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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Friday, February 7, 2020

Winter Res

One of the challenges for mid-winter photography is taking pictures on a gray day. In some respects, cloudy days can be beneficial for photos, reducing the harsh contrast that a sunny day might force. On this particular outing, the sun did manage to make a very subdued showing towards the end of my route.

As ice melts, the reservoir surface is constantly changing due to the ice patterns and the different ways winter light hits the surface.

Here a few glimpses of the res from this day.

Tree Reveal



Ice Melt



Res on Ice



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