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Loch Lochy, as seen by Jim’s Leica M8, March 2010. B&W conversion and tweaks in Lightroom 2.

amaryllis by Leica

early, even premature, sign of spring.

Only this is amaryllis domesticatus, on the kitchen window sill.*

Still, makes it feel like winter’s ebbing out. And it’s a fine thing to capture with a new Leica M8 and a Voigtländer 75mm f2.5 lens, on a quiet and chilly afternoon in the endless winter of 2010

*Photog’s note: what you’re seeing in the out of focus background is the colours on the hill across the loch from us. The white towards the top is snow, lying still quite deep in the gullies, and below that just the regular, wonderful, autumn/ winter/ spring browns, in their turn above the blue of the loch below. Some bokeh! Some kitchen window!