A Pair of Photowalks (Floral Macros)

I was out for photowalks on Thursday and Friday, before I got home and found the last computer part had been delivered. (See previous post with all the details on the computer upgrades this month.) Because of that, I didn’t get the photos completely ready to post right away; I wanted to get the new build completed so that Lightroom would stop irritating me by lagging first!! 😀

Anyway, after all the software reinstallations, I took most of Sunday off and played games with friends after talking to my mother. She told me happy Mother’s Day for my son, since he’s still deployed and most likely won’t have a chance to call home again for another few weeks at least. While I was talking to Mom, I pulled photos of my niece from Facebook and emailed them so that she and my father could get a chance to see the newest pics of their baby granddaughter (they don’t use Facebook, so they usually wouldn’t get to see the photos otherwise). I’ve also told her about some of these flower photos, since there are a couple types here that I’ve never seen before. She couldn’t recognize them from my descriptions either, so I’ll be calling her later today to see if she’s seen this post–maybe she’ll recognize them in photos. If she doesn’t, I’m guessing she’ll love the photos anyway.

I’m going to take these in order. First up are Thursday’s finished images. They’re cropped down a bit, because I shot to be able to extract the flowers for scrapbooking as well, but I’ve done the final crops on this batch to reflect the best composition for framing rather than for extraction. As usual, images are linked to their individual pages with larger images.

I was heading back from getting some tests done at the hospital when I spotted these flowers in front of a building. I’ve never seen them before, and I’d brought the camera with me as I planned to walk home and shoot along the way. So…when better to start pressing the shutter button?

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I was halfway home, still trying to find something else I haven’t shot a million times, when my back started squawking, so I focused on getting closer to home rather than shooting. I really need the exercise; going out and shooting’s just a good way for me to focus on something other than the distance and how my back is feeling. So these are within a block of my apartment, where I could manage to get inside even if I was in fairly bad shape.

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I managed to get all those edited Thursday evening, but didn’t get them posted due to fatigue and having an early doctor’s appointment on Friday. And, well, then I had more to edit…AFTER I finished the whole computer upgrade and reinstall process. So these are Friday’s photos, all edited up–and it’s only 9:15 AM on Monday. I guess I’ll have to be extracting them later today, just for something to do… 😉

Once I finished with the doctor’s appointment, I started walking home, shooting along the way. I know lots of people dislike overgrown roadsides, but the ditch for almost a block was a miniature wildflower prairie, and I think I got some really nice shots of the flowers there. Then my back started to warn me that it wasn’t going to make the entire walking trip home today after the walk yesterday, so I planned on catching the bus along its route.

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I headed over to the edge of the parking lot at the bus terminal downtown, since I had about 10 minutes and they’ve got some nice cabbage roses that I’ve been meaning to shoot. I think it was the perfect time in their blooming cycle to capture these shots. 😀 My back wasn’t happy, but I wasn’t going to be standing for long, and there are benches very nearby. I shot for maybe 3 minutes, but I took around a dozen shots in that time…and then found a bench to wait until the bus to my place arrived at the terminal.

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I finally got off the bus near home, and spotted more beautiful things to shoot within the half-block to my apartment. And, well, since I had the camera with me…even if it meant a lot more images to edit, I pressed the shutter another dozen times or so. I was certainly close enough to home that my back was a minor concern; from half a block away, I could crawl if I had to! 😉 These are pretty close to some colors in the Jun 2015 blog train palette, so I might extract them–not sure yet.

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That’s all I’ve got for today, but this is a really long post already, so I’m going to shut up now. I hope you’ve enjoyed the flowers and not been too annoyed with my ramblings!

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