If there ever was a good time to stay at home, spring time would have to be it. I have more daylight hours to get my spring gardening and yard chores done and just more daylight hours to enjoy the greening of the world. It’s also a time to grab my camera and brush up those photography skills.
I took these pictures during the second week of March, 2020. My camera is a Pentax K-S1, SMC Pentax-A 50 mm lens, HOYA HMC 52mm Skylight[1B] filter.
First up are the mustard greens that I planted for the fall of 2019. My garden is in USDA Zone 7b. I planted leafy greens like turnips, spinach, mustard, and kale and harvested leaves as needed throughout the winter. The mustard bushed out and bolted earlier than usual this year and any good gardener would have cut off the tops to promote more leaf growth. But the cheerful yellow flowers were a delight just to look at especially after winter.
The honeybees also appreciated the early blooms!
Here a bee works on mustard variety “Tendergreen” grown in my front planter box.
Next, I shot this macro photo by using a reversing ring to mount my 50mm lens on the camera body. This bee didn’t mind me moving in closer with the camera. Just don’t interfere with her work. She’s got a lot to do!
Meanwhile, back at the hive….
I traded the reversed 50mm lens for a telephoto lens (Kiron 80-200mm) to get this picture. The girls get a little testy about defending their home and I was not wearing a bee suit. The hive was still set up in its winter configuration. It’s wrapped with insulation and the entrance reducer is in place. I gave them a little overhang for the front porch.
Blooming Lawn Weeds
Aside from the bees, I again used my reverse mounted 50mm lens to take this picture of a dandelion and a wild violet.
To take the next two photos, I combined the 50mm lens (unreversed) with a 55mm extension tube. The magnification was much greater than either the reverse mounted 50mm or the telephoto lens.
I don’t know what this is but it’s pretty. With a shallow depth of field, I focused on the anthers.
And last but not least:
So there’s a quick look at spring from my back yard. Now I’ve got some more gardening to do!