Two days ago I had a beautiful basket of Fall mums on my front porch. Today all that is left are stems! For those old enough to remember The Addams Family TV show, you’ll recall that mom Morticia was fond of roses, but she cut off the flowers and only put the stems in the vase! That’s pretty much the story of my flower basket at the moment, thanks to the obviously mum-loving deer that visit my yard on a regular basis. Thank goodness I spent a little while photographing the pretty blooms the other day! This is why we can’t have nice things in the garden!
I love it when nature surprises me! I glanced out of my window overlooking the garden this evening and saw a honeysuckle flower in full bloom! I couldn’t believe it! Normally this plant blooms in May, not September! I was out in the garden in a flash with my camera … not only hoping to photograph one of my favorite flowers, but to enjoy the sweet honeysuckle fragrance that I love so much as well. I noticed that the vine has many green berries, too, which I never noticed before. The birds will love them this winter!
Early this morning I had another garden surprise, but you’ll have to wait until tomorrow to see what it was!
As Fall begins and the days and nights become cooler, I’m already beginning to miss the abundance of flowers in my garden. I am taking advantage of every last opportunity to photograph the blooms that remain before they go to sleep for the winter.
Just playing with my Lensbaby and some textures on this rainy Saturday afternoon. This image began with a Lensbaby macro shot of a white coneflower converted to black and white with Nik software. Then a purple texture was added and finally a design texture on top.
Just when you think that summer is coming to an end, a bright pink flower appears in the garden for the first bloom of the season! I don’t know the name of these, but they look like miniature lilies and bloom in mid-August. They are definitely worth waiting all season to see. This is a very abstract version photographed with the Lensbaby 3G.
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!
Why is there a part of me that still believes I can go out in the yard to photograph and not be eaten alive by bugs? You would think I’d have learned by now that it’s not humanly possible!
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!
….when it’s time to say hello to the world again!