Sunday, May 31, 2009

Purple Columbine

This Purple Columbine is located just a few feet from the scene below. I decided to put a #4, close up filter on my 35 ~ 105 zoom lens, and get a little closer to the flower. It was nicely backlit by the late afternoon sun, and I really enjoy the regal colours. Terri and Henry's gardens are just lovely, and it will be more than a few years before we will have anything remotely so on our side of the fence. But while I was shooting this flower, I could not help but think of my relatives and friends in the north, who are having to endure a late spring snowstorm today. So Mike, this one is for you. Hope you enjoy, and get better weather real soon......

Henry's Purple Rhododendron

It was my intent to put up a fence down the side of my back yard this weekend, so that my doggies could scamper about, but I just did not feel like driving super spikes today. Instead, I hauled a yard of #1 garden grade topsoil for my wife's soon to be flower beds......after the fence materializes! Next door, our neighbours flower beds are in full swing, and I could not resist going over and taking a few shots, while my wife was preparing supper. Henry, had bought this purple rhododendron, and was anxious for it to produce some blossoms. But it did not seem to thrive too well at first. He was sure that it was a lost cause. Then, suddenly it took off, and started to bloom. He was so very happy. The little figures on the bench helps make for a very nice little setting.

And There Were Roses.....


These roses helped make my morning coffee in my backyard very enjoyable. Pretty soon, the Rose of Sharon bushes will be out in bloom. I just grabbed a shot of these with my 75 - 300 lens with a #4 close up filter attached, hand held.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Peony

This pretty peony caught my eye as I was shooting my little grandson trying to hit a baseball in his back yard. So eventually I made my way over to this plant, or tree actually, and took a couple of existing light shots with my Fuji FinePix S20Pro set in the closeup mode. When we lived in the north, my wife had peony plants beside our back deck. In this part of the country, things seem to grow on a bigger scale, and this flower is growing on a bush that is almost a tree. As you can see, spring is in full force now, and I am amazed at the colours that are all around me here. I would like to photograph more of it, but I still have quite a bit more remodeling and building to do, before I get somewhat serious about photography again. But this was a splash of colour that I could not resist. Hope you like it also.