Thursday, June 28, 2012

Spent Rhodendron Heart

The rhododendrons, which came late this year but stayed around for a long time, are showing their final colors.

As the flowers fade and droop, their colors also fade.

But their heart shows up really, really well!

To see hearts from around the world, visit "Random Hearts" - and share YOUR heart on "Guest Heart Thursday"!

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Day Lily Before and After the Rain

I was walking at The Abandoned yesterday, when I saw a beautiful day lily - just as the sun disappeared behind some threatening clouds.

It poured for about 20 minutes while I waited inside the building ...
then the sun came back.

I went back outside - and found the drenched lily I had just taken a picture of ...
With a different beauty than it had before the rain!

Friday, June 22, 2012

The Hidden Fire of Iris ...

Looking into the throat of a sun-soaked iris ... I got the feeling I had fallen into a different world ...
A magical place of fire and water ...
Of awe and wonder ...

This week, Tina's PicStory is celebrating 52 weeks of "Weekend Flowers" with the theme "Macro" - come on over and see some of the most amazing flower photographers in all of blogland!

((Wow, I can't believe it's been a year!!!
Thank you, Tina for hosting!))

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Rose Macro Heart

I was playing around with my "macro" settings ...
And the yellow roses in mom's flower garden.

I was surprised to find, in the center of one of the roses ...
A tiny yet perfect heart!
(If you click on the picture to enlarge it, you will see it better!)

To see hearts from around the world, visit "Random Hearts" - and share YOUR heart on "Guest Heart Thursday"!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

"Cool" Deer

 Yesterday was warm and muggy as I took my walk ...
As I wandered past the (formerly) abandoned church, something through the window caught my attention.

A deer!

The poured-in-place concrete building stays at least 10 degrees cooler inside than out ...

And this lady was taking advantage of it!

She watched me closely for a few minutes, as I took a few pictures, and played with different camera settings.

She finally got up and left.
And so did I.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Red Headed Sapsucker

I couldn't believe it when I saw this red headed sapsucker in the tree very close to where I was walking.

He didn't seem to mind that I was taking his portrait ... he was too hungry I guess!

It wasn't long before he found a grub and flew away.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

The Many Shades of White

I took a walk after the rain ...
And found myself surrounded by white ...

A blackberry flower, ready to burst open ...
Perfect for "Floral Friday Fotos"!

 Raindrops shared a white iris petal ...

Creating a beautiful glow in the sun ...

A heart shows itself in the center of a morning glory ...
Just in time for "Guest Heart Thursday"!

And the variegated willow bush becomes the resting place for a pair of translucent jewels ...
Reflecting the sun overhead ...

I never realized how many shades of white can be found ...
Just by looking a little closer at my world.

Daisy Heart Inspired

Have you ever been inspired by someone?

Well I was inspired last week by Tina.
(Tina's PicStory)

She posted a beautiful photo of a daisy with a heart shaped center.
It took my breath away!

I tried and tried to find a daisy with a heart shaped center ...
And finally did.
It's not as amazing as Tina's, but you can still tell there's a heart!

Thank you, Tina ... you're awesome.

To see more hearts from around the world, visit Random Hearts - and share YOUR heart on "Guest Heart Thursday!"

Friday, June 1, 2012


 As much as I get tired of the rain ...
I love the raindrops!

 Even plain old grass becomes beautiful ...

Do you ever get the feeling of being "watched"???

To see reflections from around the world, join us for James' "Weekend Reflections"!