Backyard photography

Roses and Butterflies in the Backyard

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Hairstreak Butterfly

It’s been a while since I’ve written about the roses and butterflies in the backyard.  While I love to go cool places to photograph birds, sometimes the best opportunities come in your own backyard. As frequent readers of my blog know, I have a bit of a green thumb, and I’ve landscaped our garden with hummingbirds and butterflies in mind.  I used to have lots of rosebushes, as described on my Backyard Roses page, but I became increasingly bothered by the number of pesticides and fungicides that I had to use to keep the bushes healthy.  Those things just aren’t good for the birds and insects that are part of a healthy backyard ecosystem. So I ended up downsizing the rose garden to just a few bushes, including one of my favorites, ‘Gold Medal.’ I’m frequently asked if the dew and raindrops on my flower photos are natural or staged.  They are absolutely natural!  That’s the great part of having flowers in your yard – you can photograph them in the early hours of the morning before the dew dries.  (The truth be told, all my staged dewdrops bead too perfectly and look fake!) I was out fertilizing my rosebushes when I noticed […]

Backyard photography

Take Time to Smell the Flowers

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This is my ‘Hot Cocoa’ rose that has been blooming wonderfully for the past few weeks. All my roses are doing really well, and standing up to the heat better this summer than ever before (knock wood!) One of our young neighbors loves to come and smell the roses in the evenings. Her happy squeal is fun to hear! Hi, Elizabeth… :)