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Monthly Archives: June 2010

One thing I love about being a nature photographer is the opportunity to showcase uncommon flowers and elevate them to an artistic level. I’m pretty sure if you were walking my garden you would most likely skip right past Astrantia major ‘Rosea’. This very small, and sometimes unruly cottage perennial just cannot compete with the more showy hydrangeas and daylilies. 

"Lucky Charm" (Astrantia major 'Rosea' aka Great Masterwort) Nikon D300, 105mm F/2.8G Macro, F/8, 1/30s, -0.7EV, ISO 640, Built-in Rear Curtain TTL Flash, -2.0EV

You don’t normally see the florets bent over like this, but after the bunch was nibbled upon by (I suspect) our resident cottontail, well, there you go. 🙂 

Surprisingly, it wound up being a blessing in disguise as it prompted my taking a closer look. The blooms appear so different from this perspective and I’m really liking that central blush of pink radiating out to pale green, white and yellow. 

Yes, quite charming! 🙂

When I was a child, my dad was a giant to me. At a height of 6 feet, he stood a whole foot taller than my mom making him seem larger than life. His hugs would completely engulf you and once captured, you weren’t safe from a barrage of kisses! Yes, my dad loves his kids, and me being the youngest girl, I think I got more hugs and kisses than the rest. Lucky me. 🙂  

I’ve inherited many things from my dad (height not being one of them). My sweet tooth (yeah, my thighs thank him for that), the ease at which I make friends, the ability to drum up a conversation with a complete stranger (a trait of his that used to annoy the hell outta me as a kid), a non-judgemental attitude towards life, a love of the outdoors (especially water) and an almost extreme persistance (okay, stubbornness) when it comes to wanting to know how things work. But, above all, he gave me the propensity for all around ‘nice-ness’. If nothing else, my dad is a nice guy. I don’t think he knows any other way to be.  

"Daddy Longlegs" (Harvestman Arachnid) Nikon D300, 105mm F/2.8G Macro, F/8, 1/40s, -0.7EV, ISO 1000

Living a distance away, I don’t get to see my dad very often. But, even just talking on the phone, I can feel the warmth of his hugs as he says (again) how so very proud he is of me. I can’t tell you how many times that is exactly the kind a thing a daughter needs to hear.  

Happy Father’s Day, Dad! ♥ ♥

“Roman Candles” (Daylily Stamens) Nikon D300, 105mm F/2.8G Macro w/3-Ring Extension Tube Set, F/10, 1/100s, ISO 1000

If today is any indication of the summer weather to come, I’m all in! 🙂

Have a great weekend!

Surrrrrre, I coulda used a garden hose to fill the pool after recent repairs but, with 90 degree temperatures headed our way, who has that kinda time?? 😉 

“300 GPM” (High Pressure Water Hose Filling Swimming Pool) Nikon D300, 32mm, F/7.1, 1/250s, -0.7EV, ISO 200, Built-in Rear Curtain Flash, -1.0EV, ‘Heartland’ Toning Action

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