spreading its leaves.  I worry that it might overshadow some of the smaller perennials.  Fingers are crossed.

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May 9, 2018

I have resumed walking and have made it a goal to walk two miles at least four days a week.  Today I made the mistake of bringing my camera, so the aerobic aspect of walking was lacking.  I am still having so much fun playing with the slow cam shutter app!

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May 10, 2018

Yesterday my new lens arrived and I could hardly wait to play with it.  A Lensbaby Velvet 56, which makes the images delightfully blurred.  From what I have observed on their website, the key is to focus the shot and then it does the rest.  I purposely left this shot unfocused from the start because I love the abstract effect.  Because the lens allows only manual focusing I think I am going to have to use a tripod for many of my shots as my hands are a little shaky when shooting macro.  

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May 21, 2018

Yes, there are dates missing, but it doesn't mean I wasn't taking photographs.  A storm swept through our state last Tuesday, felling trees and power lines.  A number of tornadoes also touched down, one in the town right next to ours.  We were without power until Sunday and it seemed as if I was discombobulated the entire six days.  Thank goodness my mom lives nearby and we were able to stay with her.  This morning dawned sunny and cool, and I was able to capture this chive blossom during the golden hour.