Thursday, August 21, 2014

Hydrangea #2

I'll continue to work with the one hydrangea flower head to see what I can do with it.

Edited with RadLab and pdpa Notes de Provence

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Hydrangea #1

I read that cutting hydrangeas might negatively affect their blooming the next season; I've had this hydrangea bush for several years and it's finally looking great!  However, I cut one blossom today so I can do a series of photos with it as the subject.

Edited with Kim Klassen's kkflow and PicMonkey, with a drop shadow frame in Picasa

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Project 52 2014 #34

Joining with Kent Weakley's Project 52 and Sweet Shot Tuesday.

My husband and I took a drive some 30+ miles from our home on Saturday. At the edge of one of the little rural towns (all towns but one in our entire area are small), two gray horses stood next to the fence, snoozing in the afternoon heat.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Week 33 of Project 52

I am definitely challenged when it comes to photographing the moon...even a "supermoon."  This time, I researched what to do, what settings for my camera, etc., etc.  I was behind before I started, because I forgot the moon now rises more to the south; it was already past "moon rise" when I started out.  My husband drove me a little out into the country so there would be no utility wires or rooftops.  My photos looked terrible when I checked them; they seemed underexposed and out-of-focus.   We returned to the house in frustration, but I decided to try again.  I'm still not pleased with the focus, but my 70-300mm lens has been a disappointment in that area.   Here is my version of the second "supermoon" of 2014, definitely looking supernatural because of the massive wildfires in this part of the country.

Joining with Kent Weakley's Project 52 and Sweet Shot Tuesday:

Joining with Wordless Wednesday

Texture Tuesday {Chocolate Cosmos}

Linking up with Kim Klassen's Texture Tuesday --


Edited with kk_lightpaper4

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Delightful Dahlias

One of my nieces is a Biology major who is also flower-crazy!  She plants bunches of bulbs, and is especially enamored of dahlias.  (I grow them as annuals, because I don't want to deal with lifting bulbs in the fall and keeping them protected all winter!)  She fudged on the bloom time by first planting in a greenhouse and transplanting the plants.  My dahlias haven't even budded, but hers are blooming.  On a recent visit to her flowers, I snapped some photos with my phone.