“New” Camera, More Adventures

For the last five years, my Nikon D5100 was my companion, when I was out and about around the US. We went on two Disney vacations, a trip to Washington, D.C., another trip to New York, so many 5K & Fun Runs, family adventures and gazillions of nature photos. But it also began to wear it out. And the last several months, I notice a decline in performance.

A couple of years ago, when I purchased a lens I considered to get a new body as well. I knew, I will need a new camera one day. I decided on the Nikon D3200. Back then, I couldn’t part with my older camera and still went on adventures with it. But today, I finally made the decision to sit the D5100 next to the D40 (my starter camera) in the shelf. And the D3200 will be my new companion from now on. May the “new” camera last me at least as long as the older one. 🙂

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A Honey Bee and an Assassin Bug share the same milkweed. (Photo: Nikon D3200)

Waving In The Wind

All this wind brings warm air into North Texas, before we get hit with the cold front tomorrow afternoon. This little skipper seems to enjoy the warm day and has a refreshing sip of nectar from a Calendula, which waves back and forth in the wind.

~ Enjoy these few warm days left, little fella. Winter is coming, soon. ~

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Skipper drinks nectar from a Calendula flower

Dew Droplets And The First Light Frost

While the ground is still too warm, I’ve noticed some light frost on the north side of our roof. Autumn is coming to North Texas. And when it happens, don’t blink with your eyes. You might miss it. 😉 Between endless Texas Summers and short Winters, there is not much left for Autumn, nor for Spring. It’s either HOT or it is cold. But what we call “cold” here in the South, people up North would laugh at us. 😀 Yes, being born, raised and lived the first 30 years of my life in Germany, I know the meaning of the term COLD. 🙂

In this mid 40s morning, I checked on my cabbages. They were covered in a beautiful layer of dew droplets. I waited until the sun was at the right angle, before I’ve got my camera out to capture some photos. Since I don’t have a macro lens, it is a bit challenging to get these little droplets sharp enough in a photo. But I do the best with the tools and knowledge I have available. I enjoy it every time, when the weather becomes cooler and there are new seasonal objects to photograph.

Cabbages & Root Vegetables

Earlier this month, I was writing a blog about our “Autumn Cabbage Garden”. I planted broccoli, white & red cabbages, and cauliflower in one raised bed. And I have sown some carrots, radishes, rutabaga, and turnips between the cabbages. The radishes sprouted very quickly. Rutabaga and turnips followed them a few days later. And since the last several days, I also see the carrots poking their greens out of the soil. It’s time to start thinning out the root vegetables to give them a chance for better and bigger growth.

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The cabbages and root vegetables are sprouting nicely in our raised bed. ❤

Our Autumn Cabbage Garden

Being finished with the main chores in the front room, I can pay more attention to my garden again. Wow, I neglected it for several weeks. The garden beds need a lot of work, before they will look nice and healthy again.  Yesterday, I’ve got one of the beds ready: I pulled the leftover plants and the weeds out, loosened the soil, and mixed more soil and amendment in. Today I added two more bags of soil, before I started planting and sowing. Now, one of the beds looks pretty again. I planted broccoli, white & red cabbages, and cauliflower. And in the space between the vegetables I have sown carrots, radishes, rutabagas, and turnips. They are all yummy Winter goodies. Since I have the chicken wire around the garden beds, the rabbits can not get to them. I hope, the Cabbage White Butterfly doesn’t come around to lay its eggs at this time of the year. That would be a bummer.

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Broccoli, White & Red Cabbages, and Cauliflower are planted; Carrots, Radishes, Rutabagas, and Turnips are sown.