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Amaryllis Tries To Start A Family

        What was, on March 13, 2010 just an amaryllis bulb has grown into a 6 flower metropolis, with an additional two under construction. The pic above is a macro shot of the reproductive area of one of them. The high ISO I used (3200) enabled me to use a a very fast shutter speed, which then enabled me to handhold the camera while using the full 450mm of my lens. I remain impressed with the very low amount of high ISO noise my D5000 produces.
        Something that I an really enjoying about my D5000 is that because it is a Nikon DX camera, it’s sensor size gives me a 1.5x crop factor, so my 70-300mm (non-DX) lens is attached, it is a 105-450mm for me. Same for my 50mm f/1.8 prime lens. It is a 75mm when attached to the D5000. Ken Rockwell wrote a great article explaining crop factor, and it is well worth reading. His entire site is actually very informative. Knowing how a lens is going to act on your camera before you buy it can save you some possible buyers remorse later. Full stats for the pic are: 450mm, 1/500th, f/5.6, 3200 ISO

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Amaryllis Begins To Bloom

        After just under a month in the soil, my amaryllis bulb is starting to bloom. It has really shot up in the last week or so, so you’ll want to make sure to see my previous posts that document the planting and growth of the amaryllis. My first post, on March 13, 2010 shows an unimpressive bulb, moments after being planted. A little over two weeks later was my next post, with a photo that shows what seemed like very little progress in the growth of this plant. Eight days after THAT was my third post, and these photos really show that plants, like people can have growth spurts too. I was really surprised by how tall the amaryllis had become. Now, a mere 4 days after that, the flowers have all cracked out of their buds and are starting to bloom.

Amaryllis Rockets And Discovery Docks

April 6, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

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Amaryllis Shoots Up Like A Rocket

        Back on March 13, 2010, I planted the amaryllis bulb my parents gave me for Christmas, and it is absolutely rocketing into space now. I am using a rocket analogy right now, on this Tuesday night because in a couple hours, the space shuttle Discovery is going to dock with the International Space Station (ISS) and I will be watching it live on NASA TV. As my parents’ ward for 18 years, I moved up the California coast and up to the Mile High City as a direct result of what the space shuttle program was doing.

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Amaryllis Orbits The Earth

        Tomorrow morning (April 7, 2010) will be unique for me because when I look into my San Diego sky at 5:23am, I’ll see the ISS streak across the sky, after watching the space shuttle slowly dock on NASA TV. Then I’ll go to work, but why let that ruin it? If any of you loyal readers would like to know when the ISS will be visible to you, then you should follow TWISST on twitter.

Amaryllis Grows

March 29, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

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The Christmas Amaryllis Grows

        Back on March 13, 2010, I posted about the planting of an amaryllis bulb I received for Christmas from my parents. If you would like to read that post and see the photo of the planting, click here.
        It’s been just over two weeks, and the bulb is really starting to take off, as you can see from the photo above. That’s it. Yes, I am basically watching grass grow, but at least I’m having fun doing it!

Christmas Amaryllis Finally Gets Planted

March 13, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Amaryllis Bulb Planted in March, 2010

Amaryllis Planted March 13th, 2010

        My awesome parents gave me an amaryllis bulb for Christmas 2009 that I have just now, in March 2010 gotten around to planting. By late April the amaryllis will have multiple flowers and be over a foot tall.