I’ve tried to grow coneflowers on several occasions without success. My next door neighbors, however, have lovely blooms alongside their driveway. Hope they don’t mind that I visited to photograph them!
This is the first year that I’ve successfully grown Morning Glories – both from starter plants as well as seeds. The rabbits have nibbled at the leaves, but the plants are still thriving. Each morning I am greeted by these lovely pink and purple blossoms with delicate stems that twist around my metal trellis.
Every now and again I have a chance to do some flower photography right in my own back yard. Currently the honeysuckle is in bloom and calling me to not only photograph, but just enjoy the delightful fragrance. Last month the Bleeding Hearts were commanding my attention.
I was happy to find this flower in bloom in one of the containers on my back porch over the weekend. This perennial hasn’t bloomed in several years and after the harsh winter of 2014, I wasn’t expecting to see it this year either. What a delightful surprise!
One of my most favorite flowers is the water lily and I am fortunate enough to have a small pond in the garden with one plant that produces several blooms each summer. The first water lily opened yesterday and I was anxious to go out and photograph the flower as they only last a few days. So bright and early this morning I went outside, hoping to grab a few shots before the sun became too harsh. I lasted about 3 minutes in the garden before the pesky cicadas began to fly at me. See, the cicadas have very good eyesight – they have 5 eyes! – but they seem to think that everything that they land on is a tree. Dear cicadas …. I am NOT a tree!! So, after only a few photographs, I headed back inside as even though they are harmless, I would not be a happy camper if a cicada landed on me! I was pleased with this image and thought it deserved a spot on the blog! Hopefully the next time a flower opens the cicadas will be gone and I’ll have ample opportunity to photograph!
I love Bleeding Hearts and am happy to report that the plant that I added to my garden last Spring is flourishing! The problem, however, is that as I get older, it’s more difficult to get down on the ground to photograph them. Maybe I’m just out of practice! I hope this plant gets nice and tall (or that I somehow become more limber) so that photographing these beauties isn’t such a challenge!
….to post a non-dog/cat image! Since Spring has sprung, I thought a trip to the garden center was in order. Somehow I can’t get through the season without adding some new tulip, daffodil or hyacinth bulbs to my collection. I noticed that the bulbs I planted in the Fall have magically disappeared and there are now holes in the ground where they used to be, thanks most likely to the squirrels who have relocated them for me! This image was shot with the Lensbaby 3G plus a macro lens. I’m a huge Lensbaby fan as it lends a softness to the image in all areas surrounding the sweet spot which in this case is the lower part of the tulip on the left.
Spring is definately a photographer’s best friend!