Took the Olympus to the front yard. The setting was on Shutter Priority Mode. Minor editing were done in Lightroom and Photoshop.
Pine cone from the giant pine tree in the yard. The tree is starting to brown at the top. I hope it’s not a sign that it’s dying.
This is a ground covering flower called a Vinca. They grow so fast and wildly. I want to get rid of them completely but husband wants to keep them.
The peony is stuck inside the branches of a huge bush. When we first landscaped the yard, the bush was tiny so I thought I could fit a peony plant there. Ten years later and there’s no room for it to grow. I’m planning to take it out and plant it in an open area. It used to bloom so beautifully.
The giant bush. Its leaves are tiny now but come summer and fall and this thing becomes a beast. I happen to really like this bush. Just wish the peony wasn’t stuck inside it.
I believe these are morning glories. Not sure what the little periwinkle colored flowers are called but they are so pretty.
And last, a lavender my sister gave me for Mother’s Day. It’s inside the house now but I might transfer it outside. Can you see the spider web between the two flowers? We just had a spider egg sac open in the backyard and watched the babies fly off (like in Charlotte’s Web). Some sneaked inside the house and made the plants their home. I think they’re safe so I’m not worried. You’d think I’d be more scared of spiders since I was bitten pretty badly by a Brown Recluse years ago. There are other bugs I’m more scared off, but we won’t go there.
Lots of places are closed today including my girls’ dance studio. They have a spring performance coming up and I wonder how they’ll ever get the dances done with all the snow days we’ve been having. Even though it’s really beautiful outside, I am ready for the snow to be gone.
This was a busy month with the kids starting school and all but I was able to capture a couple of exciting things.
The magnolia tree (bush) bloomed. It normally blooms in the spring, but with the wild weather we’ve been having, I think the magnolia forgot what season it was.
With the wildfires in the west and northwest, and the winds we’ve been having, the smoke from the fires were blown into our territory causing some eye irritations (yep, I had them) and some pretty cool sunsets.
Mother’s Day was nice. Being a mom is one of the most amazing thing in the universe. You get to bring new life into existence. Nothing can be more magical than that…except maybe finding a unicorn.
I love all the gifts I got even though it’s not really the gifts that matter but the meaning behind it. My favorite gift was from my 8-year-old. She made a card with her drawings and wrote some really sweet words:
Husband got me a perfume I’ve been eying for a year. It’s called Si and it reminds me of a few perfumes I wore when I was younger that have been discontinued.
Sister got me (plus our mom and our sister-in-law) flowers.
It’s been raining for a few days now, although, it seems the sun has come up today. The forecast for the week should be more rain and maybe even sleet on Mother’s Day. I actually love the rain and gray clouds. It might feel gloomy and depressing but it makes the earth so rich and vibrant with colors.
I’ve been meaning to take photos of the plants in the yard but kept forgetting until this morning. I’m really glad I got some nice shots. I’m always in awe of how drew droplets randomly sit on the leaves and flowers in such a way that it takes my breath away. I feel blessed to experience this small part of nature. It’s something so unimportant, yet, it gives me happiness.
I had fun this month with the camera. Enjoy these…
The family Keeshond, Teddy. She is the sweetest dog ever. She follows me everywhere and just plops down by my feet and sleeps. With husband, she’s a little different. She’ll wag her tail, jump on him, and want to play with him. Another thing about her, she won’t eat unless we’re eating.
The pink orchid. This is the second time it’s bloomed. I’ve only had it for a few a years.
My daughter stepped in to help me with the 52 Week Photo Challenge I’m keeping up with. This one called for long exposure so I set the D90 with the 50mm lens to the highest F-stop possible, which was 36, and the ISO to the lowest at L1.