Half the children absent from under my feet – CHECK! The youngest Team Member asleep – CHECK. Camera in hand – CHECK. DD#3 in toe, asking lots of questions and commentating my every move – CHECK!
This is how I came to be seeking inspiration in my garden the other afternoon for a completely different project when i decided, on the spot, to do this instead. The seed was planted in my mind but I also had to commit to coming back to it everyday for at least the next week. I did a mental check and decided it was possible – that was before I knew wind and rain were on the forecast!
I managed to take a photo of this same buy neurontin australia bud at roughly the same time with the same settings every 24 hours. Sometimes I got the framing a little different but the overall feel is the same. It was tricky. More so when there was even the slightest breeze. The entire set is mostly neurontin 300 mg cap except for a little tweak to the crop for effect when viewing the collection.
Insects, flies & butterflies came and went with the breeze and the weather. We lost petals in the wind also, but eventually the first bud bloomed on day nine. The project took longer than my original estimate! The changes were so subtle to start with and then flourished all of a sudden. It was beautiful. I’m glad I took the time to stop and watch. I should do this more often.
I used my 50mm prime lens only. It is one of my favourite lenses, mostly because of its 1.4 f/stop but its compact size means it lives on my camera body and often in my handbag. I really should resolve at some point to be a less lazy photographer and change lenses more frequently. Too often than I’d like to admit, whatever lens is on when I start is the lens that gets the shot regardless. My bad.
Settings: ISO 400 f/1.4 @ 50mm
Incidentally, the rains forecasted never came; Only the associated wind :(
On Day Nine, the first bud bloomed into a cute little flower to be fed upon by butterflies and bees…..On Day Ten I returned in the afternoon to take my shot of hopefully another flower. But alas, the buds had all closed up again!?
Then it dawned on me. Each afternoon I have been taking said photos at approximately 530-6pm because I like the light at that time of the afternoon. Yesterday however, I knew things were going to be hectic at around that time, getting Little People to bed early to start the new week afresh, so I ventured out quickly at about 430pm. That is when I discovered the bud had FINALLY flowered…. So, I made what I thought was an educated assumption. I assumed the flowers of the Bougainvillea plant actually open during the day and close in the evenings!!
I have to admit, by this stage, I’m feeling a bit silly. More so when I explained to DH and he chuckled at me. That’s right at me, not with me!! Ha!
THE PLOT THICKENS…
It’s Day Eleven. I have a new agenda.
I was home all day today so I set a kitchen timer to remind me to take a photo of this same Bougainvillea flower every hour. Yes, I am busy. Yes, I have other things I probably should be doing. But I’m not a Quitter either. I am determined to see this flower grow gosh darn!!
730am – No flower. Clearly Bougainvillea are not early risers. I can relate to that.
830am – Perhaps we are still recovering from the weekend…
930am – Still nothing.
1030am – Uni student??
1130am – By this stage of inactivity I have consulted a much higher authority – buy gabapentin without prescription.
It turns out Bougainvillea thrive on heat and sun, (Well, we have plenty of that here, especially during the present drought!) Furthermore however, they need at least five hours of full sun a day to flower! (More info buy gabapentin 800 mg).
Further investigations show that most of my other Bougainvillea plants were indeed flowering since earlier in the day. These plants are accidentally positioned to get the early morning sun from the East. The Bougainvillea I am shooting is shaded by neighbouring plants and still mostly shaded with only dappled sunlight until much later in the afternoon….
“Hoodwinked by a shrub – I feel like such a Dork!”
1230pm – Sunlight is bathing the branch and papery pink bracts that surround the buds.
130pm – Looking hot and bothered.
230pm – Zero.
330pm – Zip.
430pm – Zilch.
530pm – HOODWINKED!!
630pm – Sweet Dreams Butterflies.
THE SILVER LINING…
I try to always look for a silver lining when I make a mistake or error in judgement. Learning new things is ingrained in my soul. I love to learn. This must be why I also love to teach.
The silver lining of this awry experiment….
1. I got to stop and appreciate nature & the ‘little things’ for a short while.
2. I saw some truly beautiful butterflies, which seemed to be attracted to the Bougainvillea at dusk. Dozens of them some evenings, perched as though to ‘sleep’ it seemed.
3. I put the camera down and spent time with my girls pretending to catch butterflies, pouncing like kittens, enjoying giggles and ‘doctoring’ any ‘sick’ butterflies found on the ground. This actually makes DD#2 sad, that we can’t take them to the Vet like other animals. She LOVES butterflies…..and rainbows….and anything stereotypically really girly!
4. DD#2 and DD#3 joined in on Day Eleven and learnt with me about the changing flower as it bloomed in the daylight hours. We had our own little Science Classroom for the day. It was a nice project and although stumbled upon by accident here, I would recommend it to others :)
5. Next time I know to choose a different flower/shrub to document!