The final rose or two before the big prune back, methinks. ‘Tis the season. These bushes are way taller than me now, and stretched a bit too thinly.
Yeah, mine are still putting out blooms, too. I’m cutting them back bit by bit, rather than all at once, since I get about ten minutes of work in before the puppy causes a ruckus with one of the big dogs.
He’s cute, but he’s a pain.
Clifford, I love your photographs. I’m sure you work hard at doing them well. One of the things that amazes me is how bad most photography is. Here’s one of mine of the Very Large Array near Socorro, New Mexico.
After I’m rich and famous, I’m going to seriously think about buying one of these babies. 39 million pixels.
Thanks Carl. Most of my photos are just simple snaps – I’m not doing anything sophistcated or time-consuming to produce them – so I appreciate the comment. Of course – as you probably know – you don’t need fancy cameras to take half-decent pictures. A good understanding of simple issues like lighting, framing, and what your equipment can do in these categories is the best combination. I use a pretty basic (by today’s standards) 3.2 Mpixel snap camera.
After we lost our jobs in the dot com boom/bomb (now we’re in the ethanol boom), my buddy and I made a living buying and selling stuff, with a lot of sales on eBay. It turns out that having a camera that can take good closeup photographs is a necessity. The ones that turned out best for us were the Elph series. The review says the image quality isn’t the greatest but it’s fine by me. Most of bad photography is in the user.
The advantages of it are that it’s got Lithium batteries so it fits in your pocket and you don’t have to feed it huge numbers of batteries, but it has a mechanically adjusted focus that allows sharp pictures as close as around 3cm (depending on model). Eventually you lose it, so over the years we’ve bought five. The closest I’ve come to breaking one was dropping it 6 or 8 feet onto concrete off of a distillation tower. Bent, little screws popped out, but I screwed it back together and it still works perfectly. If I fall that far, I should do as well.
Yes. I agree. I use a powershot S230 Elph. Beautiful, simple classic design of straight lines. I’ve had it for a long time.
Nice picture, Clifford! I had hoped my roses would bloom all winter, but the deer ate them instead. Left me with nothing but stems and thorns!
Oh! Sorry to hear that. Cut the chew points cleanly and wait while… They’ll be right back! (And put some wire mesh around them or something to stop Rudolph and his buddies).
If before- and after- pictures of your rose bush will advance the fine art of rose-bush pruning, I hope you’ll post them.
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