Of leaves, cameras, and comments
by Diana Studer
- gardening for biodiversity
in Cape Town, South Africa
I started with a Kodak Instamatic. Now with my third Canon the camera hears me - no, not the flower behind or in front, nor the twig over there, or the wall way behind! Disconcerted by a magnifying block - which checks politely - this leaf, in all its alarming detail??
For Pam @Digging's monthly Foliage Follow-Up the camera and I collected leaves for texture, colour, and interest. Autumn Fire flames on the Karoo Koppie are Crassula and coral aloe.
To light up the blue and purple flowers in Cornish Stripe I choose leaves with white variegation. Cyperus, Plectranthus madagascariensis, and Marble Chips Coprosma.
Silver leaves for the pink flowers at Spring Promise and the new camera captures the down on Dusty Miller, with Dymondia lawn, Santolina curls and nutmeg Pelargonium in blue grey.
Succulents on the Karoo Koppie. Red Aeonium and spotted Aloe. Teeth on Aloe marlothii. Golden new leaves on spekboom. Reindeer antlers on Cotyledon orbiculata. Glossy green on Pink Joy and my botterboom. Sansevieria live on the shady side of Froggy Pond, a lush formal rank (except where Thomas bowled them over!)
Seedheads on the volunteer sedge Ficinia out front, and the dwarf Cyperus fireworks in the pond.
Boophone a bulb planted for the rippled fan of leaves.
Almost invisible leaves on luscious garlic buchu. Feathers from Californian poppy. Each Pelargonium has leaves which bring their own charm of form and fragrance.
Huge fronds on Strelitzia nicolai and edible banana. Silver and green of Brachylaena. Dark mirrors on Diospyros whyteana. Berries for the birds on Searsia. Hibiscus tiliaceus hearts and Dombeya generous hands. Butterfly of Bauhinia. Delicate silver new growth on bietou.
On a beach walk I appreciate many focus boxes, which help me maintain the horizon, and to agree on what we are looking at - only this, or all of that? I SEE what is on the screen in bright sunlight.
Canon G9 PowerShot X was chosen as the best pocket camera of 2016. I don't want a dead weight burden, or lenses to change. It has a larger screen and sensor. Chosen by the Ungardener as he better understands camera tech. I will work slowly thru the manual, away from Auto.
Instead of writing on my watermark then reducing each image using ZoomBrowser Ex, I added the watermark with 50% transparency, and compressed to 700 pixels on the long side - click batch convert on FastStone and done.
Altho I have traffic from South Africa, I almost never get their comments. Thanks to ex-pat Desert Missus and Dani at EcoFootprintSA for flying our flag on my blog.
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