Taking into consideration that most people are still buried under snow and shivering under the covers at night while blizzards and wind storms rage outside, I very much love that I can sit outside and enjoy an afternoon of very bright sun. I love being outside. Even more so when I have wonderful but brutally-honest friends look at my pictures from last week and say, "You need some sun." I aim to please, so I suffered through an hour in the outdoors this afternoon to take some shots of the newly blossoming spring leaves in our yard. And then I sat in a lawn chair for some direct sunlight to appease the previously-mentioned uberly-critical friends. It's not my fault that I live in a basement.
Macro Mode: my favorite thing about taking pictures. I love how the focus is so sharp on part of the picture and completely blurs out the unimportant stuff in the rest of the photograph. I love how crisp and detailed the photos can turn out. I love how the results are mostly a guessing game until I load them on my computer. Some photos just blow me away, while I toss about one-third of them into the recycle bin. Someday, when I own a big-kid camera with interchangeable black things that attach to the end of the camera body, I think that lenses capable of composing awesome macro mode shots will be my go-to for everything. What's for dinner? Should I buy this t-shirt? Which stocks look promising for investment? Hold on while I ask my lense...
It's a little late for oranges, as many are already falling to the ground. But I wanted to take a picture of the ones that are still attached to the tree, meaning they survived the foraging midnight neighbors who happen to like my oranges better than store-bought ones. I can't say I blame them...they are delicious. But the limes go so quickly that we question whether or not the tree grows any. My alcohol-free margarita mixes have suffered as a result. Dang those lime-loving, nocturnal neighbors!
My oh my, how I love living in the Valley of the Sun. And it's really not that hot in the summer! Honest!