All this month, I’ve been taking a photo (using my new dumbphone!) each day of the same part of the dwarf horse chestnut tree that I’ve been tending for the last 34 years. I say ‘dwarf’ rather than ‘bonsai’ because although ‘bonsai’ means ‘planted in a container’ and my little tree is in one of those, I don’t have the skill to actually tend it as a bonsai artist would. My attempts over the years to shape it have been, shall we say, less than successful.
The original vision, all those years ago, was to have a tree that was about 18 inches high, but this tree simply doesn’t want to stay that small (it’s about three feet high now).
The original images from the ‘phone were far larger than they needed to be — 4128×3096 pixels, and about 8Mb (!) each — I used my trusty Paint Shop Pro program to cut them down to 250×333 and about 30k. And to rotate them 90 degrees too; they were originally lying on their sides.
I’ve seen others use WordPress’s ‘gallery’ feature in the years I’ve been blogging here, but I’ve never had a reason to try using it myself — until now. Although I did have to refer to the support page, I found it surprisingly easy to set this gallery up. If you haven’t already, perhaps you should try it?