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~The day was breathtaking; needless to say, there will be no pears this year.

Snow Falls on Pear Blossom

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I’ve been experimenting with getting sharper images front to back with a pretty easy workflow in Photoshop.  There are some really expensive programs out there to do this, but it is not hard to do right in Photoshop cs5 or cs4 (which is what I use.)
These are taken with 45mm lens, f/4.5, 1/90 sec. I took nine photos and began by focusing in front of the first bottle, then deepened my focus until I was focusing on the chair in the background.
I then open the photos in Camera Raw,  make some minor adjustments in clarity and whatever else needs it. Select all and synchronize the adjustments and hit DONE.  Select them all again in Adobe Bridge >tools>Photoshop>load files into photoshop layers. Wait….
Then, edit>auto-align layers>auto>no check lens corrections.
Then edit>auto blend layers>stack images>check seamless tone and colors.
Done!

If done correctly, a sharp image (front to back) will unfold in front of you.  I missed a couple focus spots on mine, like the last little jar of Tarahumara corn; kind of fuzzy.  (Second jar is Hopi magic corn, first is a variety of Hopi melon.)  Yes, I save my seeds.  (Watch out Monsanto!)

 

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Plant a red bean and you may get a purple and black, or a maroon, or all black.

Diversity in the garden (and elsewhere)  creates beauty.

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The garden has survived some invaders this summer:  chickens scratching up new corn and squash shoots, squash bugs devastating whole plants, raccoons eating my strawberries and dogs lying in the cool moist dirt (crushing herbs.)  We’ve had (as of this morning) just over one inch total this monsoon.  Last year as of this day, we had around two inches.  In 2007 we had EIGHT inches in July alone!  But despite the setbacks, things are growing.  The sun pumps our water up into a tank and gravity feeds down to a drip system that waters twice a day.  Now that rains have begun, albeit slowly, the drip gets turned off and I only turn it on when needed.

The corn was not knee high by the fourth of July (it rarely is) but it will tassle in time and we will get corn (we always do.)

These petroglyphs sit on a proud rock overlooking the creek.  How many years have they been watching gardens grow and fail?  How many crops have they seen eaten by chickens or grasshoppers, or wiped out by the monsoon floods.

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