May 20, 2013

I can see clearly now!

One of the reasons why I love spring so much is because I get to go out on my ginormous property and take pictures. As the animals emerge after the cooler weather and the flowers, trees and veggies bloom and grow I have the best time wandering about with my camera.

I've only had my camera for a bit more than a year and quite honestly I've never taken to experimenting with it off  the auto setting. The main reason was because I never read the huge booklet of instructions. I hate reading directions and lets face it if I haven't done it by now the chances of me doing so are slim to none.

So what's a gal to do? I was really feeling a bit limited at what I was able to do using auto and frankly I was feeling like a bit of a creative cheat. The other day I went out and let it all hang out..... I switched my camera off the auto setting and put on the menu and started experimenting with the settings. I grew up in the sixties so I can be a bit of a wild child when I put my mind to it.

I had difficulty getting shots that were focused on things close up on auto. What's photography without a close up? Take the half ripe blueberries below for instance I did that off auto. Now why didn't I do this sooner?  By the way Bill and I are going on vacation this Friday. I'm sure by the time we get back the birds or deer will have enjoyed all of these luscious berries!


This is proof that Bill needed to mow the lawn. Dear little buttercup, sweet little buttercup, my little buttercup, I love you! Didn't know singing was another one of my many talents huh?


Have I mentioned we live in a small town? Of course I have! There are a few stores a bank, pharmacy, a grocery, a couple of gas station and one stop sign. The local hardware closed last year and that was the place you could get everything including our seed potatoes. This year we just let some potatoes from the grocery store grow eyes and used them in our garden. I was really skeptical that this would be a good potato year. Below is one potato plant. I think the eye's have it. Wink!




So now you've seen my photography without training wheels. We've yet to see what my vacation photographs will look like when we get back from the Bahama's next week. If by chance they're horrible I already have my excuse prepared.

 I'll blame it on the rum!

While we're on vacation our house is being guarded by our vicious guard turtle. So don't think about stealing my blueberries or my potatoes.




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27 comments:

  1. But it is also proof(to me) that sometimes not mowing the lawn is a good thing. There is a laid-back ambiance to the pictures.

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  2. Oooo, that turtle!
    My heart leapt! Xxx

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  3. I so want to do that with potatoes and onions as well. I simply haven't, and now I believe it is too late to start. I look forward to next year though. You are braver than I am with your camera. I have my favorite setting and that's the only thing I ever choose. LOL Have agreat vacation!

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    1. Mary, They're like little dots of sunshine all over the lawn.

      Kim, I was worried about the little fellow the other day so I tapped on his shell ever so lightly. I guess he was home and I disturbed him because he moved from under our maple tree....boohoo!

      Stacey,
      My friend Jim up in Canada noted that my Popa is from prince Edward Island and their major crop is potatoes. My grandmother (his wife) is from Ireland and grew up on a farm! Enough said about my genes for gardening. I would highly recommend it, we get a lot of pleasure from it.

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  4. LOL! @your guard turtle! I do love your yard. ...And you have blueberries too! Yum! Perhaps, once we move I will get a chance to see it in person. If you don't post before your trip, have a fantastic time.

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    1. You let me know when you're moving and we'll set something up. I would love to meet! That would be so much fun.

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  5. Girl, you did great with the photos! Bahama's??? I wanna go and I definitely feel like I've earned a vacation. I've had enough SON, I need some SUN!

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  6. Great job for being off auto. I love that little turtle. I want a blueberry bush, but I have a black thumb. :(

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  7. That turtle looks HUGE! Is it? Loved this post

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    1. Ms A,
      I couldn't even imagine the amount of pressure you've been under. When the time comes you'll know when and be able to get away. Heaven knows you deserve a break.

      Cristy,
      I'm happy we're getting berries so early since it's the second year. Or should I say the birds will be happy!

      Paula,
      If you were to cut a small cantaloupe in half that about how big Mr Turtle is. Not big, but he's fierce!

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  8. Love the photos Jen. It actually looks like you knew what you were doing :) Love your guard turtle and have a blast in the Bahamas!

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  9. Just lovely. What's a girl to do? Snap more pictures. I'm sure your Bahamas photos will be splendid ... can just imagine. And the turtle ... your house is in good hands by the looks of it.
    Looking forward to the new pics.

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    1. Martha,
      I was totally faking it Martha, don't say a word:)

      Silvia,
      Thanks! I'm looking forward to some beach time. See you when I get back.

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  10. Isn't it amazing when we take that chance and move around a couple of settings!! Good for you Jen! It's a lot easier to do this today than back about 10 years ago when there was no digital and only film.

    Keep experimenting and you may be surprised what you will get!! Enjoy the Bahamas, I was there a couple of times. And have a rum for me!!

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  11. Love the turtle! He looks mean. :)

    I'm several weeks behind you growing wise, but things are starting to really green up here. I'm almost ready to take my seedlings outside to plant!

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  12. Maybe I need to read my camera how-to booklet? Your photos are beautiful!!!!

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  13. And enjoy your vacation!!! Jealous!

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    1. Thanks Amory I'm planning on it :)

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  14. I love the new look ...the photos are fabulous! I just wanna know if the turtle took a lot of training you know they are natural born killers . You must have trained him to use some restraint, huh?

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  15. Great photos! I'm hoping to get a bit of gardening in on memorial day. Hope you're having a great vacation!

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  16. lost my blog (long story) and had to start a new one. Come visit me at http://my2ndcup.blogspot.com/ I have missed all my blogging buddies.

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  17. I though I commented here but it's went into cyberspace. I got a briging camera at Christmas and like you I have never had it off automatic, There wasn't an instruction book you have to download it from internet and it's even more annoying to read it on computer but I might do what you did and give it a go,your photos are lovely. Have a great holiday.

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  18. Hope you're having a fun vacation. I nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. If you'd like to accept, no pressure, go here: http://silviatomasvillalobos.wordpress.com/2013/06/07/take-love-and-receive-it-blog-awards/

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  19. I also hope you're enjoying your vacation! Beautiful photos, and I would never mess with your guard turtle!

    Julie

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    1. Marcy, Thanks this comment reply is so late I'm back and actually did :)

      Coffee L, Put you on my reader!

      Anne, I hate when that happens!

      Silvia, You're a darling and I'm grateful.

      Julie, Thanks, I have stories to tell!

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