It’s Spring!

Welcome to Spring!

Pretty soon, everything will be blooming and nature will put on a vast and varied treat for the eyes.

In fact, my lilac bushes and the trees in my neighborhood are already budding.

The Daffodils and Lilies and Mint are pushing through the recently frozen ground…

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and giving way to the promise to perfume the air and color the landscape. (that was rather poetic, was it not?!)

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Wow! Those photos make it look like they’re really growing, doesn’t it?

Actually, I laid on the ground (the neighbors didn’t look at me like I was crazy at all) and put the camera down in a low spot.

The plants are 1 – 1.5 inches tall at most.

But after the dreary and colorless (that may be a bit dramatic) end of Winter, they seem like mighty giants!

Yay for Spring!

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Rose Garden 6

Today from the Rose Garden:

REDS!

While so beautiful to look at, red is so difficult to photograph.

Why? you ask? (you’re so smart!)

Because red is such a hard color for cameras to decipher.

Red is at the top of the scale of wavelengths of visible light. Not only is it hard to photograph, it is one of the hardest colors to see. It borders on the line next to “Near-Infrared” and is almost beyond the range of human vision.

Our eyes “auto hdr” everything without us even knowing. They see color and tonal variation and dynamic range variation that a single sensor single shot cannot do.

Good thing all of that doesn’t keep me from taking the photograph!

…I do love a challenge!

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Rose Garden 5

Today from the Rose Garden:

Multi-hues!

They aren’t your plain-ol’ single color roses, people! (you’re welcome!)

There are the tipped roses like this yellow and pink gem:

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and this white and coral:

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or this one, the opposite looking bi-colored rose (looks like someone took a brush and swiped or dripped color in the middle but left the outer petals alone):

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or this stunning candy-striped rose:

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How do they do that?!?!

As I go through all the photos I took from this rose garden trip, I’m continually amazed at just how beautiful they all truly are! I’m not sure what I’ll share next, so stay tuned!

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Rose Garden 4

Today from the Rose Garden:

EXTREME CLOSEUPS!

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Fun with Photography and Photo Editing!

If I didn’t tell you I was in a rose garden, would you know that these are floral?

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this one’s full of love:

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this one meows:

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and these seem out of this world… or from the ocean floor:

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And not a single rose in this bunch!

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Rose Garden 3

Today from the Rose Garden:

They call me Mellow Yellow (yeah, I know some of you will have that song in your head for a day or so now – well, hahahaha! so do I since I started editing the yellows!):

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…and another kind (there were several kinds of each color):

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…and then a nod to the last post with this one with some orange tips:

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I may have to switch it up a bit next time with “not-so-much-roses” in the rose garden. Stay Tuned!

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Rose Garden 2

Today from the Rose Garden – Oranges:

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Orange, like ‘true’ reds (which I’ll share later), is a difficult color to capture…

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especially in an ombre rose…

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So…

Orange you glad I went to the rose garden?!?!

yeah I did! bwahahahaha!!!

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From the Rose Garden

Took a bunch of photos from the local rose garden. It was so beautiful and fragrant!

I’ll be sharing my favorites over the next several posts.

That will serve me in at least three ways (that I know of!):

1. It will get me back into the swing of writing and posting again (I’ve obviously been pretty lax about that as of late!)

2. While I have been pretty good about getting out and shooting photos, I’m coming up with more self-assigned ‘homework’ ideas – not only for photography but also ideas to convert into paintings (which, interestingly enough, was why I originally began photography in the first place. True story.)

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3. It also gets me back into sorting and editing – which will keep me learning and growing.

Here’s the first choice:

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This also happens to be the Iowa State Flower (according to the sign that was next to it and I assume it’s right since they’re horticulture pro’s!)

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