DSC_0010About a year ago, I was able to get a hold for my own of a Nikon DSLR and a Tamron 18-200mm lens to go with it. Not really that I am into photography, it just seemed to me that having a better way of capturing a moment in time would be something nice.  I didn’t have any formal training in photography, so I had to spend a night reading the instructions just to familiarize myself with the gadget, and a load of tutorial videos before I managed to come up with a decent shot on a full manual mode. Of course, there’s the full automatic feature, which allows for a faster point-and-shoot engagement on the subjects, but learning a few tricks in the manual mode isn’t bad either.

DSC_0014Some of my friends who have become hard-core hobbyists often times invited me to join them in a trip to some remote location for a “shootfest“. Because of work and other professional engagements, however, I had to pass up on the chance.  That pretty much left me to doing my practice on my own, and limited my subjects to those that can be found in and around the house.  There wasn’t much, at least not as much as I would have liked, but still there were some that captured my novice fancy before my lens caught them.  For that, I would have to thank the ladies in the house = that would be my mother, aunt, and older sister, who shared a common interest in growing kinds of flowering plants.

DSC_2006That also explains why my first shots had flowers for subjects.  But more than that, it taught me to appreciate the little things that I would have normally taken for granted, and to experience a tremendous sense of awe from such simple things. It is mainly for that reason that I decided to put some of them in this article, and also, to convey the idea that the beauty alone of nature is sufficient to inspire anyone to care for the environment; to live and work with it, not against it.

DSC_0077But as it was said, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. We might be living in nature, as we all are, but not a few eyes have remained blind of its true wonder and beauty. And so the choice had to be made:  whether or not to do away with the blinders. The way I look at it, it isn’t something that we should do as a favor to nature.  If we do it, then we’re doing ourselves a great favor. If we don’t… well, just try to reckon, between us and nature, who will have to count the loses in the end.  If it can, or if ever it cares to, it will be nature who’ll be doing the counting for us.

But ey, that’s just me and my story. A camera of some decent regard, and the flowers in the yard. I know yours is even better.


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