I seem to be suffering from spring anxiety. No, I don’t need more medication. I need the weather to warm up enough and the wind to go away so I can open my Summer Studio and play in the mud on the back patio. This time of year, we have WIND – gust up to 50 mph, dust fog, and my allergies are activated. When it’s 60 degrees, the wind is howling, and the dust is filling the air, it’s tough to work with wet hands and wet clay while sneezing every couple minutes.
I’ve been unsuccessfully working with beads. I’ve managed to design a multitude of ugly earrings and one beyond ugly bracelet. No, there will not be photos. I’ve tried following a pattern, but what I created didn’t look anything like the photo. Perhaps it’s time to give the beads a rest.
I tried getting a shot of a partial moon and almost succeeded. One night, the moon was high in the sky making it difficult to photograph. There was light cloud cover and the moon was gorgeous with wispy clouds sort of partially covering the moon. By the time the moon had progressed enough that it was low enough in the sky to photograph, the cloud cover and become complete. No moon shot. The next night I got a moon shot, but it came out blurry. I used a tripod, there was no image stabilization, and I used a 2-second delay on the shutter so there would be no camera movement. I think I made an error when focusing.
I did some shopping on ebay and now have UV filters for both lenses, lens hoods to avoid those nasty circles that show up, and a dandy cleaning kit. Yesterday, I cleaned the lenses, filters and the sensor. I think I’ve eliminated the dust that was causing two spots to show up on each shot.
The agave looks like it’s about to send out “blossoms”. Unfortunately, I didn’t get Jim to stand next to the agave last night. When I do get a photo, it will be on my Facebook page.
The agave is almost to the point where I will need to do the photo in two halves – upper and lower.
The garden is starting to come alive.
Little pepper plants that did go to the bottom of the photo. I don’t know why that black line is there.
Italian parsley, a perennial, is starting to come back.
Oregano, another perennial is growing nicely.
Nasturtiums. They won’t last once it gets really hot, but they should look nice for about a month.
The iris show is over until next year.
Buckets of tomato plants and a couple peppers. The peppers got hammered by the wind and we’re seeing if they will bounce back.
This is the second year for the chive plant. I should probably remove the buds before blooming, but I’m not going to. The flowers are pretty and the seeds will self-sow.
The sage is blooming.
Chocolate plants are blooming. They bloom in the morning, and by late afternoon, the flowers are dead.
The red yucca is starting to send up a stalk and bloom.
The Mexican bird of paradise is starting to have buds. The Mexican version bears no resemblance to the Hawaiian version.
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