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“Lady Slippers”, New Hampshire, 2020 — At Their Luscious Best.

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They are at their best. I also found two totally new plants — meaning in a place where I have never seen them before. About 1.5-miles away from ‘MY’ site. That was cool. Made me happy. Made me SMILE. I hope it makes you smile too. SMILE.


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New Hampshire “Lady Slippers” 2020 — In All Their GLORY.

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Shot at NIGHT.


Pictures taken today, Friday, May 22 & last night. The purplish color at night is from my artificial lighting — i.e., the LED headlights I wear on my head.

A second batch of three have started to flower. So, this morning I had 6 flowers rather than three. Still less than in prior years.

Enjoy.


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New Hampshire “Lady Slippers” 2020 — Starting To Turn Pink.

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As promised I have been checking on them daily. Today, for the first time, I could see the pink. Still quite faint.

I am sure the color will kick-in, fast, over the next few days.

I will take pictures, promise.

I go by everyday and invariably have a phone/camera with I.

These are the only ones I have seen so far in 2020.


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“Lady Slippers”, 2020, New Hampshire, — Still Green.

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Kind of pre-bloom.

Very green.

But, I now know where to look. Have been keeping an eye for the last few days.

First time I spotted the blooms. 

I go by ‘here’ at least twice a day. SMILE.


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My Storied Camera Saga — 13 Camera In 4.5 Years.

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The good or bad news is that I have plateaued. I am not going through cameras at a fast rate anymore. Plus, following the acquisition of my Google Pixel 2 for Christmas 2017 I no longer feel the need to have two cameras — a big one and a compact. The Google Pixel is my 2nd camera. So, just need one full-frame camera at any one time.

I kept my Sony a7 II for 690-days and took 30,455 pictures with it. I also kept the mega-zoom Nikon P900 around for long time but did not use it much after the first 9 months or so. The zoom was nice but I had become fond of BIG sensors.

Getting to know my new, 3-week old, Canon EOS RP. Need a couple more lenses. Plan is to keep it for at least a year, if not more. It seems pretty capable. Goal is to hang onto the lenses. That is why I went (bcak) to Canon.


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The New Canon EOS RF 24-240mm Lens & Canon EOS RP Camera May Make Me Flip-Flop Back To Canon.

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That Nikon does not have a native Z-series 24-240 mm (or close) all-in-one zoom kills me. I have a 24-240mm on my Sony a7 II and it is what I use 95% of the time. That is a good all-purpose zoom for I.

What I hate about the Canon EOS R family is the lack of In-Body Image Stabilization (IBIS). But, as Canon points out they do offer 5-stop Image Stabilization (IS) on some select RF lenses, the 24-240 being one of them.

Then the other lens that I might initially consider, the very-affordable 35mm MACRO also has IS.

I can live with just these two lenses for a long time. I really am not that fussy. Yes, I would like a decent f/1.4 50mm, just in case, BUT for this I am willing to consider an adapted lens.

And then there is the NEW Canon EOS RP.

Much more to my liking than the Canon EOS R. 30MP was overkill for I. I do not need that amount of resolution. I also hated the top LCD window. Don’t need it. Just adds weight and complexity. I have a 3″ LCD that has all the same info. So, the EOS RP is a much better match — though the 250 shot battery life is crushing (though I do walk around with 3 batteries for my Sony a7 II).

So, back to the drawing board again.

I want that 24 -240 and the Canon EOS RP looks like a good fit for it. Small and light. Ideal for my needs, especially when hiking. At 65 I really am not that keen about lugging 6 lbs of camera gear around.


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