Sunday, April 17, 2016

In the Garden

Spring is so bright in the garden. The Lilacs are going to be in full bloom soon, the Tulips are putting on a show and we are planting quite a few things out in the raised beds for eating. I have been doing a good job of convincing myself this year that the Dandelions do indeed look pretty, smatered all over in the front lawn. The English Daisies that grow in lovely little patches all over the grass help. Its hard to be different when it comes to an aesthetic of a lawn in a city neighborhood. It hard to let the old ideals go and accept that a little unruliness can be freeing. One thing is for sure, we have been enjoying the sunshine and the warmer days. I have also found my self hoping for rain even though I don't like the dark, cold and dreariness that the rain brings. I am just hoping for a summer with cleaner air as the past few have been so filled with smoke that it is no longer fun to be outside. Its really hard to be cooped up all winter and then again all summer.

I have been trying to work on taking better pictures as I am wanting a better camera. Mine has been great but it is just not built for action shots indoors, or indoor anything. I normally choose to just be lazy and use the auto settings. I know they are not the best but honestly, with my model of camera,  they often were the settings that can get decent (bad really, but at least not blurry) pictures in the house. It has been hard with kids because there are so many times we want pictures of things that happen inside. I'm talking about birthday cakes, and Christmas morning, crafting, food, and the list could go on.  I figure that I can learn more about digital cameras and practice my skills while I wait to be be able to afford something different it will be a easy and fun transition. The funny thing is that I have a bit of experience taking artistic shots but it was back in the day of the old 35mm cameras. In my humble opinion they were easier to use because there were so many less options and styles of cameras and settings to adjust before snapping the shot, but then you had to develop the film and that was at least half of it.  I loved those things. I am still sad that the world went digital. There is just so much to be had in a nice process. The old film was an art from beginning to end. Digital cameras are so accessible and it feels like everyone is an aspiring photographer these days. Funny thing is that our little old house used to have a darkroom in it. It was down in the basement. I am rambling. Long story short, I don't want to become a camera enthusiast that takes shots for other people. I only want pictures that I like for me.

This was supposed to be about the garden.


Tracy said...

I am with you 100% about cameras these days. I look back at the pictures I developed with my 35mm and I love them so much more then the digital ones taken. Ugh!

Your garden is beautiful! That brick archway is awesome! Is that in your yard? Such a pretty design.

Andrea said...

Yes the brick arch is in our yard. Its a fun feature. I have roses climbing on it right now and the second summer we lived here I made my husband put a white picket fence gate underneath.