A Few Spring Flowers

The wind and clod and snow did not destroy all the Spring Flowers! As I walked around my backyard today to see what survived. The Scilla, Daffodils, Glory in the Snow, Windflowers and Blood Root are beautiful. I am promised a very large crop of Bluebells looking at the buds.  The Trout Lily and Celosia Poppy are filling the ground with green. Not many leaves on the trees yet. But maybe we’ve turned the corner from Winter.

“Sprinter” – When Spring is Overtaken by Winter

Spring is messed up in the Midwest this year. The plants thought Spring arrived a few weeks ago, but then Winter came back. So daffodils are bowing down from the cold, scilla are closing their petals in the cold, and muddy wet soil is frozen in places. This is not a good sign for spring flowers blooming in abundance!

My Mom and Grandma always said there had to be a snow on the yellow flowers before winter was over. I think we qualify today. 

Surprise! Fall Crocus Blooms

I found a surprising bloom of a fall crocus in a place I don’t believe I planted bulbs. Not that I’m complaining. Fall Crocus blooms are always a surprise as leaves are falling and most plants have died back. They are a very delicate flower, with translucence and a very thin stem. They often shoot up higher than the stem can support the bloom and end up falling down to the ground. Not this one! It stood up tall and strong so that I could capture it delicate beauty.

Mid-Spring Flowers

The flowers continue to grow and bloom. The trout lilies are beginning, the bluebells are in full bloom, poppies are beginning, and buds are forming on a number of late-spring flowers.

Most of these were taken with my iPhone 6s and edited with the Snapseed App. I’m still limited in movement, so crawling on the ground to get the best vantage point is not an option this year!

Early Spring Flowers in My Yard

I love Spring Flowers! I’ve planted many native flowers as well as bulbs over the years. Every Spring I capture their beauty, usually crawling on the ground and using a macro lens. This year, some physical issues keep me from crawling and getting low, but the flowers called to me. These images were captured using a long telephoto lens so I could capture them standing up. It was a windy day, but I managed to capture between wind bursts.

I will have a major crop of Bluebells and Trout Lilies in the next few weeks. Perhaps then I can get down and grovel in the dirt and get images from a low point of view!

Snowdrops-An Exercise in Selective Focus

I love Spring Flowers! Every year I collect an album of images from my yard, forest preserves and the Arboretum. 

My clump of Snowdrops was in full bloom, and using the macro lens with a shallow depth of field, I focused on different blossoms in each image. I was on the ground and driveway laying down and scooting around to get different angles. My neighbors must have thought I was crazy! Which do you like best?

Improving Macro Skills

I recently attended a Macro Workshop led by Lou Nettelhorst to improve my macro photography skills. I did learn a lot, and was able to apply some of the recent experience in Studio Lighting as well. And, as always, I learned more about how to better use my Nikon D800!

In two photo sessions, I captured about 130 images. These four were the best of the best.

Is it the last snow of the year?

Spring was arriving. Green shoots were poking through the ground and dead leaves. A few early bloomers were showing off their color. And then, the Polar Vortex dipped south. The Polar Vortex and I have had encounters before.

Then the snow came. Not a lot, and it melted fast. But it is cold outside! The cold has made the daffodils wilt and buds are likely damaged.

And the little bit of snow brings photo opportunities! I had my iPhone 5s with me and I found interesting images in the snow.

Is this the last snow? Every year, summer arrives. 2016 will not be an exception!