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 Post subject: Re: Spring in Oregon
PostPosted: June 11th, 2011, 10:45 am 
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These pictures were taken today -- a mostly gray but not rainy day (I have some older images to follow)

A Columbine Cluster from down the street

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"Weed" Geraniums (one of my favourite weeds and I just let them grow)

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 Post subject: Re: Spring in Oregon
PostPosted: June 11th, 2011, 11:26 am 
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Some Bees at work today

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 Post subject: Re: Spring in Oregon
PostPosted: June 11th, 2011, 3:52 pm 
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Alice, such very good photographs! Thanks.
Perfectly clear close-up of bee and flower :bow:


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 Post subject: Re: Spring in Oregon
PostPosted: June 11th, 2011, 7:35 pm 
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Alice, may I ask what camera you use for taking your photos? Do you have a special lense (don't know if it is called "macro" lense in English as well?) for the close shots? Besides animals and clouds I do love to photograph plants and flowers. I have dreams of a specific camera, but right now it's way out of my budget!

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 Post subject: Re: Spring in Oregon
PostPosted: June 11th, 2011, 11:12 pm 
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I have an old Cannon EO5 Rebel.

I use an 18-55 mm lens, which is lets me get pretty close. Sometimes I get too close and everything is out of focus, but I just try again.

My dad was doing something with the camera -- I think taking pictures for my mom, when the shutter stopped working, he needed a camera immediately so he bought one, sent this one off to be repaired and then he gave it to me. :loveshower:

I had a little insta one before, which I thought did pretty well but I have to admit that this is better.

And recently he gave me his old longer lens (150-300 mm), but so far mostly I just scare the birds. :slap:

And Felis macro lens is the word in English -- that is on my wish list for maybe.


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 Post subject: Re: Spring in Oregon
PostPosted: June 12th, 2011, 2:11 pm 
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That's a very good camera, Alice! I think Canon is in general. During the "olden" times, when there were still film rolls inside, I had a small Canon for snap shots as my reflexcamera (SLR), also with film roll, was way too slow for kids :mrgreen:
I have two Sony cameras, a huge one, which was apparently one of the first with a tele, and it is heavy like something, but makes good pictures, and again a smaller one, which fits into a pocket easily and even with this I have made good pictures. My dream would be the Sony Nex-5 as it has interchangable lenses. As most of my equipment is by Sony (my ex-husband seems to love Sony, we've had a lot of things by them) I guess it would be also wise to stay with one company.

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 Post subject: Re: Spring in Oregon
PostPosted: June 21st, 2011, 7:04 am 
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More Bees

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Bee (? or something like a bee) on a wild rose at Finely wildlife refuge. The flowers were simply buzzing although I did not see that many bees.

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 Post subject: Re: Spring in Oregon
PostPosted: June 21st, 2011, 7:07 am 
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Today I went with my dad to Finley Wildlife Refuge -- it is really a winter place, to protect wintering Dusky Canadian Geese, but at this time of year it is possible to walk there and I of course looked at flowers.

I think this is some kind of wild onion or garlic
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I really do not know what this is
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 Post subject: Re: Spring in Oregon
PostPosted: June 21st, 2011, 9:14 am 
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Wild Cucumber -- you can see the vine going at an angle. The leaves are big. There is also a black berry vine that seems to be growing straight up through the image.

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Some kind of Sunflower? at Finley Wildlife Refuge
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 Post subject: Re: Spring in Oregon
PostPosted: June 22nd, 2011, 1:00 am 
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Alice,your photographs are tops..very good and beautiful.. :2thumbsup:
Those flower ones...magnifique. :thumbs:

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 Post subject: Re: Spring in Oregon
PostPosted: April 2nd, 2012, 9:29 am 
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 Post subject: Re: Spring in Oregon
PostPosted: April 2nd, 2012, 9:32 am 
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Mostly it does not really seem like spring -- cool and WET, but I will call it spring

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 Post subject: Re: Spring in Oregon
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This is the real reason I decreed it spring. New buds on my new apple trees.

This is on the Gravenstein Apple tree

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The Liberty Apple tree -- this has fewer and smaller buds -- but I think it is a later apple.

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 Post subject: Re: Spring in Oregon
PostPosted: April 2nd, 2012, 5:16 pm 
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Beautiful pictures Alice, let's hope for delicious apples in the autumn, or are the appletrees to young yet? Here we have had a very warm March, and I heard that they are afraid that the flowers on the appletree will bloom to early so the bees will miss to spread the pollen. (But as the weather is right now it's no danger, it's freezing cold and a lot of wind)


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 Post subject: Re: Spring in Oregon
PostPosted: April 10th, 2012, 10:21 am 
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Lussi05 wrote:
Beautiful pictures Alice, let's hope for delicious apples in the autumn, or are the appletrees to young yet? Here we have had a very warm March, and I heard that they are afraid that the flowers on the appletree will bloom to early so the bees will miss to spread the pollen. (But as the weather is right now it's no danger, it's freezing cold and a lot of wind)

I think this apple tree will be too young for apples, but I ate one off a 2nd year tree in a garden by my parents house so I should not have to wait too long.


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 Post subject: Re: Spring in Oregon
PostPosted: April 10th, 2012, 10:22 am 
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 Post subject: Re: Spring in Oregon
PostPosted: May 13th, 2012, 7:38 am 
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I am going to take a side trip into Squirrel Hill territory, but in Oregon.

These pictures were taken by my dad of a young squirrel in his back yard.

Actually this may be a parent peeking out of the bird box -- my dad made this for flickers, but the squirrels chewed on the opening and made the whole big enough for them, and in they moved.

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This is the youngster on the fence below the house.

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 Post subject: Re: Spring in Oregon
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On the other side of part of the fence are some pretty fierce dogs -- (they smash into the fence attempting to get the squirrel) When the youngster runs along the fence he wobbles and my parents are afraid he will fall off.

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He seemed to enjoy running up and down this pole.

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At the top of the pole peeking down.

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