Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Foggy Photo Essay

More often than not, this is the debate that goes through my head as I prepare to leave the apartment in the morning:

Me: Should I bring my camera today?

Lazy Me:
Nah, it's going to rain and besides I'm already carrying my VERY heavy tool bag PLUS plants.

Yeah, but I'll be walking home through the park and I might see something cool...

Lazy Me:
Forget it! I don't want to carry the extra bulk and weight.

So, this morning I did NOT carry my camera and it's the last time I'll let Lazy Me win an argument for a very long time. There was so much to shoot on the terrace where I was working, and all I had was my woefully inadequate iPhone. The resolution is low, you can't choose a focal plain, or fiddle with aperture. Very, very frustrating.

Especially on this misty morning when there was much that was alluring: tightly pleated, young Viburnum leaves, Amelanchier flowers heavy with rain, buds just starting to unfold on the Rosa rugosa. None of those pictures turned out well enough to post here (dammit!) but I offer these few to show you what's growing today in a rooftop garden on the Upper West Side.

Japanese maple leaves unfurl.

Boston ivy looks demure and manageable in early spring.

Buds of staghorn sumac 'Tiger's Eye' are ready to pop.

I adore Rhamnus 'Fine Line'.

Next time I promise to bring my real camera.


At April 21, 2009 at 4:42 PM , Blogger cherry said...

hard to believe these picture could be any prettier ...can't wait to see what's next ..with your real camera.
hugs, Cherry

At April 21, 2009 at 5:52 PM , Blogger SaraGardens said...

Wow, that Rhamnus looks weeks ahead of others I've seen! Everything looks crazy with newness and potential - and great photos anyway, I agree with Cherry.

At April 21, 2009 at 6:06 PM , Blogger Ellen Zachos said...

Thanks Cherry and Sara, I think it's the young freshness of all this new growth that has me so excited!

At April 22, 2009 at 8:01 AM , Anonymous Leda Meredith said...

Nice job even with the phone camera! It is exciting to see everything waking up for the season.

At April 23, 2009 at 11:52 PM , Blogger WiseAcre said...

Next time is only a good start.
Never leave home without it.

At April 24, 2009 at 8:30 AM , Blogger Ellen Zachos said...

Yes, Wiseacre, you are right! My camera has been my constant companion since that date.

At April 26, 2009 at 10:18 PM , Blogger Mark Hardy said...

Beautiful, resolution be damned! Those who say they hate New York are missing its hidden joys. And they've never been on an Acmeplant terrace.

Anybody want Heritage Red raspberry canes?!

At April 28, 2009 at 12:49 AM , Blogger molly said...

but thank photo for the iphone, eh? who'da thunk it?!

At June 6, 2009 at 9:04 PM , Blogger highschoolteacher said...

I dig the pictures!

At August 10, 2016 at 4:30 PM , Anonymous Gail said...

Like the internal discussion and you did get some interesting subjects.


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