Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Spring Update

So, just as an update on the who camera issue, I did get the Nikon D90. My dad got for me as a going-away present. I have had a lot of fun experimenting with it and the 2 lenses that I got with it. I am really liking the fact that I can adjust the aperture on the camera. I do, though, have to buy a micro lens. I can get into fairly close to the objects, but not as close as I would like. If you have any suggestions on one I should get, please let me know.

Okay, so now for what I was going to tell everyone. You may have wondered why I said my parents got the camera for me as a going-away present. Well, this whole summer and part of fall, I am going to be leaving my home, garden, and birds for a farm. I will be interning on a all organic cattle and produce and am extremely excited. The farm is called Flying J Farm, and is located near Johnstown, Ohio. You all should come and visit me. I am terrible with directions, so don't even try asking for them. Instead, just go to his website, and get the Google map. So that is all the excitement for me right now. I will be leaving next Wednesday, so wish me luck. I don't know how often I will be posting, since I would think I will be pretty busy, but I will try my best to keep you updated on my adventures on the farm.

The tulips are blooming right now. Not all of them, not even half, just the early ones. Two different types of tulips are blooming. They are Flaming Purissima, and Darwin Tulips. I couldn't find my tags for the Darwin tulips, but could for the Purissima. The Purissima grows 18in tall and blooms in early spring. They are pale pink with vainage of dark pink. Really beautiful.

P.S. A lot of people have asked me where they could get the copper looking bird feeder in my post on Safflower Seeds. I originally got it at Park's Seeds for $9.72. But they must of discontinued it, because I cannot find it on their site. I did a quick Google and found the same on on the online store, Birds-n-Gardens.

~Next post on Rain Barrels~


tina said...

Lovely pictures Zach and have a very good trip and summer in Ohio!

Dan said...

A D90 is certainly a wonderful gift, it shoots HD movies too! The best macro is the Nikkor AF-S 105mm f/2.8G VR Micro.

I don't have a macro but would like to pick one up one of these days. I have found a way of faking a macro photo pretty well with the 18-55mm kit lens. I just put the lens on manual focus, extend the lens to 55mm & then extend the focus all the way out. Then just move the whole camera in & out until the subject goes into focus. It works surprisingly well and gives you almost the same affect as a macro lens.

I also mainly shoot in the A setting or aperture priority. Each photo I take multiple exposure of at different exposure compensation's so I can then select the best image once they are downloaded onto the computer.

Good luck with your new camera and make sure to read the instruction book. It has everything you need to know in it.

Roses and Lilacs said...

Your internship sounds exciting. I would love something like that. Enjoy your new camera.

Anonymous said...

Hope you have a wonderful experience this summer on the farm!

lynn'sgarden said...

Hey Zach, that's exciting news! Hopefully you'll be able to blog now and then so we can see what you're up to..good luck! Great photos of the early blooming tulips!

Iowa Victory Gardener said...

Hi Zach,
Congrats on the internship! I'm sure that will keep you very busy, but hope you can post at least occasionally to show us all the nifty stuff you can do with your new camera.

I'm envious of you OH folks who have tulips blooming already ... ours are up but still a ways from blooming, as are the daffodils too. At least I've got the crocus to console me until they get there!

Anonymous said...

Sounds like it could be an interesting summer Zach, and Johnstown isn't very far away from the Columbus area. I did finally find a hellebore at Straders, I'm so happy! I don't really know what Phlox pilosa is, maybe it's just plain wild phlox, I just know that Gail from Clay and Limestone reccomends it so much that I want one!

DP Nguyen said...

Great photos!

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