My new camera arrived last week.
I think the best camera I have ever owned was the Fuji FinePix S602 Zoom that was stolen in South Africa. I obtained a Digital SLR as a replacement – a Konica/Minolta Dynax 5D that would use the lenses I already owned for my Dynax 404si film camera. The trouble is the zoom lens was a cheap one and it just doesn’t cut the mustard. In addition to that, Konica/Minolta have pulled out of the photographic business so, even though Sony have taken on the maintenance of the range, there isn’t going to be any improvement. So I ordered from Amazon.fr the latest iteration of my favourite camera, and I am now the happy owner of a Fuji FinePix S9600 Zoom.
Coincidentally, the first flowers started appearing last weekend so, above, is our first Daffodil. Very small, but it is there.
Below are some smaller flowers that I used to test the macro on my new toy. The leaves at left and centre are touching the lens, and the blooms are at the minimum focussing distance of about 6mm!
Those pictures were taken last Friday, when the temperature got up to 22°C, and we had a very good day. Flash had an extra long walk, Hobie can’t do more than a few minutes these days, so Clare did some work on the vegetable garden.
Today was a super day again, with temperatures pushing hard at 20°C and glorious sunshine all day. Flash had a major walk again, although he didn’t seem as keen as he has been for the past few days. I rather suspect that he would prefer a 15 minute walk to the 45 minutes he has been having lately. We have to remember that (if what we were told by the rescue centre from which they came is true) they have both just hit 13 years old.
There is an interesting website called http://www.dogage.com/where you can enter details about your dog – breed, history, condition, habits and so on, and be told your dog’s equivalent age in human years.
According to it last week, Flash is 85.8 years old and Hobie is 92.5!
I noticed today that there were quite a few buzzards soaring in pairs. I have also seen a fair amount of squabbling among the males in our flock of sparrows, all of which suggests is to be pairing up time!
One very interesting thing today was a reaction to what can only have been a stressful situation. Not, I am happy to say, for me.
As I was walking along the main road, I heard a fearful noise coming from the woods. It was a good number of jays, calling furiously, as though they were under attack – or so it seemed. Immediately afterwards a jay that was, unknown to me, in a tree directly above my head gave a loud call and flew off in the direction of the noise in the wood, about 250 metres away.
At the same time, two other jays called, left trees at the roadside, and flew
purposefully and raucously to the same venue in the wood.
Curiouser and curiouser…
Anyway, today was so nice that I thought I would see what we could to to the field with our tracteur-tondeuse.
We had concerns that the land was too rough and had too great a slope for a machine that is designed for lawns – as we keep telling people, we don’t have a garden but a field. Initially, I was going to see if I could drive it around, then tried cutting a narrow path. In the end, as the picture below shows, we managed to cut most of it. The area below the veggie garden still has seasonal streams running through it (plural is correct!) and although I could get to it, I was in trouble with the back wheels getting stuck in the streams. We are hoping that later in the year, when it dries out, we shall be able to mow it somehow.
We have now to decide how to use each part of the land. Certainly some of it will be left wild.
Most likely that will be the area that is crossed with streams but, now that we have been able to mow the bulk of the field, it should be relatively straightforward to keep it down.
Now for those who described the ride-on mower as my folly – and you know who you are
– take note (and be as surprised as I was).
À la prochaine