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“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!

Today was the day, the very last day to get a nice shot of my ‘Judith’ Daylily. After today, there would be no more blooms until next year. Over the past week, I’ve photographed the flowers up close, far away, individually, as a group, etc. and nothing has worked. Soooo, this was it. No pressure, right?

To add to the difficulty, dark clouds were looming and rain was imminent! I decided to do the best I could and let fate decide the outcome.

"Judy" (Hemerocallis 'Judith' Daylily, Old Hollywood Glamour Series), Nikon D300, 550mm (200-400mm w/1.4x teleconverter), F/20, 1/40s, ISO 640

“Judy” (Hemerocallis ‘Judith’ Daylily, Old Hollywood Glamour Series), Nikon D300, 550mm (200-400mm w/1.4x teleconverter), F/20, 1/40s, ISO 640

I bought this particular daylily many years ago in honor of my mother-in-law, Judy, who was taken away from us much too soon. Just like the blossom that bears her name, she was also larger than life, with rosy-pink cheeks and eyes that would twinkle when she smiled. She welcomed me to the family with open arms and engulfed me in warm hugs. Those are what I miss most.

Admittedly, I wasn’t much of anything (wife, homemaker, gardener, cook, etc.) when she was here with us. I’ve certainly come a long way since then and her influences weave in and out of my life. When I look at these flowers, I see her and hope that she is proud of the daughter-in-law I’ve become.

Well, day one of art show weekend was a complete bust on account of the weather. 😦 We faired better than many, whose tents either collapsed or blew over in the Nor’easter that swept through the area last night and this morning. A Nor’easter! In summer! What a day!

We managed to get everything set up last night before the rains came and our tent held up just fine. Bright and early this morning, we were ready for all the patrons to oooh and aaah (and, hopefully part with some moolah), but the weather kept most everyone away. When the winds picked up (again) and the drizzle turned back into rain, we decided it was best to shut down and hope for better weather tomorrow.

Back at home, I ventured into the yard to see if I could capture the Yellow Daylilies that I knew were nearing the end of their bloom time. With my tripod perched rather precariously on a sloping rock ledge, the drizzle momentarily subsided and even the sun peeked out just long enough to snap a few.

"Like Buttah" (Yellow Daylily) Nikon D300, 420mm (200-400mm w/1.4x teleconverter), F/6.3, 1/200s, ISO 400

"Like Buttah" (Yellow Daylily) Nikon D300, 420mm (200-400mm w/1.4x teleconverter), F/6.3, 1/200s, ISO 400

With how this day went, I’ll take it!

“Gilda”(Red Daylily), Old Hollywood Glamour Series, Nikon D300, 460mm (200-400mm w/1.4x teleconverter), F/18, 1/30s, -1.0EV, ISO 1600

The red daylilies have ‘popped’ and how fortunate for me to catch this one in all its stunning glory! I’d been looking for a red flower for the ‘Old Hollywood Glamour’ series and I don’t think I’ll find one better than this.

The fiery red color made me immediatly think of Rita Hayworth – an American film actress and dancer who attained fame during the 1940s not only as one of the era’s top stars, but also as the era’s greatest sex symbol. Ironically, in her personal life, Rita was naturally shy and reclusive – the antithesis of the characters she played.

Therefore, it seemed a more fitting tribute to name this image after her most notable role.

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