Moss on a Tree

2017 Flora Roundup!

I love getting outside to poke around and see what’s there, what piques my interest. I’m always hoping for interesting mushrooms, seed pods, spiders or insects. I didn’t shoot outdoors quite as much last year as in previous years; I’ll try to do better this year. Hopefully it will be a mild summer!

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Out and About 2016 – Flora

December 31, 2016 Botanical, Gardening, Nature 0 Comments

Here is the second part to go along with my previous post! These are some of the plants that I photographed last year that I never got around to posting. I have posted the photos in chronological order from March through October.

Less than three hours until 2017 – Happy New Year!

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Out and About 2016 – Fauna

December 31, 2016 Botanical, Gardening, Nature 1 Comment

Wow – it’s just over 4 hours until the end of 2016! And it’s been three months since I last posted anything! I don’t really do New Year’s Resolutions, but perhaps I should work on my post frequency in the new year =)

I didn’t spend nearly as much time taking photos outdoors this year as I have in past years. It was such a hot summer; I had had enough of the heat by mid-June! I was also busier this year than I have been in past years, which I can’t complain about. I photographed properties/buildings in five different states, including 20 properties in Texas in mid-November. I’ll be posting some of that work soon.

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In the Garden Spring 2016

I go out into the garden with my camera whenever I can, usually on cloudy days or during the warm light of late afternoon and early evening, looking for anything and everything.  Leaves, flowers, blades of grass, bugs, spider webs, frogs…anything that captures my attention. Cloudy days are great because the light is soft and there aren’t any harsh shadows and the light from the low sun late in the afternoon/early evening makes everything glow. I love being outside at that time of day…you can feel night coming on and the world winding down.

Below are larger versions of the images in the collage above:

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Cucumbers & a Heat Wave…

It’s been pretty hot here in the Atlanta area for the past two weeks.  The day time highs have been getting up into the mid 90s and over night lows have been in the mid and upper 70s. Way too hot for me! I haven’t been doing outdoorsy stuff as much as usual – just walking to the mailbox can make you break into a sweat!

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Out & About in the Garden

Before I share the photographs from my most recent house shoot I wanted to post some of what I’ve been photographing in the garden. Starting about an hour to an hour and a half before sunset the low angle of the sun filtering through the various types and colors of leaves is hard to resist. I’ve been doing most of this work hand-held because it’s so much easier to move from plant to plant and not have to constantly re-adjust my tripod.

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Another Spring Photo Collage

I’ve been getting more practice with my 105mm macro lens and the more I use it the more I love it.  We’ve had a lot of gray, overcast days here in the Atlanta area recently.  That’s not so great for people who want to get outside and enjoy the spring temperatures, but it’s great for macro photography! 

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Spring 2015 in Full Bloom!

Spring is finally here and I’ve been out in the garden quite a bit trying to document its arrival. The hyacinths have been and gone and the daffodils have already peaked, too. But the tulips just emerged in the past week and the dogwoods and azaleas will be opening up soon. The carpenter bees are zooming all over the place, too. I love that when the plants start to emerge in the spring I don’t have to go very to find photography subjects! In the above collage you’ll see a daffodil, daffodil stems, Nandina leaves, an iris, pink hyacinth petals and a holly fern getting ready to uncurl.

Botanical Photography :: Elephant Ears

I discovered my love of gardening and plants a few years ago when I moved into a house for the first time. Plants are fascinating. And if you look hard enough even a garden that isn’t well-tended can provide never-ending photography opportunities (especially if you have a macro lens and can work really close to your subjects). Luckily my mom’s garden is very well taken care of and her recent acquisition of two elephant ears has provided me with some interesting new photography victims!

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Gibbs Gardens Japanese Garden

Gibbs Gardens :: Ball Ground, GA

I visited Gibbs Gardens up in Ball Ground, GA last week. The gardens have been under planning and development for about 30 years and just opened to the public this past March. Hands down my favorite part was the Japanese garden.  I loved all of the little Buddha statues and pagodas. The purple irises really stood out against the various shades of green. When I got home and looked at the pictures that I had taken I realized just how carefully planned all of the textures, colors and sizes were. The attention to detail throughout the gardens is impressive, to say the least.

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Pink Asiatic Lily Flower

First Asiatic Lily Flower!

April 14, 2012 Botanical, Gardening 0 Comments

It got cold enough a few nights ago for a Frost Warning to be issued so I brought a lot of my plants into the kitchen for the night. The next day, as if on cue – like it had been waiting for the cold weather to pass, my very first Asiatic Lilly flower opened. I’m excited about this because my Calla Lillies didn’t flower last year (I’ve read that it can take a couple of years for calla bulbs to produce flowers, so it might not have been my fault), but it’s nice to see evidence that I’m not a useless gardener!

Arugula Leaves on a Window Sill

Tasty Arugula, Good Sandwich

March 23, 2012 Botanical, Gardening 0 Comments

My tiny arugula seedlings from a month ago have grown like weeds and last night I finally got to eat them! While visiting a friend out in California a few years ago I had one of the best egg salad sandwiches I’ve ever had. It had arugula in it and I have thought about that sandwich many times in the last two-and-a-half years. So last night that’s what I did with some of my arugula. I have to say – it was a pretty good sandwich! It’s amazing how much flavor there is in just one leaf. And it’s really obvious as soon as you bite into it that arugula is actually a member of the mustard family. I think this is something that I’ll keep growing throughout the summer!