Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Garden Life

As spring winds down and summer is about to begin, I find my eye drawn to our garden's roses.

This is a "Fourth of July" rose, but we prefer to call it an "Anniversary" rose, because our wedding anniversary is in early July.


Anniversary Flair



This is a Jacob's coat rose:

Orange Joy



More "Anniversary" roses:

Top Down Anniversary




Squiggles



A bee enjoying some Baptisia:

Nosing In



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Saturday, June 13, 2020

Poppy Splash

Poppies have remarkably large delicate paper-thin petals and complex centers; they burst with vibrant color.

Here's the center of an orange poppy:


Center Ring




Even closer:

This Way and That




Here's a red poppy:

Whole Poppy




 Up close and personal:

Busy Circle



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Friday, June 12, 2020

Animal Appreciation

Here are three animals in four photos for your enjoyment.

These first two images are of a very tiny spider I saw spinning a web and waiting patiently for prey on the railing of our deck. These are taken with my macro lens. I estimate its body is between 1/8" and 1/4" in length!


Tiny Spider 1




Tiny Spider 2



Here's a much much larger animal. This is Max, a neighbor's dog. He behaves like a human in a dog's body. He always "talks" to us when we visit with him. He vocalizes talking sounds without barking. He's one of the coolest dogs ever.

This is taken with my 12-40mm lens.


Max



We've been seeing a lot of rabbits lately. The old adage suggesting they multiply quickly seems a truism. Here's one grazing in our backyard.

This is taken with my telephoto lens from about 25 feet away. If you look closely you'll see that his/her ear has been split. Guess life is tough out in the wild.


Backyard Bunny



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Sunday, June 7, 2020

Color in the Sun

Mother nature sure knows how to put on a display. In bright sun, spring flowers impress and entrance. They pull me in to get a closer look, to enjoy their intricate and elegant design.

Here's a sample of some of my recent favorites of flowers that burst with color, especially when graced with warm sun.

All but one of these irises are bearded irises. Photos are taken with my 12-40mm and my 60mm lenses.

Enjoy!

Inviting Iris



These next two photos were taken indoors, on our windowsill, with the morning sun streaming in:

Cilia on Fire




Awash with Light



Back outside, this iris shows a pleasing color combination:

Two Tone




Profile Wave




On Golden Flower



The only non-iris in this post, this is an allium, not yet fully bloomed:

Purple Risers




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Sunday, May 31, 2020

Bleeding Hearts

This post shows some views of a very healthy bleeding heart plant in our garden. This year it is more productive than ever. All the bleeding hearts seem happy:)

Enjoy!

Bleeding Heart 1




Bleeding Heart 2




Bleeding Heart 3




Bleeding Heart 4



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Friday, May 29, 2020

Parrot Tulips and More

Parrot tulips are more "flamboyant" than most common tulips. Their petals have a unique fringe design with scalloped edges. They're a delight both outdoors and indoors.

The photos in this post are mostly black parrot tulips, which are a deep purple color. When strongly lit, the petals look more red.

This is such a photogenic tulip that I've included several different views here. I've also included a few other flower photos and one frog to break up the set as you scroll through.

This first photo was taken on an indoor windowsill.

Fringe Curve




Rising Above



 Here's a blossom on our crab apple tree:

Neck Pillows



 Grape hyacinths provide a nice break from too many red hues:

Grape Trees



These next two photos are also from our indoor arrangement:

Inside Zone



All Frills



This frog was watching me closely while I took outdoor pictures:

Frog in Mulch




Parrot Petals




Life in the Center



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Tuesday, May 26, 2020

One Spring Day

Sun-drenched blossoms are some of my favorite subjects.

These photos were taken one spring day when our garden was glowing with the late afternoon sun.

Enjoy!


Shimmering Grape Hyacinths




Sun Effect




Beach Plum Blossom




Within the Petals




Beach Plum Sensation




Rays of Hope



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Monday, May 25, 2020

Cemetery Visit

One my favorite walks takes me to the local cemetery. Not only is it a peaceful place to visit, but as I meander along the paths beside the gravestones, I appreciate the many plantings atop the gravesites placed by loved ones, along with the trees and landscaping of the graveyard itself.

On this Memorial Day blog post, I've put together some photos from a few recent graveyard visits.


Grapes of Different Colors




Daffodil Edge




ZigZag




New Life in the Graveyard




Sunscreened




Matchbox Lineup




International Truck Rest Stop




Gifts For The Soul




Artist Appreciating Gravestone Art




Arc of Gravestones




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Monday, May 11, 2020

Mourning Doves

While looking out our kitchen window, I noticed a Mourning Dove decided to visit us. It was sitting on our deck railing, and appeared to be in no hurry to leave. I grabbed my camera and started taking photos through the window glass. Since the window was closed, the bird didn't hear or notice my presence at all, and continued contentedly on the railing for a while, long enough so that his/her mate(?) came to visit as well, and from all appearances, they had a conversation.

All photos are taken with my 60mm (macro) lens through window glass, so while they are not as sharp as my usual standards, the effect of the glass wasn't too detrimental, and I was still able to take some shots worth keeping.

I don't normally think of Mourning Doves as being particularly colorful birds, but this pair let me see their true colors. For that I am grateful.

Enjoy!


Preening Prep




Self Check




Batman Simulation




Slightly Shy




Hello? I'm Talking to You




Fluffy




Mid-conversation




Check Out My Backside



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Friday, April 24, 2020

Drenched in Light

Deb's indoor plant arrangements just inside our kitchen window were glowing in the morning sunlight. In these photos I had some fun capturing the strong morning light as it passed through the glasses and water. While the flowers themselves are lovely, these photos highlight other aspects of the arrangement.

These are all taken with my macro lens.


Water Plant




Bubbles




Floating




Petals Up




Refraction













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Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Signs of Life

As winter draws to an end, new growth begins. While spring doesn't officially commence until March 19, the crocuses are blooming.

Here are some photos taken with my macro lens.

Enjoy!


Bloomin' Crocii




Upshot




See Through



As a slight departure, this next photo is clearly not a crocus. It is spirea. The new growth captured is less than an inch across.

Mini-Life



I grabbed this shot just as this little fellow was leaving:

BeeLeaving




Lightbulb




Before the Planet




Double Flash




Behold



Two days after taking the above photos, we got some early morning snow.

Snow Effect




Floating Island




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