I do believe the Gods have declared it to be Spring! But then again, it might be summer. Sometimes, here in Southern California, I just can't tell what season it is. More than likely, that comes from living most of my life in places where it actually snows in the winter and the seasons are delineated with such physical presence that we are left with little doubt. True, it gets mixed up once in a while, and here? Well, I like to say the seasons are subtle; there is a change in weather, just not so drastic.
A few weeks ago, poppies were blooming on a nearby street and I walked over to take a few photos of them. I love the tissue paper quality of poppies, like someone's skilled hands constructed them of various colored paper, glued them on stems and during the night, stuck them in the ground, fooling us into believing these are real flowers.
Interesting how these two decided to merge:
I've always enjoyed closeup photos of flowers, so hard to take at times. There seems to be no wind at all until you try to take a close up photo of a flower.
For the above photos, I used the digital SLR, a Nikon D-70 with my lens and macro filters from my old, non-digital Nikon SLR camera. The only downside is that you have to use manual focus, hence noticing the wind more. But that is also one of the reasons why I am loyal to Nikon; I can use my old camera lenses on the digital SLR. I use the little CoolPix for most of my blogging because of ease but really, the big one takes the best photos.
The weather has been very up and down lately but I am glad the warmer weather has arrived. We planted a few herbs, a tomato plant and a few pepper plants over the weekend and that always signals the start of better weather.
And work-wise? The shows are over for now. I had so many things back to back, which certainly made things busy but good that it is all done at once, too. I am working on some new projects and hope now to return to and finish some older pieces that have been sitting for a while. And I hope that soon, I can start experimenting with some new materials and combinations. It's all exciting to me and I want to make the most of taking the time off from teaching.
And when I can, I'll go for a motorcycle ride!