Friday, April 28, 2006
Flowers from my yard
Here is a closer view of some of the flowers, with one that is just changing from a bud into a flower:
Here is an even closer view. You'd never guess that I really like taking closeup and macro type photos:
These photos were taken last Sunday. When the weather is nice here in the north west it is really beautiful, with clear blue skies and lots of sunshine. We had a bit of a drop in temperatures and some clouds Tuesday with trace amounts of rain overnight but by Wednesday afternoon the weather was back to being pretty nice. I started mowing my lawn Tue because I thought from the weather report we were to have rain overnight and into Wed morning, but there didn't turn out to be much. Seattle gets ten inches a year more precipitation than my town of Mt. Vernon, 60 miles north of Seattle. The weather reports are on a Seattle TV station. I did get the lawn mowing finished this morning.
Annie was the Queen and the lady who started the Little Mountain Red Hatter chapter here in Mt. Vernon. So, when she bought tulips you can bet that they were red and purple. I didn't get them planted before we left on our Snowbird trip in Dec, 2004 but one of our great neighbors did plant them for her while we were gone. This is their second season and they are beautiful. Here is a photo showing one of the purple ones and a couple of the reds along with it:
I don't know what the yellow flowers in the background are either. They are kind of a ground cover type thing, small in size. Here's a close up of a purple tulip:
I have a macro lens that I like to play with and it allows photos so close you get a one to one size. I moved in nearly that close for this next macro shot looking down into one of the red tulips:
I have a bunch of these smaller yellow flowers, many of them in the grass. Yeah, I do know what they are and they are too prolific, but they actually are kind of pretty in their own way, too. The white flowers in the background are another of the ground cover type ones in the garden:
If you want to see any of these in a larger size, just click on it with your mouse and you will be whisked to my photo site on Flickr. Click on "All Sizes" at the top of the photo and it will come up in the largest size. I usually upload them to Flickr in the 800 by about 542 pixel size.
Today I spent time at church helping to setup for tomorrow's plant and book sale, with an English tea lunch served also. Annie worked on it last year and I felt I wanted to lend a hand helping this year as she can't do it this time. Of course I also bought some books and will probably find more tomorrow that I want (need.) There are over 3300 books there to choose from. I will take my camera and see if I can't get some photos of the event and maybe post some later.
When I was stationed in ADAK, AK, the tundra was so bleak and brown, and when the dandilions bloomed around the B.O.Q, I thought they were soooo pretty!! Then came july and the whole Tundra was purple with lupines and orchids.
You take lovely photos, Dick! I used to have a camera with a macro on it, and had fun playing with it. My sister is the photo expert in our family.
You take such gorgeous pictures, Dick. I envy you. The tulips and the flowering tree all are beautiful. :-)
Take care, Meow
I love nature and you capture it well.
When Annie died I notified Social Security of her death. I signed up to start my own SS after my 62nd birthday in Sep but the guy I talked with said he could sign me up for a survivor benefit on Annie's until mine started, three months of that benefit. It provided enough extra money to buy a Nikon D70s digital single lens reflex (SLR) camera that I'd wanted but wasn't willing to spend the money on. I consider it an unplanned gift from Annie for something to spend time doing after she was no longer with me. I added some accessories including a 90mm Tamron macro lens, which was used on these yard flowers.
I have a lot to learn but it sure is fun going through that process. I also have a small Sony digital that is useful as it will fit in a pocket. I'll take it along when I don't have room for the Nikon, like on the plane ride to Tucson to drive the Miata home. Digital pics are great as the media encourages you to take a lot of photos. The cost is low or non-existant once you have the equipment and you can easily delete the failures. It combines photography and playing with computers, two activities I enjoy.
I've spent the last four days undoing last summer's neglect. My pansies sure are pretty!
Our soil is all salt. We are limited to what will grow. For some reason we all have the nicest tulips and rose bushes.
I'm inspired. Got to dig out my little p&s digital and try again. TTFN
I just started reading your blog and am loving to hear of your travels
I'm also digging your pics, I'm an artist and the macro shot of the red tulip makes me want to paint
i'm looking for a nice digital and may follow you on this one
thanks for sharing and God Bless you
"a new fan"
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