Thursday, April 17, 2014

Floral Love {Hyacinth Blue}

I don't think anyone really considers these hyacinths as Easter flowers, but they are my favorite, favorite color!  I found them in the garden section of a home improvement store.  Now I'm determined to plant bulbs in a large pot this fall to see if I can create this beautiful hyacinth blue collection.  Today, I'm joining with Mona's Floral Love.

Edited with Flypaper's "Angelique Glace" texture

Monday, April 14, 2014

Perfectly Imperfect

"For the Love Of..." continues on Kim's Texture Tuesday this week; currently, it's "Perfectly Imperfect."

Edited with Topaz Detail 3, kk_justatouch2,  Picasa dropshadow frame

Week 16 of Project 52

These trees are at the entrance to a small shopping mall near my home.  They were so beautiful against the spring sky when I noticed them.  The image is my choice #16 for Kent Weakley's Project 52 and Sweet Shot Tuesday.

Spring in the Woods

I live in a valley surrounded by hills, mountains and evergreen forests.  Yesterday, my husband suggested a drive north about 8 miles to look for mushrooms.  We didn't find mushrooms, but there were other signs of spring.  I hadn't seen a trillium in years because I generally don't go out into the woods anymore.  They are a delightful sign of spring.  And  buttercups! When I was a child, these yellow gems grew in various locations close to home.

I've never seen trilliums growing in bunches before.

(clockwise from top left)Yellow Fawn lily, buttercup, lichen on the stump of a pine branch, and an unidentified purple flower --my wildflower book doesn't identify it.

"Buds" on a young Western Larch (tamarack) tree

A forest of young Western Larch trees, which turn yellow in the fall and drop their needles

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Floral Love {Hardy Magnolia}

I've discovered that magnolias come in a variety of colors and shapes.  I even found a cold-weather-hardy variety along a back road in my old hometown. My new-found interest in magnolias is leading me to strongly consider buying and planting one in my own yard!    Linking up with Mona's Picturesque Floral Love.

Edited with Mona's "Atwood" and "Dickinson" textures


I have a new macro lens and I'm experimenting with it indoors, for the present.

Monday, April 7, 2014

For The Love of Flowering Trees

We don't have magnolia trees in my little corner of NE Oregon; across the mountains is a slightly more temperate climate, where flowering trees abound.  I drive to photograph dogwood blossoms in late April and early May, but this is the first year I've gone early enough to see the magnolia trees.  I'm joining in with Kim Klassen's Texture Tuesday --"For The Love Of..."  

Edited with RadLab and Kim's "PinItOnly6" texture, Steve Rich's page curl