An Amazon Lily and a soapbox

Lily pond, Adelaide Botanic GardensAdelaide Botanic Garden’s Amazon Lily

When we visited Adelaide last month, we were almost lucky enough to see the giant Amazon Lily in flower in the new purpose-built pavilion in Adelaide Botanic Gardens. I say almost, because we saw some buds and a spent lily, but didn’t actually get to see a flower fully open.

According to the Botanic Gardens’ website, the first flower that opened this year in the new lily pond, did so on January 1 and measured 30cm across! I didn’t check, but the larger leaves looked to be more than a metre across (the largest is 1.65m, apparently!), and had wicked spikes on their edges, a hint of which you may be able to see in the photo, above.

The building on its own was quite amazing, being largely built out of glass and with what looked like lily-pads on poles supporting the roof.

Now for the Soapbox part…

Terry Lane, who has an article in The Age Green-Guide every Thursday (Imaging, in the Livewire section) has a blog – DPExpert – which has reviews, information and advice on digital photography.  One article,  regarding the use of phone cameras and the lack of prints being made from them, was printed in the Age in January and really struck a chord.

The technology has changed so much in the last couple of years, and the quality of the images from phone cameras has improved so greatly, that there really is no excuse for not having them printed. That, after all, is one of the basic tenets of this blog – that we have a greater chance to be social historians than we’ve ever had before – but if the pictures aren’t printed, they could very easily be lost forever.

A 2mp camera on a phone can easily produce a 10x15cm image (standard-sized print), and there are many places that can print them for you at reasonable prices. My favourite places for printing are: GetDigital.com.au, (they do great quality standard-sized prints from 10c each), and MOO, (who make really great minicards, notecards, stickers and postcards) at very reasonable prices. Both companies provide excellent service, as well. And, No, I don’t work for either of them!

So, whatever is holding you back – whether it is mastering the technology, forgetfulness or simply that you hadn’t thought to do it – don’t let the precious memories you carry around in your phones be lost – get them printed!

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