the day’s silliness

Beau Man loves to settle into my chair, especially after I’ve warmed it up sitting there for a while. This is his I’m-too-cute-to-move position, which he waits to take right when I walk up and see him. Usually when he’s like this I pick him up and then sit down holding him in my arms. It’s a 50/50 chance he’ll stay there, otherwise he walks off, waits five minutes, then comes back to lie in my lap. Who knows what’s going on in that feline mind.

My wife is still recovering from major back surgery. Part of her recuperation is for me to go out and get something for lunch. Today it was a wheat-and-smoked-turkey wrap from a local sandwich shop. I got a chipotle turkey sub on multigrain (with chipotle mayo and chipotle cheese — there’s a pattern here). While there I picked up this small apple pie. I didn’t realize special the price was until I got home and looked closer. Yes, someone has a gentle sense of humor in the bakery.

photographing backyard flowers and dealing with red roses

The orchid tree is blooming again, and I’m out trying to get some good photos before the blooms quickly wilt and start to seed. The two photos were taken roughly 12 hours apart, the first right at the end of golden hour and the second in the morning.

I love the mix of greens and purples that the tree produces this time of year.

This little rose was taken in the golden hour, in the shade. I have tried very much to keep the red channel from being overwhelmed. I was trying to pick up the subtle shadows as well as the veining on the petals, while trying to keep the background reasonably out of focus.

Everything taken with the E-M1.2 and 40-150mm PRO seated on a 15-year-old Benro travel tripod. If anything, the tripod allows me to better compose and focus on the subjects. Trying to do flower photography hand-held is a non-starter for me, probably due to my advancing age.

Oh, and it was a lovely 81° F today.