Florida Flora

Florida is an eye-stunning kaleidoscope for flower lovers. Everywhere you turn there are beautiful flowers. I (along with my spouse) visited my photo-blog friend Pat and her husband in Naples, Florida last week. One photo outing we took was to the magnificent Naples Botanical Gardens. The photos below are mostly from there.
red sunburst
flower and bee
red leaf
alien
big and little
flower and water
red and white
water plant
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Out and About

Last week, Pat and I roamed the roads to Lansing to photograph in Michigan State University’s botanical gardens. When we couldn’t find any parking anywhere near the gardens, we roamed the roads back home. Here is a small sample of what we saw.

Wall Art

Wall Art


Among the Flowers

Among the Flowers


Morning Happy

Morning Happy


Window to the World

Window to the World


Windmill

Windmill

Zoo Flowers

The zoo was less than expected, but the flower gardens were overwhelmingly beautiful. The first image below expresses my state of mind when I was surrounded by the kaleidoscope of flowers in well-planned and well cared for gardens. While the colors were spectacularly vibrant, I have included one black-and-white rose to emphasize the sensuous beauty of roses. Hope you get a sense of the peaceful power of this place. Enjoy.

Overloaded

Overloaded


Ornamental Grass

Ornamental Grass


Flowering Tree

Flowering Tree


Sunflower

Sunflower


Twins

Twins


Rose

Rose


Another Rose

Another Rose


Vibrant

Virbant


Red Orange

Red Orange


Water Lily

Water Lily


Dew Sparkle

Dew Sparkle

48 hours in the Life of a Rose

The rose, featured today is found in our front yard. Unlike many roses today, our roses are very aromatic; almost intoxicating with their rich perfume. This is how a singular rose transitions through 48 hours. Enjoy and feel free to leave your critiques, comments, and reflections.

Mid Morning Day 1

Mid Morning Day 1


Mid Morning Day 2

Mid Morning Day 2


Early Afternoon Day 2

Early Afternoon Day 2


Evening Day 2

Evening Day 2


48 Hours - Mid-Morning Day 3

48 Hours

Flowers of Summer

I always enjoy the flowers of summer. This summer it seems like the plants are bigger and earlier. The blooms are showing off with vibrant color. Here is a small selection of recent shots of summer flowers. Tomorrow, the bugs of summer.

Sunflowers

Sunflowers

Day Lilies

Day Lilies

Rose of Sharon

Rose of Sharon

Tiger Lily (my favorite flower)

Tiger Lily (my favorite flower)

Daisy

Daisy


Homage to O'Keefe

Homage to O’Keefe

Homemade

These four shots were all taken within a few feet of home . . . three at my home and one on Pat’s sidewalk when I dropped her off at her home. Facebook friends will have already seen the last picture; one with which I am very pleased. I don’t give tips on taking good pictures very often, but I will venture out with two very basic and very important tips. The first is be ready. Be ready with your equipment on hand and your mind’s eye looking for images that attract you. The second tip is take a lot of pictures. The more pictures you take, the more familiar you will become with using the tools at your disposal. Like every photographer, you will also learn from mistakes. Careful analysis of your work will help define and clarify your particular point of view; what it is that you get excited about taking pictures.
Well enough tutorial. Here are four pictures with brief brief, explanatory captions.

From our Deck

From our Deck


Bees in our Flower Garden

Bees in our Flower Garden


On Pat's Sidewalk

On Pat’s Sidewalk


Our Garden Toad

Our Garden Toad

Me Mum and the Hobbit.

I love the colloquial Britishism “me mum” for “my mom”. Had a chance to visit my mom in upstate New York recently. She has a beautifully landscaped and maintained corner lot. In the Spring, she has over 1500 daffodils gracing her garden areas. The Hobbit Place is our local nursery/garden shop. They presently have a couple of pine tree topiary – or Michigan cacti – on display. So here are some images from me mum and The Hobbit. 🙂

purple
pine cone
yellow and green
spike
cacti

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