Well, Hello Spring

Flowers and Lemons combine

I’ve been spending a lot of time outside lately, mostly because the weather is so beautiful. The lemon tree is now trimmed, and the flowering trees are in full bloom. I’ve even planted rainbow chard and chives. Grandmom would be proud.

These are a few shots I took of the white flowering tree (no idea what it’s called, so any input would be great!) and the lemon tree, which are right next to each other. They can also both be seen from our room upstairs, which makes for a beautiful site when I wake up in the morning. Add the Sonoma Mountain backdrop, and we’re California living!

Flowering Tree Lemon Tree

Pictures of my dog and my yard with a borrowed Nikon D80

Pre-Meg I had a great camera, it was a Canon FTb. It went everywhere with me.  Sometimes I traveled alone.  When I did, my camera was enough company.  I was able to spend all the time I wanted setting up a shot.  It never complained.  Of course, in the pre-digital age, I spent more money on film and developing costs than I spent on the camera.  But that was then and this is now.

Terry and I are planning an October trip to Cuba.  Much as I love my handy iPhone, I am looking for something more.  I’ve been reading camera reviews and specs.  I check out the blog Photobotos and covet cameras that would take such amazing photographs. A friend loaned me his Nikon D80 to fiddle with for a week.  I chose my yard to check out the quality of the camera, recognizing I am now so rusty I can’t remember more than the most basic techniques for taking a picture. Here are my results:

Casey at peace with his world

My feeble attempt to make my overturned wheelbarrow look like art

                                                                      In mid-May the Hydrangea are suddenly blooming
                                                                    The yard is Casey’s kingdom and he knows he is the king
                                                                                             View from our second floor deck
Hope your weekend is as beautiful as ours.