Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Monday, May 30, 2016
My first day of the summer in which I don''t have to work. The little dog has me up early and I get rewarded with this view.
The sky was decorated with clouds for a long distance in the vertical. It helps for me to get a good shot even with my foreground below all this being very undesirable. This could be a sky on the North Shore of Minnesota as I remember them well. The balsam pine tree represents the state as there are so many of these pines everywhere. My neighbors row of trees on the right of the photo makes it look like we are in a forest.
I was up early enough to get my flag hung on the front porch. When you get up early you have extra trime to remember to get it up on Memorial Day. I will leave it up all summer. Photos will be following in a few days.
Saturday, May 28, 2016
Friday, May 27, 2016
I am taking a day off from showing another iris shot. I do have plenty that I can share but these blooms from my mock orange shrub are just now blooming. The fragrance is so wonderful. The shrub isn't really in full bloom yet but the flowers have started opening a few days ago.
Thursday, May 26, 2016
I am up early with the dog and the sun shines brightly giving me a strong light on this new iris. The iPhone picture is adequate but not my best work. I bought this iris last summer and planted it so as to give it time to establish itself. I don't always succeed in getting them to bloom the next spring but it did this time. I guess it does make sense to get as much growth out of them even if they are new. I know normally an iris planted in the fall will never bloom in the spring.
Wednesday, May 25, 2016
There is no perfect angle in which to take a shot of a flag iris bloom. The three falls and other petals never line up well with the camera.
Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Monday, May 23, 2016
A horizon shot should be horizontal but I found that it can work both ways. With our small dog getting me up so early I just grab the cell phone just in case there might be a good sky. I generally carry him out to the end of the patio so I get to see the full effects of the morning sunrise. As you can see it is a lot of color. Because of the way the earth is tilting the sun now shows up way to the left of this photo. I can only get sky and not the sun involved with it. I guess if the sun was up that maybe the colors in the clouds would be this great.
The camper and the truck that sits across the street are not at the camping grounds so I can get a pretty good foreground that looks natural. The flag does show up in the top photo hinting at the human footprint.
Sunday, May 22, 2016
While out working in the yard I watched this flag iris unfurl. The one front petal was out when I started work out there and by in a few hours it was all unfolded. The color actually was darker as it opened but then lightened in color by afternoon. I at first thought it was my dark blue variety. I am going to have many blooms on this plant as you can see the buds on the stems.
Saturday, May 21, 2016
I was surprised to see this open up a couple of days ago. This old fashion iris was among the iris that were being destroyed by the iris borer. I did move some of it but it took two years to revive. The place where it originally had grown has no iris plants there now.
I remember the iris with brown falls when they really are almost purple in color. I guess I have remembered them wrong and the light that they are growing in shows the blue purple color. When this iris was blooming in its full glory years ago I could take group shots of it in a row of vast flowers. Maybe that will happen again next year. It is truly an old cemetery iris with its size being small and the proportions of the falls being equal in size to the top of the flower.
Friday, May 20, 2016
Thursday, May 19, 2016
The wild rose is Iowa's state flower. I had a large patch of these in the back yard and for some reason the majority of it died out. I didn't study the weather patterns enough to know what caused it. I do know that it is hard to kill so I was surprised. Anyway, I have about three stray outcroppings of it that is healthy. I am going to get to see and photograph many blooms of the wild rose this year. This rose grows wild in Iowa as well as Minnesota. I have seen it growing along the shores of the Atlantic ocean near Bar Harbor, Maine. The variety in Maine seemed a little more rugged as it was on a cliff above the ocean. I expect it has some really rough winters to survive and that makes it a tougher plant.
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
The sky was showing off the clouds on a sunny day. It has warmed up a bit but their seems to be a chill in the air.
I try hard to get a sky shot that doesn't show man made structures. If I crop them out then I don't have all of the great looking sky in the photo.
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
I shared my doubts that I wasn't going to get much of a show from this plant. I did get to see this one strand of bleeding hearts develop and it does make a good show for the one branch. It is the only branch that I have on the plant though. Maybe next year I can have two strands of them.
Monday, May 16, 2016
Sunday, May 15, 2016
Saturday, May 14, 2016
When I have iris like this I have to share them. If you get bored with them just click me away from your sight. I wil try to make as many different creative shots that I can for the sake of variety. The illusion that the photo gives is that the iris looks like a large hybrid. It really isn't a large iris at all. It just has good bones and I have taken the photo as close as possible.
Friday, May 13, 2016
Thursday, May 12, 2016
This seems to be a shorter variety of my two white iris. I have another one that is a tall stemmed variety. It isn't blooming yet. This plant took two years to get itself established. I think there are two more buds yet to bloom on this plant. I am glad I caught this shot before the rains hit in the afternoon that I took the photo.
Wednesday, May 11, 2016
Monday, May 9, 2016
As the last tulip stands tall in the orchard it shows that it has aged in the weather. It really has held itself together in spite of the rain and the wind that we have had for a few weeks.
br /> As it matures the colors change. Some parts are fading and other parts are deepening in color. The curling of the first petal indicates its is about to be done for the year.
The tulips have a wonderful design to them with the overlapping curved leaves. At the end the leaves all just flop open and fall off the stem. The leaves are busy nourishing the bulb for the next year.
Sunday, May 8, 2016
Saturday, May 7, 2016
It is never a perfect photo when you want one. The best shot of the iris is one that has the top chopped off. The heat of the day was hard on them along with a mild wind. The iris petals are flimsy and most of the ones open had at least one part of it bent awkwardly.
The earliest variety that blooms is the old fashion iris. They are smaller that the special hybrids. I call them cemetery iris as that is where most of them still grow freely in our state. I am thinking I took a start of it many years ago and now I am moving it around to different areas of the property.
Friday, May 6, 2016
I have been sharing the bud for days and yesterday the warm weather made one of them open. It can almost look like a poppy flower but its petals overlap a little more than a poppy.
Thursday, May 5, 2016
When the sun started to shine after many cloudy days I could tell I was going to get great shots. The sun was in the west and when that first macro looked this great, I knew I was going to get a bunch of good shots. The camera liked the amount of light it was reading from the flowers. It is always a challenge when the light is not perfect. This tulip has been long standing by itself right outside my door.
Wednesday, May 4, 2016
River birch continues to shed its bark as it grows bigger. It is so different that the white birch in bark growth.
The white birch is actually older than the river birch. The size of the trunk and the height of it would show that if I placed them side by side for comparison.
Tuesday, May 3, 2016
The only part of the story that isn't shown here is that the new neighbor decided to chopped every single white lilac down to a stubby stem. One lone stem refused to be treated so badly that it still put out leaves and some blooms. This is the one and only bloom left after the chopper process was done.
Monday, May 2, 2016
I took it because I didn't think I was going to be able to get a good front view of the blooms. This apple tree seems to be the only one of my three that still has blooms.