Lucy’s Tree Following

Tree-watching December 098 This is the young walnut I’m watching for Lucy’s Tree Following at Loose & Leafy. Profiled against the backdrop of Châtillon-sur-Saône, it looks much bigger than it actually is! Tree Following is supposed to happen on the 7th of each month, so I’m very, very late. However I started in November at my old website, and I really didn’t really want to let it drop. If you are interested, click here and see the first in my series of walnut pictures. I will carry on watching my two small walnuts (and the two large parents) throughout 2015. According to Lucy, I then have to choose another tree to watch. Oh, it’s all very complicated …

Between that posting and now, I’ve had to buy a new camera. Incredibly, Lucy’s Tree Following has influenced my choice at quite a profound level. I did the usual (amazingly time-consuming) research about what camera to buy on a limited budget. And I tried to ask myself continually: what do I want to do with the camera? Lucy’s Tree Following provided me with some of the answers.

I had absolutely no money for a decent camera, but I was in love with close-ups. I wanted (kind of sadly) to take pictures of lichens and mosses … duh… I hope if you are reading this you understand my motivation. Lucy certainly does! In the end, after much agonising, I bought a Canon PowerShot SX510. I found it hard that none of my garden blogging friends had bothered to say what kind of camera they used, which is why I’m taking the time to write about my choice. For someone on a very tight budget it seemed the only option. Or do you know otherwise?

So here is my first Tree Following on my new blog. Much too late. Look out for stuff that’s actually about my walnuts in January! Tree-watching December 065 This is my walnut in the hard light of 8 December. Yes, I did take the pictures way back when I was supposed to, although I had no time to do anything with them at that stage – and, actually, no idea how to use the new camera!Tree-watching December 123 Tree-watching December 072

There’s a lot of moss growing on it! Is this ok? Lichens I can handle, particularly as they are a sign of lovely clean air. Moss, now that’s another thing … Tell me I’m wrong? Tree-watching December 111 Christmas greetings from my walnut … which is providing us with stuffing for the bird at Christmas!

6 thoughts on “Lucy’s Tree Following

    1. Cathy Post author

      Happy new year – I’ve had such a long Christmas break. But I wish you all the very best for the new year and look forward to seeing your future posts!

  1. Donna@GardensEyeView

    Oh we are bad about details like what camera we use…I have a Nikon Coolpix P510…a point and shoot with lots of bells and whistles and a 42x zoom. Eventually if I can afford a DSLR I will make the jump but not now. Love your walnut and looking forward to reading more about it.

    1. Cathy Post author

      Happy new year Donna – it’s been such a while since I checked up on what people were doing! But thanks for the info – glad you enjoyed the walnut and see you again soon!

  2. Anna

    Forgive the lateness of my comment but I had not picked up on your latest post. Hope that the new camera is giving you pleasure and that the walnut stuffing was most tasty. May the new year treat you and your garden kindly.

    1. Cathy Post author

      I’m really just catching up on here, after a long pause. Lots of pleasure with the camera, thanks Anna – and the same to you for your garden in the new year!


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