PRESSING FLOWERS AT HOME : AT HOME
Pressing flowers at home : Flower e card : Flowers made out of tissue paper
Pressing Flowers At Home
- (of an engagement or activity) Important and requiring one's attendance or presence
- (of an invitation) Strongly expressed
- (of a problem, need, or situation) Requiring quick or immediate action or attention
- press: the act of pressing; the exertion of pressure; "he gave the button a press"; "he used pressure to stop the bleeding"; "at the pressing of a button"
- compelling immediate action; "too pressing to permit of longer delay"; "the urgent words `Hurry! Hurry!'"; "bridges in urgent need of repair"
- a metal or plastic part that is made by a mechanical press
- a reception held in your own home
- An informal party in a person's home
- at, to, or toward the place where you reside; "he worked at home"
- A period when a person has announced that they will receive visitors in their home
- (flower) a plant cultivated for its blooms or blossoms
- (flower) reproductive organ of angiosperm plants especially one having showy or colorful parts
- (of a plant) Produce flowers; bloom
- Be in or reach an optimum stage of development; develop fully and richly
- Induce (a plant) to produce flowers
- (flower) bloom: produce or yield flowers; "The cherry tree bloomed"
Photo 41-072 A bee harvesting pollen
43 ... A bee harvesting pollen from one of our flowering crab trees.
I went out just to photograph the beautiful blossoms before they started to wilt. Then I noticed bees swarming all over the tree. Instead of backing away and calling off the shoot, I started trying to catch a bee in a photo.
It was EXTREMELY difficult because my camera is an antique, an old Sony CD 1000. You have to press the shutter button halfway down and wait maybe 3 seconds for the green light. By then the bee has moved on.
I gradually developed a technique to watch a bee arrive at a blossom and dive into the center of it, get the green light and then shoot when he reappeared. I tried a million times and wasn't sure if I'd caught a single bee. When I loaded the pix on the computer I was dumbfounded to find that I had caught quite a few.
The next problem was that the camera is only 2.1 megapixels. I used to think that was sufficient until I joined Flickr and started seeing all the razor sharp images from state-of-the-art digital SLR's.
To refine and sharpen the pix I used software that came free with one of the scanners we bought years ago. It's like a baby version of PhotoShop (I assume - I don't have PhotoShop). It's called Adobe Photo Deluxe Home Edition 3.0. In addition to the usual brightness, contrast, tint, sharpness etc. it let's me add text and draw arrows etc. within the photo, which is handy for photos of model airplanes.
I saved some pressed violets in a little wooden box from Japan, and they lent their sweet scent so generously, when you open it April will whisper all kinds of secrets.
With so much color around I lost the craving, so I dusted of the easel and changed the enlarger bulb, printed some black and whites...of grasses, mainly...
I never was very patient, so you can still see some black burns from the negative frames; never liked to use the tongs when developing so some fingerprints will be there. You can go ahead and criticize, I will argue it is charming.
Find comfort in the fact that my fingers now smell of fixer, and that makes me think of you, not because you smell but because I think of you looking at the fingerprint marks and shaking your head.
I typed up some words, very quiet ones with long pauses in between...
Now all I have to do is figure out how to pack up these poppies and ship them off so you can watch them bloom...because this picture doesn't come close to it...
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