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Friday, October 22, 2010

A gardener's week - #12

I confess I am not just a lazy gardener but a lazy photographer, too. When I go into my garden to take pictures of flowers or foliage, I most often just use whatever lens happens to be on the camera at the time. That is usually one of the zoom lenses that I use for trying to capture butterfly or bird images, not really the optimum choice for flower photography.

This week, though, I decided to exert myself a bit and go macro. I put the macro lens on the camera and went out to take a really close-up look at what was going on in my garden. The pictures that I've posted here the last couple of days were part of the result of that effort. Here are some more up close and personal images from my garden this week.

Yellow cestrum.

Tradescantia pallida 'Purple Heart'.

Rosa 'Red Cascade'.

Autumn sage and blue mistflower.

'Butter and Cream' lantana.

Autumn sage.

Bud from 'Belinda's Dream' rose.

Prairie asters.


Flowers of bronze fennel.


Dwarf jatropha.

Yellow bells (Tecoma stans) with bumblebee.

Salvia 'Otahal'.

Bud of 'Graham Thomas' rose.

Species canna.

Unknown purple verbena.

Butterfly weed.

'Caldwell Pink' polyantha antique rose.

Purple oxalis.

Floribunda rosa 'Monkey Business'.

Gulf Fritillary on Turk's cap 'Big Momma' bloom.

'Radazz' Knockout rose.


Pink Knockout rose.

Mexican sunflower (Tithonia).


'Texas Star' hibiscus, still blooming after all these months!

It's amazing what one can find when one looks really closely at the garden. I may have to try this again.

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