Waiting For Winter? Not!

Sumac Confusion

Above is evidence of a serious debate between branches of Sumac near here as to whether fall has fallen. The majority Green Party seems to think not.

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Sweet Peas still here October 8

Thought I’d reaped the last of the sweet peas on Sept 28 for a tiny bouquet to greet Anita when she came back from a family funeral in Trinidad, but there were more. The garden has never stayed so beautiful for so long.

I thought that overseeding parts of the lawns on September 19 was tempting fate, but there’s been no frost and above seasonal temperatures and the seedlings have done well.

My enthusiasm shown in this post is, in view of the extreme, human-caused suffering experienced by so many in the Caribbean, North America, and by all forms of life worldwide that depend on our Planet’s finely-tuned biosphere, a “tad” selfish. It’s just that, from time to time, we all need to focus on happy things like this and show appreciation for the love and hard work that people close to us have put into making things so much more beautiful.

The only winter I have really come to fear is a nuclear winter.

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That said, here are the photos taken on October 8 that made the cut:

 

 

 

 

The Autumn Leaves

As a three-year-old, I can remember sitting on the floor in the living room near my dad’s old Montreal-made Willis upright piano, while he played one of his very favourites, Autumn Leaves.

Here is Eric Clapton doing a sweet, sweet version. The photos were taken this morning before I raked the back yard to give our overseeded lawn a little more sunlight. The maple, shown here, will produce more. I’ll mulch them later.

Prime Lens for my A6000

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Things are looking up!

 

Bought a Sigma 30 mm f/1.4 lens for my Sony alpha A6000 mirrorless DSLR on Thursday and began learning how to use my first ever prime lens on Friday afternoon in the back yard. This photo was taken with the lens fully open looking almost straight up at the last full rose in our lovely old arbour. Very pleased with the shallow depth of field producing the blurred background, but I’ve never owned a 1.4 lens before so there’s a learning curve involved. The Sigma 1.4 has a very high rating for sharpness and will do a lovely job on portraits.

Some more photos taken in the gardens around the house follow: Continue reading “Prime Lens for my A6000”