I decided to shoot the last roll of expired Kodak Gold 200 in my Minolta X-700. The first frames of the roll were exposed on a walk in the Sandia foothills to see the peak blooming of local wildflowers. We found a lot of Apache Plume, some red and purple cactus blossoms, thistles, and several stands of Indian Paintbrush, along with a lot of little yellow flowers whose names always escape me.
The best wildflower show, though, was right beside the sidewalk on the south side of our house where I planted some Desert Four O'Clock a couple years ago. The plant produces a big mound of greenery and purple flowers which bloom each afternoon all summer. I have not found the Four O'Clock in the wild near Albuquerque, but it is common in desert arroyos in southern New Mexico.
The Spring sun has also produced a spectacular crop of artichokes for Margaret; the two big plants look like they will give us about a dozen artichokes each.
Most of our walks in the neighborhood and beyond include the dog, Roxie. She talks us into trips to the river a couple times a week where she likes to splash in the shallows.
The box the film came in says "Bright Sun & Flash" and "Made in China for Eastman Kodak Company", along with the admonition to "Develop Before 05/2006". Not being able to meet that requirement, I shot the roll at one stop slower than the 200 ISO rating. I developed normally in Cinestill C-41 and scanned with my Epson flatbed using a Silverfast Portra setting to compensate for a bit of color shifting.