In the garden I cut some of the "wild" insect-attracting flowers which have been in bloom since June. A poor year for vegetables but I can't complain about the abundance of these.
On the shelf behind my desk is a book called Shooting Digital. It was a present a few years ago, which I have opened from time to time but never read. Today I begin to read about studio photography. I reach the words "achieve a professional effect ..." and my eyes glaze over. I look at the illustrations in the book. All are I am sure of a professional standard. If I were a photographer, which I am not, I recognise that I would be unequivocally an amateur. It is there that I raise my standard.