Category Archives: Galaxy

Back Lit

Back Lit 1 GALAXY

Early one morning, just as the sun was rising . . .

I grabbed all my cameras and photographed my daughter’s lavender bush as it basked in those first warming rays.

Back Lit 2 CANON

I clicked away using variously; my Galaxy camera phone, my decent Nikon camera and my little point and click Canon.

Below, my Galaxy camera phone really captures the effect of the sun’s rays slanting towards the lavender bush.

Back Lit 3 GALAXY

As expected, my Nikon camera (with no zoom lens) achieves the best close up of the lavender, with a lovely bokeh.

Back Lit 4 NIKON

I really liked how my little point and click Canon camera catches the sunlight, so that the lavender bush appears lit from within.

Back Lit 5 CANON

I found it interesting that each device offers a different aspect of the sunlit challenge. Though the results differ I think each has its own merit. They all found something unique to highlight in apparently the same shot.

Bearing in mind I have no filters; (and, indeed, little skill!) I was quite pleased with the varied results.

And that so far I have managed not to kill this lovey bush!

 

Staying Alive!

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I’ve had this fir bush of mine for many years, but he has never grown much; just plodded along by the wall between two other fir bushes. They were younger, but decided to grow vigorously. Eventually, together, they squeezed the life out of this poor fir. He was being strangled by lack of sunlight and root space, so I took the risky decision to move him.

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They don’t like being moved and often complain by simply up and dying!

Yet, here he is still, hanging on by a thread; even though he looks more brown than Evergreen!

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With our severe water restrictions I have had to be extremely watchful of my plant, ensuring that he never dries out. (I say ‘he’, because for some reason I have always associated this fern with my old dog Jack, who was also very much a survivor.)

To help keep the roots damp, after their allowed watering twice a week, my husband came up with the clever idea of filling an empty plastic milk with water and inverting it there in the plant’s roots. (We do this for the needy plants like Mr Spaghetti Legs’ new Erica.)

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This works very well.

Till one day, when I was hanging out the washing and Little Monkey came cavorting up to the washing line, throwing an empty plastic milk bottle around with gay abandon! She tossed it up in the air and pounced on it when it landed. Then she ran round the garden at full speed like a maniac, snatching up the bottle as she dashed passed it and tossing it in the air as she went.

I watched her with the pride only a mother has; my own silly Little Monkey. Then I thought, “Wait a minute. Where’s she got the milk bottle from?”

And, yes, we do give her an empty plastic bottle with a few pieces of kibble inside from time to time, so she can enjoy getting the food out, but we hadn’t given her one in a while.

I walked over to my precious fir and sure enough; the life-support-water-system was gone!

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We put a new one up; a see-through apple juice bottle this time. It lasted less than a week before it was also being tossed around the garden with relish.

Luckily, I have plenty of plastic milk bottles, so every time we’re allowed to water our plants, we simply place a new bottle by my fir.

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And judging by the wondrous new green growth on my dying plant, I am very hopeful that come the winter rains, he will spring back into full form once again.

 

post script: I’m sure you’re singing it in your head anyway, so here you are: ha ha ha ha Stayin’ Alive!

 

Sparky Dances for Joy

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Galaxy 10

Sparky the squirrel seemed full of the joys of . . . Autumn!

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I captured the little critter scampering above in the canopies of these large trees, while I sat in the shade beneath enjoying my coffee. It was nice of him to provide the entertainment!

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He even sunbathed awhile, stretched out on a branch, as comfy to him as any sofa to us.

But living life in the fast lane, he didn’t stay for long.

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I caught him just about to leap across a wide open space to the next tree. I love how he gets his eye in and bunches up, coiled like a spring, before bounding into mid-air, propelled by his strong back legs.

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He then confidently scampered at speed through an arboreal pathway only he could see. I snapped this last action shot as he leapt away; on to his next adventure.

 

This is the tenth and final in my series of Galaxy camera phone photos. I feel confident now, that I can take photos in focus (mostly) with my phone. I hope you have enjoyed the series as much as I have in making it.

 

My Baby!

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Galaxy 9

Impossible for me to do a photographic series and not include pictures of my ‘baby’, Little Monkey.

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The above photo was taken in the coolth of the evening, when the sun had already dipped below the horizon. Even so, my little Galaxy camera phone coped well.

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As it also did here in bright sunlight, with LM drying off after her bath.

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I’m very happy with the capabilities of the camera, once I learned how to take photos without moving the phone!

This is the ninth in my series of Galaxy camera phone photos.

 

Underneath the Arches

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Galaxy 8

These are some of the biggest hydrangea blooms I’ve ever seen.

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It is hard to do them justice in a photo, but if you look in the shot below, you can get some indication of their size by checking out the archway to the right.

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My friend and I walked underneath the archway (without doing the limbo!) and though I might be a tad under average height, my friend is a respectable 5′ 9″.

 

This is the eighth in my series of Galaxy camera phone photos.

 

post script: For a trip down memory lane; or for you youngsters, a golden oldie; here’s “Underneath the Arches”┬ásung by Flanagan and Allen.

 

Mystery Post Five

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Mystery 1

Galaxy 7

It’s been a while since I’ve done a mystery post. I wonder if you’ll guess what this is?

Mystery 2

Mystery 2

Maybe you think fancy post productive techniques have been used? But on what?

Mystery 3

Mystery 3

Do you give up?

Mystery 4

Mystery 4

It’s the fir tree in my garden, adorned with solar powered fairy lights!

It was dusk (which explains the grainy photo quality) and the lights had just come on.

I achieved these effects by rapidly turning my phone in a circular motion as I took the photo.

Viola! Psychedelic lights!

 

This is the seventh in my series of Galaxy camera phone photos.

 

Hang On!

Gecko

Gecko

Galaxy 6

This little gecko treks across my ceiling in the evenings. I love his little toes!

I don’t know why he goes on safari through the great expanse of wilderness up there, when any ants to be had would surely be at ground level, but he certainly provides entertainment for me; mostly in hoping he doesn’t fall off!

 

This is the sixth in my series of Galaxy camera phone photos. I had to climb on a chair to be close enough to get a good shot of him!