Still Hanging On

By the weekend we’ll be entering November.

Samsung Note II Camera

Samsung Note II Camera

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 . . .

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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.

Fall colors,

Fall colors,

Fall colors,

Fall colors,

Fall colors,

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.

Birds, Fall colors,

I did catch it after it landed on the nearby tree . . .

Birds, Fall colors,

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.

Birds, Fall colors,

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 . . .

Still pretty colorful . . .

Still pretty colorful . . .

. . . although some looked slightly worse for the wear.

. . . although some looked slightly worse for the wear.

Let me get back to the nice ones.

Let me get back to the nice ones.

The dogwoods only had a few leaves on them, and they were like flags in a gale . . .

Birds, Fall colors,

Birds, Fall colors,

Birds, Fall colors,

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 . . .

My lunch

My lunch

A banana that would not survive the next few hours.

A banana that would not survive the next few hours.

So, it seemed to be working well-enough . . . . flowers, here I come.

The snow makes for a nice touch.

The snow makes for a nice touch.

The wild Geranium had some nice coloring . . . 

Fall colors,

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.

Fall colors,

Fall colors,

Fall colors,

Fall colors,

You might think those are just old flowers . . . but, there were buds, as well. 

The Geraniums were the best examples of it . . . 

Fall colors,

Fall colors,

Fall colors,

Fall colors,

Fall colors,

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 . . . 

Fall colors,

But these flowers? Color me impressed.

Fall colors,

Fall colors,

Fall colors,

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.

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The wild Geranium was not too shabby, either.

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However, since I had the phone out, I thought I might as well grab a few macros with the phone camera.

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By now readers know I tend to occasionally be pleased with the photos from the phone . . . 

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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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16 Responses to Still Hanging On

  1. Wow snow already! It’s going to be a cold one. I can’t imagine it! Lovely shots BTW :)

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  2. Love all the colors. Our flower have been gone for some time though. At least we haven’t had any snow in town yet. The mountains are white with snow though. It won’t be long before we have snow here.

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  3. sandra getgood says:

    I’m not in any hurry for winter, although I do recognize the beauties that can be seen then (preferably through a window, while standing in a nice cozy room, thank you!) But I do have to admit that your gardens are amazingly beautiful at any time of year. Or perhaps it’s your talent as a photographer that makes it seem so. As always, an enjoyable post.

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    • disperser says:

      The frost in the last two evening has hit the flowers pretty hard . . . the petunias that had survived the previous frost are now definitely kaput.

      Some of the geraniums are hanging on, but I’ll have to clip the flowers, and see if the nice weathers for this coming week will prompt more buds (I doubt it).

      The other flowers are having a tough time opening, and I’m about ready to go Kevorkian on them.

      As for the garden . . . the vast majority has all been clipped and cleaned. The pots are hanging on just out of pure stubbornness, and the photos look decent only because they show very small portions of the yard.

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  4. oneowner says:

    Probably the best use for snow is the nice backdrop it can provide photographers. All of our flowers are gone except for some stubborn teacup roses that refuse to go. These photos are very well done, even the phone photos. My Samsung Mini is not capable of such nice work but it does fit in my pocket. Your phone photos are outstanding.

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    • disperser says:

      Thank you . . . sunny today, and some flowers still remain, but no snow predicted in the foreseeable future (some argue you can’t foresee the future, but you can make a pretty good guess).

      . . . and my phone does fit in my pocket, but it can’t zoom worth a darn. Which reminds me; I do have the small Panasonic; it don’t take RAW, but it’s not too bad . . . I should put it through some field tests, and see if it too is out standing on the field.

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  5. Spectacular, marvelous, exquisite, incredible shots! :-)
    I love the aspens…I love seeing them here, in the Fall…their colors among the green pines is so beautiful! And they “talk” as the wind blows.
    Your dove shots are cool! Doves are such sweet birds. :-)
    Those flowers are so vibrant! :-)
    HUGS!!! :-)

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  6. PiedType says:

    Summer’s been stubborn this year.

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  7. AnnMarie says:

    Is that Panasonic still out standing in the field? Hope not.

    As for your photos, they are exceptional for the simple reason that snow added a very unique element to those flowers and plants! Looking forward to viewing them in the SmugMug gallery.

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