Posts Tagged garden

Lions on guard

In the front garden of a beautiful old home in Delaware, Ohio.  The owners have the perfect spot to enjoy summer from their patio; wonder if the back yard is just as lovely?


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Out standing in their field

The Inniswood Metro Gardens boasts more than 2,000 species of plants along with specialty collections and themed gardens.  Between it and the Park of Roses here in Central Ohio, from spring to fall there is always something and somewhere to photograph.

By the way, get the pun?

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There’s a bee in my mouth…

There were honey and other bees buzzing busily in the gardens and I for one was quite happy to see them.

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Waterfall Garden, Chinese Bridge and Swan Island

I didn’t take a photo of the waterfall here as several of my companions had already camped out there; there were others further along that I was able to capture.  Instead I headed toward this red Chinese bridge near the waterfall and what it held.  Why it’s called Swan Island I have no idea but the sign on the bridge tells you that it is a 36 foot clear span bridge constructed in 1989 before the lake was filled and before they even gave thought to making the gardens.  The little island had irises around it that were all spent but for a couple of yellow ones and next to the bridge sits a Japanese teahouse nestled among different species of trees and pink rhododendrons.

I can only imagine the mind soothing tranquility of the area when the only sounds are those of nature and the wind chimes.

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Let’s talk about focal points

While we sit down in this beautiful farm garden.  Both images were shot standing in the same spot with identical settings, but what makes them different?  In the first photo I shot a third of the way in just in front of the first picnic table.  In the second photo I shot a third of the way in again but near the bottom of the lowest hanging gourd on the trellis.  As you can see, keeping everything the same other than the focal point resulted in two different images with different depths of field.  Try shooting this way and see what you come up with.

My preference leans towards the first image because the tables and the surrounding flowers, which I really like, are more in focus but there is a nice dreamy look to the second as if you were being invited into a secret garden.  What do you think?

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In a desert garden…

Not sure what kind of flower it is but there it was in the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix, Arizona.  Anyone know what the name is?

F 8.0 – 1/100 – ISO 200 – 100mm

Desert pink 5204W

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Flower Fairy

Wouldn’t she look lovely in a flower garden?

F 5.6 – 1/250 – ISO 100 – 100mm – Canon 5D


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