So it’s been quite awhile since last I took you on a photo journey of the day in a life sort. As you may recall, my last few photo posts were filled with slightly out of focus pictures and my musings as to whether it was the camera or the operator. I am happy to report that I came to the conclusion that since it was a fully automatic camera with no means of manually focusing said camera, the out of focusness (which may not be a real word, but it sounds like it should be, at least to me) was not a result of operator inability.
Happily, unless you are a fan of slightly out of focus pictures, I decided to dig out my old DSLR camera for my latest field trip, though not my latest trip. If you are a fan of my slightly out of focus pictures, then in the immortal words of no one in particular, “Oh well.”
Last Thursday, but not yesterday, because then I just would have said yesterday, I went on a field trip with the garden club. Yes, I spent two hours on a bus with old ladies to visit Bok Tower Gardens, and then climbed back on board for the two hour trip home. But the trip home was better, because they served wine and cheese and crackers. Had they served the wine going down to the gardens, and yes, we were traveling southward so down is appropriate, my pictures might have been out of focus once more. But they didn’t serve wine then, so they are in focus and I know that I have incredible focusing abilities because I manually focused the camera for each shot.
I am a bit of a photography purist in that I don’t like to photoshop my photos. I prefer to try to take a quality image. Now, I take a lot of photos to get a few that I am happy with but that is part of the fun. It has been a few years, okay at least ten, since last I used my DSLR. On this field trip, I sometimes used the shutter priority or aperture priority settings and used the manual setting a few times as well. My goal is to always stay in the manual zone, but baby steps.
Now, if you ever find yourself a little south of Orlando, you might want to visit the Bok Tower Gardens which is located in Lake Wales. Some old rich guy named, not surprisingly, Edward Bok, bought acres and acres of land and built a 60 bell carillon tower of coquina and pink marble that stands 205 feet tall on one of the highest points in Florida. Of course, by highest point, I’m talking about 300 feet. Florida is not a mountain state. The gardens are lushly landscaped and there is a carillon concert every day which is lovely to hear as you stroll through the gardens.
We missed the peak camellia season (late November to December) and peak azalea season (late February to early March) but only by a couple of weeks for the azaleas so there were still quite a few azaleas and azaleas are quite common in Florida. I even have them in my yard.
So without further introductory commentary, here is a trek through the gardens. You’ll have to imagine the bell tower concert.
I probably should have mentioned this earlier, but I’m mentioning it now, the gardens were designed by famed landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr. And it is a National Historic Landmark.
So this concludes the the photo with captions part of the post and the post because I don’t have anything more to say. If you read this on your phone while riding a bus listening to carillon music and sipping wine, then you got the full effect. Well, I guess I did have a few more words to say, but now I’m done.