Snowbells or Snowdrops? I'm not sure of the name but I do not think they are wild? I believe there must have been a farm house in the area at some time in the past, hence the daffys, too!? I shot these little beauties just below the daffys, the same day, along a creek bank. There is a large area of them and I have photographed them in the past. But they, too, were blooming early, sheltered by the willows growing there, teased out by our false Spring!
I darkened this shot, using the shadow "thingey", and sharpened a little to POP THEM OUT!!! This done in Picasa, I do like their edit program!
Again - comments welcome!
Have a great day Shutterbugs and get out, and off that couch, if you can!? Its trying to be sunny here, were supposed to have a few days of it, THANK YOU GOD!!! Bundle up and go forth and seek what you can find?
Meralyn, those lavendar crocuses are FAB. They should be in a flower magazine or printed large format!!! Such detail and excellent composition. The snow bells (?) are lovely as well.
Love all the bird pics, those red birds in the tree are so stunning. I have never seen a bird like that and you have them flying around? HOW VERY COOL!
It's nice seeing all the different birds from different places.
Thank you all for sharing!
bulbs or not, they are very pretty!
If you ever come across lily of the valley, that would be special for me.
Meralyn, your flowers are so beautiful. Hope to see some color around here in about a month from now. More bird pics. The first one is of the Blue Jay, Cardinal, a Dove and a female cardinal.
This is a Tufted Titmouse.
Janie, those pictures are lovely, how cute the birdies! That brown is the Cardinal female? I did not know female was so different from male...
Janie - Wonderful photos and so very colorful with the beautiful variety of birds! Lucky you! I especially like the little titmouse!
Ana - the tan bird on top of the bird feeder is a dove. The brown bird behind the red cardinal is the female cardinal, I think? There are hundreds to learn!
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This is one of my primroses from last year. Mine are blooming now, have been for a few weeks, but they are rather tattered from the hail storms we had, consequently using a pic from last year.
Janie, how wonderful that you attract such lovely birds to your feeder.
Meralyn, that primrose is just outstanding... very sweet!
Meralyn! I think i've figured something out with my camera....when i see a good shot, it take a pic and it seems that the camera takes too long to "snap it", then it comes out blurry.
Thank you Ladies, for the lovely comments on my birds. We will have to enjoy them this winter as I am supposed to be moving in the spring. Where we are moving it is not planted for the wildlife. Houses are about 30 to 40 ft apart if that.But I have already been planning what I will do to get birds and butterflys to my garden.
Meralyn, You have the most wonderful flowers, so vibrant. I loved the daffidils that you posted a few days ago. I used to have a lot of flowers. Oh well I soon will again.
Can't wait until spring, its been to cold here. It looked like a blizzard this morning.Very cold icy wind too.
Thank you very much ladies! And good luck on your move Janie.
Sandrea - if your camera is real slow, shutter speed and recovery speed, then if you move a little or the subject does it will be blurred.
I managed a short walk today and I saw a new hawk, new to me anyway, it was so exciting! I got some pix and will share when I can.
My Lace Cap Hydrangea, dry winter flowers. the pattern and colors intrigued me. I tried photographing them but was not happy with the results. I may have waited too long.
How nice, winter flowers. I like dried flower arrangements.
Thanks Sandrea. I wasn't up to doing much of anything today. I'll try to get more pix edited tomorrow.
Pileated Woodpecker flying from the tree outside my window to the feeder.
The last one above he/she has a cardinal behind its head.
What a beautiful view out your window, Janie!
I see the Cardinal behind the Woodpeckers head..glad you pointed that out or i would have been wondering why so much red there.
This is such a wonderful thread to visit
Wonderful shots Janie! You are so blessed to have such a large variety of beautiful birds! Keep up the good work!
I have a couple pix of a hawk that is new to me, am going to the Bird thread to post them as I started with the hawks there.
Have a great weekend shutterbugs! Hope you can get out for a walk with your cameras.I'm going to try but I'm afraid I've missed my window of opportunity, its threatening to rain!
Oh my-wonderful photos Meralyn and Janie!!! You two girls are pros! Ty for sharing your fantastic work with all of us.
The early spring fooled many of our trees, bushes, and plants! Some of the rhodies and camellias are blooming, much too early!
I actually shot this rhodie last winter, I think, but rather than go out in the rain to get a new shot I'm re-posting it.
Have a wonderful Sunday Shutterbugs! I'm going to take it easy, I need to! And Harry is going to cook for me this evening, HURRAY!!!With a little wine I'll be fine!
When you drink your wine don't drink Bailey's shots with it like i did last night, arghhh!
Sandrea! Glad you had a good time last night!
Meralyn, that is one gorgeous Rhodie!!! And the color-WOW!! What a shot! You amaze me with your talent! Have a nice time with Harry! Tell him hello from us cat lovers.
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Meralyn, Love the flowers that you do. We won't have anything like that till May. I woke up to about 3 inches of snow this morning. Very cold too. It has caught this little Robin in the storm. I have two more Cardinal pics of the male and female in the storm.
Wow, Janie! They look like beautiful post cards!
Thank you Sandrea, That was what it was like today . Some of the snow has blew off the trees and some has melted too.
Wow Janie-Sandrea is right-they do look like post cards! Beautiful work!!!
(Yamilet, I re posted these for you. The pics we're side by side instead of on top of one another. It stretched the thread out too far. No harm done though, okay!? It's all good! And, thank you for sharing your lovely photos! We're so glad you joined us!)
All the pictures are beautiful!!! Congrat's to all the artists... I'm going to share some pics too
What a gorgeous view from you balcony, Yamilet!!
Gorgeous photos, Yamilet!! Thank you so much for sharing!!
Janie & Yamilet - FANTASTIC PHOTOS!!!!!! Thank you both for sharing with us!!!
Sandy - thanks for your help sweetie!
Sandrea, I wouldn't dare mix Bailey's with my wine, chasers?! My bod & brain wont take it anymore. But I absolutely love Bailey's Irish Cream!!! Had to quite buying that, too! LOL!!!
I think I'd better go take a little nap before tonight, sigh. And thanks everyone re my pix. Carry on!
Yamilet, Those are the most wonderful pictures. I love sunrise/sunsets and rainbows. Very beautiful.
Thank you Sandy , Meralyn & Yamilet about the comments on my pics.
Another friend at the feeder.
That looks like a sign of Spring. Is that a current pic, Janie...did all that snow melt? That's a cute squirrel...they all are
Fantastic shot, Janie!! I can't wait till spring!
Thanks ladies, That pic was about 2 weeks ago. But the snow is gone from around the feeder anyway . Love ya
I actually shot this camellia last February, I do have a few trying to bloom now, but rather than fight with the rain I decided to just pull this one up again.
There is a camellia across the river that is covered with bright red blossoms! Amazing!
Janie - adorable photo of a darling little squirrel! Keep em com'en!
Happy shooting Shutterbugs, IF you can get outside, or just drive your cats and family practicing on them, LOL!
The yellow primroses are growing in my side garden, I can see them from my front room. The lillies behind them are Harlequins, the buds have not come on yet. The orange primrose grows in one of my half-wine barrel planters and that is the only blossom that was not ruined totally by the hail storms!
By the way, that last post was supposed to read "drive your cats and family mad by practicing on them"! Sorry!
I got out yesterday, rained on me the last part of my walk, I got soggy, my camera a little wet, but dear Lord it felt good to get out! It always raises my spirits and makes me feel better physically as well! So bundle up Shutterbugs and get out when the weather will let you!Then you can always come back in and warm up in front of the fire with a hot drink! You bettcha!!!
Such pretty flowers. They're making me think of Spring. Last year it rained here almost everyday from one Winter to this Winter. It was gloomy and ruined all the foliage. So it's been a year and a half of lousy weather. I'm so hoping we have a regular Spring and Summer here this year.
Thanks for the reminder of what beauty might come here soon
I have a few primroses growing in my wine half-barrel planters. The rain and hail have ruined most of the blossoms but this one prevailed. This is a little out of focus, darn.
And thanks Sandy & Sandrea! I am wishing for a lovely spring for you!
Oh that's just so pretty, Meralyn.
My eyes must be out of focus just enough to make that look in focus
And, thanks for Spring wishes
Thank you very much Sandrea and your welcome!
I've got a new cute one for you-all but have to do some other things first, then I'll get back in here.
Shutterbugs - go forth and produce, pix that is, LOL!
I took this one on my mom's garden today. Ana
Very, very pretty, Ana
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Oh Ana, that is so beautiful!
Ana, Your pictures from your Mom's garden are just so beautiful.
These are very small daffodils, perhaps narcissus? I found them yesterday in the park by the beach where I love to walk. There must have been a farm house there at one time as this is where I found the larger daffys, too, and the Snow drops.
We had a much needed sunny break in-between storms and I had a lovely walk even though it was a bit windy and chilly.
I had to get down on my knees in the wet grass and mud and use my elbows as a tripod to photograph these flowers, they were so short and small. Came home with muddy, grass stained knees on my jeans but I had a great time, I was in pig heaven!
I shot another robin, too, a very cooperative little doll! Will post later for you.
The miserable weather is making it difficult to get out and shoot anything but dont give up! Hope you all had a great day!?
Very beautiful, Meralyn! So glad you enjoyed getting down and dirty. I could use a little of that as stress relief! Awesome shot!
Fantastic photo, Meralyn!!
WONDERFUL PICTURES EVERYONE!!!
THIS IS THE NATIONAL FLOWER OF PUERTO RICO, "THE MAGA FLOWER"
I DONT KNOW THE NAME OF THIS ONE BUT I THOUGHT IT WAS SO BEAUTIFUL THAT I HAD TO TAKE A PICTURE OF IT.
Lucy!!! Those are AMAZING photos! Those flowers are gorgeous!!! Nicely done!!
Just gorgeous Lucy ! Do you mind if I send it to my neighbour & friend ? luv sjg
Thank you Sandy, Sandrea and Sheila...no Sheila, I do not mind at all if you want to send them to friends.
Lucy - great photography! Love the clarity, focus, color, super job!!!The top flower looks like what we call a hybiscus. I'm not familiar with the last one. Thank you very much for sharing with us!
And thanks ladies!
I suppose someone answered this already, but those gorgeous pictures - the first one is a beautiful red hibiscus, and the second one is pink bouganvilla (those are leaves, not flowers, BTW - the flowers are those little white cuties) - the leaves come in several colors. Tropical flowers are so lovely!
A small, very short trillium that was planted many years ago by my mother, and is still blooming! I had to get down on my knees, place a rock gently against the stem to hold it back so I could see its face, and use my elbows as a tripod. My camera washed out the color!
I enhanced the color, sharpened a little, and cloned out the hole in the one petal.
Thanks for the info on the flowers Bobbi!
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Bless your mother for planting these, and bless you, Meralyn for keeping them "alive"
Sandrea - thank you very much and I didn't know that!
Beautiful flower Sandrea ! Many thanks !! luv sjg
Last spring I was out at the farm with my camera and took these photos in the woods.
These are the Trilliums that are the provincial flower emblem. There many growing in the woods in this area.
This is the red Trillium also known as Wake-robin. They are also found in the woods in this area flowering at the same time as the white ones. I love to go into the woods in the spring and see all the wild flowers blooming.
Well done, Jean. Thanks for the photos i wish i had.
I recently moved to NS. I didn't realize you ARE where i'm from....or close to it.
Sandrea & Jean - thanks for posting the flowers! Beautiful pix Jean! I have a photo of a local trillium that I will try to find for you later.
Have a great weekend Shutterbugs! I'm going to try to go on a hike today with Harry?! Had a bad night and woke up with a screaming sinus headache, so - maybe -
Sandrea - thanks! Cute! Right now I'd rather stay at home, blow my nose, feel crappy in general, and feel sorry for myself!
And more of a close-up -
These beauties were in a Redwoods Park above Gold Beach which was heavily damaged by the storms last winter. I shot these with my Panasonic Lumix camera, DMC FZ18.
I think I've posted these before, can't remember, oh well!
Sandrea, and anyone else interested in buying a camera, there are some great sales now, and you can buy a used camera quite cheap on EBay, if you know how to do it or know someone who does. By again!
Just beautiful photo's !
Many thanks !!
I've had those sinus headaches nearly all my life......... Now, I find that the Tylenol with Codeine, works well.....usually within 20-40 min's too !! Take care ! luv sjg
English, or lawn daisies as I've always called them, are blooming all over the lawns, and along my driveway. I love the cheery, hardy little things! I've never been able to get a really good photograph of them, though, they are never in proper clumps, good light, or the wind is whipping their little heads around! I had to shoot these behind some willows to get out of the bloody cold wind yesterday on my walk!
Sandrea - thanks girlfriend! And Shiela - thanks for the tip on the Tylenol w/codeine, but I think that's only with a prescription here. Also, usually extra strength Acetaminophin (generic Tylenol) works well, if not, a little wine helps, LOL!
OK Shutterbugs, get busy with those camera! I dont want to be the only one posting here! So, go forth and produce, photos, that is, LOL!!!! P.S. These photos have been enhanced & sharpened a little.
a rose from my mom´s collection:
this rose blooms in a pale pink color, as the days passes, it turns darker and darker, this is what my mom loves this bush, it´s very old.
These are wild flowers, I do not know if they have a name:
but I love that vivid orange...
O.K., Meralyn, you asked for it. There is no way I can live up to the beautiful artwork you and others post here, but I thought this shot was pretty. It's a blooming tree in my mother's front yard in So. California, but I don't even know what kind of tree it is.
Kinda looks like a crepe myrtle. They are very beautiful.
Ana & Cindy - GORGEOUS PHOTOS!!! Thank you very much for contributing, too!
Janie - Yes, I thought Crepe Myrtle, too, as I had them in Louisianna. the bark doesnt look right, though, but hard to tell.
So far it's not a good year for desert wildflowers, but here's a cholla cactus in bloom - spring is coming to the desert.
Cindy - your photo is lovely! Strangely enough, I had a collection of cacti (is that correct?!) in Germany. I had a remodeled 1800's barn/house with a gallery which faced south and I kept my collection up there in the windows. They even bloomed for me! I picked up cute little planters at flea markets, etc.
I noted where you live, Prescott; I could really use the drier Arizona weather! I've been thru Flagstaff, etc. I just do NOT want to go thru moving, again!
Thanks again for contributing! Shutterbugs - have a great day!
I left you a flower, it´s tiny. The flower is the creamy one at the center. I think this bush is widely known in America. It blooms in summer here in my country. It is in full bloom right now:
There are other colors, pink, pale purple, purple, yellow, combinations of yellow - orange, and red.
Hi all, I apologize I did not reply to your comments before. I am just trying to cath up.
Yes Meralyn, that is an orchid, when I take that picture, the only flower was that one, now the plant bloomed completely and there are more flowers:
Hi Lucy, I love those pictures you posted. We have the same flowers here, the last one you posted is called "Veranera" here in Costa Rica. I have just posted one in orange.
I have one in purple, I think yours is red. Here is the purple one:
Anna - Absolutely awesome pix! Keep up the great work girl! And thank you so very much for taking the time to share with us!
Pretty Tree Cindy, and your flowers are very pretty Ana.
Ana, Lovely flowers!!
The pic below was taken at my brother-in-law's farm. They raise goats, and have llamas to protect them! It's not "art", per se, but I thought it is cute and didn't know where else to post it.
Cindy - Its adorable and funny and fine with me. Thanks for sharing!
Hi Everyone, this thread is near 100 posts, and running slow to load, so I am going to change it now, and this thread is now closed. Look for the new one that I am putting up.