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!

Quintessential Cowboy

cowboy on bench in santa fe

Quintessential Cowboy

As friends who were with me could attest to, it took several attempts to capture this image of a waiting cowboy in Santa Fe, New Mexico.  He was interesting to me, with his yellow shirt and matching boots as he sat, kicked back, waiting for his shopping companion.  I didn’t want too much background distraction, and it was a busy day in the square, but I finally lucked upon a scene in which he was the only character.  I am fairly happy with the result, as I think it portrays the true feeling of Santa Fe.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Desert Giant

Desert Giant

Over the years, I have been blessed to spend quite a bit of time in the desert Southwest.  The landscape there is so very different from the lush green I am used to, and even the flat foreverness of West Texas, where I grew up.  Every time I am there, I am struck by the light.  The light in the desert Southwest is just different.  It’s richer, deeper, and seems to change the color of everything it hits.  I will never get tired of photographing the beauty of this part of our country.