Monthly Archives: May 2017

“Star-of-Bethlehem”

“Star-of-Bethlehem” - Ornithogalum umbellatum

“What we do see depends mainly on what we look for. … In the same field the farmer will notice the crop, the geologists the fossils, botanists the flowers, artists the colouring, sportsmen the cover for the game. Though we may all look at the same things, it does not all follow that we should see them.”
― John Lubbock

This was, at one time, yet another ‘mystery’ plant that came from my mother-in-law’s garden when she moved. Many plants had finished blooming at the time she moved and I just stuck them into convenient locations and waited to see what emerged the following spring.

I almost weeded this one out, as it looks a lot like wide bladed grass when it leafs out. Then, suddenly, it’s filled with lovely white blossoms. I looked it up in one of my plant books, also discovering it’s yet another ‘non-native’ plant, imported from Eurasia and Africa as an early flowering garden plant. Of late, I’ve been sharing my photos on an amateur botany site and get some interesting reactions when I post ‘non-native’ plants. So, I think I will hold off on this one.

I made this image between frequent rain showers, which have been so prevalent the past few weeks, and the water droplets give it a nice effect.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 (272ENII)@90mm
1/250 sec, f/7.1 ISO 100

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“Dame’s Rocket’” – Hesperis matronalis

“Dame’s Rocket’” - Hesperis matronalis

“I think I like wildflowers best,” I explain. “They just grow wherever they want. No one has to plant them. And then their seeds blow in the wind and they find a new place to grow.” 
― Rebecca Donovan

The first wave of pinks is on its way. Dame’s Rocket looks a lot like garden phlox. In fact, at one time I used to call it phlox. Around here it varies from pure white, through various hues of pink and purple. I’ve also deliberately planted it in my garden, but it has a mind of its own, favouring the open field beyond my fence. Only a few stragglers remain in the garden where I planted them.

It is most enjoyable watching the cycle of colours, from the whites of late spring to the current wave of pinks, purples, and yellows. With all the rain lately, I think I may have missed most of the flowers trees. I’m hoping to get out a few evenings this week to see what’s new.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 (272ENII)@90mm
1/10 sec, f/29.0 ISO 100

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“Lily of the Valley”

“Lily of the Valley”

“If people did not love one another, I really don’t see what use there would be in having any spring.”
― Victor Hugo

This flower is my sure sign of spring. Though it was a bit late this year, due to cooler, wetter days, it still managed to bloom in May. There always seem to be a few hardy specimens that bloom early, despite cooler weather.

May is a busy month of celebrations in our family. It’s my wife’s birthday, my anniversary, my mother-in-law’s birthday, and my oldest daughter’s birthday, within a two-week span. And the lily of the valley is usually part of those celebrations, adding its sweet fragrance throughout.

With its brilliant white, bell-shaped flowers, it proved a bit more of a challenge to photograph that I had first thought. Either when whites were blown out or the green leaves were too dark. I managed to finally find the balance and am sharing it here.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 (272ENII)@90mm
2.0 sec, f/36.0 ISO 100

High Resolution image on 500px

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“Strawberry Blossoms”

“Strawberry Blossoms”

“The early dew-falls that did a pristine coating,
over the woods with its finest transparency,
glazed as like its wet white-glassy earrings that hung on the ears of wild flowers—unlatched my fancy.”
― Nithin Purple

The spring flowers continue, including fresh strawberry blossoms in the backyard. The plants are volunteers, likely from seeds deposited by a bird. The plants have spread throughout a corner of the garden and have in past years produced sparse fruit, which is quickly eaten by birds.

I was out yesterday morning after a brief shower had passed, leaving the leaves bejewelled with droplets of mist. The composition was just ready for a quick snap. It leaves me with an impression of freshness.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 (272ENII)@90mm
1/50 sec, f/14.0 ISO 100

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“Happy 90th Lois”

“Happy 90th Lois”

“God give me work, till my life shall end
And life, till my work is done.”

I married her youngest daughter twenty-six years ago and have grown to appreciate a loving a caring mother-in-law. Through good times and bad times, she has been a constant example of solid faith and patience. Always ready to help in any way she can.

This short post really does not do justice to what she represents to me, and my family. We are just so happy to have had her in our lives for so many years. So, today we celebrate 90 years of love and caring. 90 years loved.

The wonderful cake pictured above was made by our neighbour, as a centerpiece.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 (272ENII)@90mm
2.0 sec, f/29.0 ISO 100

“Forget-Me-Not”

“Forget-Me-Not”

“Forget-me-nots… She loved those flowers more than any other in their big beautiful garden or in the whole wide world for that matter. They were sky blue, just like his eyes, they held a promise… Forget me not.”
― Melanie Sargsian

Well, here I am, back to living flowers. It can be partially attributed to the rain finally letting off, for today at least. It’s been terribly wet this spring, and even as I write, sun streaming in my window, dark clouds loom to the west, so it may be a short-lived reprieve.

I did take the opportunity this morning to step into the yard and snap a few photos of my early bloomers. Amongst the planted flowers, I keep getting clumps of Forget-Me-Nots. “Volunteers” from a previous neighbour, I usually weed them out quickly after their first blooming, lest they take over. Such a beautiful, delicate little flower, yet prolific in seeds.

Since the morning light was soft and indirect, I was able to keep the background a bit more muted. Along the theme of my studio work, I like to be able to isolate the blossoms, so that I can focus on them alone, without visual distractions in the background. In this  case, I believe it also compliments the image and adds a bit of mood to the scene.

Of course, shooting outdoors, with even a very slight breeze, required a faster shutter speed and wider aperture to keep the image crisp.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 (272ENII)@90mm
1/100 sec, f/9.0 ISO 100

High Resolution image on 500px

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