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Old 04-01-2007   #16 (permalink)
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my day generally starts in the yard, and this is what I saw this morning

"Homeless" Henry Feral.......our feral cat that lived in a culvert in the front yard for 7 years


my Bloodgood Japanese Maple has leafed out



one of my Iris clumps is blooming....Lil G is usually rewarded with these



from my wildflower plot....
we call these "Rain Lilies", they come out after it rains



spiderwort



Indian paintbrush....my 2nd favorite wildflower



and the Texas bluebonnets are at about 60% bloom right now





well, we're off to Wimberley in a few minutes to have lunch with my mom and Lil G's boyfriend and then down to the river with the kids.....those will be some good pics, the river looks awesome right now!!!

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everyones pics are wonderful.
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and the Texas bluebonnets are at about 60% bloom right now



I do miss these and Texas women, for sure.
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Great pictures!

Now a question...I just bought a new digital & I cannot seem to figure out how to take a close up pic of something (face, flower) & blur out the background????

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Great pictures!

Now a question...I just bought a new digital & I cannot seem to figure out how to take a close up pic of something (face, flower) & blur out the background????


mike can't figure out how to take a close up pic and not blur the whole pic! so many 1 and 2 day old baby pics of riley are zoomed in and blurry... i'll always regret not doing the hospital "pro" pics cuz I figured we didn't need them since we had the digital...
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mike can't figure out how to take a close up pic and not blur the whole pic! so many 1 and 2 day old baby pics of riley are zoomed in and blurry... i'll always regret not doing the hospital "pro" pics cuz I figured we didn't need them since we had the digital...
Thats what mine does too......
(sorry Ginger....)
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and the Texas bluebonnets are at about 60% bloom right now
Your flowers are gorgeous! Are these Blue Bonnets also a Lupine? I think it's the same "wildflower" that I bought several of at Lowes last year! Great gardening saying and very true: A weed is just a perennial growing in the wrong spot!
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Great pictures!

Now a question...I just bought a new digital & I cannot seem to figure out how to take a close up pic of something (face, flower) & blur out the background????

Does your camera have a manual setting where you can adjust the f/stop? If so, the lower the number the more the background can be blurred; ie, f/2.8 as opposed to f/11. This is not always the case as one of my best lenses for blurry backgrounds only is an f/4, but makes buttery backgrounds (and foregrounds in this case):


Also, try aperture priority if you have that feature on your camera.

Take lots of shots with different settings until you achieve what you desire.
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Does your camera have a manual setting where you can adjust the f/stop? If so, the lower the number the more the background can be blurred; ie, f/2.8 as opposed to f/11. This is not always the case as one of my best lenses for blurry backgrounds only is an f/4, but makes buttery backgrounds (and foregrounds in this case):


Also, try aperture priority if you have that feature on your camera.

Take lots of shots with different settings until you achieve what you desire.
Thanks I tried the Aperture...but can't get it...I will fool around with it some more...
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Thanks I tried the Aperture...but can't get it...I will fool around with it some more...
My aperture needs a little attention as well.
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Okay, I thought I'd take a few pics of our outside... then I realized it was really getting overgrown out by the pool area







While I was outside, Riley and the doggies followed me. We had to put the dogs' waterbowl on the other side of the wrought iron fence, because, no matter where we put it, Riley found it and would splash and play and stick her face down in it ...

so this way they can have access to it and get their snouts in there to drink, but she won't drown... of course, she still plays in the water... luckily the doggies don't mind sharing:



So then she followed the dogs over to the tall grass behind the A/C units--Mike mowed, but didn't weed eat back there...




and then they all had a fine time prancing around, banging on the A/C unit:


Then I sat back in a chair and watched them play for awhile... but it was WARM out there, so I changed into my bathing suit bottoms and took off my overshirt and left on my tank top and got some sun... Mike would have been horrified to see me out there where the neighbors might possibly see me because it probably looked like I was wearing a wife beater and underpants...

She played in her oatmeal bucket after I put the dogs away (they were convinced it was breakfast and kept trying to eat it all!)






and then she was ready to go back inside:
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Sctx, I LOVE the pics of the bluebonnets!!!!!! My texas bluebonnet (the one which survived) just starts to grow...

Well, these were not made today as I spent my sunday sitting in the sun, reading and doing nothing... Two of them are repeated from the 'random' thread but they sort of belong together. This is the place I am spending a lot of time when I am not at home: Zurich in Switzerland.























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I cooked, but first, why no photos, SunKneeMarie, of after you changed into your bathing suit bottoms

Like I was saying before getting distracted:

Just before moving from the smoker to the crockpot and dark beer bath for a few hours of braising. Damn, it tastes good.



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[quote=sctx]Indian paintbrush....my 2nd favorite wildflower



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Thanks for the pictures Scott!! Indian paint brushes are my favorite wildflower



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I do miss these and Texas women, for sure.
You know where to find us!

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Andiline--beautiful quality pics again... love them!

Roni--cuz if I'd posted those pics it probably would have proven Mike's fears as founded
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