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Cockfosters to Enfield Lock [20060329|19:16]
Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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Cherry blossoms


The scent of the blossoms (and this image) made the two miles of slogging through horse-offal-strewn pasture on the section of the London Loop between Cockfosters and Enfield Lock worthwhile.

I met a great many dogs today. They liked me. One of them liked me so much he rubbed his nose across the front of my lens. Whoops.
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[User Picture]From: taische
2006-03-29 18:42 (UTC)

Cherry.

Beautiful.

... nice that flickr posts the EXIF data (I didn't know that until you pointed it out) so that appreciating a great shot like this can be educational, as well.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-03-29 19:55 (UTC)
You can hide the EXIF data if you want to, as well. Some people do. I find this annoying, as if hiding the technical information will somehow make it all seem magical.

Also, for my camera, I remind you that the focal lengths should be doubled to get the equivalent on a 35 mm sensor.

Also also, I feel the need to point out that I spent quite a bit of time walking around the trees finding the right sprig for this shot. I don't know if you noticed, but of the blossoms that are in focus, the one farthest left is closed, the one next to it partially opened and the one at the right fully opened. Not that most people care about anything other than the final product, but I figured you'd like to know. ;-)
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[User Picture]From: minirth
2006-03-29 20:01 (UTC)
It's obvious that the shot was carefully planned -- you don't get a shot like that by just pointing, clicking, and walking cheerfully away. I didn't notice the closed - opening - open progression, but that makes it even better.
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[User Picture]From: taische
2006-03-29 20:37 (UTC)
Ah- thanks for the reminder about the focal length doubling.

I did notice the order, in fact! I almost made a comment about the blossom in the middle's having strained to try to get into focus out of envy of its fully-open sibling, but my editor slashed the comment for exceeding his corniness threshold. ;p
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[User Picture]From: sadira42
2006-03-29 19:05 (UTC)
Ooh, that's beautiful. I'm so excited for spring!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-03-29 19:59 (UTC)
Oh yes. It's such a relief after the long doldrums of winter. I'm still becoming accustomed to the concept of seasons after so many years in California, but I find I like them.
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[User Picture]From: sadira42
2006-03-29 20:28 (UTC)
Yah, that's how I felt when I first moved from Miami to New York. Of course I already knew from season, being a Russian and all, but I had forgotten how nice spring felt. This is partially the reason why I could never move back to mosquito/humidity land.
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[User Picture]From: minirth
2006-03-29 20:00 (UTC)
Oh, nanila, that is so lovely. I'm having an annoying week, and that photo is bringing the happy. Would you be ok with me creating a couple of icons from that (crediting you, of course)? (BTW, it's ok to say no.)

I love flower photography (which really means I should get my damn garden going, I suppose).
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-03-31 17:27 (UTC)
I'm fine with you creating icons from it, and thank you for the compliments, literal and implied. I'm interested to see how it turns out being cropped square, as I was thinking of faking a series of medium-format images from it.
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From: tdj
2006-03-29 20:01 (UTC)
Is it just me, or does the phrase "Cockfosters to Enfield Lock" sound like a salacious chess move?
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-03-31 17:25 (UTC)
It'd have to involve one piece taking another piece, and then pinning another piece in a corner, I think.
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From: libra_verde5
2006-03-29 22:00 (UTC)
ahh spring! Love blossoms!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-03-31 17:22 (UTC)
Yes, which is a way of reconciling oneself to the horse poop. Without good fertilizer, no blossoms. ;-)
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[User Picture]From: danaid_luv
2006-03-30 06:23 (UTC)
horse-offal-strewn pastures...

Good grief, that made me laugh. As a girl that tried to daintily pick my way through such pasture(s), only to finally throw up my hands and exclaim "#@#$# it!" and commence w/ the stomping trudge, I feel/smell/have lived your pain. (Much easier to dig out flat cowboy boots than treaded trainers, yeah?!)

Taking this too far and completely missed the point again, haven't I? *continuing to chuckle*
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-03-31 10:54 (UTC)
Heh. I have hiking boots so I don't worry too much about the mud. But the poop, yeah, not so great to pick out of heavy treads.
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[User Picture]From: nimoloth
2006-03-30 11:28 (UTC)
Ooh, you're well ahead of us! As far as tree blossom goes, we've only got the very earliest cherry blossoms starting to come out, pink ones.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-03-31 10:52 (UTC)
I guess it's still a few degrees cooler up there than it is here? A lot of the deciduous trees are just starting to sprout leaves. It's so cool; itty bitty beech & oak leaves. I'm glad to have my telephoto repaired for these walks. ;-)
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[User Picture]From: nimoloth
2006-03-31 11:14 (UTC)
I'd say there's usually about three weeks difference between here and London. Although today I did notice the faintest hint of green around copses of birch trees.
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