My photography efforts have stayed very close to home in the past six months since the COVID-19 pandemic started. Most of the camera roll on my phone involves my two-year-old, with a few of the new house that we are moving into next week.
My most common subjects in the summer are always the flowers in my yard; I gave a few examples for this recent challenge. Since then, I’ve been working on close-ups of flowers, something I’ve always struggled with in terms of framing and focus (my phone does not have a good macro setting). I was really pleased with this hydrangea from my front yard. I will miss this bush when we move!
I used the editor in Google Photos to give it just a tiny bit of pop. I’ve also been doing some cropping for better focus.
You can find more creativity at the original Lens-Artist challenge.
When we moved into our current house, I was thrilled to discover that there were a multitude of bulbs planted in the front garden. Every spring I wait eagerly for the crocuses to pop up and signal the change of season.
spring when the world is mud-
luscious the little
whistles far and wee
and eddieandbill come
running from marbles and
piracies and it’s
when the world is puddle-wonderful
old balloonman whistles
far and wee
and bettyandisbel come dancing
from hop-scotch and jump-rope and
–“in Just-” by e. e. cummings
I have given up growing tulips because it is too much work to keep the deer away, but one year I had great fun tracking their growth. Nothing brings hope so much as new buds and leaves in the spring.
You can find more spring at the original Lens-Artist challenge.
One of the things I photograph most frequently is the flowers around my yard. I can’t say that I’m very good at it, especially since I only use my phone, but I like to practice.
I didn’t even plant this one! I had planted petunias the previous year, and this one came back up in my window box.
Love the bugs in this one.
Lillies around my garage.
My most-photographed bush, the Rose of Sharon.
The only tulip the deer didn’t eat.
I took this one last week; my roses are being choked by weeds.
These last two are from a trip to the Columbus Park of Roses. It was a very sunny day, so not great for photos, but I still took so many because there were so many beautiful ones.
You can find more single flowers at the original Lens-Artist challenge, guest hosted this week by the wonderful Cee Neuner.