The palm trees near the garden entrance are in full flower. This was a quick snapshot from yesterday, taken without all of my usual tools (tripod, plamps, reflectors), but it still turned out okay.
I’ve photographed these Trachycarpus fortunei a few times in the past year, but I’ve yet to take a good habit shot–they’re still too short.
As an aside, this entry begins the second month of Botany Photo of the Day (I planned to use a different (and I think superior) photograph today, but I need to verify a few things first – so maybe tomorrow). When we launched Botany Photo of the Day, it was with the understanding that we’d try it out for a month and gauge the response. It does take effort and discipline to have something fresh and appealing every day, and the question arises of whether this is the best use of limited resources (we’re not NASA and their Astronomy Picture of the Day by any stretch of the imagination).
My assessment after a month’s worth of entries is mixed. Conversation about the photographs comes readily enough from people I interact with through work, but only one person not affiliated with UBC has left a comment (although to be fair, a few weblogs have linked to us with comments), so that’s slightly disheartening. On the other hand, at least a few dozen people subscribe to the RSS feed, so I’m pleased with that. Lastly, the number of unique web site visitors for April was easily 1.5 times our previous highest month – part of that can be explained because of spring and people using the discussion forums for gardening q+a, but it is also at least partly due to the Photo of the Day.
So, while I wouldn’t consider this feature a raging success, I think it should continue on in this format for the time being and be given a chance to grow. It seems to have potential. I’ve yet to receive any negative feedback, but the concerns that were initially raised about it remain to be addressed.