May flowers

As the warm weather arrives, that means it’s time to start planting. Some flowers and veg are scarce, due to the pandemic and people just plain hoarding things (formerly toilet paper, victory gardens are the thing now).

We did get some flowers to brighten up the back yard and draw the bees and birds. A splash of colour after a cool, wet and house-bound spring is a welcome view.

New kids in town

Ahhh spring. And with it comes warm weather and little creatures from their burrows.

Here in Barrhaven, in the ‘burbs of Ottawa, there are many rabbits in the area. Over the winter there were three that frequented our backyard, to eat up any spilled bird seed from the feeder. At least one of them was my friendly bunny.

Last year, a little baby rabbit frequented our yard, and became so used to me, that he (or she) would hop over and ask for bird seed. Of course, I could not resist, and gave him some. He would sit a foot away and eat the seed while I sat there. If I moved, he bolted. So while not totally trusting, it was enough to allow me to be that close. He had a shock of red fur between his shoulders, so I knew who he was.

Fast forward to now, and in the neighbours yard, new bunnies have emerged. Whether they will be as friendly remains to be seen. But there are no dogs in our yard, so the bunnies like the sanctity.

When I saw the newlings, I grabbed my longest lens and got this shot of the little guy. We figure he is about four weeks old. We’ve seen two so far.

Small baby bunny in the grass.

Lemon fizz

It’s been a week of using my macro lens, the first time in a long time. When I started with photography, my plan was to get into macro and closeup photography. It didn’t really work out that way. After watching a couple of idea videos on YouTube, I’ve been really gotten into getting that angle.

These shots are somewhat cliché, but something I’ve always wanted to do. I was making a drink (I’m on a fresh lemon in my drink phase) with fizzy water. Soon as I saw the bubbles, I put the glass in the afternoon sun and went to town.

Loving the sun

When sun comes streaming into the house at the end of the day, the plants point to the sun and soak it up.

I pointed my macro lens to the happy leaves. The light brings out the details in the leaves. These images are straight from camera with only slight adjustments to the structure to pull out extra detail.

Both pictures are also lit with only sunlight. In exposing for the leaves, the background naturally dark due to the fast shutter speed helping to pop the subject to the foreground.

Basil leaves
Pink Splash plant

Guitar strings

With the sunny afternoons, I’ve been putting items in the sun – the brightest light available – and working with my macro lens.

Here is my acoustic guitar around the sound hole and strings. The strings I use have a coating on them to help them stay “fresh” longer. You can see what looks like the string is shedding its skin. I never noticed this until this picture.