Note 20 Ultra Photos and no thoughts.

For them not interested in reading, you can see the photos in THIS<<link SmugMug Gallery (slide show by clicking THIS<<link). 

When you click the links, it will open in a new window, and you have two options:
1) Manually scroll through the photos by clicking the “<” and “>” symbols to the left or right of the photos.
2) There’s a PLAY/PAUSE button near the top-left of the screen with the transition set at about 5 seconds. Note: Above the play/pause button there’s the option to go full screen. Most of these look really good viewed full screen. You can then still use the”<” and “>” symbols to the left or right of the photos (this will pause the slideshow).

If you want the full experience, keep reading.

If I’m outside, odds are I’ll be snapping a photo or two. Sometimes it’s just mundane stuff, and other times, it’s flowers.

Such was the case today. That’s right; you’re getting fresh off-the-phone photos. Hopefully, they’ll taste good. Here are more of those flowers . . . 

Warning: the Block Editor is still a pain to work with and can cause stress levels to spikes. Use with caution. Avoid if possible.

We’ve decided to get rid of the magnolia tree. mind you, we’re always reluctant to get rid of healthy trees, but the magnolia tree makes a big mess on the ground, but more than that, It doesn’t look good. Yes, the flowers look OK, but they don’t last long and the tree itself is unattractive even when there are a few flowers on it.

And most of all, it was planted too close to the house. I don’t like trees close to the house.

. . . but the flowers are nice. Certainly, the aphids like them (or whatever those are).

Regardless, soon it will go. We’re thinking of replacing it with either a miniature tree (one that will not grow) or some sort of water feature . . . maybe a scale model of Niagara Falls.

The Verbena is looking nice:

Lastly, I want to mention “Night Mode”. I happened to see a few lightning bugs outside and wanted to try photographing them . . . that was a bust, but it did remind me that I’ve not shared examples of the “night mode” feature of the phone camera.

So, I was outside after dark (trying to capture a photo of the two lightning bugs — or one moving erratically) and when that didn’t work, I tried some night photography.

This next photo is with the flash. For the record, it is dark, and I cannot see details just with my eyes. I mean, I have pretty good night vision, but my eyes hadn’t adjusted yet. So, flash photo . . .

Notice that even with the flash, the details are poor. I think there’s some HDR being done because the sky should be darker (or at least it was, perceptually).

OK, now . . . let me switch to Night Mode . . . it ended up taking a four seconds exposure:

Let me repeat; that was at night, in the back yard, no lights.

I am amazed . . . and tired. I think I’ll hit the sack early. Goodnight.

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