Today, in honor of my having left all my liquids and gels at home but having packed up some of that good ol’ fashioned New England cold front, Georgia forgot to be sweltering and instead dawned cool and pleasant. We can now conclude that I make everything better, even the weather. Yay me!
In honor of this turn of events, Otto took me to visit the State Botanical Gardens. “Maybe we can shoot some pictures,” said he.
“Okay!” Said I, doodling his name in puffy letters. “But I didn’t bring my camera. You know, because it sucks.”
“No problem,” said he. “You can borrow one of mine. Which one would you like?”
I picked one. Because it was sitting next to me. He looked at it and then gave me a different one. Then he asked me which lens I wanted, and my eyes glazed over.
Sometimes I’m amazed that he talks to me at all.
See, I figure, Otto (a photographer) dating me (not a photographer; in fact, a really bad photographer) is sort of like if I decided to date someone who was completely illiterate. And you know, I’ve ended relationships over run-on sentences. So how he tolerates my complete stupidity when it comes to holding a camera up to my face, I have NO IDEA. I suspect he just stares at my ass while I’m shooting. That may be enough to distract him from my pitiful results.
Anyway, off to the Botanical Gardens we went. Me with… ummm… one of his smaller cameras (which meant that I could actually lift it and hold it steady, as opposed to most of his cameras and lenses which I am afraid to touch), and him with some big honkin’ camera approximately the size of my purse.
We had a lovely afternoon, and I snapped about eleventy billion pictures. Most of them caused Otto to say, “Hmmmm.” This is why he’s an excellent teacher, because he never points and laughs and says, “MY GOD THAT SUCKS.” At least not in front of me. Anyway, of all the shots I took, these are the ones which didn’t make him cry.
A very large leaf. Because, um, it was green. And leafy.
A smaller leaf, that looks like it was carved from wood. This plant sort of gave me the willies.
A palm frond thing with a neat shadow pattern. Otto actually complimented me on noticing this, and for a fleeting moment I didn’t feel like the world’s most visually retarded person.
Pretty little flowers. Awwwwwww. I feel like such a girl.
Pretty little flowers with a visitor. Now I feel even more girly.
Later in the afternoon, I attempted to take a picture of a lilypad in a fountain and came very close to dropping Otto’s expensive camera into the water. And then I decided I was maybe all done with taking pictures for the day. The end.