REO Speed Wagon


Nomad Pizza
Nomad Pizza | Monday 24 May, 2021 | FujiFilm X-T2 | XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ 24.9 mm | 1140 sec at f/11 | ISO 800

Except for two local online newspapers, most of the feeds in my RSS reader are written about cyber-security, photography, and Formula 1 racing. However, what I find interesting is how I sometimes stumble upon posts in photography related blogs that lead me to discover other exciting things to read. Although, usually, that blog would be The Online Photographer this morning's discovery was unexpected.

I read an article in Steven Schwartzman blog that quoted another article by Gary Saul Morson and Morton Schapiro professors at Northwestern University who wrote a thoughtful but short editorial about the value of free speech in a free society.

For the most part, our thinking should remain open to persuasion. Living in echo chambers where our views are only ever reinforced by friends and the media does a disservice to us all. Ideological segregation, like any other kind, promotes the demonization of the excluded.

Gary Saul Morson is the Lawrence B. Dumas Professor of the Arts and Humanities and Slavic languages and literature professor at Northwestern University. Morton Schapiro is president and a professor of economics. Their latest book is Minds Wide Shut: How the New Fundamentalisms Divide Us.


Wild Geranium
Tuesday 25 May, 2021 | FujiFilm X-T2 | XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ 55 mm | 1125 sec at f/4.0 | ISO 3200

I looked at my calendar this morning and felt a pang of anxiety and dread. There is little to no room for thoughtful introspection and critical thinking. It's all go-go-go. I could barely schedule a lunch break, and there's no time in the schedule for an afternoon stretch and mental health break.

Our team was assigned more projects to assess this week, and I was given two more, bringing my total to thirteen. During our one on one, the manager commented that I was perhaps at capacity.

Tuesday 25 May, 2021 | FujiFilm X-T2 | XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ 51.6 mm | 1280 sec at f/4.0 | ISO 3200

Bhavna saw me struggling to finish up my last meeting of the day, which ended around 5:30 PM. I was mentally exhausted. While I ate dinner, she suggested a walk on the trail through Autumn Hill Preserve. One part of the trail starts on Blue Spring Road in Montgomery Township. It runs over into Princeton Township before splitting off and looping around. I was refreshed by being in the woods surrounded by trees, shrubs and ferns and the sweet smell of early summer. One of the things we like about this trail is that the trailhead on Blue Spring Road is within walking distance of our home.

Tuesday 25 May, 2021 | FujiFilm X-T2 | XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ 55 mm | 1110 sec at f/8.0 | ISO 6400


I have been thinking about 1980s film cameras and how they don't record any meta-data about the photograph. Except for GPS coordinates, a modern digital camera will record everything about a picture. For example, my Fuji X-T2 records time, date, aperture, ISO, shutter speed, metering mode, exposure bias, pixel resolution, distance to subject, whether the camera fired a flash, make and model of lens, and of course, make and model of the camera. That information is written directly into the image file meta-data.

When I remove a roll of film from one of my film cameras, the only thing I know for sure is the film information and the make and model of the camera. I have three undeveloped rolls of film on my desk, and I have only a faint idea of which camera I used. Suppose I don't save that information somewhere. In that case, whether it's one roll of or three when the film scans are sent to me by the developer, usually online or via USB flash drive, none of the information about the film is included. All I get is a set of numbered images. As a result, I have had to rely on memory.

Alphie enjoying a nap in his chair | Wednesday 26 May, 2021 | FujiFilm X-T2 | XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ 55 mm | 2.3 sec at f/5.6 | ISO 200

I had used the Film Rolls iOS app to manually record, view and export my shooting data for each film roll and frame. But the developer has not updated the app, and it no longer works. iOS 14.5 was the last version of iOS where the app works. So I looked for a new app, but I have yet to find one that is as easy to use as Film Rolls.

I put a roll of Vision 250D in my Minolta a few weeks ago and starting shooting the roll as I please. With film, I never had an automated way to record meta-information. When I'm using the camera, stopping to record the shooting conditions interrupts my focus (no pun intended) on composition and lighting. I think I will be ok simply knowing which camera and what roll of film was used. I can live without documenting the rest.

I know we work in what can be seen as a very fickle, trend-obsessed medium, and it's vital to stay relevant. However, that doesn't mean that you need to work the way everybody else does. For example, currently, there is an obsession with shooting on film, which would make me run the opposite way.

Authenticity doesn't come from the kit or technique you use but from your mind. So stay true to who you are. Professional photographer John "Rankin" Waddell in Amateur Photographer


I have been thinking about quitting my new job. I'm putting in more hours than I want, and the pace is too hectic, and I no time for deep thinking. The manager added two new meetings to the weekly schedule for the security architects. I now have a conference call at 11 AM, one at noon, and one at 1 PM. Lunch? What's that?

I sent him a short email explaining that with my diabetes, skipping lunch is not feasible and may have long term negative health impacts. Staying seated at a desk for long periods during the day may cause tension in muscles, pain in joints and can weaken hip and core muscles, which can, in turn, lead to other problems with muscles and joints. This also leads to increased stress levels from not having a break and from interruptions during eating.

Information security is a stressful profession. We need time to refresh to perform at our best.

Today marks eighteen years since the very first release of WordPress. ~ WordPress 18

I started with WordPress in 2003. Over the years, I tried other platforms such as Radio Userland, Moveable Type, Blogger, and LiveJournal, but I always returned to WordPress.

This is exciting news for Automattic.

Carnegie Lake
Carnegie Lake | Monday 4 May, 2015 | Nikon D5100 | 35 mm f/1.8 | 1160 sec at f/10 | ISO 100

This original image was captured on the Western side of Carnegie Lake in Princeton in May 2015. After tweaking in Adobe Lightroom, I pulled the image into Luminar AI and then used the Sky AI to replace the flat washed-out sky.

I love that the tool is smart enough to add the reflection in the water. The reworked image is below.

Carnegie Lake
Carnegie Lake | Monday 4 May, 2015 | Nikon D5100 | 35 mm f/1.8 | 1160 sec at f/10 | ISO 100


Electronic ballot return (EBR)–casting ballots over the internet–is known to be insecure and not securable by any known technology. Nevertheless, many people would like to vote, paperless, on their computers or smartphones–and if it were possible to do so securely and fairly and with equal access, I might want to as well.

Even though it's impossible to make secure, the argument is sometimes advanced that we need EBR to accommodate voters with disabilities. But the Rutgers opinion surveys (quoted above) show that voters with disabilities are less likely than other voters to want this.

You might argue, nonvoters with disabilities need this to become voters. But the Rutgers opinion surveys show that nonvoters with vision impairment are less likely to want EBR than other nonvoters. And nonvoters with other disabilities are about as likely to want EBR as nonvoters without disabilities. So I think these arguments–that voters with disabilities wish to and need EBR—are unsupported by evidence. ~ Accommodating voters with disabilities by Andrew Appel for Freedom to Tinker.


After reading the article, the first thing I thought was that "I've never seen this done at any bar or brewery tap room".

Do you see all of those tiny bubbles attached to the inside of your glass? That is not a good thing. Those bubbles are alerting you that there is some foreign substance in the glass. It could be soap, food particles, oils from your fingers, or something more sinister. If you see bubbles, your glass is most likely not clean. Here is the best way we found to clean your beer glass to drink your favourite beer. ~ How to clean a beer glass

Since it seems I won't be doing too much outdoor photography this month, I took a look back at photographs I made in past years. Looking back through the years, I see a pattern. I captured most of my favourite pictures during May and November during personal or group photo walks, and I was very much into landscape photography.

Ken Lockwood Gorge
Ken Lockwood Gorge | Monday 25 May, 2015 | Nikon D5100 | 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 18 mm | 15.0 sec at f/14 | ISO 100

I captured the image above during a 2015 family picnic on the large boulders that line this four-kilometre stretch of the Raritan River's South Branch through Ken Lockwood Gorge. This was not my first visit to the gorge. My first visit was in March 2014 during a late winter Photowalk with the Somerset County Photography Meetup hosted by professional Loren Fisher. If I remember correctly, I think Ed Velez was with me on that Photowalk.

The image is an HDR image created in Photomatix from three images, bracketed one stop apart. I imported the original images to Adobe Lightroom from frames captured on my Nikon D5100 and AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens. I pulled the existing HDR image into Luminar AI. I used the CompositionAI to automatically adjust the composition, crop, and perspective.


Today is the start of Lens-Artists Challenge #150: Let's Get Wild. Again, I think the intent is to showcase wilderness.

an uncultivated, uninhabited, and inhospitable region.

No part of Somerset, Mercer or Hunterdon County could be considered inhospitable, and very little of it is uncultivated or uninhabited. Like other New England states, New Jersey is one of the original thirteen European colonies and one of the most developed due to its age and proximity to New York City and Philadelphia. So, while I do have access to nearby woodland, it's undoubtedly not inhospitable, and very little of it is uninhabited. In addition, the woods in this area are valued for their well-maintained nature trails and streams. On some trails, you may even find the remnants of early European settlements.

Only two areas of New Jersey classify as wilderness, Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge and Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge. The Brigantine National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1939, and Barnegat National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1967. In 1984 the National Wildlife Service combined refuges to create the larger Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge. Although the refuge consists of more than 39,000 acres, less than 7,000 acres in the southern division in Brigantine qualify as wilderness.

I visited the Brigantine section of the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge in January of this year and the Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge in November 2016. From a photography perspective, both of these field trips were a disappointment. I was sure I would see more birds, but April to July are the best months to visit these wildlife areas, not January and November. The field trip to Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge yielded only a few photographs. The winter field trip to the Brigantine section of Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge was similarly disappointing.

I'll attempt to complete the blog post with my trip to Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge and post it for Lens-Artists Challenge #150: Let's Get Wild.

It's not quite a wilderness, but in the Spring of 2019, I was fortunate to photograph some of the migratory Warblers in the southern part of New Jersey.

Prothonotary Warbler
Prothonotary Warbler | Sunday 19 May, 2019 | FujiFilm X-T2 | XF100-400mmF4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR @ 400 mm | 1500 sec at f/5.6 | ISO 4000

I've known Tejus since he was born, and I knew his parents for several years before that. Tejus was born in August 1999, just three months after my eldest, Shaan, was born. He's grown into a fine young man. The last few years, he has spent the summer with his grandparents, sometimes in Pune, India, and sometimes in Mauritius, so we've celebrated his birthday in late May, close to Shaan's Birthday. The global pandemic precluded celebrating his 21st birthday. We are vaccinated against the VID, so even though Shaan and Tejus are 22 this year, we're making up for time lost.

Nomad Pizza
Nomad Pizza | Sunday 30 May, 2021 | FujiFilm X-T2 | XF27mmF2.8 | 180 sec at f/5.6 | ISO 3200

Bhavna's sister, Nilima, offered to host on her deck and backyard. Tejus mom, Ami, had arranged for catering from Nomad Pizza in Hopewell. When we arrived, the staff prepared the pizza in a wood-fired brick oven mounted on a 1949 REO Speed Wagon, the same truck that gave its name to rock and roll music quintet.

REO Speed Wagon Truck
REO Speed Wagon Truck | Sunday 30 May, 2021 | FujiFilm X-T2 | XF27mmF2.8 | 1400 sec at f/5.6 | ISO 3200

Ami assumed warm weather for the end of May when she arranged for the pizza truck and didn't consider many cicadas awakening after 17 years! Instead, Nilima's deck was covered with the carcass of these giant insects, and a cold front brought cold rain.

Sunday 30 May, 2021 | FujiFilm X-T2 | XF27mmF2.8 | 160 sec at f/5.6 | ISO 6400

Nilima's husband, Mukesh, opened up the doors to the garage and fired up the outdoor gas fireplace. Tejus and I made cocktails, alternating between Jamaican rum punch, mojitos and margaritas. I enjoyed a slice of pepperoni, but the hot soppressata slice was divine.

After the pizza truck left, we moved inside to sing Happy Birthday for Shaan and Tejus.

Despite the change in weather, we had fun. I think we all missed being together, and this event was an excellent kickoff to a summer filled with more family gatherings.

Left to right: Tejus, Shaan, Rahul
Left to right: Tejus, Shaan, Rahul | Sunday 30 May, 2021 | FujiFilm X-T2 | XF27mmF2.8 | 1125 sec at f/2.8 | ISO 5000

Feeling Blue but Happy for the Green


This morning I realised that my response to urgent events is a rise in anxiety and stress. I think I have always experienced this, but I don’t think I ever consciously acknowledged it. What prompted my thoughts on this?

Yesterday May 17, I received an email from a junior accountant at the firm that taxes that I had to file a state business tax payment and file an extension electronically by May 17. When I attempted to do it on the state website, I got an error that my business registration was not found. My anxiety immediately increased, and panic set.

Unless I have a preset method for handling things, I like time to understand the issue at hand, research and review my options before deciding.

It turns out that the junior account was in error. The tax isn't due until 2021.


alphie the cat
Alphie wants clean teeth | Tuesday 18 May, 2021 | Apple iPhone 11 Pro | iPhone 11 Pro back triple camera 4.25mm f/1.8 | 120 sec at f/1.8 | ISO 800

Now that I have full-time employment again, I have not had much time to spend with Alphie during the day. I have noticed that he jumps onto my desk more often than usual and makes what sounds like a furtive meow before he plops down on my keyboard.


Wildflower | Wednesday 19 May, 2021 | Apple iPhone 11 Pro | iPhone 11 Pro back dual camera 6mm f/2 | 1120 sec at f/2.0 | ISO 25

I'm settling into the new gig reasonably well, but I went from zero to nine projects in two weeks, and I have been heads down reading pages of documentation and attending peer review meetings. I'm exhausted at the end of the day.

I'm settling into the new gig reasonably well, but I went from zero to nine projects in two weeks, and I have been heads down reading pages of documentation and attending peer review meetings. I'm exhausted at the end of the day.

This morning I realised that I had forgotten to order the whole bean from Rockaffe. I enjoy the process of making fresh coffee in the Chemex each morning, and Bhavna has come to see as her in-house barista. She gets upset when I don't make morning coffee. Fortunately, Vitality, the owner of Rockaffe, also owns Buy the Cup, a coffee shot in Rocky Hill.

Before Bhavna awoke, I popped in to get us each a take-out cuppa. I grabbed my Minolta XD-11, attached the MD Rokkor-X 45mmF2 lens and loaded a roll of Vision 250D.

After I put the coffee in the car, I drove to Crescent Avenu and photographed some homes. Then I went to the Rocky Hill section of the D&R Canal and walked around on the wooded mound near the parking lot. The air was cool and crisp. I felt refreshed and made a mental note to persuade Bhavna to do an evening picnic on the grass. Or at least, if the early morning is conducive next week, grab a bacon egg and cheese bagel sandwich and a coffee from Buy the Cup and ti out on the grass by myself. Zen.


Computers on Desk
The Work Setup | Thursday 20 May, 2021 | FujiFilm X-T2 | XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ 18.2 mm | 1125 sec at f/6.4 | ISO 1250

While working remotely from home during the last three years, I have been very comfortable using my iMac and its 27" Bluetooth Apple Magic Mouse, Bluetooth Apple Keyboard, and Harmon/Kardon Bluetooth headphones with a built-in microphone and noise cancellation. The previous client used Citrix based VDI technology which means they never had to worry about shipping an asset. Since the virtual desktops are hosted on a remote server on their infrastructure, the host device's operating system that is accessing the VDI is of no consequence.

The new client does not use VDI. When I received the Windows laptop in the mail, I was disappointed. Bluetooth was disabled. I could not use my Apple Magic Mouse, Bluetooth Keyboard and headphones. I bought a Microsoft Mouse and had to use my Grado open-air audio headphones. I purchased an external microphone to prevent the laptops internal microphone from picking up the sound of my mouse movements. With the kind of work I do, working off a tiny laptop screen is like being forced to work inside a small cardboard box. I had to buy a 27" monitor and find space to put it. I'm not too fond of all of it, but I like the paycheck.


Ed Velez
Ed Velez | Friday 21 May, 2021 | FujiFilm X-T2 | XF27mmF2.8 | 1125 sec at f/3.2 | ISO 800

This work week was busy. Very busy. I feel like I have worked the equivalent of two weeks in one. I went from having one project to 10. Somehow I will keep up. Somehow.

I ordered a 4pk of Up to Bat, a light-bodied Belgian style wheat ale from Old Hights Brewing in Hightstown is a borough in Mercer County, New Jersey. My buddy, Ed, lives just a few minutes from the brewery. I didn't have to twist his arm to meet me at the brewery for a few pints.

I had a great time. I wanted to try the outdoor space for a while, but Old Hights opened during the pandemic, and last year, I did not feel comfortable doing more than "take out".


DDH Mixed Greens XXVIII by Southern Grist Brewing Company craft ale
DDH Mixed Greens XXVIII by Southern Grist Brewing Company | Saturday 22 May, 2021 | FujiFilm X-T2 | XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ 55 mm | 17 sec at f/2.8 | ISO 200

Today was all about beer. Tavour dropped off my shipment and I drove the two hours round trip to Colts Neck to pick up my order from Source Brewing. Time to drink.


Carnegie Lake
Carnegie Lake | Saturday 12 May, 2012 | Nikon D80 | 18-135 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 18 mm | 160 sec at f/11 | ISO 125

Bhavna returned from Oberlin last night. It's a balmy 30ºC outside, and today could be excellent weather for a trip down the shore, but we fear the beaches may be too crowded. We're both vaccinated, but neither of us enjoys being in large groups of people. We're staying indoors.

Using a few tweaks in Lightroom, then applying a template, new sky, and the Composition AI in Luminar AI, I reworked an image I made nine years ago. I like the result, which I think also works well for this week Len's Artist Challenge for Blue and Green.

I tweaked most of the images in this post in Luminar AI after some initial post-processing in Adobe Lightroom.

Oh, sunny days

A recap of my week.


I accidentally broke the saucer for my favourite Hasami Porcelain coffee mug. After enjoying a simple breakfast of toast and coffee while watching the Formula 1 Spanish Grado Prix qualifying race, I made a silly error attempting to carry some things to the kitchen with the mug and saucer balanced between my thumb and pinky finger. The saucer fell to the sofa, the mug followed, and the two collided. I was upset, but in the moment while I collected all the pieces to put into the trash can, I remembered reading about Kintsugi, the Japanese art of putting broken pottery pieces back together with gold glue. I am excited about trying kintsugi and creating an even stronger, more beautiful piece of art.

Monday 10 May, 2021 | FujiFilm X-T2 | XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ 55 mm | 10.0 sec at f/4.5 | ISO 100


Tuesday 11 May, 2021 | FujiFilm X-T2 | XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ 55 mm | 1250 sec at f/5.6 | ISO 400

Tonight's PMUG meeting with guest Dave Hamilton was one of the best I have attended, virtual or in person. Dave's presentation was about Plex, a media server I have not used for a very long time. The last time I used Plex was circa 2011. After Dave's presentation, the conversation circled media quality and audio streaming quality. My friend Chris shared a link to experiments by a member of the xiph team. I was embarrassed to learn that my snobbish ideas about 24bit streaming digital services were unfounded. I was embarrassed because I studied digital sampling at Georgia Tech and have degrees in electrical engineering. How much have I forgotten?

I guess I won't be in much of a rush to replace the Apple Music streaming service with the 24 bit Qobuz streaming until I do my own A/B testing as to whether I can hear a difference.

Tuesday 11 May, 2021 | FujiFilm X-T2 | XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ 55 mm | 1125 sec at f/5.6 | ISO 800


Saturday 8 May, 2021 | FujiFilm X-T2 | XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ 55 mm | 1125 sec at f/4.0 | ISO 4000

I have rolls of undeveloped Svema Foto 200, Agfa SCALA-160 and Rollei RPX 100 that has sat on my desk since February. My desire for photography has reached another lull. I feel like I have forgotten there is a world outside. I live mostly in my head now. A year ago, I would do some location scouting, plan a trip and then execute. I mostly now sit at home in front of the TV or reading photoblogs. Other photographers create a post lockdown life, and I sit at home with an extra 8.6kg around my waist.

Wednesday 12 May, 2021 | FujiFilm X-T2 | XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ 55 mm | 1210 sec at f/2.8 | ISO 100


Bhavana and I went for a hike in the Pryde’s Point-Alexauken Creek trail. We've walked this trail before starting at the trailhead on Rocktown Lambertville Road in Lambertville. Today we approached the other trail head-on Gulick Road in Ringoes. Part of the trail is on a road leading up to a residential area before cutting through a grassy meadow along a tree line.

I enjoyed this trial. I was excited to find large colonies of native species, including flowering May apple, wild geranium, and trillium. Weather permitting, I want to try this trail every few days over the next few weeks. I would be ecstatic to find flowering Trillium.

Wild Geranium (Geranium maculatum)
Wild Geranium (Geranium maculatum) | Thursday 13 May, 2021 | FujiFilm X-T2 | XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ 55 mm | 15400 sec at f/4.0 | ISO 400
May apple (Podophyllum peltatum)
May apple (Podophyllum peltatum) | Thursday 13 May, 2021 | FujiFilm X-T2 | XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ 55 mm | 1280 sec at f/5.6 | ISO 800
White baneberry flower (Actaea pachypoda)
White baneberry flower (Actaea pachypoda) | Thursday 13 May, 2021 | FujiFilm X-T2 | XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ 55 mm | 1210 sec at f/5.6 | ISO 800


For the Lens-Artists Challenge #147: Gardens, I had hoped to visit Ken Gardens in Far Hills. But I'm busy with work, and by Saturday, I had forgotten all about the challenge.

My garden is in a state of flux. I was born in the West Indies and was quite knowledgeable about the plants that grow there. However, until several years ago, I was unfamiliar with the native plants and flowers of North America. I had planted tulips, and bells, and lilies, etc., thinking they were native to this part of New Jersey. After a few workshops and field trips with local conservation groups, I learned about the ecosystem damage from invasive species brought over from Europe and Asia. Americans want green lawns, and pretty gardens and Home Depot and Lowes are happy to oblige with cheap offerings that require more water and chemical pest control. It's saddening and maddening.

I took it upon myself to uproot and replace every non-native plant with native plants. Native plants are more expensive, and very few places cultivate them. I bought and planted when I could. The homeowners association gave me special flags to indicate to the landscapers that my garden bed was not to be touched and was my sole responsibility. But over the years, there have been times they either forgot or were not instructed properly, and the landscape uprooted my native shoots and plants. I guess they thought they were weeds.

The blooming season is mostly over in New Jersey, and my garden is all green leaves, right. Some of my native plants survived the landscapers, and some did not. The only thing flowering is the Eastern Columbine is a shade-loving, wildlife-friendly perennial with attractive foliage and uniquely shaped flowers. I planted these several years ago in a large wooden container on my deck. It has been only in the last three years that the plant has really taken off, and it now fills the container. Columbine propagates for years and, although perennial, increases rapidly by self-seeding. I had many new plants last year, and I transplanted them to another planter in the front of the home and put one in the soil. They seem to like planters.

I am so excited that I was finally successful in growing a small Trillium colony 1. I'm not sure which type of Trillium I planted, but only four are native to New Jersey. Based on the leaf shape alone, I think I most likely planted red trillium, Trillium erectum. However, although native to New Jersey, sighting of white trillium (Trillium grandiflorum) are rare. The cause is attributed to farming practices and urban development. Trilliums grow slowly in full shade or semi-shade, and flowering may take 10 years. For this reason, propagated mature plants generally cost US$25-30. Deer also browse on trillium flowers and bracts and naturally forage on the tallest plants first. I've been spraying "Deer Out". All of the plants survived the deer, but none have flowered.

One bloodroot survived the frost, but its flower was short-lived. I could see signs of other shoots popping up, but then the landscaper dumped black mulch on everything. I complained that they ignored the flags again, and they unexpectedly returned and removed the mulch. In the process, they destroyed the young shoots. ARGH!!!!

Eastern Red Columbine (Aquilegia canadensis)
Eastern Red Columbine (Aquilegia canadensis) | Sunday 16 May, 2021 | FujiFilm X-T2 | XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ 55 mm | 1100 sec at f/5.6 | ISO 200

I'm looking forward to more sunny days.

Oh, sunny days
Lift me when I'm down
Oh, sunny days
Breaking through the clouds
Oh, sunny days

  1. Based upon recent genetic research, trillium species have been removed from the family Trilliaceae and placed back in the Liliaceae family. Until I know otherwise, I'll keep referring use the previous classification.