Archive for June, 2013


Stuff around the yard and garden

   Posted by: John    in Pictures

While I was taking pictures of the squash flowers, I wandered around the yard garden and took some other pictures as well just because I could.

Tomato flowers

Pea flowers

Red pansy

Yellow pansy with sunlight

Front yard shrubbery something

Shrubbery leaves

Leaves. Not sure why some are half dead.


Garden Progress…Update

   Posted by: John    in Pictures

The warmer weather is sure helping out the garden.  Things are finally starting to grow nicely.  The cherry tomatoes are doing well, and the squash plants finally have their flowers.

Can't wait for these to be ready

Squash flowers

Update:  Amazing what difference a morning will make!  The sqash flowers are open!

Squash flowers

Squash flower


Road Trip

   Posted by: John    in Pictures

I got to drive partway up Hwy 21 toward Idaho City today.  Very nice day, partly sunny, not too warm.  I think it topped out at 71 degrees.  I haven’t taken pictures in a while, so I took the Nikon and got some shots.

This is a dock that is in the upper part of the reservior.  I got it from a couple of spots.

Facing South. ISO-200, f/7.6, 1/200 sec, 102mm

Facing Northwest. ISO-200, f/9, 1/320 sec, 68mm

Closer facing NW. ISO-200, f/8, 1/250 sec, 270mm

ISO-200, f/7.1, 1/200 sec, 17mm

A little farther up there were some folks out water-skiing.  I would think the water would be pretty cold. 

ISO-200, f/10, 1/350 sec, 270mm

ISO-200, f/9.5, 1/320 sec, 290mm

Amazing how the disturbance from the boat lasted so long in the water, but you can clearly see the path it took right in the middle.

ISO-200, f/10, 1/350 sec, 55mm

Some time ago I posted some stuff on filters.  But I don’t think I mentioned a lot about polarizing filters.  Essentially, a polarizer is designed to filter out reflective light waves that are on an angle from the original light.  Reflected light from water is a good example.  Polarizers are generally adjustable allowing the photographer to capture the desired effect. 

Here are some shots of the river.  The first one has no polarization, the second about half, and the third is full.

No polarization. ISO-200, f/5.6, 1/125 sec, 24mm

Half polarization. ISO-200, f/5.3, 1/100 sec, 24mm

Full polarization. ISO-200, f/4.8, 1/90 sec, 24mm

No polarization. ISO-200, f/6, 1/125 sec, 35mm

Half polarization. ISO-200, f/5.6, 1/125 sec, 35mm

Full polarization. ISO-200, f/5.6, 1/125 sec, 35mm



   Posted by: John    in Baby, Lily

Lily and Baby


Pics around the yard and garden

   Posted by: John    in Outdoors

I took the Nikon around the yard and garden and took some pictures. 

Firstly, there are finally some blooms going on in the garden.  The spring has been so slow and cool that the plants have not done a whole lot so far. The exceptions have been the tomatoes and pea plants.  They are blossoming.

Tomato Flowers (ISO-200, f/8, 1/250sec, 300mm)

Pea Flowers (ISO-400, f/10, 1/400sec, 240mm)

There are also some tomatoes and strawberries growing!

Little Tomatoes (ISO-200, f/6.7, 1/180sec, 300mm)

Little Strawberries (ISO-400, f/5.3, 1/80sec, 240mm)

Speaking of tomatoes, the plants themselves are growing very rapidly and are filling up the cages nicely.

Tomatoes (ISO-200, f/9, 1/320sec, 300mm)

Around the front, there is a birdhouse that hangs from a stand.  It originally was on the porch but when I put a couple of patio chairs and a small table up there it was moved to the other side of the railing, right behind the shrubs.  Here it is.

Birdhouse (ISO-200, f/6.7, 1/180sec, 210mm)

The plants in the flower pot are doing very well.

Flowers (ISO-200, f/9.5, 1/320sec, 130mm)

I know I posted a picture of Grumpy out front before.  Grumpy is close to the flowers shown above.  However, I did not notice before that Grumpy’s flowers bear a remarkable resemblence to the ones in the pot.

Grumpy's Flowers (ISO-200, f/8.5, 1/320sec, 116mm)