new year caturday

Joan Jett New Years Day
Joan Jet in her zen position on the patio.

New Years Eve was another traumatic event for all my little guys. As usual the neighbors set off their purchased fireworks, starting almost as soon as it got dark, and continued past midnight. I have a lot of little visitors snuggling in next to me while all the booms echoed through the neighborhood. When the festivities ended they slowly moved off to their regular sleeping spots for the rest of the evening.

The morning and the day were spent with everyone in the household napping and resting in general. They were all happy for the quiet of the day as well as the very pleasant sunny day. It hit 80°F today, not bad for the first of January. Everyone was outside of the house and around our screen-enclosed lanai (patio). I have discovered that the cats in particular are quite content to stay within the enclosed area, as long as they can go out and watch what’s happening on the outside of the screen. And that’s fine by me, as it keeps the cats from roaming around the neighborhood and considerably reduces their chances to pick up parasites such as heartworm.

Danï New Years Day
Danï stayed up too late last night…
Zoë New Years Day
…as did her sister Zoë
Luke New Years Day
Luke is on the lookout for lizards and squirrels, and perhaps a few of the birds
Ruby New Years Day
Sweet Ruby certainly enjoyed the day

Finally one from the garden. The hibiscuses have been blooming again, along with my azaleas and some other flowing plants. That means getting out in the garden pronto to get things weeded and replanted.

Hibiscus New Years Day

Everything taken with the 75mm on the Pen F.

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.