Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #143 – Colorful April

Pink and purple are the colors to be found around my yard this month. I’m having a great time discovering all the plants in my new yard as they bloom.

My favorite so far is this weeping cherry tree!

Vinca is nice, too.

You can find more April colors at the original Lens-Artist challenge.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #142 – You Pick It!

“Spring, spring, spring!” sang the frog. “Spring!” said the ground hog. 

“Spring, spring, spring!” said the robin. It was Spring. The leaves burst out. The flowers burst out. And robins burst out of their eggs. It was Spring.

Home for a Bunny, Margaret Wise Brown

A walk around the neighborhood revealed the first signs of spring. I love crocuses: not only are they pretty but they are such hopeful flowers. When you see them you know good things are on the way!

You can find more personal picks at the original Lens-Artist challenge.

Lens-Artists Challenge #110 – Creativity in the Time of Covid

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.

 

 

Lens-Artists Challenge #105 – SPRING

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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.

in Just-
spring          when the world is mud-
luscious the little
lame balloonman
whistles          far          and wee
and eddieandbill come
running from marbles and
piracies and it’s
spring
when the world is puddle-wonderful
the queer
old balloonman whistles
far          and             wee
and bettyandisbel come dancing
from hop-scotch and jump-rope and
it’s
spring
and
         the
                  goat-footed
balloonMan          whistles
far
and
wee

–“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.

 

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #101 – One Single Flower

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.

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.