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I cannot tell you what a pleasant surprise it was this morning to waken to find it had rained overnight! And not the ‘8-inches-in-an-hour-so-everything-floods’ kind of rain, but, finally, a steady, ‘thirst-quenching-right-down-to-the-roots’ soak.

Such a relief! 🙂

“Raindrops on Roses” (David Austin English Rose ‘Tamora’) Nikon D300, 105mm F/2.8G Macro, F/14, 1/60s, ISO 640

The air smelled alive and every plant, shrub and tree seemed to revel in the most-needed moisture. Perhaps Mother Nature hasn’t forsaken us afterall? 

This is going to be a good day. 🙂

“Radiant” (Apricot Tulip) Nikon D300, 105mm F/2.8G Macro with 3-ring Extension Tube Set, F/8, 1/100s, ISO 400

Okay, so the extension tubes have really opened up a whole new level of macro photography for me. Just look at the details of the center of this tulip!  

Here we can actually see the pollen dust – amazing! And not sure if this will come across on the web (so you’ll have to trust me on this) but, the very tips of the stamens are a lovely violet color. Who knew? 

I fear this could become addictive very easily so someone better find me a 12-step program! 😀

"Rosebud" (David Austin English Rose 'Tamora') Nikon D300, 550mm (200-400mm w/1.4x teleconverter), F/5.6, 1/320s, -1.0EV, ISO 640

"Rosebud" (David Austin English Rose 'Tamora') Nikon D300, 550mm (200-400mm w/1.4x teleconverter), F/5.6, 1/320s, -1.0EV, ISO 640

All season, I made sure the roses were properly pruned, watered and fertilized, that they were free of bugs and disease and sadly, received very little to show for it. I finally gave up on them and let them just be and wouldn’t you know, now I’m getting blossoms?

What is up with that?

So that does it.

Next year, I will let the roses just do what they want to and maybe, just maybe I’ll have the rose garden I envisioned!

Got up and out early this morning as I knew it would be my best (and probably, only) opportunity for sunshine. While walking out back to fill the feeders, I saw that the roses have begun to bloom.

My “rose garden” is quite small – just 6 varieties in a 3’x5′ bed. All were selected specifically for their color, overall plant size and scent. If I was going to bother to grow roses, they’d better be both beautiful and fragrant!

This lovely gal is ‘Tamora’ – an English Rose in soft shades of peach, apricot and honey-gold. Her fragrance is heavenly.

"Tamora" (English Rose, 'Tamora') Nikon D300, 70mm, F/6.3, 1/160s, -1.0EV, ISO 400

"Heaven Scent" (English Rose, 'Tamora') Nikon D300, 70mm, F/6.3, 1/160s, -1.0EV, ISO 400

She was leaning into this one small patch of sunlight as if to say, “Pick me!”

It worked! 🙂

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