This entry would have been more à propos had I been able to get myself to post it a week and a half ago. O tempora, o mores... Nevertheless, here we are now, with photos of flowers, just in time for spring. Taken on 16 March with a Canon EOS Rebel XT (don't cameras have silly names?), these aren't the earliest local crocuses that I remember seeing, but they are some of the nicest. At some point in the history of our hundred year-old house, someone littered the back garden with crocus bulbs, and if I've bothered to rake the winter before, we get a nice show just on the cusp of spring.
I've always been a mediocre photographer. I tried on more than one occasion to learn the rudiments of composition, style, and technical saavy - the things that go into taking a really good photograph. I've always understood that there was an actual science that went into good photography - I just couldn't be asked. In the days of film-based 35mm SLRs, therefore, the only good photographs I ever took were accidental. No matter what I thought I was seeing through the viewfinder, what I got when the prints came back was... less than perfect, shall we say.
Fortunately, in the era of digital cameras, it's possible for even mediocre photographers to take passable photographs. Whereas before I would have had an entire roll of over-exposed images because I entirely neglected to reset the metering from Manual and didn't notice the warnings, now I can make any number of mistakes and just delete the ones that went hideously wrong, while retaining the ones that I am pleased to say represent "my vision". Er... yes... "my vision"... of crocuses.
At the time of writing, the daffodils are up as well - and I've always had a soft spot for daffodils, in a Wordsworthian sense. Look for more photos soon.
I know - the suspense is hard to bear, isn't it?