Happy (Belated) Cameraversary to Me

MooseAs I walked the woods today, I realized that I’ve had my Canon Rebel XT for just over a year.  I posted my first Canon shots on Flickr on August 15, 2006.

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!

Zigzag Goldenrod Zigzag Goldenrod
Zigzag Goldenrod:  2006 and 2007

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.

Asters Aster Wannabe
Asters:  2006 and 2007

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?  Yellow Mandarin BerryIt’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!

9 thoughts on “Happy (Belated) Cameraversary to Me

  1. A year already? WOW and congrats on an amazing year that you have had! I just love your aster shots and of course your zig zag goldenrod! Happy Cameraversary to you!

  2. Happy Cameraversary to you!

    I’m camera shopping myself and can’t make up my poor feeble mind as to what I want! Well I do know what I want … I want EVERYTHING in a SMALL package … maybe I want too much!

    Lovely pics. We are always amazed what we have passed by over the years … too intent on the exercise and not on what lay around us! I’ve never seen that Yellow Mandarin … I’m sure we don’t have that here. We don’t have that Zig-Zag Goldenrod either.

    In any event, I’m glad you are enjoying that new camera … it was worth the bucks!

  3. Happy Cameraversary to you also, Jennifer.
    Even though you’re the person who gets to spend time with this camera, we’re the ones who really benefit by getting to see all your fantastic photos. Keep up the good work!

  4. Happy Cameraversary Jen! LOL – poor you for having to go back to check out the last plant! The difference in your photos from last year to this year is awesome! I love seeing my familiar “friends” from year to year. Have fun!

  5. I have learned a lot from your camera too. I can’t even remember how I first discovered you on Flickr before you began blogging. I have used your pictures as a guide many times.

  6. Yellow Mandarin is pretty common here in central PA, but for years we didn’t kow we had it. The greenish-yellow flowers are awfully good at hiding, and come out the same time as the trillium and other more showy spring ephemerals.

  7. Thanks to all my readers and visitors at Flickr. Sharing the photos is half the fun, really! You make it twice the fun for me. Thank you all!

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