Until Morning…

July 10, 2014 | Filed Under Flowers, Nature | Leave a Comment 

….when it’s time to say hello to the world again!


A Good Morning Indeed

July 6, 2014 | Filed Under Flowers, Nature | Leave a Comment 

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.


Pink & Green

June 17, 2014 | Filed Under Flowers, Macro, Nature, Spring | Leave a Comment 

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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.


What’s In Bloom?

May 28, 2014 | Filed Under Flowers, Macro, Nature | Leave a Comment 

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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!


Ahhh, Spring!

April 27, 2014 | Filed Under Flowers, Lensbaby, Soft Focus, Spring | Leave a Comment 

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It’s here … Spring has sprung!  Time for some flower photography!
(Lensbaby and soft focus optic)


First Bloom

June 23, 2013 | Filed Under Flowers, Nature | Leave a Comment 

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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!


May 6, 2013 | Filed Under Flowers, Macro, Nature, Spring | Leave a Comment 

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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!

We Interrupt This Programming…

March 31, 2013 | Filed Under Flowers, Lensbaby, Macro, Nature, Spring | Leave a Comment 

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….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!

Lunch Time Surprise

August 2, 2012 | Filed Under Black and White, Flowers, Nature | 4 Comments 

My most favorite flower is the water lily.  Back before dog photography became my passion, I spent quite a lot of time photographing at the Longwood Gardens water lily ponds in Kennett Square, Pa.  It’s still a place I dearly love visiting, even though I haven’t been there for several years.  I have a small pond in my garden with one water lily plant.  It’s the treasure of my garden even though it only produces 3 or 4 flowers each summer.  They appear for a very short time so photo opportunities are limited.  On top of the small number of flowers, there is also the fact that the blossoms are closed when I leave for work in the morning, open during the day, and closed again by the time I get home.  So unless the flowers are in bloom on a weekend, I don’t get to enjoy them very much.  When I came home for lunch yesterday, I glanced out of the window and there was a beautiful water lily waiting to greet me.  I grabbed my camera and took a few images before heading back to work.  This is one of them – converted to black and white.  The flowers are a very light yellow with a deeper yellow center.  Just lovely!

Lensbaby Lilies

July 12, 2012 | Filed Under Flowers, Lensbaby, Macro, Nature, Soft Focus | 2 Comments 

I spent a little while last evening photographing the lilies in my garden with the Lensbaby.  The Lensbaby has become my very favorite lens for flower photography as I just love the way everything except the “sweet spot” is softly diffused.  The fragrance from these flowers was delightful….the mosquito bites I received from my time in the garden, not so much!  Below is another Lensbaby lily image with a little bit of texture added.


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