# A PHOTO A DAY KEEPS THE DOCTOR AWAY – Day 34

Today’s image is from last week, not my old archives.

Last Thursday the 23rd to be exact.

female SUPERB FAIRY-WREN

With the overnight rain leaving a trail of droplets on my lounge windows, all the photos I took this morning are blurred which is a shame.

With rain forecast for the next 5-6 days, I suspect I won’t get any more bird photos in reasonable focus until next week.   That’s one of the downsides of using AF (autofocus) instead of MF (manual focus).   It can autofocus on the water droplets and not on the bird itself.  I doubt even the most experienced nature photographer would be able to capture fast-moving wrens as they dart about the ground or foliage.

But, you can bet if I put my 2 cameras (with their short and long telephoto lenses) away in their soft pouches on the floor, a bird will visit and stand still with a clear shot 😀

Here’s another shot of a male wren I took when living over the north-east side of Melbourne.  This time the bird was relatively still for a longer period of time.

I found a great YouTube to share – highlighting how fast the wrens move and their call.   Thinking about it this morning, I realise it’s more like a mouse squeaking than a bird call.

I’m sure you’ll have an appreciation of how hard they are to capture in really sharp focus on my potted herbs or balcony fence railing.

If you’re a bird-lover you might also enjoy this YouTube of some exotic bird species, their calls and feather displays

I played it through a couple of times while having my morning coffee this morning.

# A PHOTO A DAY KEEPS THE DOCTOR AWAY – Day 21

From the archives

31st January 2011

This image belongs to yesterday when I didn’t get around to choosing an image for the day.   Lots of other things on the ‘to do’ list.

I’m not a fan of cacti, but since the RBG (Royal Botanic Gardens) has a large arid garden as part of their plant collection and it was near the garden’s entrance I used every visit, its inevitable that I took the time to photograph some of its many specimens.

Euphorbia ingens variegata ????

I was disappointed in this image as it looks too ‘flat’.   I actually tried to edit it into a better photo late last night, but my photo editing skills are minimal and no matter how much light and life I tried to inject into the image, it remains dead (to me) and two-dimensional.

Still, I’m sure there are some cacti & succulents lovers out there who might enjoy the view. Further down 2011 I took some more interesting images of both cacti and succulents with my Canon 100mm f/2.8 macro lens which turned out much better, but they will come further down my scrolling through my photo library archives.

 

# A PHOTO A DAY KEEPS THE DOCTO AWAY – Day 17

From the archives

4th May 2011

I THINK THIS MIGHT BE JAPANESE BLOOD GRASS (Imperata) in Autumn as the image was made in May 2011 (mid-Autumn).

Canon EOS 500D   (2009 model)

Lens Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS   

ISO 320

f/5.6

1/100s

I was going to do a post specifically on grasses (and/or tree barks), but my ‘grass’ folder is rather low on images, so it might have been a folder I lost when my computer crashed last year.   I never, ever did finish re-filing, or re-setting up new folders, from last May when I got a new iMac desktop computer and the Photo library transfer didn’t work and I lost so many images).

# A PHOTO A DAY KEEPS THE DOCTOR AWAY – Day 13

From the archives

8th April 2011

PURPLE FOUNTAIN GRASS (Pennisetum advena Rubrum) in the golden hour – Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne

Canon EOS 500D   (2009 model)

Canon lens ?? doesn’t say on the exif data,  but was probably Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS   (by the way ‘IS’ stands for image stabilising – all my lenses are IS ).

ISO 100

f/5.6

1/10s

I remember the exact time and place where I took the photo above.  Purple Fountain Grass normally looks mainly purple as in the example below.

It’s my favourite grass.

Some more images below at various times of the day.

# A PHOTO A DAY KEEPS THE DOCTOR AWAY – Day 11

From the archives

16th April 2011

Not sure what this flower is..      COULD IT BE WHITE GINGER LILY (Hedychium coronarium) ?

Canon EOS 500D (2009 model)

Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS

ISO 100

f/5

1/80s

This image was made while walking home through the Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne late in the afternoon.   A shaft of light caught these white flowers, with the background in deep shadow.   Perfect time to capture the flower blooms – a busy tangle of petals, but at least the busy background fades away at this time of day.

 

 

# A PHOTO A DAY KEEPS THE DOCTOR AWAY – Day 10

Couldn’t resist uploading this one today

From the archives

28th April 2012

YOU’RE BORED? TRY DRINKING THROUGH A STRAW WITH YOUR FINGER ON THE OTHER END (from the Melbourne Zoo animal folder)

Canon EOS 500D (2009 model)

Lens – not sure, but think it was 18-200mm

ISO 1600  (yes, it was a very dark area)

f/5.6

1/160s

 

 

# A PHOTO A DAY KEEPS THE DOCTOR AWAY – Day 7

From the archives

3rd March 2011

BLUE BUTTERFLY BUSH (Clerodendrum)

Canon EOS 500D (2009 model)

Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 macro lens

ISO 320

f/2.8

1/100s

This is one of the hardest flowers I’ve photographed in the Royal Botanic Gardens.   Once the bush is in full bloom (about 8-10 feet high & wide), it’s almost impossible to isolate just one flower as there are so many flowers on the bush).   And of course, you’re never quite sure exactly which day the buds will open, so can’t necessarily know when the first bud will open (and not the rest).