Category: Flowers


This is the first water lily bloom in my pond this season and keeping the flower company was a cute little grasshopper sitting on a lily pad.  I shot this image with the Lensbaby Velvet 56 and added a little painting effect to soften the image even more.  For me, the softer the better!


I was in the garden for about 5 minutes today before I reached my limit.  My area has been invaded by gypsy moth caterpillars and it is not pleasant to be outside.  Not only are the furry caterpillars all over the house, plants and ground, but they are in the trees and eating all of the leaves.  Many trees in my yard are leafless and it looks like winter!  When you are outside you can hear what sounds like raindrops, but it’s actually the caterpillar poop falling from the trees.  OMG!  The bright spot in all of this is that I have some pretty flowers blooming in my garden.  Only problem …. I don’t want to go outside to photograph them!  Here’s a quick daisy image from my 5 minute garden excursion today!


“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!