A vase of flowers on my dining room table recently stood in the way of the late afternoon sun. The tallest bloom resembled a small sunflower. Perhaps there is such a thing as a “miniature sunflower” (?).
Nameless or not, I had to capture all that bright yellow! (and…for those who are curious, the image is rotated clockwise one turn)
I was delighted to discover this flower (?name) on display during a recent visit to the Strawberry Banke Museum in Portsmouth, NH. It was a hot sunny day – no breeze! – a perfect opportunity for a macro shot.
I was grateful to see the sun yesterday…and apparently so was my hibiscus. It rests/grows in a pot in front of a large picture window and if I’m lucky I catch the big reveal – one bud at a time. I have learned it is a live-in-the-moment blooming plant; as the flowers show off their colors for maybe a day or two before starting to wilt. Obviously my Sunday to-do list needed to wait. Several buds had burst open overnight…and the light was just right. How could I resist?
I caught a bee in the act last weekend during a visit to a local museum in Portsmouth, NH. It actually photo bombed my shot while I was focusing on the flower. I took an extra few seconds to refocus. In an instant it was gone. Quick work!
Flowers were in full bloom yesterday afternoon on the grounds of the Strawberry Banke Museum in Portsmouth, NH. I’m not sure what kind of flower this was, but it immediately caught my attention. The yellows (and reds!) always do.
I couldn’t help but notice this gorgeous row of tulips poking their heads out of a fence as if to say Look At Me! So I did. But how to choose my shot? Not wanting to leaving anyone out, I included them all…along with Number One in full macro mode.
My daughter had been checking out the newly installed garden beds that bordered her backyard. It was a hot, muggy afternoon. A recent rain shower had given way to bright sunshine. Well…June in Washington DC is often hot and muggy – not my favorite weather, but I admit her urgency piqued my curiosity…heat or no heat. So I grabbed my camera, stepped out of the air conditioned living room and joined her to see what she had found.
My husband and I were at the end of a week long visit to DC to celebrate our grandson’s 5th birthday…and to meet our 2 week old granddaughter. Up until then most of my camera clicking had been focused on them. A fun challenge with a constantly in motion 5 year old (the “sports setting” came in handy!), but far easier with a baby who stays put.
Once outside, I was not disappointed. New flowers had recently bloomed and among them…Passion Flowers! I had never seen one before, but upon further research I learned they attract butterflies, bees and hummingbirds. More photo opportunities for my next visit…along with the smiling faces of those two sweet children.
My friend and I were walking along the path behind our condo building last week. We had been deadheading some sad looking daffodils and stopped to admire a mass of iris. She and her husband had saved these bulbs from their previous home and stealthily planted them next to our building 3 years ago. As many of you know, iris spread…and spread. When you live in a condo, you sometimes have to get permission to plant anything. And when you’ve been a “house owner” for decades, it’s an unpopular concept. What could be wrong with sprucing up the place with some iris? Believe me, there are people who will count the ways. But don’t get me started.
Anyway, I am so grateful these purple iris spring from the ground each May. They are exactly like the iris I left behind at the house we sold almost 5 years ago. Iris that originated in my great grandmother’s garden decades and decades before. When you move in December, digging holes to plant iris bulbs is not an option.
So when my friend whipped out her scissors to cut off a small branch, I hesitated. It didn’t seem right somehow. They were so happy in the sun, swaying gently in the breeze. She was holding a stem with one flower and several buds all lined up together. Shouldn’t they be allowed to stay put? But before I knew it, she snipped.
I brought it inside, filled a bud vase with water and flower food and hoped for the best. After several days in its new home near a sunny window, the buds opened…one by one. Much to my relief and delight.
Yesterday was Mother’s Day and a surprise delivery arrived from my “kids” in the afternoon. A beautiful bouquet with a wide variety of flowers set in a glass vase. A lone purple aster (?) stood slightly above the rest…Look At Me!