Every year, I hope to take loads of photos of autumn leaves. There's a small window of opportunity for about a week where the leaves are bright and still on the trees and I expect to have plenty of time. Then before I know it there's been torrential rain and gale force wind... And there's nothing left. Maybe next year...
It's been a while since I got my macro lens out. A dark rainy day and nothing much to do was a perfect recipe for testing out bouncing on camera flash off a white umbrella (regular one, not photographic).
Dug up a bamboo shoot for the first time ever! There was only 2 or 3cm of the top poking out of the soil but somehow a kind man had found it and let me dig it up. They have seriously strong roots and took me about 15 minutes to dig down and under it before prising it out of the ground! We dug up for in total and put two on a fire to roast in tin foil and kept this one for dinner. They look and taste nothing like the bamboo shoots you might get in sweet and sour dishes in the supermarket back home.
I had never eaten loquat (called biwa in Japanese) before but they are really good and a bit like persimmon rather than citrus which I had expected.