Lobelia close-ups

Here are a couple of close ups of Lobelia (my mother’s day flowers).  The flowers are very tiny. The light was horrible when I took these.  I have better photos of it, that I took later on in the year.  I will share some of those as I come to them.

side view:

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Mother’s Day 2010

It’s not every day that you are greeted at your door by little people with flowers and a balloon.  :)  But it’s nice!

My two oldest went to my parent’s house for a little while on Mother’s Day and during their visit, they came by and brought me a Happy Mother’s Day balloon and flowers “they” got me.  ;)
They are at an age (6 & 7)  where getting a photograph of the two of them together where they aren’t moving, talking, and/or making silly faces is nearly impossible.  So I take whatever photo I can get.  LOL!

(The flower is an annual called a Lobelia.  I kept the basket on our outdoor table all spring/summer and it flowered the entire time.  My mom and my husband helped me keep it watered on days I wasn’t feeling well.  I was really impressed by how many little flowers it ended up making, and how long it kept them.  It was quite a nice gift.  :)   And outdoors it did not have a strong odor, which is a nice perk for those like me with allergies.  I took better photographs of it that I will share later on, as I come to them.)

While the older two were visiting their Grandma for a few hours, my husband and I took the baby out to get some new photographs of her.  Here is one of those:

I hope all the mothers out there had a lovely day!

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Clover Blooms

As is often the case, my mind is distracted by one thing while trying to focus on another.  Right now I’m thinking is the proper phrase “clover blooms” or “clover blossoms”.  I haven’t the foggiest idea.  So I went with Clover blooms, since that is how I would most likely say it out loud.  Which is why it is probably wrong.  LOL   If you know, leave me a comment.

Now back on topic,  I think clover is a good example of how we over look the everyday beauty in our lives.  Most people don’t pay any attention at all to clover.  Or they treat it as a yard weed.  Or maybe a child looks for a 4 leaf clover.  But how often do we stop and appreciate how pretty it is?

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When I look at the tiny flowers within the flower, they remind me a bit of tiny little Irises.
The Iris is my favorite flower.

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Rhododendron – Part Two

These are not quite as nice as the photos I put in Part one of this post, but I wanted to include them all the same.

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I would have loved to have done some close photography of these in macro mode, but they are located on the side of my house that is at the edge of a very steep bank.  Something my legs/balance just aren’t up to at this time.  So these will have to do.

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For some reason this particular bunch of blossoms below had me thinking of wedding flowers.  How lovely and unique it would be, to have a May wedding with Rhododendron bouquets.  (Assuming you didn’t have allergies of course.  lol)

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Bumblebee on Rhododendron

A Bumblebee working it’s way into the Rhododendron

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Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly on Lilac

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These shots were hard to get because this female Tiger Swallowtail butterfly was a good 6-8 feet above my head and the wind was blowing fiercely the entire time.  Another gust would come and she would hold on for dear life, sometimes getting blown off the lilac all together, then coming back for more.

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a close up:

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Rhododendron

The Rhododendron buds looked particularly light in color to me this year.

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Sweet Almond

Our Sweet Almond bush didn’t do very well this year.  I’m not sure why.  I was shocked we got the few blossoms that we did, because it spent most of the early spring appearing as if it were dead.  :(  I hope it has a better year next year.

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Dogwood

The dogwood trees are in bloom:

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a single bloom with a little visiting bee on top:

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another:

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sunflower

Because it is 14 degrees outside right now and predicted to be -5 tonight, I am in the mood for a photograph that makes me think of warmer times.

Bring on the sunflower.  :)