We have had Butterfly Bushes growing in our yard for years. They often grown high and full, and of course always do their job of attracting local Butterflies.
Category Archives: Flowers
As we near the end of August, temperatures remain generally hot, but still there is evidence in nature that seasons are about to change, with fall colors eventually turning into drab grays and cold winter months. I really like these two images I made the other day, because when I did so it was unseasonably cool, and wet. That reminded me of changing days ahead to look forward to.
The term “getting down” was, when I was a much younger man, common slang used to reflect perhaps wild and excessive celebration or other actions by individuals or a group which might be pressing the boundaries of polite or decent behavior. Today, I’m no longer interested in wild or excessive behavior, so when I say “getting down” I am referring to lowering my body closer to the ground. Unfortunately, when I make photos and wish to lower my angle of view my body has a very difficult time “getting down” to the desired level, creaky knee joints and all. But, fortunately I have a camera with a rotating, swivel LCD screen that allows me to simply bend over, hold my camera down to knee level and then rotate the screen to horizontal. Look what I can achieve. I really like this photo and I hope you do too.
Besides the obvious enjoyment derived from the “product” of vineyards worldwide, there is much to be gained in the way photo opportunities. The Commonwealth of Virginia and the State of North Carolina are home to many great vineyards, each with their own distinctive type and quality of wine. When the weather gets hot, and summertime flowers begin to bloom, one can find lots of “color” in between the rows of grape vines, and in the surrounding area. Here are several examples I made recently at Autumn Creek Vineyard near Madison, NC.
This spring we’ve had lots of rain in SW Virginia and that made the vegetation green and lush. Now that July has arrived it’s much hotter and dryer, so the green colors may turn to yellow and brown. I hope not. My camera lens loves “green.” I made these images while walking around our neighborhood. The Magnolia blossoms are about gone for the year, and I can’t stop making photos thereof. I love the “color softness” of those flowers!