Monthly Archives: May 2015

WP Photo Challenge: On the Way

What I see on the way to Woodstown NJ

At this garden and farm supply company they have a colorful way to attract customers.  As you see there is blue tractor on top of a waterfall that has matching water flowing down the rocks.  At times when there is a green tractor there the water is also green.  Not just green but fluorescent green.  It looks like it would glow in the dark.

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I believe this next picture is to represent that they have so much mulch that it is overflowing fromtheir trucks.

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Make sure you check out what others see on the way!

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What a Tangled Web We Weave….

….When at first we try to deceive.

My first attempt photographing a spiderweb that was in my Balcony Oasis.  Looks like a bug is about to be dinner.

 

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When will they come?

I purchased a Dianthus plant and it has just bloomed like my miniature rose.  This plant is supposed to attract butterflies.

I am patiently awaiting some butterflies to appear in my Balcony Oasis.

Awaiting butterflies ...

Awaiting butterflies …

 

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My First Bud

My first miniature rose bud in my Balcony Oasis.  I am so HAPPY to see that it truly survived.  This miniature rose was purchased at the beginning of spring and it was in the house.  It started to die and I thought it was a goner.  When the weather finally broke I put it outside and hoped that it would come back and it did!

I believe all of these were taken with the extension tube on.

 

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(PS is anyone else have problems creating a gallery?  When I select tiled mosaic it comes up squared tiles in the preview and vice versa.)

Extension Tubes or filters?

I just purchased a set of extension tubes and macro filters so that I could get better macro shots.  The extension tubes ran about $70 and the set of filters (7) was about $25.  Cost wise, as most of you know, it is better than getting a true macro lens (for now anyway).

The extension tubes are a bit tricky to use.  I did not do enough research prior to purchase to know that there was a difference in the types of tubes that you can get. You have manual and autofocus luckily I go the set that can do autofocus.

It has only been a few hours of playing and so far I am happy with them.  It will take me a minute to figure out the right combination to get the image that I am looking for.

What are your thoughts on using filters or extension tubes?

Here are a few examples SOOC (straight out of camera).

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Very dificult at first to find the focus point.

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Getting there.

No copping

No copping

Cropped

Crop- 1

Crop 3

Crop 2 – poor lighting, believe clarity would have been much better had lighting been better.

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Center Focused

Here is a close-up of one of the flowers in my Balcony Oasis.

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Balcony Oasis – Part 3

I have been working on my Balcony Oasis over the last 2 weekends.  As you see there is not much space but I plan on getting as much on the balcony as I can.

I still need to do a few things before I can call it is finished.

The table and chairs need to be painted.  I am not sure if I want to leave them white or paint it red (I am leaning towards red).  I also need something to create different heights that will not take up much room.  Any suggestions?

I guess some of you may wonder why the styrofoam cup is in the picture; well it is because my grandson wanted it there since it is a plant that he grew in daycare.  He told me that he wanted it on the balcony with the other flowers.  How could I refuse?  I will have to get a proper container for his plant.

In Balcony Oasis 2, I mentioned that I wanted a plant that attracts butterflies.  I did purchase a plant called Dianthus which is supposed to bring the butterflies.  We shall see.

 

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WP Photo Challenge: Broken

That Little Red Truck 2

This past January I took some pictures of this Little Red Truck that sits on the side of the road.  I believe it is a good example of “Broken” for this weeks challenge.

Make sure you check out the Little Red Truck from January!

WPC: Broken

WPC: Broken

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WP PHOTO CHALLENGE: Envelope

When you see this images you know that spring has sprung,  and summer and butterflies are just around the corner.

This is my entry for this week’s WP Challenge: Envelope.

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Cape May Zoo

A few of the treasures from the Cape May NJ Zoo.

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King of the Jungle

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Buffalo from the prairies of the mid western states.

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