I’ve got a touch o’ them old autumnal-financial-meltdown blues, so I’ll post a couple of garden shots as therapy.

Our September was mostly bright and pleasing, but the rain’s teeth are now firmly set into the first week of October. The leaves are losing their green; dusk has arrived by the kids’ bedtime and is marching back the clock alarmingly fast.

And as the evenings darken, the wolves of financial doom are howling closer and closer around our circle of firelight. My personal guess is that the downturn is less shattering but lasts longer than most people think; still, a whole lot of us are in for some tough times, no doubt about it.

So let’s look at some sunny pictures.

Small purple sunlit blossoms
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Rose branch, with thorns and sun haze

Real photographers regard sunlight, with its brutally harsh contrasts and risks of blowout or haze, as an enemy. But all my favorite flowers are reflecting or (worse) transmitting the nearest star’s glare. And we’re not going to be seeing much of that for the next five months. But I have a few here and there around the folders.



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From: Brian Zimmer (Oct 04 2008, at 14:34)

I too really enjoy seeing and taking photos of flowers in intense sunlight. For example, check out the photos in this post: http://bzimmer.ziclix.com/2008/05/30/thistles-tulips-and-oyster-mushrooms/. They would have not have been the same without the, as you put it, nearest star's glare.

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