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This is our second day of needed rainfall and as the ground squished under my shoes, I made my way around the garden performing the usual morning tasks of filling the feeders and checking on all the plants.  

No watering can required. 🙂  

A green lacewing fluttered by me, struggling to fly in the gusting winds, landing ultimately on the wooden trellis at the grey shed. With their delicate transparent wings, a bright spring-green torso, reddish face and large eyes, lacewings are not only quite the interesting-looking insect but also a welcome friend in my garden since their larvae devour a variety of pests! As I’ve yet to photograph one, I went back inside to grab my camera but, unfortunately, by the time I returned, the lacewing had fled the scene. Shoot! 

Well, now that I had my camera, I traipsed around the sodden landscape seeking out another worthy subject. Hmmmm, what will it be?

"Belle" (Clematis viticella 'Betty Corning') Nikon D300, 105mm F/2.8G Macro, F/5.6, 1/160s, -1.7EV, ISO 1000, Silver Efex Pro Filter w/Selective Toning

A solitary Clematis viticella blossom drenched with raindrops was just begging to be noticed! I love the violet color, bell shape and those delicate, frilly edges. Surprisingly, not much was done in post except for some selective color removal along with dodging to highlight the bloom’s texture and edge details.  

So, as much as I would have liked a go at the lacewing, I’m inclined to think this was the shot that was meant to be. 🙂  

“Reflection” (Clematis viticella ‘Betty Corning’) Nikon D300, 200-400mm, 400mm, F/10, 1/50s, -1.0EV, ISO 640

Some clematis blooms are large and showy. Others, like the variety ‘Betty Corning’, are small and delicate.

But don’t let small fool you….this clematis vine is a strong climber and prolific bloomer! Despite being cut back severely every spring, by the end of June, it has completely engulfed my copper trellis with hundreds of bell-shaped, nodding flowers, and will continue to produce blooms all summer long.

Teardrop buds open first as narrow bells which then widen and flare to reveal ruffled edges.

Blossom colors range from the palest lavendar to a mauvy-violet and their slight, sweet fragrance attracts butterflies.

A longtime favorite in my garden, ‘Betty’ is one small powerhouse that delivers BIG!

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