Phone photos

Part of me would like to be low-tech, but when the WikiLeaks blast came out about how cell phones can be hacked and the best way to prevent it is to keep the operating system up-to-date, I had to make a choice: no smart phone or upgrade to one that can support the latest Android. I decided to keep up with the world.

As soon as my husband set up the phone ;–) I started experimenting with the camera. It has a fixed aperture of f 2.8. That seems pretty great; it’s certainly possible to get bokeh.

Having a good phone camera is incredibly convenient.

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I’m finding I love all three of my cameras, my Panasonic DMC ZS40, my OnePlus 3 phone, and of course my Sony a300 DSLR with its many lenses.

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There are so many times when a photo must be taken, and if I don’t have one of the cameras available, the phone serves quite nicely. Although I do want to start to leave out one of the cameras so it’s readily available for the great family shot, the phone is handy for things like an unexpected spectacular moon rise. You can pull over, grab the phone out of the purse or pocket, and snap a picture.

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I find I’m doing posts when I have new photos rather than on Mondays and Fridays. It’s recommended to have regular days, but I’m going to try this for a while. When I have photos, I don’t want to wait for the designated day!

I hope you are having a good week and have nice plans for the weekend.

 

A gift of flowers

I’ve been playing with taking macros with my small travel camera…and enjoying it!

Flowers

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A friend brought this bouquet. I’ve printed out the advanced user manual. It took a ream of paper and all our ink to print! But I’m slowly learning how to use it, including the macro setting.

Have a great week.

The flowers and gardens of The Lost Whale Inn, Trinidad California

Here are some more photos from our lovely night’s stay in Trinidad California at The Lost Whale Inn.

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A place to sit and relax
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Artichokes

The inn keeper invited guests to enjoy the blueberries and strawberries in the garden. What a treat.

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Blueberries
Yummy!
Yummy!

The path down to the viewing platform was filled with ferns, wildflowers and trees.

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Wildflowers

Many varieties of flowers bloomed in the gardens.

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The flower garden
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More colors
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Poppies
Dahlias
Dahlias

Road Trip! Day 1: Trinidad California

Located on the cliffs just past Trinidad, in Northern California, The Lost Whale Inn is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever visited.

Panorama

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On the lookout platform
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The inn’s gardens and view

Hawk Weeds against the sea

They have two nice pets who live here, a golden retriever and this cat, Spooky, who followed us all the way down to the lookout platform.

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Spooky

I have many more photos of the gardens, but here is one shot for today before we have to check out!

Flowers at The Lost Whale Inn
Flowers at The Lost Whale Inn

Off in the distance, this rock created wonderful wave crashes.

Exploding wave
Exploding wave

Hibiscus

Oh my word, I have been busy. I have so many posts floating in my head, so many things to tell you and lots of photos too. Here is one little installment.

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Hibiscus

I love the hibiscus because it symbolizes the tropics or at least a place with really nice weather. We can’t grow these in Northern California. Yes, I confess, I went to San Diego over the weekend and passed by this very large hibiscus hedge.

Spring Equinox and setting your intention

I’m told the spring equinox is tomorrow. It certainly looks like spring around here. More and more flowers are coming into bloom. (Today’s pictures are best viewed in full size. If you click on each picture, it will display in a new tab in full size.)

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A friend said that tomorrow is an especially powerful day, so we should get very clear about our intention and write it down. You can do it today. Then you’ll be ready. I have written down my intention.

May today’s door lead you to your most beautiful tomorrow.

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