On our way to see Baby Girl, The Handsome Surveyor and the boys last week we saw a hillside covered in California Poppies, and I had to stop to make some images.
The hillside was steep, mostly on private property so I was unable to climb the hill to get a better composition. There were power lines going through the scene so after I uploaded the images I took to my digital darkroom aka- Photoshop CC to make some additional improvements in addition to my normal tweaks to white balance, whites, and blacks, and camera/lens corrections. I took out the power line using the spot healing brush, then I cropped the image to remove a big bush and some partially showing trees, and lastly I removed a tree top at the top of the image. So the image went from this…
For some reason the finished image looks a bit washed out here, but not in Photoshop. Hum?
Baby Girl asked for a print of the final image and I wanted one too so, I’m having it printed up. I hope it looks good when they arrive.
Spanish Lavender from my neighbor Maria’s yard. She has the best garden!
This is a hedge that we put in on both sides of our house for a little more privacy.
It’s been so many years ago that we put it in I can’t recall the name of it. It attracts the bees, and looks great when in bloom. It has red and green broad leaves and is ho-hum when not in bloom. 🙂
We just had our 26 yr old railroad tie retaining wall/planter box replaced with a cement stone looking wall which meant I bought new flowers to replace those that were let go or trampled on while the wall was being installed. These are some sort of cone Daisy. I need to ask Rick our contractor what he planted. I love these!
Calla Lily- I love this blossom, but have a really hard time photographing it and getting on film what I see in my head, but I adore this curve.
Nikon Df| Nikon 105mm macro lens & LensBaby Composer Pro w/Soft Focus Optic & 8mm and 16mm Macro converters| Delking Digital Film| PS CC 2015
I had a walk-around the neighborhood Sunday morning and found Spring everywhere.
The flowering trees are in bud, and beginning to blossom while others are in full bloom!
A Prayer in Spring by Robert Frost-
“Oh, give us pleasure in the orchard white,
Like nothing else by day, like ghosts by night;
And make us happy in the happy bees,
The swarm dilating round the perfect trees.”~Robert Frost (from A Boy’s Will, 1915)
The huge white flowering tree was a hive of activity in the canopy. The buzz of bees
was dizzying, and the warmth of the sun on my face when I looked up felt wonderful, healing, and nourishing.
The branches were heavy with blossoms,
papery white, with lovely “look at me!” centers.
Plus one more…
Nearly home I found a huge Sweat Pea vine spilling over a fence with dozens of busy bees.
Nikon Df| Nikkor 28-105mm| Hoodman Digital Film| PS CC 2015