Posts tagged ‘macro’

May 12, 2012

Weekend Walking::US Botanical Gardens

by heatherkp

While I was up in the DC metro area I played tourist a couple days and did the expected amount of walking.  On this particular day I went downtown to meet my dad for lunch. Since he works only a few blocks from the US Botanical Gardens I knew I would have to pay a visit to the gardens right next to the Capital building.

It was a really beautiful day (which I can’t say was true of every day I was there, the weather was a roller coaster with temps ranging from the 50’s to 80’s!).

I knew I would catch some spectacular blooms but due to the early warm temps I was lucky to find the roses were in full bloom along with Peonies (which don’t do well in the south:(), clematis and many other late spring early summer bloomers.

I also found these baby ducklings (only 1 day old)!

My favorite were the tropicals blooming inside the conservatory though.  I found some unusual Hibiscus, many orchids, banana and other tropical foliage plants.

If you have been reading my blog for any length of time now you have probably noticed my love of floral/foliage photography.  I was in my own little oasis on this walk through the gardens.  Much like a walk by the ocean, walking through a garden takes away all my worries and I am truly brings me joy.  The beauty of flowers is one artistic muse I just don’t seem to ever tire of.  Where have you walked this week?  Did you find your muse along the way?

February 14, 2012

Texture Tuesday~Filled with Love

by heatherkp

Happy Valentines Day! 

“Laugh as much as you breathe and love as long as you live.”– Anonymous

“Love makes your soul crawl out from its hiding place.” — Zora Neale Hurston

I was very close to spending today with out my dear valentine but alas fate swept in at the last minute and changed our plans so we will be together.

“Whoso loves, believes the impossible.” — Elizabeth Barret Browning

“We need not think alike to love alike.” — Francis David

I hope each of you has someone you love to share this special day with.  If they are not with you in person, please always remember none of us are ever alone!

“Birds do it, bees do it, even educated fleas do it. Let’s do it, let’s fall in love.”– Cole Porter

Today isn’t so much about romantic love, dates, sharing greeting cards and the media filled attention that Valentines day gets as it is about really appreciating the love we receive from others and inviting love into our hearts and lives on a moment by moment basis.

Love is an act of endless forgiveness, a tender look which becomes a habit.  -Peter Ustinov

PS. Don’t you just love these tulips?  They came my way via a dear friend who works for a florist and she was thoughtful enough to share them with me.

January 18, 2012

Texture Tuesday::A Beetle Story

by heatherkp

Last weekend we went on a camping and canoeing trip to Givhans Ferry, SC State park.  We stayed in one of the cabins right along the Edisto river.  This river is one of the longest Blackwater rivers in the country and is lined on both shores with beautiful cypress trees and limestone bluffs.

This big black scarab beetle was found by my husband in an oak log as he collected wood for a campfire last weekend.  The guys picked it up wearing gloves and brought it into the bathroom where we gave it a bath, we wanted him/her to be photo-op ready!  I got this shot of it while he hung out in the sink not having much to grip onto.  I applied a couple texture layers to the background to enhance the “story” behind this rhinoceros beetle (Phileurus truncatus Phileurini).  Pretty good looking (especially those back wings) don’t you think?   I would never want to bring it with me (unless it was dead) so it was returned to the woods along the river where it was found.  And that’s the short story that we know about finding this rhino beetle.

I love macro photography!

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September 6, 2011

Texture Tuesday::Dahlia Darlin

by heatherkp

It’s pretty rainy and dreary here today but last week I was out at the National Capital Dahlia Society‘s demonstration garden and found quite a few stunning beauties.  I visit this garden every year about this time to see what they’ve got cooking up by way of new varieties.  My favorites this year included some of these below.

I’m playing along again today with Kim Klassen’s Texture Tuesday.  Check it out right here.  Today I used her texture called Crackerjack in the images of these dahlia’s.  Enjoy this rainy Tuesday!