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

Hidden Lake Gardens

Hidden Lake Gardens is a 755 acre property owned and operated by Michigan State University. It is located on highway 50 near Tipton, Michigan. When a visiting MSU alumnae visited, we decided to take a trip to visit the gardens on a beautiful Saturday afternoon. We happened to arrive just before the annual plant sale was over, so admission was free and we were able to purchase a few plants before driving around the arboretum and visiting the conservatory.
The roads through Hidden Lake Gardens are one-way with fairly frequent parking areas for visitors to get out to view the surrounding spot or take a hike on one of the many trails. The winter was very severe in Michigan as is evident in the dead trees in the first picture.
Some wild flowers were in bloom. I was able to get a picture of rather rare Trillium. The bees were out, but concentrating on the flowers . . . not us.
My bee picture was actually taken inside the conservatory. Where I also took a few pictures of cacti in bloom.
One of my favorite shots of the day was a tulip in bloom with a bark background. Hope you enjoy the pictures and are able to visit the gardens some day. As always, your thoughts and comments are welcome.

Hard Winter

Hard Winter


Trillium

Trillium


Bee at Work

Bee at Work


Cactus in Bloom

Cactus in Bloom


Tulip and Bark

Tulip and Bark

Holland

Holland, Michigan is known throughout Michigan and many surrounding states for its Tulip Festival. The community is nestled in the middle of an area well-populated with people of Dutch heritage. Pat and I went there yesterday and had great sun for most of our visit to Windmill Island; home of the only working Dutch windmill in America, a small Dutch village and lots and lots of flowers. The pictures below are some of my favorites from the day. They are all tulips except for a daffodil that managed to sneak in when I wasn’t looking.

Classic Red

Classic Red


Bud w/ Blossom in Background

Bud w/ Blossom in Background


Wallpaper for my Computer

Wallpaper for my Computer


Pink

Pink


Twins

Twins


Not Twins

Not Twins


Daffodil

Daffodil


Orange among Red

Orange among Red


Shining Orange

Shining Orange


More Shining

More Shining


Purple in Hiding

Purple in Hiding


As always I love to learn and grow from your comments. Which one is your favorite?

Garden Flowers

The Naples Botanical Gardens is a wonderful treasureland for photographs; beautiful flowers in accessible settings. Here are some of the images I liked. My next post will feature a lubber and some other visitors to the Gardens.

star
blossom and sky
water drop
blossoms
stamin
red leaf
magenta spikes
what

Shadows on a Pot

Shadows on a Pot


And an image of me before my morning coffee.
B. C. (before coffee)

Study in Sunflowers

Sunflowers get their name both from their likeness to the sun and to their sun-seeking head turns during the day. Around here the outer petals are mostly withering, but I found these all in one yard in our neighborhood. The seeds are nearing maturation and will provide food for birds or humans or perhaps seed new flowers for the next summer. Which image do you like most? Why?

Full

Full

Smaller

Smaller

Sunrise

Sunrise

Up Close

Up Close

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