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New Sony RX 10- IV~


Yesterday my new camera arrived and I have been practising with it, taking first photos around The Holler. (Click to enlarge the bees to see the details).


It is getting detail and is super fast, but will require more practice.

I was planning to use the camera mostly for landscapes, so I was pleasantly surprised with these first-attempt macros.


You can see some of the detail capability in this Datura or Moonflower. Moonflowers are night-blooming and belong to the nightshade family. They are poisonous and are pollinated at night by Sphinx and Hawk Moths. Native Americans used Moonflowers in sacred ceremonies as a hallucinogen.

These Night Blooming Cereus flowers were taken with my older, trusty HX400, which is still my go to bird and wildlife camera. The flowers grow on the tallest cactus in the world, Cereus Peruvians. Ours is over 30 feet tall! It’s flowers are as big as plates and open only at night. The tree generates tons of fruit called Peruvian Apples that are crunchy, sweet, and delicious!


Cheers to you from Sony’s views~

The Irrefutable Persistance of Beauty~

is all around us,

and inside us,


unique and perfectly imperfect.


Sometimes, when we are worried or troubled,

we fail to recognize,

beauty.


But is always here,

just waiting for us to notice,

and bring us comfort.

Cheers to you from all that is beautiful in you and around you~

M n M’s~

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Look who dropped by The Holler today, M n M’s, Mother Nature’s Maids!
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They keep things clean around here,

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but don’t like me coming near.
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They open their wings to seem imposing,
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while Holler trash they are busy disposing!
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Good birds, they keep the sunflower field tidy.
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Yep, we have sunflowers in December!
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The birds & the bees love em.
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I couldn’t just leave you with photos of vultures could I?
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Cheers to you from The Holler Housekeepers and some December sun~

There Be Dragons~

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in the hothouse garden,

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snapping wizard jaws at you!

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Breathing purple fire,
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they cast enchanting spells,
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like sirens beckoning you close,
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and closer still.

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Cheers to you from the mystical orchid dragons~

Sunburst~

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The sunflowers grew tired of growing in their garden.

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So they picked up long legs and walked away.

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After traveling awhile, they arrived at The Holler, hot and bothered.
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They realized too late, as we often do, how good they had it in their garden.

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I put them in water, and took their photos, cheering them up considerably.

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I hope their sunburst cheers you too~

Note: the color in these photos is not enhanced. I have been experimenting with food coloring in flower water. Blue makes some incredible effects which I will show you later. If you’re interested check out:
http://www.wikihow.com/Dye-Flowers

Cottontails~

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The Holler bunnies are practically tame,
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probably because we feed them carrots,
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with the express understanding they eat the carrots and not my flowers!
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What we have here is a failure to communicate,
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not all that uncommon among neighbors.

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Cheers to you from The Holler’s funny-bunnies~

Hasta Luego~

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Once again,
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we’re running off,
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to sunny Spain & Portugal.
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A wish for you,
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Primavera’s promise,
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for sunny days,
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with singing flowers,

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and busy bees.
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Cheers to you & Happy Spring~
Note, will have limited access to internet for the first two weeks and will touch base when I am able!