### Weekly Garden&Flower ### 21 February 2014

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Rich Z
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Re: Current blossoms
In reply to WhyNot, Feb 22, 2014

Thank you. Yeah, it's sunny and nighttime temps staying around 40 F., so the flowers are setting buds early. The 14-150 is indeed versatile and almost as good as the Zuiko zooms, which is as good as zooms get. Until I can carry a bag again, the 14-150 is a great solution for walking about with minimum weight. The ZD 50mm macro and 1.4x teleconverter are small enough to fit in jacket pocket and are light. Nothing, and I mean nothing can beat the ZD 50mm macro. Wide open it is sharp and stopped down to f5.6 and smaller you have DOF to play with. I spent 30 years with a 58mm f1.4, an 85-205 f3.8 with 1.4x teleconverter, and a 28mm f3.5 and shot way too many weddings and other functions. Now, I have a large selection of four thirds lenses and I am in heaven. I miss carrying the wonderful ZD 150, ZD 7-14, ZD 50-200, ZD 14-54, and the ZD 8mm fish eye, but I'm healing and will be able to carry a bag in a few more months, I hope. It took a while to build up the collection, but it proves getting old ain't all bad. Rich

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Re: Current blossoms
In reply to Rich Z, Feb 22, 2014

Hi Rich

beautiful pictures,,,especially in blue and white

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Re: Three recent ones...
In reply to Scott Whittemore, Feb 22, 2014

A nice set of which I like the second best.

Andrew

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Re: the gardens of Alcatraz
In reply to minniev, Feb 22, 2014

A nice set of images of which I favor the last.

Andrew

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Re: Current blossoms
In reply to Rich Z, Feb 22, 2014

A lovely set Rich.  The 50 macro does a great job with the EC14!

Andrew

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Re: Monarda (Bee Balm)
In reply to Ravenwing Photo, Feb 22, 2014

Nice Xmas colours Nate and a good image.  Still a lot of white here as well.

Andrew

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Re: Mona Vale gardens
In reply to Kiwi Bloke, Feb 22, 2014

Some unusual looking plants there for us in the north.

Andrew

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Re: In The Mountain Garden
In reply to stiger, Feb 22, 2014

Now there is an image of one of my favorite things to see in a garden.

Andrew

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Re: the gardens of Alcatraz
In reply to minniev, Feb 22, 2014

I do very much like the colors in these.  I will have to remember that next time I make it out to San Francisco.

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Re: Mona Vale gardens
In reply to Kiwi Bloke, Feb 22, 2014

Nice series!  Boy, that first one....iso1000?  Not too shabby, what?

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Re: In The Mountain Garden
In reply to stiger, Feb 22, 2014

Pretty little girl there, nice catch!

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Re: Fitzroy Gardens and a Coral Lily.
In reply to John Byrne, Feb 22, 2014

What a huge old tree, John.  You prompted me to look up the Coral Lily, think I'm going to have to have one or two for the garden now!

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Hosta
In reply to WhyNot, Feb 22, 2014

In another five months or thereabout.

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Re: Hosta
In reply to mapgraphs, Feb 23, 2014

One of my favorite plants in the garden.  Yes, another few months (sigh).  That's an interesting lens that I hadn't heard of before!

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Re: Current blossoms
In reply to Harri Fin H5, Feb 23, 2014

Thank you, Harri.  It's great to get results which feed your head.  Rich

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Re: Mona Vale gardens
In reply to Kiwi Bloke, Feb 23, 2014

Nice set. Interesting variety and some unusual things. I think #4 is my favorite.

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Re: In The Mountain Garden
In reply to stiger, Feb 23, 2014

Great shot. Both hummingbird and flower looks nice n sharp. Well done.

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Re: In The Mountain Garden
In reply to stiger, Feb 23, 2014

A fine capture there, beautiful detail of the bird and the flower.  None of that around here for some time to come, still deep into winter.

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Re: Current blossoms
In reply to 19andrew47, Feb 23, 2014

Thanks, Andrew.  I bought that lens a long time ago, and now I couldn't be without it.  It, and the 1.4x fit into my two jacket pockets.  As Porsche say:  "There is no substitute."  Rich

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Re: Monarda (Bee Balm)
In reply to Ravenwing Photo, Feb 23, 2014

A pretty picture. I'd desaturate and darken the green just a tiny bit. Last week, Garrison Keillor was talking about what they do in Minnesota when it snows until May. It was funny and frightening at the same time. Stay warm; Rich

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