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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Wednesday Vignette

As my Facebook friends are now aware, I have finally entered the modern age and acquired a smart phone. Along with ample other distractions, it includes an 8MP camera, which I've been practicing with.

And that is how the photo below was taken. Regardless of the device used, the scene was beautiful and perfect for Wednesday Vignette, hosted weekly by Anna of Flutter & Hum. The photo below was taken at Cistus Nursery. The trunk belongs to Eucalyptus perriniana, with a bamboo in the background and the blue-green leaves of a yucca at the bottom right. I just love the gorgeous, peeling bark with the lush green background and blue of the yucca serving as an accent. This picture is one that would be improved by smell-o-vision, as the eucalyptus scents the air wonderfully.


As you can see, the photo is long and narrow. I'm going to have to learn how to take pictures while keeping in mind that I may want to crop them to bring their dimensions towards a more typical ratio. For this photo, though, it's perfect. Maximize the exposure on that gorgeous bark!

14 comments:

  1. Congratulations on entering the modern age. I really wasn't that far ahead of you... My phone takes elongated pictures too, btw. Love that photogenic bark - beautiful!

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    1. We can't resist forever, can we? At least not when there are genuine advantages to joining the crowd.

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  2. Gorgeous back indeed! Congrats on your new toy.

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  3. Long and narrow suits this nice photo fine Evan :)

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    1. Thanks, guys. It works for this one.

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  4. Gorgeous, and yes, I can smell it too...if only in my memories.

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    1. Thanks, Loree. That scent is one of my favorite things about Cistus.

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  5. One of the few Eucalyptus to survive to reach such majestic proportions around here, your phone photo does it justice. You're right: perfect material for a vignette.

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    1. I'm so happy I have a baby one to plant. :)

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  6. I'm not (yet) a smart phone owner, and feel the pressure building all around me :-)
    I love Eucalyptus trees, always have. It brings back great memories of youth and military service (go figure...). Do you plan on adding Eucalyptus to your acreage?

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    1. Another hold-out! The only reason I finally got one is because my mother was updating to a smartphone (we share a plan) so if she was going to get a data plan anyway I might as well upgrade, too. I have three Eucalyptus already in the ground, though they're still quite small. I also have a couple E. perriniana in containers waiting to be planted. The other three are two E. neglecta and a E. pauciflora subsp. niphophila.

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  7. The Eucalyptus looks great (although coming from the land of Eucalyptus tree, I do hate having to rake up huge strips of bark from late summer to early winter!) One of the best things is during a summer thunderstorm - these trees give the most wonderful scent

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    1. I wish summer thunderstorms were a more common event here. If I lived closer to the mountains...

      I'm actually kind of looking forward to the self-mulching of bark and leaves that my Eucalyptus will create once they grow up. I'll probably be singing a different tune when they actually reach that point. Although, I'm currently gardening on my parents property, so by then it will be their problem.

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