By the weekend we’ll be entering November.
That was taken on the 27th of October – yup; flowers in the pots I have. I went outside to snap what are likely to be the last flowers photos of the season. It’s supposed to drop down to 25 Fº overnight for the next few nights, and I expect I will lose the remaining flowers.
Actually, I went out because of this . . .
Those were taken with the camera phone, but I also went out with the 105mm macro and my newly aquired cheap-but-works-well-enough ring light, and got these shots.
Is that . . . why, Bob, yes it is; snow.
Or something as close to snow as I cared for it to be. The photos are OK, but I shot them while squatting in front of this group of plants that are growing at the edge of the patio, next to the bird bath. With the wind blowing, temperature at 30° F, and me wearing a short sleeved t-shirt (of course, it was not that cold or windy when I walked out).
My original thought was to go out there with a tripod, but the weather changed very rapidly, and I grabbed the camera and ran out, fearing the leaves would be gone the next time I had a chance to snap a picture.
Of course, while out there, I snapped a few photos of the flowers, as well.
But let’s back up a moment . . .
A day before these photos, I stood on my deck, also in a short-sleeved t-shirt (and shorts) trying to catch one of the doves taking off.
I nearly had this one . . . stupid camera focused on the closer subject, instead.
I did catch it after it landed on the nearby tree . . .
Of course, it wasn’t going to move from there while I sat watching, so I passed the time photographing a few of the remaining leaves still on the trees.
It was windy that day as well, although much warmer.
Most of the aspens are bare, except for one tree in back that stubbornly held on to its leaves. The wind whipped them about pretty good, but I was shooting at 1/3,200 second shutter speed with my 80-400mm lens . . .
The dogwoods only had a few leaves on them, and they were like flags in a gale . . .
OK, back to the 27th . . . I saw the flowers, I saw the snow/hail/sleet beginning to come down, and I grabbed the Macro lens along with the ring light . . . but, I had not used the ring light a whole lot, and it has a manual adjustment for the flash.
I needed to take a couple of test shots . . .
So, it seemed to be working well-enough . . . . flowers, here I come.
The wild Geranium had some nice coloring . . .
After this shot, I went out back to shoot those striking leaves at the beginning of the post, but came back to the flowers . . .
. . . Honest, I’m amazed these are still flowering.
You might think those are just old flowers . . . but, there were buds, as well.
The Geraniums were the best examples of it . . .
Mind you, these don’t compare to photos from this past summer, but for nearly November, I was impressed with the flowers and, given the lighting (overcast, windy), the photos are not too shabby either.
Of course, the Pansies will likely survive the winter, so I expected to see them still out and about . . .
But these flowers? Color me impressed.
Of course, it wasn’t just the flowers . . . a few of the shrubs were also striking.
For the rest of the photos I put away the big rig, and grabbed the phone. I wanted some quick wide-angle shots, and I did not feel like changing lenses. Plus, I knew I would get decent results with the phone.
The wild Geranium was not too shabby, either.
However, since I had the phone out, I thought I might as well grab a few macros with the phone camera.
By now readers know I tend to occasionally be pleased with the photos from the phone . . .
Wait . . . is that a Petunia? And is that snow on the leaves and in the background?
Get it? Background <=> back ground . . . nevermind.
Why, yes Bob.
I do like the pictures, and I look forward to the coming winter, even as I know most of these flowers will not survive. In years past I would bring the geraniums inside . . . and then spend a few month trying to get rid of gnats. Not this year . . . sorry, plants.
For them who don’t yet know, you can click on the photos and a larger version will open in a new window or tab. You can also go see the originals in the SmugMug Gallery HERE.
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