Rhododendron Time

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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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Winter Again

With hopeful expectation of soon to arrive warmer temperatures, I’ve been teased by such over the past few weeks, watching our flowers begin to bloom and brighten. But, today, it’s Winter again.

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The good thing about this March snowfall is that it’s on the minimal side. And, as you can see here, it makes for a couple of nice photo compositions. There is always a bright side to everything … if you think about it.

Bring me some Flowers

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We have several Forsythia bushes in our yard, and they are now blooming. It’s a fast change from bare limbs, to small, bright yellow flowers, to green leaves, and then it’s just a plain looking bush. But, for now, it’s worth a photo or two.

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Also in our yard (as I’ve written about before) are lots of also quickly blooming Daffodils. Right now they are all yellow in color, but there are a few cream-colored variety as well … but not yet blooming.

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Not to be outdone, trees (below) are beginning to “bud” but that process is much slower than with the flowers. The most important aspect of this, however, is it’s a sure sign that Spring is near. (Aside: Well, maybe not “that” near, since possible snow is predicted here this weekend.) Waiting in the wings, so to speak, are numerous Dogwood trees we are blessed with … all over our neighborhood. My camera is alert and waiting.

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In sum, every year at this time I see a wonderful transformation in SW Virginia, from  drab Winter vegetation and overcast skies, to a variety of gradually unfolding colors sparkling in warming sun, with blue sky and puffy white clouds overhead. This makes me thankful for what we have been given. To overlook it is … well … not wise.

 

 

Here comes Spring

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Here in SW Virginia we’re seeing a lot of activity in terms of flowers opening up to display the beauty of Springtime.  I love it, but it all seems to pass so quickly that I’m reluctant to stay inside and miss something special. So,today, after a recent rainfall, I went out walking and here’s what I saw.

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Center of Attention

These tulips in full bloom are certainly beautiful and as a group could be considered the center of attention in this image. However, when I saw them backed by a small body of water I positioned myself such that the tall-stemmed purple tulip stood out on the dark water. That single flower became the center of attention for my composition. The fact there were shadows of nearby trees reflected on the water made the image even better. You may want to keep this rule at hand when making your own photos…have a center of attention.

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