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The Changing Seasons 2016—June

I made it just under the wire for my June submission to Cardinal Guzman’s monthly photo challenge, The Changing Seasons 2016. That said, I feel as if I’m showing up for an exam I know I’m going to fail because didn’t prepare.

After completing my project 365, I became a real slack arse in the photo taking department. I had a total of six Lightroom uploads in June, and three of them contained just one photo.  I chose the best of my crappy selection of archived June photos, and then I went out in the rain to capture a few more crappy shots late this afternoon. I’m really doing a great job at selling this post, aren’t I? Oh well… here it is should you choose to look.

Lupine in my backyard—June 22nd

Lupine in my backyard—June 22nd

 

Rainbow from my front balcony—June 23rd

Rainbow from my front balcony—June 23rd

A big part of the reason I haven’t been taking photos this month was because I’ve been devoting most of my “free time” to helping establish a community garden. June 26th was our planting day.  Here’s a few shots.

Helping Hands Community Garden planting day—June 26th

Helping Hands Community Garden planting day—June 26th

 

Helping Hands Community Garden planting day—June 26th

Helping Hands Community Garden planting day—June 26th

 

Helping Hands Community Garden planting day—June 26th

Helping Hands Community Garden planting day—June 26th

 

Helping Hands Community Garden planting day—June 26th

Helping Hands Community Garden planting day—June 26th

 

Helping Hands Community Garden planting day—June 26th

Helping Hands Community Garden planting day—June 26th

Of course, I had include an update of the construction at the St. Peter’s Canal this month, so, I went out on this rainy last day of June to snap a few pics.

West bank of the St. Peter's Canal—June 30th

West bank of the St. Peter’s Canal—June 30th

 

West bank of the St. Peter's Canal, taken from the east bank—June 30th.

West bank of the St. Peter’s Canal, taken from the east bank—June 30th

 

Changing Seasons June 30-14

Entrance to battery park. Doesn’t it look inviting? Not! June 30th.

 

What will be the east approach to the new bridge—June 30th.

What will be the east approach to the new bridge—June 30th.

 

Blast mats—June 30th

Blast mats—June 30th

Ice cream menu on the wall of the takeout place near the bridge—June 30th

Ice cream menu on the wall of the takeout place near the bridge—June 30th

After the rain stopped today, I toured my garden to see if anything new had popped up. I found this kidney bean. It looks as if something has already been snacking on it.

Kidney bean popping up from the earth—June 30th

Kidney bean popping up from the earth—June 30th

You can find all of my photos for The Changing Seasons 2016 photo challenge here in my Flickr album.

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28 thoughts on “The Changing Seasons 2016—June

    • I was really beating myself up about this one. When I sat down and examined the few photos I had taken in June, I was disappointed with the quality (and lack of variety). I ended up throwing filters on some of them to make them more artsy. I mentioned my feelings of failure on this one to a friend of mine when I was editing. He told me that I was being overly self critical. When I was done my editing, I sent him the photos. You know what he did? He replied with criticism! It’s not okay for me to criticize my work, but it’s okay for him to do so? Normally that would piss me off, but this time I just rolled my eyes and let it go.

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      • I think I spotted some “Glamour” kind of filter, one that gives photos soft look. It’s one of my personal favourites. You are overly self-critical for sure. It’s a blog post that intends to document changing seasons, not a photography competition, right? Your friend is funny! Not in a great way.

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      • The filter is called “duplex”. It’s one of the Color Efex Pro options. I used it on 2, maybe 3 of the photos in this post. I like the way it softens.

        It’s highly likely my friend was drunk. It was an extra long weekend for him. That’s how he likes to spend his days off. LOL

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      • Oh, I see. It’s a nice effect. Soft looks good on photos with people. You’re drunk friend possibly wasn’t aware of what he was saying. So he probably didn’t realise he was contradicting himself…

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  1. I agree with Mara. I, too, enjoyed the photos of the community garden folks. As I scrolled through each one the word ‘real’ popped into my head.

    And for some insane reason, I really like the one of the – what did you call them? – blast mats?!?!

    Have a great day!! 🙂

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    • Thanks! Yes, the garden ones are very “real”. Most of the shots were taken from far enough away, so they weren’t aware I was taking them. I think the candidness helped to keep it “real”. The blast mats appear to be made from tires. The construction crew had been using dynamite to blast through the rock. Those mats are placed on top to keep the rock from flying everywhere.

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    • Thanks! The lupines are in full bloom now, however… two days of heavy rain flattened them, so I wasn’t able to get another shot in before the end of June. I think they will perk up again. Maybe I’ll get a better shot of it for next month’s submission.

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  2. I was just thinking yesterday when I wrote my own post that I had not seen you on here for a long while! I know the 365 thing really took a lot of effort, so I figured you were taking a break. I’m very glad to see you back with your always excellent photos! (P.S. Believe it or not, Nova Scotia was my husband’s and my almost-pick for a summer trip … then he found out he had very few vacation days at his new job, so he urged me to take a trip somewhere on my own that he didn’t care about … thus, my trip to Mongolia and its meat frights! Shoulda gone to Nova Scotia ….)

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  3. You definitely did a great jopb selling the post, you already had me at “slack arse” 😀
    “Six Lightroom uploads in June”, it happens to all of us (well, maybe not six uploads, but you get my point).

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  4. I love them all but I think maybe the lupine and the kidney bean are my favorites. I too love the everyday shots.I also love the dead(ish) plant on the porch in the rainbow shot, it’s artsy! xoxox

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  5. Despite your introduction to the post, I think you’ve shared a great collection of images, Amy. 🙂 I particularly like the shots of the planting of the community garden – it looks like a wonderful project.

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  6. I was looking for the wolf with all this talk about Lupine, and then I realised that you North Americans (OK Canadians too it appears) use lupine for lupin. Anyway I shall stop babbling about our differences in our common language(!) and say that the flower photo is gorgeous! Last time I grew lupins/lupines they became covered in black aphids and I ended up pulling them up. That was a very long time ago though. As another of your visitors remarked, this is not a photo competition (thank goodness), but to record the changes throughout the year. I think you are doing that more than fine . Be interesting to see what the construction site looks like at the end of the year.
    Cheers. Jude xx

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