Flower of the Day: 16.08.2016 Sedum

Sedum 16.08 (4)

OK, so everyone (at least most people) are waiting to see what I do with a new macro lens, so here it is. I could never get this close to one of those tiny flowers on the sedum when it begins to bloom. Not a perfect macro photo, but there is always room for improvement. Today was my first day with the lens and I am still practicing. I had been waiting for at least a month for this plant to show some flowers. It actually belonged to my neighbour (thanks Philip), but they moved and he said I could take what I wanted from his garden, so I did.

Flower of the Day: 16.08.2016 Sedum

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Hands


I am married to an amateur drummer, a modern jazz drummer, swing-bebop or whatever: not rock. All his musician friends still play together now and again just for the fun of it, they are now all golden oldies, but they can still swing. So these are drumming hands.


and here he is in action. Note that his hands never leave his wrists.


Tabby decided she also wanted to get in on the act. After all she has four hands.


And then she decided to show her special claw.

Cee’s Foto Challenge: Hands

Daily Prompt: Too much to carry


Today my new macro lens arrived. I ordered it on Friday, and with usual Swiss efficiency and it arrived today, with a cleaning brush that I also ordered.

“Look what arrived in the post” Mr. Swiss said as I was just beginning to clean the bathroom. I know a man would probably drop everything and concentrate on his new toy. I was not in the mood for playing with new toys. I had a bathroom to clean and afterwards a meal to cook. I did not really have time to spend on my new lens. To be quite honest it was so long since I actually changed the lens on my Nikon I had to think about how to do it.

Eventually the bathroom was cleaned, the rösti was being cooked and I had 15 minutes so I decided to at least unpack this new expensive lens. It had its own nice soft velvety pocket to put it in when not being used. Having everything under control I removed my other lens from the camera and attached the new macro lens. It fitted. Of course it fitted, when you pay so much money for a Nikon lens for a Nikon camera it has to fit. So what do you do with a new lens on the camera. Mr. Swiss just arrived from his shopping expedition, combined with cup of coffee in the outside restaurant and now I did not just have a new lens to cope with  but an inquisitive Mr. Swiss. I was ready to shoot, but what shall I shoot? I decided on something that I could not capture with my every day normal lens (which was also an expensive one). My flowers on my sedum were now opening one by one, but they were so small, on my normal lens they remained small, although good quality.

I aimed with the new lens and shot a photo, which was far too bright. A small adjustment on the contrast and I was there. I could see the little individual flower on my sedum, I could zoom in and press the button and it worked. Of course, this was just my first practice shot, not yet worthy of a photography exhibition, but I can do it.

When I saw the theme of today’s prompt, I realised that carrying my Nikon D7000 with its various lens almost needs a mega sized Rücksack, which I actually have for my camera and all its accessories. I bought it once in a fit of getting something to last. However, going out for a walk with a camera to take a few photos can be complicated when heaving a rücksack on your back. I also decided that a camera bag, or 2 or three would also be useful. Gradually my camera collection with all the accessories was becoming complicated – see photo.

I found my first digi camera, a Panasonic Lumix DMC LX2 that I inherited from Mr. Swiss many years ago, which gave me a start in my photographic life. I also found my Lumix FZ38, a so-called bridge camera, which I never really used as much as I should have. I have now decided to reanimate it and see what it can do. Of course, there is also my Canon Powershot G15 which I always have in my bag to accompany me where ever I go. The daddy of them all is my Nikon D7000 which had two extra lens and now three as the macro has arrived. I am now thinking about a long distance lens for taking photos of perhaps neighbours living in the next village or at a local football match. If I paid a visit to the local mountain, Weissenstein, there are untold possiilities of what could be done with such a lens. Perhaps the local newspaper are looking for a new photographer.

Of course I also have various bags for each of my cameras, as well as the Rücksack. My problem is carrying it all. On my trips to London I only took my Canon. I rarely take my Nikon out for a walk, because it is a little to heavy and big to transport, hanging around my neck. I think I will have to find a volunteer to carry my equipment when I go on a shooting safari.

Perhaps I am overdoing it slightly with the cameras.

Daily Prompt: Too much to carry

Good Morning


Just another Tuesday morning. Nothing special happening, just a kitchen still life photo. Who knows, it might win a prize one day. I always hang up my cane when busy with things like preparing breakfast. Actually it is my “house cane”, the one I use at home. If I leave my home I have a much nicer cane, ordered online, with wonderful jungle patterns, a parrot on the handle, and all in jungle colours.  When shopping in the supermarket I do not really need it, because I can hang onto the shopping trolley.

I do not like Tuesdays because for some unknown reason my unliked housework seems to arrive on Tuesday. Yesterday I had nothing to do out of the ordinary. It was a religious holiday. I am not really religious, but took the time off all the same. I was going to wash my curtains yesterday but when the time came to take them down and put them in the machine, I could not be bothered, so another job pushed onto one side until I feel like it.

It rained yesterday evening, quite surprisingly. Suddenly there was a loud noise of thunder. Our feline was relaxing on a chair on the porch and decided it was getting too noisy, so she did her record breaking entry into the appartment through the cat flap, thinking that one of her remaining lives was being threatened. I am not sure which life, as I believe she has lost a few on the way, now being 14 years old.

I have just realised that today I have nothing of importance to say. Unfortunately more of importance to do, like cleaning a bathroom (I know I should find a cleaning lady to do it for me – am still thinking about it). I should also get out a bit and take some photos. That is one of the things I miss most since having walking problems, my photo journeys. The only photo safaris I do now are from the car with my camera and even then I have problems. The motion of the car and the camera do not go down very well with me.

I have thoughts about leavning the blogging for a day to do something completely different. I had a week’s withdrawal when I was in London mid July. That now seems so far away. It was a worrying time throughout the year up to then, being so far away from my 100 year old dad and knowing that his time was gradually coming and at the same time having various medical examinations to discover what was actually wrong with me.

These problems are now resolved, and I should now be able to relax. So, enough, time to put my Microsoft computer to sleep until this evening. In the meanwhile my Apple computer will take over in the afternoon. I have to treat them equally otherwise they tend to get jealous of each other.

Time to go, the vacuum clean and mop are calling – have fun, see you later.