I love this perennial grass that I planted in my garden last month. It has beautiful purple and white feathery plumes. I photographed it this evening with the Lensbaby 3G and a soft focus filter. LOVE this effect and the rainbow of color as a result of some day lilies in the background.
My very favorite lens for macro flower photography is the Lensbaby. I still love the 3G model with the macro attachments and soft focus filter for nature photos. What this lens can do to soften the background is amazing! Thank you Jim and Michelle for letting me “borrow” your coneflowers!
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!