Water Lily Simplicity
Here is another Water Lily taken at Point Pelee National Park on the Marsh Boardwalk trail.
A little taste of summer during this cold winter here in Canada. This little bee is hard at work making sure there will be a good crop of seeds.
Window Flower Box
One of the many flower boxes to be found in St. Jacobs during the summer. Each one a work of art.
A Shot of Red
This is a Celosia and it gives a nice shot of red to any garden.
Came across this simple yet beautiful flower on a walk the other day.
The Sunflower and the Bee
It seems to me the Sunflower and the Bee are made for each other. The yellow and black let the bee blend in so that they almost become one. Of course the one needs the other to survive.
I took this while in Owen Sound to take pictures of the Tall Ships. These sunflowers were in planters along harbour. Remember to always keep your mind and your eyes open for any opportunity for a photograph. I must have looked a little strange taking pictures of flowers as everyone else was taking pictures of the ships!
The apple blossoms are just fantastic this year. Last year we lost at least 80% of the apple crop in this area due to a very warm March followed by a frost when the blossoms came out. Looks like there will be a bumper crop this year!
Processed with Lightroom, Photoshop, and FotoSketcher.
Spring is here and the apple blossoms are in bloom! This verse seem appropriate for this time of year.
We are celebrating the Victoria Day Weekend here in Canada. Victoria Day celebrates Queen Victoria’s birthday (May 24th). Canada is still a member of the Commonwealth of Nations, of which the Queen is head.
Victoria Day is always on a Monday, and thus the holiday is part of a long weekend, which is commonly referred to as the Victoria Day Weekend, the May Long Weekend, the May Long, or the May Two-Four (a case of beer there is called a “two-four” and many of these are consumed over the holiday). The weekend is also called the May 24th weekend, although it does not necessarily fall on May 24th.
The Victoria Day Weekend always falls on the weekend before Memorial Day in the U.S. Reference from About.com
The beautiful Magnolia trees are in bloom! I love seeing these trees with their big blossoms. It’s a wonderful intro to the summer.
A sure sign of spring, the daffodils are in bloom. Here they are one of the first indications of new life bursting forth from the forest floor covered with decaying autumn leaves.
Today it snowed almost all day. Schools, Colleges, and Universities were shut down. Driving was a challenge. As I went through some of the pictures I took this summer I came across a pretty generic shot of a daisy. It was a nice reminder of summer but not all that interesting being it was just centred in the frame. In addition to cropping I also applied an oil painting effect with a free program I just discovered called Fotosketcher. Now – at least to my eye it is a bit more interesting. I do enjoy post processing!
Another beautiful long weekend for taking pictures. There are still lots of fall flowers blooming and this is one shot I thought turned out pretty good. Just did a little adjustment in Lightroom. This is also a good example of why you should take you camera of automatic or program mode. I shoot a lot of my shots in Aperture priority so I can control the depth of field. In this case to get the background out of focus.
Stone Wall and Vines
Took a little tour around the village of Elora the other day and I liked the texture and the vines on this stone wall.
This pretty flower is on a plant about 6 ft. (2 meters) tall but the flower is only about 4″ (10 cm) across. It looks a bit like a miniature sunflower but also like a daisy. Anyone know what it is?
A Tree – Out standing in it’s field.
After taking pictures of the horses the other night we were standing around talking before leaving to go home. We all spotted this tree standing all alone in the field across the road. It was starting to get dark and the others had to leave so I grabbed my tripod and took a few shots of this wonderfully shaped tree. I still wonder why you see loan trees growing all by themselves in farm fields. If there is and actual reason let me know!
This is a 3 exposure HDR processed with Photomatix, Photoshop, Topaz and Lightroom
This is another shot from our friends garden who have the wooden swan. This table and chair are tucked away in the corner of the garden inviting us to stop and enjoy the beauty of the plants.