One chrysanthemum is still blooming valiantly in the back yard. The end draws night, however, with a winter blast in progress. A snow shower has coated the petals. One has to wonder what’s going through the mind of the mums. “Oh, no, not again?” perhaps? Image captured with a Micro-nikkor 60mm AF f/2.8 on a […]
There’s a self-portrait here. Your photographer is captured in silhouette in the droplet of water on this bud. The bud is a strawflower.
A notable botanical event bloomed nearby today. A Corpse Flower, or more properly Titan Arum, Amorphophallus titanum, bloomed at a local conservatory. It is an arum, a family of plants that booms with a spathe and spadix configuration. Our local relative, the native Skunk Cabbage, is also known for its putrid odor. I caught a brief whiff […]
I like variety. I like money. The proof is here in my lawn. I don’t apply weed killers or fertilizers. The only money I spend on it is for gasoline for the mower–and I let the corners and edges grow to reduce that activity. I don’t even sweep the grass clippings. I just live and […]
I did take my one picture a day for today. It turned out to be unremarkable, so I am featuring a little something from my archives. For those of you keeping score at home, though, here’s the actual One Picture a Day:
I played with filters and layers today. I made two black and white versions, using Aperture filter presets. Then I combined them in Acorn with layers, adjusting transparency until I had something interesting. Here are the three original versions that make up the layered composite featured. Related articles Of course this post has nothing to […]
In our garden this summer we are enjoying Balloon Flower, Platycodon grandiflorus, also called bellflower with regional modifiers, This curious flower swells quite like a balloon full of air before opening. I like the pentagram shape. It opens into a five-petaled flower, pictured below. I am not a big fan of using a flash for flower […]
I simply stepped outside for this One Picture a Day. Marigolds are difficult to photograph. There is a quality to the color, a glowing brightness of some sort, that just does not carry to photographs well for me. I have a similar problem with other deep colors of some wildflowers like the purple of Ironweed. […]
I lke the depth here. It is as though a field of phlox is growing up to a forested ridge behind. Of course, this was all on top of a retaining wall in my driveway. This bloom of creeping phlox cultivar is another rite of spring in my life.