Botanical gardens

We took a trip to the Wellington Botanical gardens a couple of weekends ago. Primarily to catch up with a good friend of ours, and to run off some of Leo’s energy but also because of my overwhelming addiction for taking macro photographs of flowers and other interesting things.

I do need to practice more patience when taking them and realise that one shot does not guarantee a great photo. I remember reading an interview with a photographer after they had won a National Geographic competition. They said that to get that one great photo that everyone lords over, can actually involve taken around a 100, to just get that one perfect one. Now I don’t generally have that much time. Not because I don’t have the patience to wait, but because I often have a toddler rushing round the place too, or vast groups of tourists also wanting to snap a picture, or because laying down the middle of train tracks isn’t considered too safe for long periods! 🙂

The live view screen on the back of my camera is proving to be very useful. Yes, most professional photographers would be scornful of its use, but it does mean you can lean over water and not worry about the contents of your pockets falling in or you yourself getting wet. Just remember to keep a firm grip on the camera. I guess the only other way around this would be a bigger zoom macro lens, but I pretty sure I’ve not deposited any $1000 cheques that are due to clear any time soon.

I also discovered that honey bees seem to be much more comfortable being photographed than bumble bee’s. There were quite a few buzzing around, and seemed at ease with the camera. One was even happy (that’s just me attributing human emotions to it), to have its photo taken. At one point I think I got so close that you can see its face squashed against the lens! Actually that was a joke; I’m always very careful to not get too close and risk stressing out what ever I’m trying to get a picture of. I’m not the paparazzi of the insect world hounding bees as they go about their daily business. Lol, part of me wanted to say something about following Justin Beeber or Beeoncé, but luckily I thought better of it 🙂

Anyway, you can see a couple of the better results below.

Honey bee

Honey bee

Honey bee

Honey bee

Honey bee

Foto Feb – Day 29

Today is the final day of Foto Feb.

Seemed like a fitting  picture as this has been a jointly participated project with Diane. Quite a few photos have been taken at the same time, even if they have been of different subjects.

It’s been a fun month, with days where there have been a few things photographed and a choice to be made on which one to use. Other days where nothing has really happened, or stood out enough to have had a photo taken.

I am impressed by the people out there doing 365 or even 5 and ten-year photo projects. Not too sure I’d be able to keep it up for that long every day. It has been great though, so I’ll certainly post more photos on here.

Now to think of the next blog project to try…

Foto Feb – Day 28

Took a quick trip to the beach after work today with Bex and Leo, found a close one on the Kapiti coast with a great view of Kapiti Island (not shown).

While Bex and Leo walked in the sea, actually Leo was trying to take the sand from the beach back to the sea a spade full at a time, I did a bit of sand art, the usual stuff, a cat, a dog chasing the cat, the dog and cat both being chased by a shark.

So there you have it, Foto Feb all wrapped up and finished…

… but wait, that’s right, it’s a leap year, so there’s one more photo still to go 🙂

Foto Feb – Day 26

Today I’ve been mainly looking after my son, Leo. He is very musical and likes lots of different instruments. One of his favourites is a little xylophone. We’ve both played with it quite a bit during the day.

Eight brightly coloured note bars: C B A G F E D C

One of my favourite clips from The Muppets is of  Rawlf playing Eight little notes, a song about Beethoven.

I taught myself, and often wow others, Ode to joy, although Leo normally stops me halfway through to bash out something else.

Just in case anyone out there wonders, here’s how to play it:

E E F G G F E D C C D E E D D,

E E F G G F E D C C D E D C C,

D D E C D E F E D E F E D C D… … the toy xylophone doesn’t have the last lower note to finish unfortunately 🙂

Foto Feb – Day 25

The photo we have here is of the view from a family friends house.

The photo doesn’t really do justice to the amazing view you get to see.

I was there to install a wireless network, which on its own is generally straight forward. It was suggested to me that I post a photo of the unhelpful pictogram installed instructions, but decide on the view that kept me calm during the frustrating processes.

Picture one, unbox your router, Picture two connect your router, Picture three enjoy your wireless network. Erm, yep, that last should be step 25 or 30, you’ve missed a couple there, just saying, don’t want to sound picky at all.

Also must say a quick thanks to the smug self-satisfied Telstra tech who thought he was better than me when he was queried about their internet connection. Is it lonely up there, on your pedesta

Foto Feb – Day 24

Day 24’s photo, posted today, taken yesterday, happy to admit by Diane (I ran out of time, and dropped the ball during the day with photo taking). Is of a cool card game we played.

Man bites dog, a pack of cards with words printed on each one, that you have to make a headline worthy of the scummiest gutter rag with. Great fun had by myself, Bex, Diane and Kai as we agreed, disagreed and laughed at what we each came up with.

Foto Feb – Day 23

Was considered a good idea to go for a lunchtime walk, even with gale force winds, the potential for rain and waves crashing on everything in their way (maybe a bit dramatic that last bit :-)).

Someone got slightly blown over, someone else’s hair nearly stayed vertical for the rest of the day.

Even saw two people swimming out in that swell.

Foto Feb – Day 21

Todays photo is of a rather innocuous looking childs toy.

When all together, as seen in the photo, its fabulous fun for whoever is playing with it.

What happens when those rather large looking cogs are free on the floor, and you don’t see them, is that it becomes a dangerous obsticle that if you tread on will result in muffled expletives and foot pain.