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9 April 2020

Thursdays are gardening day around here. We put the compost bin out for pickup tonight so we do our weed whacking, tree pruning and ivy maintenance when we take a break.

Signs of Life. Captured with a Nikon D300 and Lensbaby Edge 80 in macro mode at f2.8, 1/250 second and ISO 200. Processed in Adobe Camera Raw.

We've seen the Calla lilies bloom and Lily of the Valley right alongside them. But what we've been waiting for is that apple tree to blossom.

That, in our garden, is a real sign of life returning.

So today as we battled the privets and angel trumpets to a standstill, we were delighted to see blossoms on the apple tree. When we had washed up, we grabbed the camera, put a macro lens on it and took a few shots.

This was the worst of them. Washed out with the sun glaring into the lens, it was well overexposed.

But we thought we might just be able to work with it, dropping the exposure, increasing the saturation of the magenta buds and dropped the Shadows into darkness.

What you're seeing above looks nothing like the exposure. But it looks a lot like what we saw. In our mind's eye, that is.

And what we saw was life asserting itself despite the dark times.

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