Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Housecleaning, on the computer

A busy bee on Aster laevis 'Blue Bird,' from our old house in 2006 -  
a favorite that I planted again around my blue bird nest box pole last year.

I think I've taken a lot of photos over the past few years.  A LOT of photos.  Thousands.  Our poor PC is groaning under the weight of all the .jpeg files, and running about as fast as molasses in January in Greenland.  It's time to go through the files and get rid of all the ones I don't want to keep.  Like the pictures where I got the foreground blurry, and the background sharp as a razor.  The pictures of stuff I listed on eBay and sold.  Or the picture of my coat, or the ceiling, or the corner of what I was really trying to catch because I was butter-fingered or distracted.  And let's not forget the pictures taken by my kids of their feet and their thumbs; extreme closeups of guinea pig noses, blurry goldfish, and the cats running away.

Safety Guy when he was well over a foot shorter, 
and four and a half years younger.  Molly was a kitten then, obviously.  
She loved to "help" him play with his Thomas the Tank engine stuff.

It's been fun going through the photos.  I really, really wish I'd had a digital camera when the kids were really little.  I didn't get one until 2006, when Princess Yakyak was 4 1/2 and Safety Guy was almost 8.  I still can't believe how much they've grown since then.  Has it really been almost 5 years since I took those pictures?  Where did my little boy go?  When did my little girl get so tall?

Princess Yakyak running to her Daddy, 
at the Steamtown National Historic Site, Scranton, PA, 
about four years ago.

I also copied a bunch of flower/garden photos to disc for my sister Tracey to use.  She paints in watercolors, and asked for some photos to use as inspiration.  I put a bunch of the photos (okay, over a couple hundred of them) on my husband's Mac and ran it as a slide show to a classical guitar version of "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring."  I was dismayed to realize that seeing the pictures from my old garden still makes me sad.  (It's been almost two years now, but I still remember every plant.)  But at the same time I was pleasantly surprised that so many of the photos were pretty good, and the plants looked healthy.  And, seeing them enlarged on the Mac really made me appreciate the details of the closeups even more.

Watching the slide show through a couple times even helped me decide which of the plants I had before I really still want to grow in my new garden.  I sent a small order out today, for fern leaf bleeding hearts (Dicentra eximia) and dark orange Asiatic lilies ('Commander in Chief,' since my old 'Avignon' aren't available any more).  That's the bleeding hearts to the right.  The Asiatic lilies were the most intense, smoldering red-orange color, and looked like banked coals burning in the garden.  I really wish I'd brought them with me when we moved, but I just ran out of time.  I'm sure I'll have new favorites in this garden - already jasmine tobacco and nasturtiums, sunflowers and sweet Annie are racing up my list of favorite plants.  They can join the old friends that traveled with me from the old house:  peonies, daylilies, irises, and hyacinths. 

I can hardly wait for spring. . . .

 Asiatic lily 'Avignon'