Saturday, 5 May 2007
More antics at the botanics
Well, after last week I decided to do it again. And why not? Lovely plants and trees and stuff, a scooter to nip about on and great weather today. The alternative? Stay indoors missing my son who post break-up spends weekends with his Dad.
So off I went once more to the Botanical Gardens. Better scooter today - easier controls. I am learning a lot. Everyone most polite and good at holding doors to glasshouses open etc (though a gremlin of discontent mused why they don't make them automatic for wheelchair users who then don't have to smile sunnily at the next harrassed family with toddlers in toe plus pushchair to just hold the door a tad longer please). Anyway, it's a minor point. I resisted the temptation to go straight for my macro flower shots, hence the misty tropical, and somewhat experimental feel to the one above - it was actually the lens misting over and I decided to reverse out of there quick to avoid my camera seizing up.
Took it a little fast round a blind bend and nearly caused a pile up involving many be-shorted weekend exec types with rather large ice creams. Could have been nasty.
We then have my first attempt at a landscape. I liked the contrasts of greens in the trees and dappled shade, and the branches framed what was beyond quite well. It was such gorgeous weather.
It made me realise my photography of late has reflected my state of mind. I've been cocooned, obsessing even over the detail to be found in the perfectly composed close-up. Nothing surpasses it, and it is still my bag, definitely. Georgia O'Keeffe has had a big influence. I started off in a watercolour class and this is a truly astonishing watercolour artist with an eye for beauty. But I guess now I have a camera, it's good to experiment with different settings, light meters and so forth.
Back to bed for the rest of the day. But I feel it's worth it. As long as i can play catch up for when my son returns on Monday. Plenty of rest until then, and a friend over tomorrow for roast chicken. Haven't had it since I moved in (a month today!) so can't wait. I do love a good roast.
With all the trimmings.