This fall, I monitored the Ginkgo Grove at the State Arboretum of Virginia on a regular basis, just waiting for the opportune time to photograph these glorious trees as they turn golden-yellow. Several times when I thought they’d be at peak color, I arrived to find they were still primarily green with just patches of yellow. The Ginkgo is native of China and long revered for its medicinal qualities, as well as beauty. There are more than 300 trees in […]
I figured out that if I walk up to the window with my camera already up in place, hiding my face, the Goldfinches will tend to ignore me. I can approach to within three feet or so of their feeder and even change locations without startling them. This male seemed to grow annoyed with the sound of the shutter, however, and paused in his feeding to give me the evil eye. Maybe if he realized the free meals were in […]
I’ve found myself looking up from under flowering trees this spring while out on hikes and photo expeditions. I spent some quality time with this forsythia last week and experimented with different angles while working with my macro lens. It seems more natural for me to shoot down into flowers, but sometimes looking up offers an altogether different perspective that makes for a fun image.
A long, long time ago one of my early photography instructors gave me some sage advice. She said, “Whenever you are out with your camera, always remember to stop every once in a while and look behind you.” I’ve always remembered her words of wisdom, and do often pause in my work to turn around and check out what I’ve left behind or what might be following me. On this particular day, after working with a client at her home, […]
The Hill School tree looked beautiful today with fresh green buds and a field of bright yellow flowers at its base. It was the perfect model for my iPhone and the Pro HDR app. Peppermint and I took a walk up to the tree and admired the scenery now so bright green and fresh. I’m so glad spring has arrived here in Virginia, and I look forward to spending more time outside with my camera.
Rainy Monday mornings are sometimes tough to take, especially when you’re trying to get a sleepy 11-year-old out of his warm bed to face another week of school. But today not even this unpleasant task couldn’t dampen my day. Today was my Dad’s 79th birthday, and this milestone reminded me yet again that each day we’re around, rainy or sunny or snowy, is really one to be cherished. My Dad likes to think of himself as a curmudgeon, and maybe […]
This week it’s been all about the hummingbirds. Yesterday morning I purchased a bouquet of flowers—purple and yellow—from the Safeway in Middleburg and brought them home. I placed them in several small vases and set them on the deck on either side of the hummingbird feeder. I wasn’t sure if the hummingbirds would find them enticing, but I thought having fresh flowers would provide a fun backdrop for photos. My small investment was amply rewarded. Shortly after I positioned the […]
Well, since the Black-Eyed Susans are taking over the front garden, I thought I’d at least document them so after I thin the ranks I’ll be comforted in knowing that these beautiful flowers will bloom once again in another area of the yard. When I first bought the house, my friend Carrie went to the nursery with me to choose perennials for the gardens, helped me arrange hanging baskets and advised me on shrubs. Of all the plants we chose, […]
About six years ago, I received a lily for Easter. After it had bloomed, I decided to replant it in a container on the deck to get it out of its tiny pot. Although it didn’t bloom again, it did well over the late spring and into the summer. When the first frost came and went and the container plants slowly died back, I didn’t give the lily a second thought. The following spring, however, when I went to replant annuals […]
One of my favorite aspects of spring is the contrast between the delicate blooms and buds of newborn flowers and plants amid the last remaining vestiges of winter. At first, spring is just a fleeting thought as the green stem of a daffodil edges through the remaining snow or wet, decaying leaves. Then, gradually, the green, yellow, red and purple take over, with buds emerging on naked trees and tulips springing forth from their beds. Finally, you walk out one […]