Early Spring Flowers

I made a point to run some errands today so I would be out taking pictures of the spring flowers. My first stop was at my sister Bee’s house.

I had my 50mm prime lens with me since it’s light to carry around but it lacks the ability to zoom because it is a fixed lens. This is my latest lens and I sold my old zoom lens to get this one. I bought an 85mm lens before and returned it within a day since I was not used to the fixed focal length and I thought I would never buy another fixed lens again. What attracts me to this lens is the wide aperture, and I like it so far and think that the images are very closed to what I am seeing.

My sister Bee planted many fruit and flower trees.  They are blooming and I think they might have bloomed too early since we are expecting a frost Monday and Tuesday night.

The next stop was at my dad since I didn’t get a chance to take a picture of his Japanese sakura, or cherry blossoms on Saturday and they are also in bloom. By the time I got to his house it was windy and cold.  It was not the easiest task to get a clear shot of the blossoms.

My mom’s orchid is not in bloom.  It’s the stem in the background and should be blooming in the next few weeks. The blooming orchids below are my sister, and they have been blooming for several weeks now.

I do love this lens.  It works so well in door and under low lighting condition.

This picture below is for my oldest sister, she planted the garlic during the week of Christmas.  She didn’t bury the bulbs deep enough and the rains had washed most of the soil and left the bulbs exposed.

The gas price has gone up again, it is $3.69 per gallon at my local pump and $3.73 near my dad’s house. I guess I shouldn’t be ranting since other parts of the country and world are far more expensive than this. I’m just glad that I don’t have far to commute to work, and only have to fill up my tank once a week.

This was what I saw in the opposite direction.

All photos were taken with CanonT2i, EF50mm f/1.4 USM lens.


  1. Your new lens is doing a great job. And that gray cat is so content on the 2nd photo. 🙂

    The magnolia tree makes me want to visit SF Botanical Garden. The “Darjeeling” magnolia is now blooming. I must make time to check them out before they are gone.

    Btw, our gas is hovering around $4.32 here. We really need alternative energy soon.

    • Hi cn, I’ve been wanting this lens for indoor and food photography and hope to get a good use out of it. The SF Botanical Garden sounds like a good day-trip to plan for. I want to visit Biltmore to see the tulips this year, and also the flowers since this might be our last month of membership. I didn’t realize that gas is that expensive in your area, it probably has gone up as we are speaking.

  2. You’va already got spring over there?! I miss that so here, we had warmer weather last week, but now cold again………..

    • Hi Truels, it came a bit too early for us, we have had frost the last two nights and hope that the flower trees survived. Some might not bear as many fruits this year.

  3. The 50mm is a great little lens. I believe you use a cropped sensor camera so it’s really a bit longer (75mm?) which is a nice focal length for portraits of cats, flowers and people. 🙂 Remember, with a prime, you zoom with your feet as you have done.

    I might have a chance at some cherry blossoms at the end of the month though if yours are already blooming, I might miss out.

    • Scott, I guess I have been spoiled by the zoom lens and with fixed lens it seems awkward at first and take some getting used to.

      It has been seasonably warm in our area and the flower trees bloom a bit early this year. One of my dad’s cherry blossoms won’t bloom till the end of the month.

  4. Wow!!!! It is been months since I’ve last visited your blog. I’ve notices the quality of pictures right of way. You bought a new lense?

    I hope to have some free time soon and come back to read all your blogs.

    • Hi seeharhed, you don’t have a lot to catch up since I’ve been lacking in posting much last month. Welcome back and hoping to see your photos from Laos soon, for a minute there I thought you have decided to move there for good. 🙂

      I sold my EF 17-40mm f/4L USM Lens since I didn’t use it as much and bought the 50mm that I’ve been wanting for a while now. I like it but it takes some getting use to since it is a fixed lens.

      • It is been so long since I wrote a blog and I’m not sure where to begin. I hope to come up with something soon.

        The thoughts of relocating back to Laos crossed my mind many times. I talked to numbers of people whom made the moved a year or two. This is a prime time to do so, if anyone choose to go back.

        • Hi seeharhed, I’m sure you have plenty of photos to share. You know the saying “Home is where the heart is.” I know a few that moved there and came back, life is good at the beginning when you have the money and it is downhill after that. I think most of us have deep roots in the US and I’m sure you are also.

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