My new camera, (a Canon IXUS 265 HS) has a hybrid video mode, which I really like. This mode records a few seconds of video every time you take a photo. At the end of each day, you have a movie digest of all the photos you’ve taken and their video clips.
As you might imagine, the video clips on their own are not always great. Some sections are out of focus, some move around a lot as you zoom in or try to frame the photo. And sometimes, the final photo isn’t great, but the video clip captures the moment the photo missed. Somehow, this combination of video and photo works, even if neither are great on their own.
Here is a video of the zoo in the Lyon’s Parc de la Tête d’Or using the hybrid mode on the camera. I added the titles and music in iMovie.
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We spent yesterday afternoon in the park, playing with my new camera and enjoying the sunshine. I wanted to share these photos of a dandelion and the sun shining through cherry blossom petals. They have an ethereal quality that I like.
The daffodils seemed to come out early this year. Since late February, our nearby Parc de la Tête d’Or has seen a succession of colourful flowers. Some in carefully managed flower beds, and others emerging through the grass.
This cherry blossom tree is a favourite spot for picnickers.
Daffodils by the pond
A fuzzy poppy bud
I put together a short video to capture the flowers while they are still in bloom. Each only seems to last a couple of weeks. Already the daffodils and magnolias are fading, replaced by tulips and poppies.
Each visit to our nearby Parc de la Tête d’Or brings a new wave of spring flowers to delight in. Our walks are filled with little detours as I wander across the grass to investigate a hint of purple here and a flash of yellow there.
A sea of daffodils
The shaded grass beneath the trees is riddled with delicate violets.
Hyacinths. These are one of the first flowers I remember growing as a child.
These red tulips stood out amongst the predominantly purple and yellow colour palette.
Near the bee nesting boxes in the Parc de la Tête d’Or, there is a field. What first appeared to be an unremarkable patch of grass, has undergone the most amazing transformation over the past few months.
The Parc de la Tête d’Or seems to have an infinite variety of things to see. Between our morning runs and evening strolls, we spend hours in the park each week, and we regularly stumble upon new areas to explore.
These water birds in the wetland area caught my attention recently.
For a while now, the idea of one day keeping bees has been growing in my mind. So, when I caught a passing glimpse of some bee hives in a corner of Parc de la Tête d’Or, I was keen to go back for a closer look.
Bee nesting shelters in Parc de la Tête d'Or
As it turns out, they are not bee hives, but nesting boxes to encourage wild bees. A series of shelters each holds nine boxes filled with different nesting materials- twigs, hollow bamboo, logs with holes drilled in them, and blocks of clay. These bee shelters are part of the UrbanBees Project.
Different nesting materials in bee shelters
Drilled logs in a bee nesting box
I didn’t see any bees while I was there, but I’m hopeful they may appear as summer approaches.
This weekend has brought the first signs of spring in Lyon.
Daffodils in the grass
Yesterday afternoon was perfect for a walk in the park; the sun was shining, and it was warm enough not to need a coat. We headed to Parc de la Tête d’Or and were greeted by the first spring flowers poking up through the grass.