Northern California is getting lots and lots of rain! It’s glorious news for the drought stricken regions even though there is a lot more rain around than I bargained for!
I have been missing the sunny blue skies but the daffodils and muscari in my garden braved the stormy weather and their appearance reminded me of the Spring delights that await.
Hope you enjoy them as much as I did!
Photo 1: Daffodils and bud
Photo 2: Daffodils and cloudy skies
Photo 3: Daffodil on Muscari
Photo 4: Muscari after the rain
Photo 5:Spring Delights
This Dahlia had such delightful details that it was enjoyable capturing it from a variety of angles. Hope you enjoy seeing the results!
The first image became part of the 28 day Happiness Challenge on Instagram started by @cynthialupoff and @lifeissucculent tagged with #28daysofhappy You could join in spreading happiness too!
Photo 1: Dahlia spreads its petals
Photo 2: Dahlia reaching for the sky
Photo 3: Dahlia Pops
The closer you look, the more you see.
I often marvel at the intricate details of nature. You don’t have to go far to see beauty close-up. Since it has been raining heavily this week I have been going through my archives of floral photos and found these.
Photo 1: Poppy Central
Photo 2: Black-eyed Susan
Photo 3: Dahlia details
Photo 4: Fern frond
Hope the new year bring you many beautiful moments!
“Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul – and sings the tunes without the words – and never stops at all.” Emily Dickinson
It’s the first day of winter and although we are not expecting snow here we have had some very welcome rain showers. Was a great opportunity to capture some raindrops on petals. They remind me of one of my favorite quotes.
“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain.”
Photo 1: Raindrops on Geraniums
Photo 2 Society Garlic in the rain
Photo 3: Rain kissed Geraniums
“Keep your face to the sunshine, and you cannot see the shadow. It’s what sunflowers do.” Helen Keller
There are certain times when finding the silver lining is tough but it does the soul good to find them even on our most challenging days. Being thankful on those days and expressing gratitude to those who bring sunshine into our lives is a way to keep the shadows at bay.
These images are from my Sunflower bouquet at Thanksgiving. Wishing you well this Thanksgiving weekend!
Photo 1: Sunflowers
Photo 2: Sunflowers and Chrysanthemums
Photo 3: Face to the Sunshine
Photo 4: Gratitude
While taking some photos out in the garden this morning a little butterfly stopped by on the Abelia Grandiflora for a quick drink. A small moment to appreciate the beauty of life and nature.
Photo 1: Abelia Grandiflora in morning light
Photo 2: Little Visitor on Abelia
Photo 3: Taking a sip
Photo 4: Abelia love
I was fortunate enough to know a professional portrait photographer who could make me look good for my head shot in my online testimonial for the British College of Journalism.
Seeing that head shot gave me an idea for a series of the floral variety so here they are. Do you have a favorite?
Photo 1: Two tone Dahlia
Photo 2: Pompom of prettiness
Photo 3: Hibiscus
Photo 4: White Orchid Spray
Red geraniums always remind me of the beautiful window boxes in France. Striking clusters of beauty against the backdrop of brick and mortar.
I purchased a pot of red geraniums to add some color to our yard. Here they are!
Photo 1: A Pot of Red Geraniums
Photo 2: Red Geraniums
Photo 3: Bright and beautiful
Flowers can even make the mundane task of grocery shopping fun. I spotted this delectable bunch of fresh chrysanthemums and they just called out to me to be purchased for some photos!
Photo 1: Pink Chrysanthemums Calling
Photo 2: Pink and pretty
Photo 3: Chrysanthemum bouquet