Interesting Colors

The morning “light” combined with some nice colors made for a couple of recent photos I liked. The amount of rain we’ve had this month (up to six inches in a day) has made flowers and other vegetation really “pop out.”



Roses are Red


Well …maybe too red. But that’s what attracted my eye during a short walk in our neighborhood. I used my Panasonic GX7 with 200mm lens to get the composition I wanted, with blurred background. Developed with Lightroom Classic on my MacBook Pro. I picked the next one as “Best in a Two-Photo Show.”


The Meaning of a Photo


While I took time adjusting the original of this image  (iPhone 7Plus) to make it look as I wanted, it was what I saw in front of me that was most important. What it meant to me. As I’ve grown older, with health issues, I’ve become more introspective and when I see something like this dirt road winding toward the distance, I think about “paths” in life each of us have been given. We just don’t know what lies around the bend, so why do we spend so much time thinking and worrying about it?

Iris Colors

Of all the flowers blooming in Spring, I think the most colorful are Iris. They open their blooms in various colors in our yard, and the only downside to that is they don’t stay around long. My camera was ready this year, and I felt getting close was a good way to show their beauty.



Lone Mountain Trees in Spring




Lone trees, singled out in some way, always catch my photographic “eye” and here are recent examples I made on a road trip in foothill farm county near Stuart, Virginia, about thirty minutes from home. The next one is my favorite, although I had to trespass around a fence to get close. I’m sure the property owner wouln’t mind.



The vehicle tracks across the foreground were an added plus to this image.


Blue Ridge Store

This restored General Store and ESSO filing station is a popular place to visit, for those with photography in mind. There are others like it where we live in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia. I give great credit and thanks to those who maintain them with “period” signs and fresh paint. If you find one like it where you live, go get it!

Rhododendron Time


We have a large Rhododendron bush in our yard, and it always blooms later than other flowering trees and bushes here. Now it’s time. It had rained during the night so when I walked by on the way to get the morning newspaper I saw my opportunity. Close up compositions with water droplets clearly visible was the way to go. I used my iPhone 7 Plus, with my favorite Photo App … Camera +. The Macro capability of that App is superb. As are all of its other features.

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One Patient Cardinal


Walking past my bedroom window recently, I saw a Cardinal sitting outside in a nearby tree. I liked what I saw, what with the way the light was “working” with the bird and the tree leaves, and since I had may iPhone handy I tried to hold its camera lens close to the window glass. No good. I said to myself “Please don’t fly away bird” while I went to get my telephoto lens camera. Coming back to the window I was happy to see the bird still there, although it’s position had shifted a bit. I held the camera lens tight to the window glass, steadied it carefully and took the shot. I didn’t have time to check the camera’s monitor to see the result, before the redbird flew away. It was like it knew I’d reached my objective to capture the moment. I had. As you can see. One patient bird for sure.