Gaillardia This flower has been blooming in my pollinator garden for about three weeks now. I believe this is some variety of Gaillardia, but it's totally different in color and size from the "Blanket Flower" I have. This reaches 2' in height, where the Blanket Flower is only about 6". Coloring on the Blanket Flower … Continue reading Gaillardia
Garden Path Somewhat rare today, Hollyhocks were common during the Victorian era, symbolizing ambition and vigor. Hopefully, they will attract hummingbirds and butterflies. They are doing very well this year on both sides of our garden path. Thought for the Day: All the flowers of tomorrow are in the seeds of today.Indian Proverb
Peony Petals Peonies are early bloomers, generally around mid-May. They are popular flowers for decorating graves on Memorial Day. By early June the plants have lost their vigor. The stems are sagging from the heavy blooms, the petals are wilting and falling everywhere. What now? Leave it to an 8-year old. Toss them in the … Continue reading Peony Shower
Wasp The blooming flowers are attracting a lot of pollinators. This particular wasp seemed to be more attracted to the wet leaves than the blooming cone flowers near by. Thought for the Day: Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.Seneca
Nice Touch A new year, out with the old in with the new, a new beginning. Forget the mistakes of the past and look forward. Unburden yourself of past mistakes and boldly step forward with a positive attitude. Like the dawn of a new day, I like to think of it as a fresh start. … Continue reading New Beginning
Monet's Grave Claude Monet is buried in the Giverny church graveyard along with all of his children. As expected, the otherwise simple plot is full of flowers. Thought for the Day: My wish is to stay always like this, living quietly in the corner of nature.Claude Monet
Nebraska schools open in mid-August now, even the colleges are starting before Labor Day anymore. In Europe, however, September 1st is the "standard" opening day of school. September 1st is almost like a national holiday. Kids dress up, families dress up for formal pictures and escort their kids to school. Flowers are presented to the … Continue reading Back to School
Robert Buchart, pioneer in the growing cement industry, opened a limestone quarry in 1904. As the limestone deposits depleted, Robert's wife, Jennie, hauled in tons of topsoil from their nearby farm to plant flowers. She was determined to turn the giant eyesore into something of beauty. Exotic plants from all over the world were imported. … Continue reading Sunken Garden
September First is a very important and celebrated day in Estonia -- the first day of school. Flower shops lining the old cobblestone streets of Tallinn are very busy. Every child, from preschool age through high school, was carrying a flower or bouquet to their teacher. The students dress up and many are escorted to … Continue reading September First
In the southwest corner of Yosemite NP there is a small town named Wanona, CA. I was doing a bit of exploring, which is a nice way of saying, "I was snooping around". In the back of this broken down abandoned cabin was a field of purple wild flowers. I laid down to get a better … Continue reading Pacific Lupine
I like flowers. I like all plants, especially those you can eat, and not-so-much those that make you itch or sneeze. Like this yellow rose, e.g; beautiful, gorgeous, a sight to behold. But there is a limit to how long I can stare at one plant. Not so with the "plant ladies", who stood in one … Continue reading Two Ladies and a Rose
Anybody know what this flower is is called? I took this picture about two years ago in the flower garden of a local Midwest newspaper columnist. The plant is bush-like, standing approx. 3 ft. high, and apparently does well in full sun. The spike-like bloom is 6-8" long. The photo was taken in early September. … Continue reading What Is It?
I found this bit of artistic expression on a residential street in Dingle, Ireland -- a small coastal town near Dingle Bay. It was raining, of course, so the only color that was reaching my lens was gray ... until I came upon these yellow flowers planted in a pair of colorfully painted combat boots. … Continue reading Valentine Grunge
This is a photographer's blog, so I guess there should be more photos than I've been putting up lately. Last weekend I went to the annual flower show at St. Cecilia's Cathedral. Whether you like flowers or not, the cathedral alone is a photographer's dream -- the architecture, statuary and artifacts provide endless "Kodak moments". … Continue reading Flower Show
Prairie Burn Earlier this week I had the opportunity to document the controlled burning of 35 acres of native grasses and wild flowers. What was once left to Mother Nature, with lightning strikes and wildfires, today's prairies are nurtured with periodic, carefully-planned and controlled burns. Native grasses can grow over six feet tall. … Continue reading Burn Baby, Burn!
Have you ever felt like a fifth wheel? ... or odd man out? ... or the last one picked when sides are chosen on the playground? ... or you were swimming upstream? ... or you were the only kid not sitting at the lunchroom "cool table"? ... or you were sittting in the back seat … Continue reading Odd Ball
Another highlight of my Oregon trip was the Japanese Gardens in Portland. This place is a photographer's paradise. I've never seen so many tripod-mounted cameras in one place; for a minute I thought I was witnessing the summer solstice at Stonehenge. The abundance of foliage combined with Portland's typically overcast day makes for many low-lighted scenes, and a … Continue reading Japanese Gardens
Contrary to popular belief, the sun does shine in Oregon, although I was beginning to wonder the day before this picture was taken. In the previous blog, "Rain, Rain, Go Away", we were traveling north on Highway 101 from Newport to Astoria, but we only made it to Seaside. It was clear as a bell … Continue reading Oregon’s Coast
My wife was reading an article about Death Valley in the Travel section of the local newspaper. She said, "Let's go see Death Valley!" I was not interested. "Why?", I asked, "There's nothing there but heat and desolation". This is how I pictured Death Valley, but without the snow capped Panamint Mountains in the … Continue reading Death Valley National Park
After a predawn shower, the clouds cleared and the sun came out to put this sunflower in the best light possible. The sunflower was a gardening experiment in the back yard, so I didn't have to go far to catch this beauty.