After a mild December and January and a groundhog that predicted another early spring, I wasn't prepared for the proper winter weather that's been blasting us ever since. After plenty of snow in February & March, April so far has been grey, gloomy, and very very wet. This is good news after last summer's terrible drought, but it's been bad for cabin fever -- we need to get out in the sunshine, clean up the yard, pick up sticks, all those spring chores that need doing and are actually fun to do when you've been cooped up all winter.
The other day, I spied a bit of purple in the flower bed. My faithful crocus, planted in the late 1980's, let nothing stop them. That old postal motto "neither rain nor sleet ..." applies very well to them. They may be a little slow some years, like this one, because of inclement weather, but they always show up eventually. Spring always does come, even when it seems like it never will, because the crocus says so.
These are the first shots taken with a new macro lens I bought myself for Christmas. I've always wanted a proper macro lens; I'm excited to finally have one! I can hardly wait for the weather to clear so I can make my first visit of the year to Rotary Gardens. This lens will give me a new perspective, I'm sure.
It's going to be a busy spring and summer, I think. Many activities coming up. The Gardens, many dog shows, and maybe a few horse shows as well. Looking forward to sharing it with you!
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Technical data: Canon 5D Mark II, 180mm macro lens
Photo 1: f/3.5, 1/800th, ISO 250
Photo 2: f/6.3, 1/250th, ISO 250