And now for something completely different...
And now for something completely different...the tulips have blossomed in our rear neighbor's backyard...good thing he doesn't mind me taking photos of them. The day I took these shots was the first day they opened up...so lovely to behold. And the dandylion I found on our trip to Indiana. We stopped at a rest stop/hotel, and the wind was only blowing around 40 mph or so; I couldn't believe this one came out as it did. C&c ok, and thanks for lookin'...
Jaryd stayed overnight and this morning we were outside bright and early. He likes to search for spider webs in the dew and then we try to fool the spiders into coming out by dropping a little piece of paper or something on the web. I was on the porch soaking up some early morning sun when he yelled at me to come look at the ice! Well, it was about 75 degrees so I didn't think he actually saw any ice so I told him to stay away thinking it was glass or something and went to look. What it was was some dandelions with so much dew on them that they looked like they were frosted over with ice. So, I dragged out the camera to take some shots which you'd think would be easy but he kept standing where he blocked the sun. I'd move him back and each time I went to line up the shot again he'd move back. Finally, I threatened him with bodily harm which scared him tremendously and he moved around on the other side... where he began to try and blow the seeds off the dandelions. I persevered though and managed a couple shots.
Here's one of Jaryd playin' in the dirt as boys are prone to do!
Ode to the dandelion
sapientia of Margaret
Sex Organs of Plants
Macro (close-up) photography is the niche I've found. The links below lead to photographs of flowers taken around my neighborhood in coastal Massachusetts by a Nikon Coolpix 4500 digital camera, mostly in manual mode.
The thumbnail is a daffodil.
An ant drinking dandelion wine, so to speak.
The zaftig blossoms of a pea plant growing by the sea.
A poppy has learned the subtle art of mutually beneficial trickery.
Chicory, viewed beneath a camera's lens, seethes with pollen.
Sorry about the poetic descriptions -- I couldn't resist.