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Photography: Orchard Flowers - The Wordsmith's Forge
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Photography: Orchard Flowers
Today I took some pictures of newly blooming flowers, many of them in our little backyard orchard along with other places.  The cloudy day made for suboptimal lighting, but I think I got some good photos anyway.

The solid purple violets started blooming a day after the blue-and-white ones.


The pie cherry grove is beginning to bloom, although not all the buds are open yet.  No bees in the air today, because the weather is so raw, but the forecast calls for warm sunny days soon.  To me, this picture symbolizes the idea of "Almost."


The pear tree is covered with blossoms.  They have a sharp, almost salty smell.


This is a Rembrandt tulip in shades of purple, pink, and orange against a background of green leaves.


The redbud tree is putting out buds.  Although its flowers are not fully open yet, they are visible as bright smudges of burgundy and purple from the house.  When they are fully open, the effect will be pinker with orchid and lilac touches.  I think it's cool that redbud flowers sprout directly from the trunk as well as the twigs.


This shot was total serendipity.  I had put the cover back on the camera and headed for the house, when I spied a cluster of ladybugs clinging to a dogwood twig.  So I popped the lens cover off and snapped some more pictures.  When I have a camera in my hands, my tendency to notice insanely small details in my environment is an asset.



I have some more photos, including:
* A medium and a long view of violet beds
* More closeups of cherry buds and some fully open blossoms
* More closeups of pear blossoms
* Closeups of 2 different daffodil types
* Closeups of 4 more tulip types: red, orange, pink, and yellow

Several artists have posted samples of their sketch pages, with more sketches being available if people want to sponsor some.  I'm trying something similar with photography.  So if you want to see more, $1 will get you two extra photos.  (You can use the PayPal button on my profile page, or contact me for other options.)  Your choice of 1/4 size like these, or full-size; I'll try to remember to put them behind a cut.  Doug's camera seems to be shooting at 1600x1200, and I usually reduce the size to 400x300.  I've tried keying in half-size but it doesn't show up that way.

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ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: April 8th, 2010 08:28 pm (UTC) (Link)

You're welcome!

I'm glad you're enjoying the pictures.
bellakara From: bellakara Date: April 8th, 2010 08:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
Lovely photos - I love the redbud in particular, and the white flowers.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: April 8th, 2010 10:44 pm (UTC) (Link)

Thank you!

Shooting the redbud tree was challenging but fun. I may try reshooting the white flowers on a sunnier day, if possible, in hope of getting brighter whites.
red_trillium From: red_trillium Date: April 10th, 2010 08:16 am (UTC) (Link)
*waves* Hi! You're here too? :) Good to see ya!
bellakara From: bellakara Date: April 10th, 2010 10:59 am (UTC) (Link)
Hi! It's a small world, isn't it? I would have added you if it wasn't for the fact you'll be at DW more. ;)
natasiakith From: natasiakith Date: April 9th, 2010 12:26 am (UTC) (Link)
Heh

I got some of your violets with the blackberries. They seem very happy.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: April 9th, 2010 01:16 am (UTC) (Link)

Yay!

That's cool. stonetalker came over ... last year, year before that? ... and dug up some violets for her yard because she didn't have any. They are just all over the place here. There are tiny clumps and huge carpets of them.

Did you get the raspberry canes planted? How are they doing?
natasiakith From: natasiakith Date: April 9th, 2010 07:56 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yay!

the canes are still in a bucket in the front yard, where they get lots of sun.

I didn't know that there was any yard in central or Southern Illinois anywhere that lacked violets except where they'd been specifically killed off.

I don't get out that much to look in other people's yards, though. I used to like the white ones, I think because we didn't have any, and those were all at my grandmothers' house.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: April 9th, 2010 10:48 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yay!

Violets like part shade, occasionally deeper shade. A yard that is very sunny and open and hot will not have any. Sometimes they don't show up for unknown reasons. They can also be killed off by herbicides.

We define "lawn" as "whatever low-growing green stuff survives mowing and foot traffic." So we have several dozen kinds of grasses, plus violets, clovers, mosses, and assorted other plants.
endlessrarities From: endlessrarities Date: April 9th, 2010 03:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
Your plants are so far ahead of ours!

Our tulips and violets won't be out for another three weeks or so...
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: April 9th, 2010 09:54 pm (UTC) (Link)

Thoughts

I got some more pictures today, now the sun is out.
red_trillium From: red_trillium Date: April 10th, 2010 08:16 am (UTC) (Link)
The Rembrandt Tulip photo is great! I love these. :)
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: April 10th, 2010 05:10 pm (UTC) (Link)

Thank you!

I'm glad you enjoyed the photos.
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