Got up early this morning to make the exposure that I’ve been thinking about for the last week. Not the first time, I’ve taken the same picture many times but keep coming back to it. The old apple tree and the red tulips that go black on the wet plates are irresistible. There is usually no wind in the morning, later it picks up. With an exposure of a couple of seconds it’s best with the tulips not moving in the wind. Only made two plates and ran out of developer. As I mixed fresh developer I thought I’d might as well make some cyanotype chemistry at the same time. Can’t hand it over before testing it though so I took a little break for cyanotypes and hung them in the pear tree to dry. Now I’ve done my last plates for the day, very happy with one plate and a few ok ones. Usually I get bored very easily with the same subject but for this one I want perfection, which for me means the perfect imperfections. Tomorrow they say it will rain and the tulips are on their last legs so I’ll try again next spring. As usual the hens were very curious and Oggy the cat came to keep me company. I’ve trusted Oggy, last time we had chickens he was even in the henhouse with them but yesterday I caught him tensing up ready to jump them. I quickly chucked some water at him, haven’t seen him run that fast since he was a little kitten! Otilia and Bugget brought all the chickens out to eat grass but only for a short while, they choose to stay in the safer hen yard most of the time. I’ve widened the ladder to the hatch so now they can find their way back inside easily. A nice distraction fuzzing with the chicks while waiting for my wet plates to dry.