There was a previously unnoticed feature, called “Favourites” in the Photos application in Windows 11 that I hadn’t noticed previously. It could well have been in previous versions of the Windows operating system but it hadn’t ever caught my eye until earlier this week. This feature allows you to click on a photograph and add it to a Favourites Folder. It doesn’t get moved away on you but, whenever you wish to do so, you can visit this very special folder and there they all will be waiting for you to admire again.
While I was reflecting on this newly discovered feature on my laptop, feeling it was an instance of my own inadequacy dealing with technology, it brought to mind the occasion of the first computer arriving to our small rural school. It was a giant of a thing, really huge, and I recall the advice received from a Department of Education computing specialist that if we could manage/afford it at all we should buy a model with 1G of hard drive storage as “it would serve our purposes for the rest of your life”. The monster was unpacked with a string of alarmed comments from me to the helping pupils, “For goodness sake, don’t drop it/be careful/don’t break it etc etc” and all went tensely until one of girls – and I can still recall her perfectly well – turned to me in exasperation and said, “For god’s sake, Paddy, will you f..k off and leave me put it together. You’re too stupid to have a computer!” I left and was called back shortly afterwards to find everything connected, turned on and in working order. Country children always had this direct style of communication! So, with such a track record, I suppose it isn’t surprising that I hadn’t noticed this wonderful feature on Windows but it gave me a good idea.
Favourite Snowdrop Views this week:
I gave a talk to the Hardy Plant Society in the U.K. recently, via Zoom, and was asked to give another talk as part of their coming winter programme. Of course, I was flattered and delighted and accepted the very kind invitation immediately and it was only in the following weeks that I began to think of how I might arrange this talk and it entered my mind that if I started now and selected my favourite snowdrops and favourite photographs I would have made a good start in my preparations.
We have had a run of very pleasant days, bright and mild days with clear skies, sunshine and temperatures rising above the magic 10C at which snowdrops open and look their best and I have been out taking photographs of the snowdrops every day, even twice each day and have been adding steadily to my new and very special Favourites Folder. Of course, a snowdrop can look well over several days and a pretty grouping of plants – say, snowdrops with cyclamen and winter aconites – can be very attractive and will be photographed on consecutive days with each day’s photograph being added to “Favourites”…so, already, in the space of a very few days I have multiple images of the same plant or the same scene and realise that, at some stage, I will have to do a further winnowing to find my favourites among my Favourites. Ah, well, it was a good idea while it lasted!
The warmer weather during the week has brought the snowdrops on in their droves; there were lots and lots of photographs and I’m sure I will repeat some of those shown in the last post.
WARNING: If snowdrops are not your interest, you should leave now.