Category: Flowers


“We cherish too, the Poppy red
That grows on fields where valor led,
It seems to signal to the skies
That blood of heroes never dies.”
– Moina Michael

Moina Michael conceived the idea of wearing a red poppy on Memorial Day in honor of those who died serving our country.  It’s a wonderful tradition, now carried on by members of the VFW and American Legion, with proceeds assisting disabled and hospitalized veterans.  Buy a poppy this weekend and wear it in honor of our veterans!


Each year, a lovely Cape Cod style home in Tamaqua, Pa. draws visitors from far and wide to admire their Spring garden.  Affectionately known as “The Tulip House”, thousands upon thousands of tulips, hydrangea, and other Spring flowers bloom in a chorus of picturesque color!   The garden is mapped out and each bulb placed by hand in a new design every year.  The home and gardens are the pride and joy of the Kehlor Family and a visit should be on your list of must-see places in Pennsylvania!


I knew that it was only a matter of time before I could no longer resist the Lensbaby Velvet 56.  This is the newest lens produced by the always creative Lensbaby team.  It’s a manual portrait AND macro lens that is 56mm and f/1.6 and yields the softness that I love for flower photography.  I just can’t put it down!  Thank you Lensbaby!

5998_Tulips 2015

The tender young flowers of Spring are in bloom!  I remember the days, not so very long ago, when I would sit, kneel, or stoop down low to the ground with my trusty macro lens and photograph at Longwood Gardens.  Now I find myself looking for potted varieties that I can bring up to a higher level to photograph more easily.  Getting up from those positions is becoming more and more difficult!  Either I’m old, or really out of practice (er…shape!) … or both!

5031_Daffodil 2015

Daffodils symbolize rebirth and new beginnings.  They herald in the Spring season with a blast of color that transforms even the most dreary landscape!  It’s been a long wait, but they are finally here!  I have several varieties and am waiting to see if my pink and white ones make an appearance!  Time will tell….