Yup… another post about flowers and summer gardens. I’ve seen them popping up like weeds throughout the blogosphere lately, and feel compelled to write (another) one of my own. But in some sense, I view this as a public service: in just a few short months, those of us in the Northern Hemisphere will be starved for color, and these summer blog posts will help get us through the long winter.
I had few small personal victories this week. For quite awhile, I’ve struggled to find a good perspective of Minns Garden that included the statue that’s tucked away in the corner. I finally found one that seems to work:
A few days after I took that picture, I was driving home late in the evening and happened to see a field of sunflowers. I had recently read that sunflowers are heliotropic – their heads face the sun – but these were all facing away. Wikipedia confirms that mature sunflowers face east – so evidently this one, that was about 6 feet tall, is mature:
I’ve never been much of a gardener, myself. Although I admire people who are willing to plan and execute a garden design, and then spend hours digging weeds, I’m happy enough to enjoy the gardens that others make publicly available for viewing. Today, one of my local photog friends clued me in to a garden at a private home that was open for visitors. It was amazing! You can get an idea of the size of it in this gazing globe:
The garden featured a large lotus pond, with at least a dozen lotus flowers in bloom:
My final garden offering for today is this shot of a hummingbird. I’ve always been jealous of other people’s hummingbird photos, and was so delighted today when this scene presented itself. I had set my camera to capture the bees hovering around a trumpet vine, and happened to notice that there was something much larger than a bee, a little farther up:
If you’ve made it this far, many thanks! I’ll try to control my urge to write more posts about flowers and gardens, but I can’t promise anything.
About the photography: In the spirit of maintaining the educational aspect of this blog, my plan is that unless the post is about a new technique, or an epiphanal experience, I will share the camera settings in the captions and anything else noteworthy in a footnote. For this post, I’d like to point out that even at a shutter speed of 1/3200, the hummingbird wings still show motion blur.
(Post modified 8/5 to include hummingbird photo modified with texture)