Spring: Good for what Ails Ya!

I hope Spring  has caught up in your neck of the woods.  It has here in Southeastern North Carolina.  Just in time to provide a much needed distraction from my aching neck and tingling arms and fingers.  It’s all about spending too much time at the computer in an ill advised chair fooling around with photographs. So I did what any photographer would do.  I got outside with the camera and went to work.  These were all taken here in the 75 year old Azalea garden where giant Formosa Azalea’s have the run of the place.

A new chair and a more intelligent location for my keyboard and mouse  no doubt spurred my recovery but I have to believe Spring had more to do with it.  It made me think of the old days with film.  You shot your 36 exposures, sent it off for processing and went on about your business.  Digital photography is marvelous.  Processing pictures is almost, almost as much fun to me as taking them, but somewhere the balance got upended. I’ve been spending more time staring at the screen than out taking photographs. I’m sure winter had something to do with it, but now it’s time to get outside more and limit my time staring at a screen.  If I forget, my neck and aching shoulders will serve as a reminder.  Thanks for the look.  Have a good week ahead.  See you next time.

An Azalea Affair

It was a short season, the annual festival of azalea blooms that charm the south.  It was the schizophrenic weather that did them in, reducing the vibrant flowers to drooping puddles of faded color.  But not all met their demise..  It gave thought to the possibility that old doesn’t always equate to impending doom.  Maybe 60 year old azaleas are made of sterner stuff.  Witness these giant Formosa Azaleas that weathered three days of 20 degree nights.

As you may have gathered, I have changed my mind about ditching this blog. Sort of!  The fancy custom address is gone but I figured if 60 year old Azaleas can carry on, this 72 year old shooter can.  See you after the next frost, maybe before.