Tag Archives: Blossom

3731 – Tenderly

This is typical for what happens when I use a macro lens for macros 🙂

It’s not that I don’t know how one would theoretically approach those subjects, but it’s the same as with continuous autofocus and sports photography: I’m not really interested in it, I lack any practice and therefore I also lack any skill.

Funnily enough, I always buy macro lenses and of course I end up using them for different purposes. Next time it won’t be so easy though. A week ago I’ve ordered a cheap Mitakon 20mm f/2 4.5X Super Macro Lens. Ultra high 4.5:1 magnification ratio, but on the other hand it does not focus to infinity. I have no idea what I will use it for. Heaven knows, I may end up using it for real macros, because that seems to be the only way that lens can be used at all 😀

3587 – Rural Beauty

A spring meadow with flowers and blossoming trees, the shot taken low and with blurred flowers in the lower foreground, well, that’s kind of a classic. You could also say that it’s a cliché, but I don’t care and allow myself the luxury of a few such images per year 🙂

Looks nice, huh? Incredibly rural, far from the madding crowd?

Nope, it’s halfway between a busy street, leading into Villach from the south, and our apartment complex, basically a hundred meters in each direction. I love living in a small town 😀

3586 – Spring Blossoms

Both of today’s images were taken with the same lens, the Olympus 75/1.8, a lens able to achieve shallow DOF as well as the compression of a lens equivalent to 150 mm.

The Image of the Day may not look like it, but I used f10 for maximum sharpness of the foreground blossoms. The background is still pleasantly out of focus, because I was close to my subject and the distance between subject and background was comparably huge.

The other image was taken at f1.8, but focused somewhere in midground, with the whole subject pretty far away for slightly different values of “far”. The result looks much more like a continuum.

3352 – Arriving at São Vicente

Finally we’ve arrived at the monastery of São Vicente de Fora. We are greated by giant and beautiful Bougainvilleas.

I really love this plant and two years ago have bought a small one for our terrace in Villach. It did quite well for half a year, and while we brought it through the first winter (in our living room), the poor thing didn’t cope too well with the non-continuous temperature. It began to blossom in autum, lost its leaves when we put it out on the terrace in spring again, and from those shocks it never recovered.

It’s a shame, but some plants are not meant for our climate. They do grow a few hundred kilometers to the south though. You see them all over the islands of northern Croatia, only four or five hours by car from here. Well, one more reason for the next trip 🙂

3282 – Fragile

Our civilization has become fragile and dependent on a constant supply of energy.

When was the last time you needed to take a cold shower? For me it was a few weeks ago. There was a problem with the heating system and a few hours later someone had come and fixed it. I don’t know who, I know it is included in the monthly costs, it is nothing I have to worry about.

Electric current? Yes, it fails sometimes, but only after the most severe of thunderstorms. Never for more than an hour, at least I can’t remember any incident from the last ten years.

We could collect rain water in buckets, but how would we heat it? How would we cook? It wouldn’t be such a problem in the country, but in a city like Vienna? London? New York? A tree takes time to grow and is cut and burned in a few hours. Vienna has trees, but far, far from enough to supply almost two million people. And the trees don’t grow evenly distributed. Even if we’d cut them down, hwo would we transport the wood? Horse carts? Laughable. Which horses?

No, as a civilization we are on a one-way street. We either manage to keep the machine running, or we’ll experience a catastropic breakdown. Maybe that’s the most important reason why politicians who follow the prevalent, short-sighted, shareholder value-oriented management approach are so dangerous.

Going from coal/oil/gas to renewable energies and doing it on a planet scale is a gigantic endeavor and it needs planning, much, much time and a long breath. It’s good to see how fashionable Teslas have become. It’s a sign, it’s a beginning, but I fear an unregulated, money-driven economy won’t cut it for the majority of us.

3140 – The Soft Parade

While I waited for the tires being changed, I took some images in the garden of a shool nearby.

I have no idea what kind of tree that is, but its blossoms are for sure impressive – and so is the bokeh 😀

The Song of the Day is “The Soft Parade” by The Doors. For a certain time in my youth The Doors were my absolutely favorite group. I guess that’s a pretty common phenomenon 🙂

Hear it on YouTube.

3135 – 1950

You’ve seen these houses a few times and even the blossoming trees were featured slightly more than a week ago in “3127 – Spring Street I“. I don’t know exactly when these houses were built, but for me they have a distinctly 1950s charme.

What that is? Well, actually hard to tell. It’s that sane and safe world of the US movies of that time, movies that were made at a time when the US fought a war in Korea and children in schools were told how to “duck and cover” in case of an atomic war.

Crazy, huh? But that’s how it is. I was born in 1964. The 1950s were well before my time. I know them only from movies that we can see now as full of propaganda and wishful thinking. It was a time determined by a witch-hunt for communists, a time full of crazy paranoia. Doesn’t make a difference though. It’s what I learned to see as the peaceful Good Times. And – to be fair – for many people it was just that.

The Song of the Day is “1950” by Amedeo Minghi. Hear it on YouTube.