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Old 12-08-2012, 10:40 AM
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Unbelievable!


It's December 8th and I took this picture about 15 minutes ago! Suppose to be in the lower 70's today and upper 70's tomorrow. No complaints here! Sadly, it looks like Winter will be returning next week.

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Old 12-08-2012, 11:27 AM
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What a great surprise! Staying warmer up here too, the ground is not frozen yet.
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Old 12-08-2012, 12:24 PM
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Old 12-08-2012, 12:42 PM
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How exciting!! Beautiful
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Old 12-08-2012, 12:58 PM
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ya, here in Wv. my peonys are peeking out of the ground , they did this last year , then when the bad weather really came it did a No. on them , and when spring came no nice blooms.
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Old 12-08-2012, 01:45 PM
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Bummer Nancy .. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that we're going to have another really mild winter this year.

For the first time I've ever seen, my hedychium gingers are producing seeds! Normally they are frozen back to the ground before they have time to ripen .. other plants that I normally don't get seeds from have pods as well!

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Old 12-08-2012, 02:45 PM
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Xeolyte, quasi-random question, but can you by chance recommend a good brand of camera that takes such great close-up pictures like yours? I'm hoping to get a nice one in the future since my cellphone is nice...but doesn't do well with the up close. I love your photography (and plants for that matter lol), just curious what you've tried out, thanks!
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Old 12-08-2012, 03:41 PM
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Thanks! I'm partial to the Sony cameras .. I've had this DSC-H5 for a few years now and am now looking at SLR cameras.

Also get yourself a good graphics manipulation program .. I use Paint Shop Pro - Version 7.02 - been using it since 2000! Once Corel bought it they ruined it though. I also have the ridiculously expensive Photoshop and the kazillion plugins that go with it but it's so "bloated" with unnecessary junk I hardly ever use it .. I like "down and dirty" software .. basic and to the point.

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Old 12-08-2012, 04:08 PM
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Thanks so much! That is great, it turns out that is the one that my boyfriend had been scoping out for me, but I'm not huge in the electronic choosing department, I'm a bit clueless there As for the paintshop program, I would recommend "GIMP" as a fairly easily used program, its basically paintshop but it is open software (free, created by public). bout printshop for other creative templates, but thus far that is a *beast* of a program...and I just prefer Gimp. Hope that helps too. Thanks so much for all the great info!
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Old 12-09-2012, 11:01 AM
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You're welcome! I'll definitely check out the open source GIMP software. Thanks for the tip!
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