Looks to me like Little Monkey has had one too many already!
Vodka Day LM 2
I can’t believe I missed National Vodka Day this year (it was the 4th). I had a lot going on, but still that’s no excuse.
Vodka Day LM 3
And I must praise Little Monkey here. Sometimes I think I take her good behaviour for granted. She was snoozing on her mat, so I thought it was a good opportunity to snap a Vodka shot. However, as I arranged the bottles and glass near her, she raised herself up on her front legs to see what was going on.
I gently pushed her back down, but as I stepped back to take a shot, she half sat up. I settled her down again and got my photo. Then I trotted into the kitchen with her to give her a treat.
It was only afterwards that I thought, “Hey, she did all that for me, with no treats. Pretty good for a Mutt!”
I bought a new lavender bush, since my old one suddenly died. This one seems to be a different variety; chunky and not as refined. Hopefully its ruggedness will help it do better.
Lucky Lavender 2
post script: I have written a few posts on lavender and hesitated to do another, but I liked the photo I’d managed to capture in the sunlight, so thought, “Why not?” The little haiku came after, but I’m quite chuffed with it. I doubt anyone will notice, except perhaps Scooj, who counts the syllables!
Also, I’d chosen the title Lucky Lavender and then realised this is my 77th haiku. 7 is my lucky number. Serendipitous or what?
I noticed a squirrel scrambling around behind the apple tree and then running off along the fence. I guessed he had been to check if the loquats were ripe yet.
When I went to look I was surprised to see that several of the fruit were already a lovely yellow-gold.
I grabbed my camera and took a few shots. When I take a photo I am very aware of the background, which can add to the effect. Afterwards I look through my photos to see if I’ve got any that I like, or that have the effect I was trying to achieve.
This photo was taken with the camera held above my head and into the sun, so it was a bit of a hit-or-miss.
What I like about it is the glint of the sun on the fruit, showing up the fuzzy skin; the one clear leaf, with a browning edge, hanging down in the middle of the frame; and also the ‘bokeh’ in the top right hand corner that is little dots of light.
I don’t think of myself as a photographer; my camera does most of the work! But I know what I like and often spend a long time editing photos to my preferences.
Below is what the photo was like before I cropped it.
Of course, there will be some of you who prefer the un-cropped version and some who would have cropped it differently.
That’s fine. It is our differences that make life more interesting.