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Six on Saturday – Depth of Field

Our lives, like our gardens, are made up of the crisp clear images we portray to the world, together with our darker blurred backgrounds.

Saturday, 25th July 2020.

Marylin vos Savant is very wise. She is an American magazine columnist, author, lecturer and playwright. She is known for many other things, one of which is that she rates as having the Guinness Book of Records highest IQ title. I am learning about her. She has said many wonderful and practical things. A selection of her various words of wisdom advises that you should:

  • be able to cite three good qualities of every relation or acquaintance you dislike
  • be able to decline a date so gracefully that the person isn’t embarrassed that he or she asked
  • be able to hiccup silently, or at least in a way not to alert neighbours of your situation. The first hiccup is an exception.

I have been practicing depth of field photography, and one of her quotable quotes makes the link I’m looking for.

The length of your life is less important than its depth.

Marilyn vos Savant

Enough of this in-depth introduction. Let’s get to the most important aspect of the situation deep down to the nub of the matter. Here I go again with my six this Saturday…

Uimhir a h-aon:

Buzy Lizzies and Privet stand out against the darker blurred background. Prizes for the first five who can identify the background plant on top right.

Uimhir a dó:

I do love grasses and this one has been catching my eye all summer with is tiny purplish tinge. There’s a lot going on behind.

Uimhir a trí:

The upside-down flower, Liatris spicata was featured on Instagram last week. Here it is again, one week on, opening further down. I watched a single busy bee stay on this plant for about twenty minutes a few days ago.

Uimhir a ceathar:

This is a rescue Acer. It had been in the neglected front garden. Now it is being tended carefully and the new growth has made the work worthwhile. Again, there are prizes on offer if you can identify the bike stand. Simple yes or no will suffice. The purpose of the bike-stand is two-fold as explained yesterday.

Uimhir a cúig:

The zonal pelargoniums are in focus amid the other varieties. Some dead-heading is required and these plants will need a long soak in the soak tray. After they’ve had a long soak in the soak tray, I will drip feed them from overhead. Likely, they will need to be checked individually because when potted plants are packed so tightly they suffer because of lack of air blowing through. All of these little tasks are on the early-next-week list. It’s Rule 42b for July and August.

Uimhir a sé:

Rosa ‘Korresia’ wafts its scent as I walk nearby. The flowers are short-lived, but new replacement buds quickly appear go tapaigh.

That’s my Six on Saturday. I hope you pick your favourite in the comments. Feel free also to win a prize or to outline any deep thoughts that come to mind.

Deep Saturday Thought

On the basis that depth of field photography highlights the foreground and blurs the background, would the image be interesting if the background was not there? Our lives, like our gardens, are made up of the crisp clear images we portray to the world, together with our darker blurred backgrounds.

Spoiler alert: The answer is 42. Don’t go there, unless you’re a fan of Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy.

For easier browsing, why not take a look at what my gardening friends are showing this Saturday by visiting The Propagator? You’ll find details about how to participate there too. And now it’s goodbye from me, but the story continues next week. Slán go fóill.


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0 thoughts on “Six on Saturday – Depth of Field”

    1. Thank you, Fred. Yes I have a decent camera and good lens for close up shots. It gets taken out only occasionally because getting photos from camera to online is still a 20th century process! Above photos were taken with a trusted Chinese Huawei.
      I hope you get lots of enjoyment from the Canon. Its a great camera and will set you up for a great week.

  1. I do like a blurry background shot. The pelargoniums shot is great. I’ll have to look up the yellow rose later, not that there’s room for one. I’m also going to try that 3 good qualities of an acquaintance you dislike thing!

    1. Perish the thought that I would have an acquaintance I dislike!
      Korresia is a great rose. Unfortunately, as with many roses, it does need a bit of space. I’m told they grow better when air is able th circulate freely through. I’m glad you like the pelargonium photo. I’m coming to terms with calling them by that name rather than geraniums!

  2. Is Identify the Bike Stand like Spot the Ball? I’m going top left quadrant, between the second and third row of Acer leaves and left a bit. Years ago, our local daily newspaper used to run a Spot the Sheepdog’s Nose competition – a photograph of balls, sticks or whatever else dogs chase, but with the dog removed. I never won!

    1. Perish the thought, a bike is not a ball! But you’ve won a prize, although the description of is a bit waffly. An X would be better. Sheepdog’s nose sounds like a good bit of fun!

        1. I understand. These Covid virtual competitions can’t replace the real newsprint thing. BTW, prize is for attempting, but location is way off, I’m afraid! Better luck next time.

  3. You have such lovely photos this week, its hard to choose a favourite. The Liatris is really beautiful, and I do like the photo of the zonal geraniums too. I still get confused between geraniums and pelargoniums. The grass seed head is really lovely too.

    1. Thank you so much, a chara. Yes the confusion is real… I generally know them as geraniums. I think my favourite one is the lonely grass seed.

  4. This is something I have thought about and usually take photos both ways to see what I like best. The answer is “it depends”. I like your shots. Does that help? Sorry I’m late!

  5. No such thing as late, a chara! I generally spread out reading Sixes through the entire week.
    You’re right that it depends! I’m just liking that my Chinese Huawei can take such shots. To be added to any profile they have of me, perhaps!

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