My first shots were of my cat… then later up at the park of my dog… of course…
Anyway… the reason the anniversary notion popped into my head today is that many of the flowers that I photographed last year… and learned the names of last year… are coming into bloom again this year. When I see them, I get excited because I remember learning them last year!
It’s fun to find them again this year. Last year I concentrated on photographing them well enough that I could look them up in the field guide when I got home. This year I already know their names, so I look for good lighting, or unusual angles. Also, this year I have 2 new toys: the 10X macro attachment and a polarizing filter.
It’s not all same-old, same-old, though. Look at this cool berry I never noticed before! I’ve seen the plant, never noticed a flower on it in the spring, and then today – Pow! There it was along the side of the trail where I have walked so many, many times. How could I have missed it all these years? It’s called “Yellow Mandarin.” At least I’m pretty sure that’s what it’s called. The puzzle is – according the USDA and eFloras websites, it isn’t supposed to be here. However, according to the Peterson Guide to Wildflowers of Northeastern and North-central North America, it is found in “Western New York and south.”
Anyway… happy cameraversary to me!