I don’t typically go out and get the roses in time. What usually happens is that my mother reminds me repeatedly, until one day I finally go out. By then I find that all the petals had fallen off and they’ve turned into rose hips. Which is okay enough, since you can make jam from rose hips. And tea, if I recall correctly. But anyway, this time I got to enjoy the multitudes of red, healthy roses, happily welcoming me into their side of the garden. *pats myself on the back* And then I clipped ’em. *ouch* And pulled their petals off. *double ouch* And then we made rose petal jam out of it. *drool* Of course. At least they were once happy.
I haven’t taken pictures of roses in a while, firstly because our awesome mulberry tree was sucking up most of the nutrients and the roses bushes have been neglected. The other reason is because I was stuck in the rut of taking pretty average shots, and then look back going why did I even take that picture? I guess because I have a digital camera, and if I’m not wasting film it doesn’t matter how lame pictures I take, right? By no means was this an inspiring shot, but hey, it was worth a try. I processed it quite a bit using a LightRoom HDR preset called Wizels, and then tweaked that a bit to make it brighter and all that good stuff. [The preset is downloadable here for anybody who uses LightRoom.]
This was just black and white and then softened to give a dreamy effect. [The soft and dreamy preset is downloadable here.]
My sister was going to class, and I had a bright idea. The park is pretty close, so I figured while she was patiently suffering a monotonous lecture, I’d have fun snapping some pictures. It was 9am, and I walked around for maybe 20 minutes before I decided I didn’t really like being alone. So I went in the library, sat down to check up on some gluten-free books, and an hour later headed back out when there were mothers walking with their kids, and a lotof dog owners with their dogs. But as long mothers are around, things feel quite a bit safer. Yay.
T’was a good thing indeed that I headed back out when I did, for if I hadn’t I would have missed that cute, furry little squirrel. I got pretty lucky. I saw the lil guy munching away on whatever it is that they eat, and I inched closer, and closer, and closerr, and he stops to stare into my eyes very suspiciously. I stop and stand still, and he goes back to munching happily. Good to know there are creatures out that don’t perceive me as a threat. Squirrels are smarter than some humans.
This time around I went to take more pictures of the pretty pink flowers, since last time around they were mostly wilting. I peered through the gate and noticed there was a tree with pink blossoms on the other side in the other neighborhood. I assumed it was cherry blossoms or something like that. I got closer the flowers looked so amazingly awesome. Not what I was expecting at all.
I don’t typically go for walk in our neighborhood much. I didn’t even intend to go for a walk. I went to take a few pictures of a bare tree in the middle of our street, when I saw a pink flower pop out. So then I was like, hmmm, I wonder if there are any other flowers to be found around here! Sure enough there were a few others. I particularly love the white with yellow and purple flower, it has just a hint of color.