I can't believe that I haven't updated this journal in so long. I've been so busy!
There is an upside to being busy all the time -- when you have a lot of free time you tend to stare at your tank for long periods of time, and as a result, notice every detail. However, when you only have time to dose the tank in the morning, leave for school, and then look up at it every few minutes in the evening, you don't really have time
to notice such details.
Thus, I begin every week feeling great about the tank, and end it by looking at it with my scrutinizing aquascaping eyes and say, "these stems have grown some three inches, this HC has gotten thicker, etc." and then hack away at it (if you're wondering why I'm talking about the week ending on a Tuesday, I'm off on Thanksgiving break as of today). So this is exactly what I did today, and I'm really enjoying the results. Trimmed the HC down (bigtime!), pruned the blyxa, hacked down the rotala and straightened it out some.
I don't have my DSLR at the moment but should Friday, so I'm afraid that an iPhone photo will need to suffice. However, rest assured that there will be plenty of professional shots on the D7000 soon!
I'm finally achieving the look I've been going for. Let me know how you guys feel about it!