The trick is to Enjoy Life. Don’t wish away your days waiting for better ones ahead.
Marjorie Pay Hinckley, author of Small and Simple Things
Small and Simple Things, a good way to connect with inner peace, a gentle ideology to living well. It is about the choices WE choose to make, the paths WE choose to travel.
All images taken with the Coolpix P510, except where noted. The sister post, November 2011 Garden Revisited, was posted on October 30, 2012.
“Do whatever you have to do this week with your whole heart and soul. To do less than this will leave you with an empty feeling.” The author offers simple, yet inspirational advice.
I am not encouraging you to read her book, I am just mentioning it because I too look at simple things I might find. I find solace in the garden heading into a long restful sleep, it gives the gardener a needed break and time to lay back and assess. Having the camera in hand and looking at life through the lens, makes one feel part of, and appreciate the sometimes surprising transformation.
As each bloom clings to life in 36° temperatures today, it gives all it has to pass on the seeds to new life. I find that humbling. Our lives are so complicated, we rarely treasure the simple things (but biologically complex) that nature does around us.
The Coolpix P510 is not too bad of a macro camera focusing to .4 inches, even though I was not that close in any of the photos. It also has a zoom to 42x optical zoom. The range is 24mm to 1000mm and is considered a “superzoom”. I cannot affix filters to the lens or even put on another lens, as this camera is a “do it all” little powerhouse.
Most of the image control is in how I frame up a shot, like below, I have to make the choice on how I present it. The camera does have effects if I want to go that route since I cannot use filters. I use it in Manual too. When I do a post on various ways to get macro shots, I will show you an advantage of this little camera in getting shots the DSLR cannot.
There really is not as much of real eye-catching interest in the garden at this time of year. You might have to look closer and accept that many scenes are less than beautiful, but maybe interesting. Next post will be moving in much closer with macro lenses.
I do like how this year the garden has a softer color scheme than last. Each color is but a shadow of its true self, except in the panel below.
The leaves fell quickly this year, yet the pear tree still is holding on to photosynthesis. Much is still green but in the image that opened the post, most of the colorful leaves have all fallen to the ground.
This is if you go crazy with the filter on a selected area at the center of the image. Just playing and trying out something I saw on another blog, Mental Seeds. Go check out his art. I tried to solve his dilemma but figured out it was the actual pixel size that was the problem.
I paired up images based on color and the one below was really a surprise. That is PeeGee Hydrangea Tree and Viburnum plicatum tomentosum leaves in the fountain.
The next two images show a garden in seasonal decline. Not always are the images in Fall so pretty, but some are kinda interesting finds.
The robin nest was in my Concolor Fir, and you can see a squirrel made a hiding place for his cleaned walnuts. The baby robins hatched while I was away this summer, a simple pleasure that I missed.
The sad-looking maple is really nothing like last year, the color is dull and the leaves ravaged by drought.