Perfect description for today. Here is a gallery of florals from walking the dogs this morning.
Inspired by Terri of Second Wind Leisure’s Sunday Stills: Fabulous Seasonal #florals. Our rather chilly spring has kept many things blooming that would usually be about done by now, such as the daffodils and tulips. Yet the usual suspects, like the wood hyacinth, crabapple and peony are valiantly going ahead as planned. It seems like everything is blooming right now.
My yard is in full bloom right now. Through the years various types of bulbs have naturalized. The pickier, more needy ones have died out. A landscape by Darwin sort of effect. I have two types of tulips that have thrived on my neglect: red Apeldoorn (I had some yellow ones but, for some reason, they all died out), and these species tulips.
This time of year it doesn’t seem fair: the bright, red Apeldoorns grab your attention. Less flamboyant than their more outgoing cousins these species tulips have a delicate beauty that deserves a second glance.
I don’t care what the calendar (or weather forecast) says: When the daffodils bloom it is spring.
Our geriatric cat got me up at 0 dark 30 to feed her. Her bowl was down and full already, but I guess she needed companionship to eat. I couldn’t get back to sleep so I messed about with these trios of daffodils I took for Mama Cormier’s Thursday Trios in Topaz Studio 2.
Giving the photos painterly effects is restful, almost contemplative. Not quite as good as actual sleep, but you take what you can get.
I’ve been enjoying my amaryllis this week. It just came into bloom, I have three amaryllises from Christmases through the years that have decided to pop into bloom this month. After mucking about with daffodils in black and white earlier this week I decided to give the amaryllis a try for Brashley Photography’s Mid-week Monochrome. Also for Cee’s Flower of the Day (in color it was my flower for yesterday also).
As often I find, the black and white brings out the textures and the lines in the petals. For these pictures I used the GIMP’s built-in Desaturate tools. If you are interested in trying them out I have this article about the tools on my other website: Black and white digital photo processing using the GIMP.
It really rained yesterday and I noticed this bright, cheerful camellia when out with the dogs. It reminded me of how we sometimes walk when caught out in the rain, facing slightly down, the little petal almost looks like a hand put over to shield the eyes.
We had some snowy days at the end of last year and, for no particular reason, I didn’t really sit down with the pictures I took until recently. Snow is so pretty and it brightens the world up a lot. Around here where the days are short and we don’t generally get snow the winters can seem pretty dim.
I gave this rose a bit of a painterly effect by using the impression filter in Topaz Studio 2.