Bee

red and yellow zinnia with bee

Bee

The bright red color of this zinnia is what originally caught my eye, but once I noticed the bee buzzing around it, I began shooting away hoping to get a decent shot of it at work.  This image was taken with a new lens, and I really like the way the petals seem to pop out of it.  Once again, I am reminded of the simplistic beauty of my surroundings!

Southwest Sunflower

sunflower against bright blue desert sky

Southwest Sunflower

This sunflower, one of several in the area, towered over my head as it stretched toward the bright blue early morning sky in Bluff, Utah.  It seems amazing to me that these can grow this tall and strong out of nothing but sand and red dirt.  It was a welcome relief to the eye from the dusty reds and browns of the surrounding scenery.

Morning Light

purple flower shot in morning sunlight

Morning Light

I woke up early this morning and couldn’t go back to sleep!  This is something that only seems to happen to me in the summer… when I have the luxury of sleeping late.  In the winter, when it is cold and grey and dark outside, the alarm rudely jolts me awake every morning.  Anyway, the house was quiet, so I decided to take a little drive and do a little shooting in the morning light.  Thanks to inspiration from a great photography book I am currently enjoying, I shot this purple flower not only from the front, but also from underneath, with the sun behind it.  I love the result!  Can’t wait to try this technique with my new lens – coming on the big brown truck today!!!

Echeveria

orange pink bloom on echeveria cactus

Echeveria

I took advantage of some beautiful morning light this morning to try to get a shot of the bloom on the Echeveria Cactus on my deck.  Although I’ve owned it for a couple of years, this is the first time it has ever bloomed for me, surprising me with these beautiful pink/orange flowers.

Sunflower

fall sunflower against a cloudy sky

Sunflower

The more I come across this image in my photo library of a sunflower set against a fall sky, the more I like it.  The strength of sunflowers always amazes me.  Its huge, dense head is actually a mass of thousands of flowers, and can weigh several pounds.  At its center, the flower petals are actually in a very complex spiral pattern.  In addition to its beauty, the sunflower’s determination to withstand the conditions of its environment and reach the sky is inspiring.

Field of Gold

yellow flowers in field in vermont

Field of Gold

This beautiful field of yellow drew my attention for days before the clouds were finally just right for a nice shot.  We were in and near Stowe, VT in the summer of 2010, and enjoyed the peace and tranquility that only Vermont can offer.  This photo represents that for me.  Hope I’ll get to revisit with a nice wide angle lens someday!  :)

April Showers

yellow spring flower

April Showers

As I’ve mentioned in a previous post, our Spring this year, at least lately, has been very, very, very wet!  The silver lining of all of the dark and grey days is the rebirth of so many things that have been quietly asleep over the winter.  The new green of the trees and grass is so striking and, as the saying goes, April showers do, indeed, bring May flowers.