Calm Spring

Has anyone else noticed how quiet nights are lately? I was wondering if it was just here in my area or if universally around the world nights are as dead silent as they feel here. Waking up in the dead of night feels strange when there the world is totally still, for a split moment here or there my mind goes to dark places before I can shake it off so I’ve been letting ambient music take the edge off.

Yet you know what? As weird and disorienting as everything is, I have been connecting with part of my mind that I have not had a chance to visit in ages. I dug out a Nikon to Canon adapter and mounted YoungDoos Nikon 50mm f/1.2 lens on her 5DII and have started to shoot with it. It’s a classic lens that has a soft and dreamy vibe to it. The gentle feeling of the photos it captures is lovely and calming, just what I could use right now.

So when Milla and I head off to a field and stream nearby I brought it along but more on those photos later. The photo here today is from my backyard. All of the spring flowers are just past their peak bloom now but it’s still a sight for anxious eyes to see. I’ve cropped them on down and prepped them for your digital wallpapering needs. HD versions for big screens are in the members library (along with another new wallpaper pack that you will hear more about soon).

iPad link is for all mobile devices BTW, I still need to get around to tweaking my site code for this.


  1. Amy Sakurai - April 9, 2020 at 3:01 pm

    Probably because I live in suburbia, it does not seem quieter at night, especially as warm, sunny weather has arrived, and families are outdoors playing and walking into the evening.

    But under moderate stay-at-home directives, most of my photography adventures are now limited to neighborhood walks. As a people/event photographer, this is less fulfilling, but exercising my skills (especially while learning a new camera) is important. Never has my blog been populated with this many garden flowers. But some photography is better than none.

  2. Matt - April 10, 2020 at 4:48 am

    When I tried to fall asleep yesterday night in the apartment I had moved in just a week ago, I was wondering why it was not as quiet outside as I had noticed during the first couple of nights. Maybe my ears were adapting to the quietness and I started to hear new things now? I tossed and turned for about half an hour as the sounds got (seemingly) louder … until I found out that for some reason my newly installed WiFi speaker had decided to play some “quieting nature sounds” at a very low volume. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

    Thank you for the beautiful picture. :)

  3. John Carey - April 10, 2020 at 10:27 am

    I hear you loud and clear in regards to photography. It’s hard to tap into a creative space with limited subject matter around. I have this feeling in my everyday life when it becomes predictable, going to the same few places all the time but then somehow a bit of light pulls me back out of the shadows and shows me that even in a limited space light and perspective can shift. This time it was putting an old lens on my camera that gave me a new way to see things. Sometimes inspiration comes in the form of a whisper.

  4. John Carey - April 10, 2020 at 10:28 am

    Matt, this reminds me of a favorite saying, “silence magnifies sound”. Im not sure of the origin of this but it’s so true, thanks for sharing that.

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