Yaezakura Cherry

We came home from our 5 day trip to Houston to find that our Cherry tree had bloomed. When we bought this house last September, we had no idea what kind of cherry tree it was. Turns out it is my absolute favorite species – The Double Blossom / Yaezakura! I had to spend some time absorbing how beautiful it was and took a lot of photos!
Continue Reading

Red, Orange and Purple Tulips in the Rain


I went to the Atlanta Botanical Gardens a couple of weekends ago and got myself some Tulip fever.  I picked these up at Costco and have loved watching them bloom, since! The rain today was a nice touch.


New Camera, More Birds

We picked up a Canon 5D MK IV in the Black Friday sales last week and I took it for a spin. Particularly, I’d been curious about the upgraded autofocus that’s been lauded across many blogs for the past few months. After using the camera on birds, handheld, at the telephoto end of the lens – I am sold. This thing focuses considerably better than the Mk III. The center focus point of the 61 total points just surely locks on – with greatly reduced misses. When shooting small birds, it’s rather tricky to get them in focus – they love moving, they hop around and flit from branch to branch. I often have just tenths of seconds to get my shot – if the bird even faces me for the tiny fraction of the time it’s checking its surroundings. I came out with at least double the number of usable shots I could have expected from the Mk III. I can’t imagine what this is going to help me do for fast-paced wedding shots. Also- the live view autofocus is utterly stellar and I’m really enjoying composing my shots in the back panel for low to the ground or up-high vantage points. Overall, a winner! I can’t wait to take it on my next adventure.

Here’s a few bird shots from today