Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Spring, Macro Mode, and Neighborhood Thieves

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!


  1. beautiful pictures- as always!

  2. Oops - Will you still be my friend if I confess to harvesting but a few oranges from the property?

  3. I thought you have always had a nice tan! We were so happy here to hit 57 degrees! You are so spoiled in the Valley of the Sun. We'll be there in just a few weeks. Can't wait! Love you.

  4. Once've blown me away with your photos! Especially with your point and shoot camera. Watch out whenever you get your digital SLR. Here's to getting that baby THIS year!!! I have a feelin' in me bones. :o) Oh, and I promise, I have not indulged in picking the prizes from your tree!
    P.S. You don't look like you need sun to me. I know a little sun here and there is good for you, but you definitely don't look like you need a tan. Tans are overrated anyway. You're just right the way you are.


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