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.

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.

Yellow

yellow spring tulip

Yellow

Another shot from the tulip outing the other day, this yellow beauty was another of my favorites.  It was in a very large grouping of all yellow tulips.  About the only thing I love more than a tulip is a large group of tulips all of the same color and reaching for the sky in unison.  Shot late in the afternoon, the yellow of these tulips was very striking as it brought some cheer to a somewhat dreary Spring day.

Daffoldil

orange and white daffodil spring flower

Daffodil

I am loving this Spring and all of the lively colors it has brought.  Having spent much of my life in places that either don’t really have Spring, or where Spring lasts only a day or two, I find Springtime in Virginia to be so nice and long.  It seems that every day another beautiful color shows itself.  I’m loving it!

 

Yellow Therapy

Yellow Therapy

After many days of dangling Spring just in front of us, Mother Nature has given us a weekend of nothing but cool, grey rain.  When deciding on an image to post tonight, this bright yellow bloom seemed to bring me hope that we will, indeed, see the sun again soon.

Orange Bloom

Orange Bloom

This shot was taken in the summertime in Vermont.  I don’t think I had ever seen a flower quite like this, and I still don’t know exactly what it was.  At the time, I was struck by how delicate the petals appear – almost like crepe paper, yet they had just withstood a windy downpour.  I am often impressed by the strength and determination of what looks to the eye to be fragile and frail.

Mississippi Magnolia

Mississippi Magnolia

The state flower of Mississippi since 1952, the magnolia is one of the most beautiful flowers you will ever see.  The blooms are large and fragrant, and may be white, pink, purple, green or yellow.  The magnolia tree is evergreen with large, simple waxy leaves that are a deep green on top, and brownish red underneath.  The beautiful magnolia will forever remind me of the beautiful and friendly people of Mississippi.