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“Spring Stretch” (Crocus ‘Yalta’, Tommasinianus hybrid, aka Snow Crocus) Nikon D300, VR 105mm F/2.8G, F/5, 1/80s, -0.7EV, ISO 320, Built-in Fill Flash w/Gary Fong ‘Puffer’ Diffuser, -0.7EV

Last year at this time, the Snow Crocus were still fast asleep, buried under two feet of the cold, white stuff.This year couldn’t be more different!

With an overall lack of snowfall during the winter and the crazy higher-than-normal temperatures here in the Northeast, the happy little blossoms are popping up all over the landscape.

One little beauty caught my attention since it appeared to be caught in a sleepy yawn, stretching its petals as if perplexed as to why it was roused so soon (we typically don’t spot crocus until mid-April).

The next bloom I found was hiding beneath a large rhododendron, seemingly timid to come forth, yet reaching for the warmth of the sun just beyond its grasp.

“Awakening” (Purple Snow Crocus) Nikon D300, VR 105mm F/2.8G, F/4.5, 1/200s, ISO 200, Built-in Fill Flash w/Gary Fong ‘Puffer’ Diffuser

As much as it is nice to see life returning to the garden, I’m not all that keen on rushing the seasons. Who wants to worry now if outdoor plants are getting enough water or if young shoots are struggling to dig their way out from under a bed of leaves? It really is just too soon. I’m sure I don’t have to stress over this as Mother Nature is known for teasing us with a few warm days followed by a return to chilling temps, even if the sole purpose is to remind us all of exactly who is in charge.

So, let’s hit the snooze button, shall we? I, for one, need a bit more time to get ready for the tasks ahead. 🙂

Yes, I know I’m a day late, but here is my entry for Karma’s August Photo Hunt.

After Tropical Storm Irene, isn’t it time for a rainbow of summer colors? 🙂

"Red"

“Red”

 

"Orange"

“Orange”

 

"Yellow"

“Yellow”

 

"Green"

“Green”

 

"Indigo"

“Indigo”

 

"Violet"

“Violet”

I bet you thought it would be something Christmas-y, no? Fooled you! 🙂

“Chiaroscuro” (Ladybug on Peony Leaf) Nikon D300, 105mm F/2.8G Macro, F/8, 1/800s, -0.7EV, ISO 640

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! 🙂

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