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Dusting off the Camera for Spring

By Ronniejt28 @hurtledto60

Technology can make you lazy.   Especially mobile phone cameras which are becoming increasingly more sophisticated.  I don’t know about you but I have fallen into the trap of whisking my phone out from my pocket to photograph something that has taken my eye.  My trusty, now old, Nikon DSLR has been lingering in the cupboard far too long; today I dusted it off, charged up the battery and gave it an airing.  Spring bulbs for macro photography.

Dusting off the Camera for Spring

All the signs of Spring around the corner are slowly beginning to appear, something I always find exciting.  I have no idea what the variety of snowdrops in the garden are but they are so pretty.

Dusting off the Camera for Spring

Outside the kitchen door, in the flowerbed opposite, there is the prettiest, gentle, dark pink Hellebore.

Dusting off the Camera for Spring

Dusting off the Camera for Spring

Like the snowdrops, they were inherited plants when I moved in 17 years ago so this is another plant variety without a name.

Dusting off the Camera for Spring

I can name this Spring bulb –  it is Crocus ‘Firefly’ and part of the many bulbs I potted up at the end of last year and carefully labelled.

Dusting off the Camera for Spring

These are dwarf Iris Reticulata ‘Gordon’, when they flower this iris is light blue, with golden orange on outer petals. Looking forward to showing pics of this delicate iris.

Dusting off the Camera for Spring
A few weeks ago I took a gamble and dug up the Tree Peony I bought in April 2017, and gave it a new home in a pot on the patio.  With a house move on the cards, this is one plant I am not going to leave behind.   I am so pleased to see that it has settled down and is producing leaf buds, which look like tiny hands with multiple fingers.

Dusting off the Camera for Spring

Finally, a surprise!   These tiny black olives seem to have survived the frost, howling winds and torrential rain during the winter months.   Fortunately, this Olive tree is also in a pot, so one more for the yet to be found new home.


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