The camera you have

I went for a walk in the rain today, and on a whim decided to trek into a field I know well for its orchid population in spring. It’s really too soon for any orchids; they shouldn’t be there until next month, but I figured what the heck…

And there they were. None in full bloom yet, but quite a few pushing up their buds and several in that beautiful phase where the flower head is just about to unwrap and unfold.

Naked man orchid closed 1

I thought, “I’ve got to come back tomorrow with my Fuji camera and get some macro shots of these.” And then I thought about how fast flowers unfold, and how likely it was that this particular one would not appear the same in 24 hours of time…so I pulled out my iPhone, which goes with me on every walk because it houses my music library, and snapped a few pictures.

Dang if they don’t look pretty good.

Then I went over to the only open flower in the field (visible at the top of the above photo) and took a picture of that.

Naked man orchid open 1

You can probably see from this why they’re called Naked Man Orchids (Orchis italica).

As I tucked my phone (and earbud cords) back into my raincoat and resumed my walk, I thought about the photographer’s idiom that the best camera for the job is the one you have with you. It’s true.

But I’m still taking my Fuji back for macro shots.


About Fletcher DeLancey

Socialist heathen and Mac-using author of the Chronicles of Alsea, who enjoys pondering science, politics, well-honed satire (though sarcastic humor can work, too) and all things geeky.
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7 Responses to The camera you have

  1. Cwhite says:

    Google “winning shot of Cairngorms snow cave” and click on the BBC story, and you have another perfect example of the best camera is the one you have with you!😊 I wish the sun would start shining here, I’m sick to death of wearing gumboots to take the cat for a walk!

  2. Cwhite says:

    Lol, I’m lucky enough to live in a rural area, so Its through the glen, across the stream, not on the road . Tewi does enjoy a good romp, and much tree climbing, but with all this wet weather he spends a lot of the trek on my shoulder…. Doesn’t like getting his feet wet. Before I lost my older cat in Oct. the two of them would race each other so I only had to cover half the distance.

    • I’m sorry about your cat loss, both for you and Tewi.

      Question: how does Tewi stay on your shoulder as you walk? My kitten is a shoulder sitter as well, but he hasn’t quite figured out the stability thing yet.

  3. Cwhite says:

    Well, Tewi is a balancer who uses claws to stay in position! Likes to face forward so he can decamp to low hanging branches, usually without warning. Sweep, on the other hand, used to flop on to his tummy, with paws hanging down front and back and so was perfectly balanced and very stable. Maybe an age thing and Tewi will eventually do the same thing,

  4. Cwhite says:

    Now I have visions of teaching cat tummy flops, could be a new Pilates form lol.

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