Late(er) blooming daffodils

The daffodils at Gibbs Gardens started blooming much earlier than normal this season but there are still some late bloomers to enjoy.  This grouping was just too beautiful to ignore especially with an azalea bush right behind it.

I had to play with settings a bit on this image to get the focus sharp just on the front grouping and have the grouping behind them blur out into the distance.  I opened the aperture up to f10 to get a shallower depth of field.  This gave more separation so that the first few blossoms are the focal point and the others blend into the distance and give a nice backdrop.

I have gotten into the practice of using a very small (f22) lens opening with macro shots because the depth of field usually is quite small when you get in really close.  For this one, I didn’t really want the whole of the group competing for attention so, I opened it up and I like the final effect.

Gibbs Gardens
Ball Ground, Georgia

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Nikon 105mm f/2.8 AF Micro-Nikkor
105mm @ f/10 –  1/500 sec – ISO 400

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January showers bring February flowers

I guess the April showers thing doesn’t apply in the Deep South.  It is interesting to think about what we consider normal for seasons.  I have lived several different places which each have different seasonal norms.

My original idea of what seasons are supposed to be came from growing up in Virginia.  This is based on 4 pretty much equal length seasons – Winter: December-February, Spring: March-May, Summer: June-August, Fall: September-November.

Well, that went out the window when my family moved to New Orleans.  In Louisiana, the seasons are: Hot, Wet, Hurricane, and Mardi Gras.  From there, we moved to Milwaukee where the seasons are Winter and the other half of the year.  To round out the seasonal craziness, living in Atlanta means it could be any season pretty much any time (sometimes we seem to have multiple seasons in a day).

Ah well, I definitely prefer spring flowers in February over winter that doesn’t leave until May!

Gibbs Gardens Daffodil Festival
Ball Ground, Georgia

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Nikon 105mm f/2.8 AF Micro-Nikkor
105mm @ f/22 –  1/5 sec – ISO 320

My Favorite things…

I know, the song from Sound of Music says Raindrops on Roses but, I think Daffodils are just as nice.  This is a macro shot of one of the 20 million daffodil bulbs that have been planted at Gibbs Gardens.  Many of these are blooming right now.  It is quite early for this but Atlanta has had a mild winter with rain and warm weather over the past month or so.

I am very glad to think that winter has left us now but one of the things about Atlanta weather is, the only constant is change.  I suppose it really doesn’t matter right now.  It’s time to enjoy the beauty of Spring and not worry about cold snaps that may or may not happen.  In any event, it’s a great time to go out and see the beautiful flowers.  They are closed on Monday so don’t try it tomorrow but I recommend that you plan the trip soon!

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Nikon 105mm f/2.8 AF Micro-Nikkor
105mm @ f/22 –  1/5 sec – ISO 320

Early Daffodils

Normally, Gibbs Gardens does not open until March but they opened early this year because we have had warm weather and plentiful rain this year and the daffodils are in bloom earlier than normal.  I was a little hesitant to go out on the first weekend for fear that the gardens would be packed but the weather kept that from happening.  It was cool and rainy so the crowd was pretty small.

Tomorrow is supposed to be temperatures in the 70’s so I imagine it will be much busier then.  Glad we went out today!

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Nikon 105mm f/2.8 AF Micro-Nikkor
105mm @ f/16 –  1/20 sec – ISO 320