Category Archives: Nikon

Honeysuckle Sunshine

Honeysuckle 1

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Honeysuckle gold

Soaking up the warm sunshine

Reflecting it back

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These are the Honeysuckle bushes we planted several months ago to brighten up a new wall.

They have flourished!

Honeysuckle 2

Producing flowers already, they are even ahead of the older bushes around the corner.

They range from yellow, gold and orange, to red at the end, though those flowers are not out yet.

Honeysuckle 4

They certainly brighten up my day, when I open the curtains in the morning to be greeted by their colourful smiles.

And the Sunbirds have found them again, adding a little more sunshine to the day.

Honeysuckle 3

 

post script: Sunny photos as requested by Blosslyn, who is “In the “Bleak Mid-winter” – and for all of you in the North, who are fed up of winter. 

 

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Unexpected Bounty

Rain on leaf

Plumbago 1

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Manna from Heaven

An unexpected shower

How very welcome

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Rain on blue petals

Plumbago 2

My blue plumbago bush was very happy to receive a little rainfall in the middle of the dry season. *Manna from Heaven indeed.

 

post script: The expression *”Manna from Heaven” means you get something unexpected and good just when you need it.

 

Bokeh

Bokeh 1 Plumbago

I was playing around with my Nikon camera and bokeh (the visual quality of the out-of-focus areas of a photo).

I find plants an easy subject matter, as they tend to remain mostly still and don’t run away!

Of course, the wind always gets up just as I am about to click, so the plants still dance around.

Bokeh 2 Plumbago

I love the circles of light in the distance. Any idea what those are?

OK I’ll put you out of your misery!

It’s sunlight reflecting off the waxy leaves of my Camellia bush.

 

Under the Microscope

Bloom 1

 

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Sea anemone

The bloom of a fungal spore

Microbial germ

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What is this?

Any of the above?

Bloom 2

Actually, this is the flower of my giant Eugenia tree, also known as an Australian Cherry tree.

The white spiky flower is out right now, along with the lovely red berries that you saw in Cherry Ripe last Monday.

Bloom 3

I’ve always thought them very pretty and not at all what you would expect to form those bright red ‘cherries’.

Cherries

Isn’t Nature wonderful?

 

Cherry Ripe

Cherries

My Australian Cherry tree, Eugenia, is full of ripe cherries. Not perhaps what you were thinking of from the title?

Many people make hedges out of this plant; I also have a few in my garden. However, this tree is immense! You can see part of the wide trunk in the background of the photo. We sit under its ample shade on hot afternoons.

Apparently the berries are edible, though I don’t eat them myself. One of my dogs used to chew on them a bit, but I don’t think he liked them very much.

Cherry Ripe was a song we used to sing at school.

 

Cherry ripe, cherry ripe

Ripe I cry

Full and fair ones

Come and buy

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It goes quite high, so I can’t reach those notes now!

Here it is, if you’d like to listen. It’s a cheery, cherry little song! Cherry Ripe song.

 

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!