Spring at Tamanend

Last week I decided to visit Tamanend park again after being delighted with it last month and much has changed. The leaves are all green and starting to fill in on the trees.


Of course, I went on a cloudy day where a very slim chance of rain in the forecast meant I was sure to be rained on. However, the shower was short and light, so I took shelter under the fledgling leaves that could provide cover.



Flowers everywhere

My neighborhood and the nearby river park area where I run exploded with flowers and color.


I’d recently read about the Brenizer Method or Bokeh Panorama. At first, I thought there was no way I’d ever bother with doing something so intensive (I’m really a lazy photographer when it comes down to it), but when I was out taking photos last week, which was when these were shot, I started to see images in my head a certain way, shrugged my shoulders and thought – why not. Of course the photos sat on my computer for over a week because the thought of stitching them together haunted me like homework in grade school – DO NOT WANT TO DO IT. However, after reviewing some videos I found on youtube about using the photomerge option in my old version of Photoshop I tried it out and…. it’s not that bad. I found it easy and rather enjoyable. I took enough photos for four panoramas, but only one really came out all that well, which is what I’m putting here.

It’s nothing fantastic compared to LOTS of others who have used this method, but I had to say to myself, “That’ll do, Jen” when I saw it. It’s best viewed large. If there’s any interest in the others, they are on my flickr.



Early spring

We’ve had crazy warm weather for the past week. It’s been nice, but it also scares me because I immediately think of how hot summer will be if the spring is this warm this fast. It’s cooled down now, which is giving me a “phew!” moment because I don’t want to have to put the AC unit in the window too soon. The trees have gone mad though (and my allergies) blooming all at once.



Not so fast, Spring

Spring seems to be the shortest season of all. Suddenly the weather is muggy and hot and I wonder when it happened. The jump from spring to summer is so quick and one day I’m wearing a jacket, the next, sweating in a tee shirt.

I always forget to clean out the flower beds on the deck when I should in late February or March. Now that it’s warm enough the bees have come out and I’m rather frightened of bees. There’s a couple bees that come out and patrol the deck and surrounding rooftops of our building every spring and early summer. Whenever I try to go out on the deck one of the two carpenter bees will swoop by, scaring me back inside. Each year I tell myself I’ll get the flowerbeds cleaned before Patrol Bee comes out, but then I always forget. As I made breakfast this morning I saw Patrol Bee flying about the deck and Zach said I’ll just have to wait until night time to garden. I looked at him funny and said, “Who gardens at night?”  I suppose I might be soon enough, although we are expecting rain and possibly hail later today. It’s hard to imagine it since it’s so sunny right now and there’s barely a cloud in sight.