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By design, we keep several areas of our landscape under the sole care of Mother Nature who delightsus in growing many varieties of wildflowers. This time of year, the tiny blooms of the wild asters explode out from under the raspberry brambles, creating a sea of purple in the woods.

“Starburst” (Wild Autumn Aster aka Starwort) Nikon D300, VR 105mm F/2.8G Macro, F/3.3, 1/125s, ISO 400

Who says fireworks only happen in July? 🙂


  1. Beautiful shot! Love that we can see the other blooms clearly (but not in focus 🙂 in the background. Very, very pretty! You knew I’d love this one! 🙂 Love that 105mm macro! 🙂

    • Thanks, Katie! 🙂

      I thought you’d might like this one. 😉

      I’m with you! I’m totally addicted to may 105mm macro! Think there might be a support group for those liek us? 😉

  2. Fireworks – in July – or September? Here fireworks is only allowed for 2 weeks around New Year 😉 – but your fireworks photo here is super – so fine composed with that nice background!

    • In the US, fireworks are rampant on the 4th of July (Independence Day) but we are lucky enough to see them several times a year as our city shoots them off during homecoming week (in August) and we travel to DisneyWorld where fireworks can be seen each and every night. Hmmmm, they are lucky folks down there!

      We are heading to DisneyWorld in a few weeks so fireworks are just on my brain these days. Can’t wait!

      Thanks so much, Truels! 🙂

      • Well I’d better clarify: Fireworks ban applies only to all private citizens, parties, etc. Tivoli and large public events can be permitted to use fireworks throughout the year. – And I hope you have permission to show us more fireworks too 😉

      • I’d like to see them try and stop me! 🙂

  3. Here, fireworks night is 5th November…

  4. Nature certainly is amazing. My asters are not wild but they are really doing well. Love the picture.

    Love and Kisses

    • She sure is and I’m been ignoring her of late. Trying to get back into the swing of things and my macro lens certainly helps!

      Thanks, mom! ♥ and kisses back! 🙂

  5. that’s great!! They do look like little fireworks!! When do you get snow?!! LOL. We’re finally out of the 90’s for lows here….. It’s been a long damn summer!

    • Thanks, Derrick! 🙂

      Sssssshhhhhhh…ixnay onway ethay owsnay alktay, k? Ms. Nature will hear you!

  6. Sweetness! Mine aren’t blooming yet and at the rate we are going they may dry up before they bloom. 😦

    • Oh, poop! That would be horrible! I do hope you get some blossoms!

      Thanks, kc! 🙂

  7. My kind of fireworks. You are in your element with blues.

  8. A beautiful display! 🙂

  9. Ah, asters. That is what is making my lunch walking path look was colorful these days. Mix in some golden rod and you got yourself a royal combination.

  10. Beautiful shot. 🙂

  11. ‘Fireworks’ seems like a great word to describe this shot…
    that shallow D.O.F. almost makes the blooms in the background feel like they’re slowly falling away as they fade…
    wonderfully done, M.P.! Boom!

    • Yes, I see that, too. We are of like minds, Sig!! 😀

      Thanks so much!

  12. Wow! mind-blowing beauty captured!

    • Thanks so much! And, welcome! Always delightful to see a new face! 🙂

  13. What a delightful idea, letting nature have it’s own way in your garden. These wildflowers are beautiful!

    • Thank you, Amber!

      With our size landscape, we really have no choice! 😀

  14. So dainty and pretty – like a little fairy!

  15. I like this with one sharp and its soft friends in consort.

  16. This is such a fine and sweet flower, the small yellow spots are really making it alive.
    You have made many posts lately, I hadn´t noticed. I´ll keep an eye on you again. 🙂

    • You just never know when I’ll ‘pop’ up, Birgitte! 🙂 I wish I were posting more. Sadly, I’ve been seriously lacking in inspiration and drive. Hoping to get it back soon.

      As always, your comments are much appreciated! Thanks for keeping an eye on me! 🙂

  17. I love these little asters dotting the landscape with their lovely lavender displays. Wonderful macro.

    • Lately, I’ve been having better luck with the wild flowers than the ones I actually plant!

      Thanks, Becky! I love the world of macro…ya think I might have a Thumbelina complex?? 😉

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