I keep playing with water droplet experiments, and I think I’m getting better. I still haven’t quite captured the image that’s in my mind’s eye, but this one comes the closest. This is one of Squirt’s first-of-fall pansies, photographed through water droplets scattered on my porch glass-top table. I dragged a lamp out on the […]
A few days ago I posted a picture of a pansy called Purple and Gold. Well, today’s is Red and Gold. This is one of my zinnias from the backyard before they were killed by the recent cold snap. I was having fun focusing on the detail in the middle of the flower. Then I […]
With this week’s cold snap, my summer flowers are dying off, including my clumps of Mexican Sunflowers. I photographed these a while ago playing again with water droplets. I liked this attempt better than my last one, when I had very little light. This latest attempt was at sunset with lots of light – and […]
Before I let the cats devour their first-of-fall pansies, I claimed the six-packs for myself and had some fun with my macro lens. I love the colors of pansies – purples and reds with great yellow centers. They are my favorite wintertime flower and I’ll have to take advantage of this week’s cold snap to […]
We had fun watching for migrants and hummers in my parents’ backyard on Saturday afternoon. Right after I left, my mom reported that about 50 Palm Warblers came to visit Missy! Goldy is jealous. I had my wide-angle lens with me, and while we waited for the birds, I took pictures of the flowers in […]
It was a gray, icky day yesterday, so I had fun playing with my camera and flowers in my own backyard. I had read about a technique for water droplet images on Denise Ippolito’s blog, and I decided to experiment and see what I could do. This is a zinnia flower taken through a sheet […]
I had another fun afternoon photographing flowers in my backyard. Here’s another one of the pretty pink flowers.
Last night after work I went out into the backyard with my wide-angle lens and extension tubes. A lot of hummingbird flowers are blooming right now, and I wanted to capture the “hummer’s-eye view”. This is a close-up of one of the giant Coral Porterweed blooms.
We haven’t seen any hummingbirds in the backyard recently. :( My Coral Porterweed and Compton’s Salvias are about to burst into bloom. Hopefully that will help to attract some. In the meantime, we have a lot of bee activity. This plant is a real insect-pleaser.
I keep watching for hummingbirds in our backyard. Our neighbors finally saw their first hummer, but it’s been a few weeks. Don’t the birds know how long I worked to plant those nice red flowers for them? Maybe it’s not too late to hope for a winter guest. Or maybe they’ll find me next spring. […]
It’s been really hot out, and the bird photography just isn’t as intense in July. So I’ve been spending more time in my own backyard garden. I’m trying to get the birds to come to me! Especially the hummingbirds, my absolute favorite little birds. I can get hummers in both summer and winter here in […]
I’ve been spending more time in my garden in the past few weeks. I’m trying to bring the birds to me–more about that in an upcoming post. I was surprised to find my hydrangea bushes putting on a few late blooms. They are especially pretty after rain! I played with a few Nik Color Efex […]
My hummingbird garden is growing nicely with all the rain we’ve been having! If only the hummer numbers grew as quickly. We’ve had a couple this summer, but no regular customers. Yet. I’ll keep the nectar coming!
We have two pineapples growing in our pineapple patch this year. They are getting bigger. I can’t wait to taste them!
I went out to take my traditional azalea picture of the bushes in our front yard. They are in full bloom right now, and they are so pretty! Then I realized that I’ve been blogging for over five years now, and I think I have a “first azalea of spring” shot from each year. So […]
A flock of Cedar Waxwings was in the backyard last night. Why is it that you never have a camera outside with you when the good birds come to town? Of course they left before I got back. So I turned the camera on the orange blooms that are covering our little tree right now…
Soon the mushrooms will be growing!!
The cats and I were both surprised the other day when we went outside and found this moth clinging to our porch screen. I’m not sure what kind of moth it is, but it’s kinda pretty (in a mothy way!)
We’ve had a couple of new visitors to the backyard lately, including the following: A Ruby-Throated Hummingbird! He was hovering around my firecracker plant. Rich saw him and I didn’t. Not fair! Barn Swallows. They swoop in and out of the yard in the evenings. I wish I could get a picture. Their feathers are […]
I’ve been noticing many more bugs in the backyard since I stopped spraying my roses with pesticides on a regular basis. I have no idea what this bug is, but he was quite happy to hang out on my Indigo Spires salvia.