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This trope has been done to death, but……





I blame it all on end of the year editing/review. It does help to remind me that it will eventually be warm and green again.

Fish finally …….and a toad

Finally two fish photos that I am pleased with. Some skill this time, but still mostly luck at least I am starting to understand how the images will turn out. Next I will have to find something to say besides “look, look pretty fish!”


And on a slightly different note our resident toad Bufo americanus, he’s about four inches nose to tail. He hangs out in front of our door at night, eating insects we assume. The cat gives him a pretty wide birth and the dogs are curious but cautious. Photo by Victor



It’s that time of year when I should be assessing my garden…what plants grew well, which should be moved, what combinations are worth repeating, which should never be, where to plant the tomatoes next year, what seeds to buy, do I need more dafs, more muscari……on and on. But really I’d rather sit in the sun and try and figure out how to photograph fish.

I find I plant more leaves and fewer flowers every year.

20130908-162354.jpgBanana and Passion flower vine, I didn’t get many blooms, but the few I did were wonderfully fragrant in the evenings. My favorite thing about them is their twiney bits.

20130908-162640.jpgTaro,I grew three types this year and they are all beautiful when back lit like this.

20130908-162807.jpgOxalis and co. I have developed a real soft spot for these deep purple/reds with bright greens.

20130908-163355.jpgAster and sweet potato. A different type of purple green combination.
These really are the best weather days, autumn in upstate New York the apples and pumpkins are in the stands and the early trees are just starting to change.


I garden in a somewhat haphazard manner, mostly in pots on my porch/deck and three beds near the house. The pots I can manage on my own, but anything in the ground I have to coerce others into maintaining (it’s a good thing I have fabulous friends). Things grew at unexpected rates this year, some thrived with the additional rain and some sulked from diminished sunlight, but I had relatively few fatalities.
This was my most successful color combination this year, mostly because everyone was a little horrified at the colors initially and they almost died in a late frost in the spring – they looked skanky for ages.

I find my water feature, sometimes referred to as the puddle absurdly hard to photograph. Late day looking toward the paddock and the perennial bed.

The fountain at the raised end.

The best thing about the puddle is the critters – frogs, fish, dragonflies, butterflies and in dry weather the birds.

They are green frogs (Rana clamitans) which is right up there with blue birds for a name, so simple you’re sure you’re wrong. I often see four at the same time and I’ve grown ridiculously fond of them.
Fish are very frustrating to photograph, it’s all luck….you just keep shooting and hope they arrange themselves in a pleasing fashion at some point…..argh. The frogs are easier to capture, but hard to make interesting.

I regularly see four of them sunning themselves. They are Green frogs (Rana clamitans) a name that’s right up there with Blue birds for simplicity and making you feel like an idiot when people ask “What is it?” “It’s a green frog.” “I can see that, what kind of frog is it?” “A Green frog” “If you don’t know….” You get the idea, happened to me with Blue birds, the woman was convinced I was making fun of her. A bit not good.