Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Unfinished business re: Agave victoriae-reginae

Tray of Agave victoriae-reginae at work

In my earlier post about Agave victoriae-reginae, I mentioned that the one I actually have at home is 1) kind of a blue-green color and 2) has almost imperceptible backward-angled spines along the leaf edges.

Now that I have a usable camera,1 we can back up and I can offer some retroactive proof for what I was talking about.

About the blue-green color:

The backward-pointing spines (you may have to open the picture up to full-size to see anything; the clearest image is in the upper left quadrant of the picture):

So. I'm glad we got all that out of the way. There'll be some make-up posting about the Spathiphyllums eventually, too.


Photo credits: all me.

1But holy crap does it ever run through batteries quickly. Granted that I've been taking a lot of pictures, but even so, I've only had the damn thing nine days, and I've already used up 26 AA batteries, by my estimation. This is ridiculous. And, since the camera was a floor demo model initially, I didn't get the AC adapter cord that would have let me take pictures without batteries (because the guys at Sears didn't know where it was, or at least that was my impression). It's still cheaper than film would have been, all told, but holy crap.


waterroots said...

Pick up some rechargeable batteries for your digital camera. You’ll pay a high price for them once but thank yourself in the long run; they’re well worth the investment. If you buy two sets, you’ll always have one ready to use while the other is recharging. In the past few years, since I started using a digital camera regularly, I’ve taken hundreds of photos and thank God for rechargeable batteries because I wouldn’t have been able to use the camera as much without them. I can’t imagine what it would have cost me if I’d used disposable batteries…I shudder just thinking about it.

mr_subjunctive said...

Yeah, that was micke's solution (at Garden Web) too. Which makes sense, but part of me is like, well, but I don't actually take that many pictures when I'm not fairly close to an outlet; maybe I should just try to find an AC adapter and cut out the middleman. Then I remembered that I also take pictures at work, where using an AC adapter isn't really practical. So rechargeables it is, when I get around to it.

How long are rechargeables good for? I mean, should I be expecting to replace them every year? Every five years? Never?

Aiyana said...

I'm curious. What are the numbers in the boxes on some of your blog entries? Maybe I've missed something. Also, I notice you've linked to my site. Thanks! One more question. Are you located in the U.S.?
Aiyana at Water When Dry

mr_subjunctive said...

No rain:

*Please see the sidebar under the heading, "Hey! What are these numbers all about, then?"

*You're welcome. I ran across your blog while doing a search for an upcoming plant post, and thought you did nice work.

*I am in the U.S.: Iowa City, IA.

waterroots said...

It all depends on how often you use the batteries and how many times you charge-discharge them. The digital camera we have is eight years old and we’ve bought one new set of batteries for it in that time. Last year - after seven years of use - we finally tossed out one set of batteries (the second one may go this year. I take a few hundred pictures a year and recharge the batteries, typically, about once a month.

Below is a quotation straight from an internet site, which gives you an idea of how it works. They give an average of one and a half to three years of battery life. But if you use the camera moderately like I do, you’ll likely enjoy a longer lifespan for your batteries.


From Battery Lifespan:

“The life of a rechargeable battery operating under normal conditions is generally between 500 to 800 charge-discharge cycles. This translates into one and a half to three years of battery life for the average user. As your rechargeable battery begins to die, you will notice a decline in the running time of the battery. When your two hour battery is only supplying you with an hour's worth of use, it's time for a new battery.”


And even when the battery time declines, an hour's worth is enough for me to take some photos (especially when I'm snapping shots of my plants for my website), so I hold on to the batteries a little longer.

It's really worth it in the long run.

Aiyana said...

Now I feel like an idiot! How could I have missed the obvious. Thanks for the info.