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Today is the day! Leaving on a jetplane for warmer weather – woo hoo! Don’t worry….barring any technical difficulties, Project 365 is coming along for the ride. Let’s hope for the best!

Should be a busy, busy day so I wanted to get today’s post in bright and early.

"Heavenly Blue" (Morning Glory 'Heavenly Blue') Nikon D300, 105mm, F/9, 1/320s, -0.7EV, ISO 400

"Heavenly Blue" (Morning Glory 'Heavenly Blue') Nikon D300, 105mm, F/9, 1/320s, -0.7EV, ISO 400

Found another lovely morning glory. Sure there were all those blossoms rambling along the fence, but I liked this little rogue bloom sprouting amongst the rocks best. Probably because it looks like warm sunshine, white fluffy clouds and bright blue skies! Sunshine state, here I come! 🙂

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"Stained Glass" (Clematis 'Venosa violacea'), Nikon D300, 105mm, F/5, 1/200s, -1.0EV, ISO 400, SB800 w/Gary Fong Lightsphere Cloud, -1.0EV

"Stained Glass" (Clematis viticella 'Venosa violacea' aka Stargazer Clematis), Nikon D300, 105mm, F/5, 1/200s, -1.0EV, ISO 400, SB800 w/Gary Fong Lightsphere Cloud, -1.0EV

I didn’t think I’d see my Stargazer Clematis bloom this year since the vines, which typically flower in summer, were cut at the base by a critter in early June. Nothing more disappointing than seeing a thriving plant, covered in buds, suddenly wilt and die!

But knowing clematis is resilient, I made a clean cut below the chewed area and removed all the dying material. And then, I waited.

And waited. And waited.

When I noticed the two buds mid-September, I prayed the weather would hold out long enough for them to bloom. We’ve had some unseasonally cold temps, followed by unseasonably hot temps, so it could go either way.

This week, the buds opened! Yay! 🙂

"Bittersweet" (Oriental Bittersweet) Nikon D300, 105mm macro, F/8, 1/160s, -0.3EV, ISO 640

"Bittersweet" (Oriental Bittersweet) Nikon D300, 105mm macro, F/8, 1/160s, -0.3EV, ISO 640

For many years in late summer, my neighbor Nancy and her mom, Gert, would journey to a local wooded area and collect bittersweet vines loaded with berries. They would then spend the afternoon untangling the lengths and weaving the vines into various shaped wreaths to be hung as outdoor decorations. Our front door was often a lucky recipient of one such wreath! 🙂

Sadly, it has been quite some time since Gert has been up to collecting the vines due to issues with her health. When I saw bittersweet wreaths for sale at a neighborhood nursery, my mind returned to those late summer days, chatting and laughing over the fence.

We often take for granted the simple acts of kindness that happen in our lives. I am happy to be remembering this one today.

One thing that is fantastic about clematis is that it is not uncommon to get additional blooms long after the first flush in early summer. Even though I am well aware of this fact, it was still a nice surprise this morning to see a few ‘Henryi’ blossoms in my neighbor’s garden.

"Swan Lake" (Hybrid Clematis 'Henryi') Nikon D300, 105mm macro, F/14, 1/500s, -0.3EV, ISO 200, SB800 w/Gary Fong Lightsphere Cloud, -1.3EV

"Sky High" (Hybrid Clematis 'Henryi') Nikon D300, 105mm macro, F/14, 1/500s, -0.3EV, ISO 200, SB800 w/Gary Fong Lightsphere Cloud, -1.3EV

I didn’t have many angle options from which to shoot this second-chance flower as it was situated fairly high on the vine and growing close to the corner of a shingled garage. The best choice was simply to aim the lens upward, using the crystal clear blue sky as a backdrop.

Thanks, Henryi! 🙂

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