Friday, July 4, 2014

A Pop Of Pinkish Red

day fourteen

Here's some pretty pinkish-red yarrow in my friend Lisa's garden. She has the most beautiful gardens and landscaping! I fell in love with this bright yarrow that really popped with color on the 4th of July.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Raspberry Blast

day thirteen

An abstract view of a 'raspberry blast' petunia petal.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Some Days

day twelve

Some days I struggle to get a good photo. Like windy days or rainy days or just plain busy days. On this day the wind was breezy and this butterfly was swiftly bustling among these pretty white flowers. I tried my best to get a good focus on it's face and antennas but blurry is what I got instead. Blurry has to be good enough on some days.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Side View

day eleven

Just a simple side view of a black eyed susan.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Opalescent Eyes

day ten

Ok I couldn't help it, here's another dragonfly. And I can't guarantee that it won't be the last anytime soon. This one had me captivated with it's beautiful opalescent eyes and it's black wasp-like tail. This is a type of dragonfly that I've never seen before. It rested on the leaf of a wild raspberry plant. I didn't want to get too close because I didn't want to scare it away. So I zoomed in on this guy. Some dragonflies are really tolerant of visitors others are very skittish and zip away at first sight of an intruder.

Sunday, June 29, 2014


day nine

Another dragonfly, this one basking in a sliver of sun that streamed through the tree branches over my shade garden. This guy let me get really close. He bobbled his head back and forth in true dragonfly style. I'm sure he was in search of his next tasty snack. I wonder what he thought of my gigantic camera lens a few inches from his face.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

One Single Morning

day eight

These sweet little spiderwort blossoms grow nearby. I recently read that spiderwort blooms have a very short life, usually only lasting one single morning. But with each plant producing 20 or more flowers it will go on to brighten a patch of prairie day after day with their soft lavender petals and their wispy centers.

Friday, June 27, 2014


day seven

Emerging a few days ago this double gold gloriosa daisy is now revealed.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Mama Hen

day six

I picked up some hens & chicks this spring. I'm excited to see what becomes of them. So far there are several "baby chicks" sprouting. This is "mama hen". Isn't she beautiful! I love her variegated petals from green to deep red. Each petal has a fringe of tiny little spikes making it appear mighty and sheltering. Possibly mama's way of protecting her brand new baby chicks? :)

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

All It's Golden Glory

day five

There's a variety of rudbeckia in my garden and they're all beginning to emerge with vibrant color. This one is called a double gold gloriosa daisy. It won't be long and it'll be fully displayed in all it's golden glory.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Summer Of The Dragonfly

day four

This seems to be the summer of the dragonfly. They are EVERYWHERE! Each way I turn in my yard and gardens, there they are. So many of them! Some with glittering wings, others with large iridescent eyes. Here's a cute fuzzy brown one gripping onto an iris leaf.

I haven't heard the official reason why there are so many these days but my theory is that it's because of the obscene amount of mosquitos from all the rain this summer. The mosquitoes have been relentless! And I know that dragonflies are known to feast on mosquitoes. So eat up little dragonflies, eat up!

Monday, June 23, 2014

Brilliant Colors

day three

My yellow honeysuckles are in full bloom this time of year. The vine explodes in brilliant colors of yellow, gold and orange. This variety of honeysuckle only blooms for a short time, maybe a week or two at the most. Unlike my other honeysuckle vine, with coral blossoms, that blooms from early spring to late fall.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Gas Plant

day two

Here's some pretty pink 'gas plant' blooms in my mother in laws garden. I always love strolling through other people's gardens and spotting plants that I don't have in my own garden. I didn't know anything about 'gas plants', I wondered how it got it's name and after further investigation, I read that the foliage of these plants is covered with a volatile oil that has a lemony scent and gives off a flammable gas rumored to burn a faint glow if lit with a match. Wow! I had no idea.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

This First Day Of Summer

day one

One of my 'sarah bernhardt' peony blooms catching a glimmer of afternoon sunlight that streamed through the tree branches on this first day of summer. I certainly wish these ruffly petals lasted more than just a couple of days. And the scent, oh the scent, it's pure heaven!

I'm so happy to kick off another 'Days Of Summer' photo project on this day. This will be my 4th year documenting summer with a photo a day. These projects have been so fun for me and pushed me in ways I never dreamed when I began in 2011. I'm so excited to share a little beauty and intrigue of another summer.