Spring Has Sprung

All the jokes about Seattle aside, our weather is fickle.  Especially this year (although it kind of always seems like I’m saying that), Spring is late.  Three or four times we’ve been tempted with a day of glorious weather, only to plunge into another week of rain.  Yesterday spring was back and it looks like we might get a bit more of it.  I took these pictures a few weeks ago, but the sun makes me want to post them now.

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This is my plum tree.  All of those flowers have me pretty excited about the idea of having actual plums too.  We’ll see what happens as I’ve only had it about a year, and it’s in a pot.  Fingers crossed!  One more.

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Dutch Tulips

Spring in Seattle is when all the tulips bloom, especially the big farms in the Skagit Valley.  Spring on the blog is when the searches for tulips in Skagit Valley exceed the searches for bokeh.

I was digging in the archives and came across this.  Check out the date – serious blast from the past!

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Two things about this shot.  First off, it isn’t from Seattle – it is from the Keukenhof outside of the Hague in Holland.  The gardens there are an amazing mix of all sorts of flowers, but most notably tulips.  I have some other shots but lost the opportunity for some great ones when I learned that my camera battery gives little warning before giving up.  The second thing is that (as you can see from the info above), this was shot on my old Canon Powershot S400.  Not an SLR and although it was good at the time, really not even a good point and shoot!  If you’re careful and pick the right subject, it doesn’t always matter.  Make sure you hold steady and definitely shoot outside if at all possible – there is usually so much more light than inside that few things will improve your picture quality as much.

This isn’t my favorite shot in the world – I don’t like how close to the center of the frame the subject is – it makes the balance feel funny.  I do like some aspects of it like how the background blurs as you get farther out and how close the main tulip is, but most of those flaws were mine, not the gear.  Shoot with what you’ve got – just remember to shoot!

Love in the Springtime

Seattle doesn’t rain as often as most other people think, but days are short and gray most of the year.  Spring is the time when things are different up here.  I saw this tree on my walk up the hill and I’m sure it’s been this way forever, but spring is when I notice.

heart carved into a tree

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It also doesn’t hurt that the return of the sun means that there is actual natural light outside.  I really like low-light and different lighting techniques, but nothing does for colors what natural light does.

Spring Still Springing

Seattle in Spring is a fickle place to be.  Just weeks ago it was snow – far too much.  Now it is rain, even as the days get longer.  Spring is somewhere, I’m sure, because the flowers are coming everywhere you look.

Rosemary flowers at the start of spring

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This is from my wanderings a couple weeks ago.  Some of my favorite flowers are one the plants that you don’t think of as flowers.  Rosemary is almost as rampant as blackberries in my area of Capitol Hill, so it’s hard not to find.  The tiny flowers are pretty neat though, especially in macro!