Monday, April 1, 2013
Recently I found some aphids on the blossoms of one of my cacti. Rather than spray or use soap we went down to the hardware store and got a little box of lady bugs. Most of the nurseries or home and garden stores keep them in little refrigerators, kind of dormant just waiting for an assignment. Mine had two jobs... get the bugs, and look pretty for the camera while doing it.
Friday, June 8, 2007
This is another Gerbera from last week's farmers' market. They are still beautiful, maybe we'll have to see if they have anything else interesting this weekend.
Sunday, June 3, 2007
Usually I like to take pictures of nature where I find it
and leave it for others to enjoy. (My neighbors have told
me repeatedly to take some of their flowers but I just can't
bring myself to cut them.) The trouble is, I have never seen
a Gerbera growing that looked quite like this.
There was one cool one that I wish I had gone back to the Nursery for, but it was not variegated. So I had to bring this one home from the farmers' market and set up a little studio shoot.
Of course, he had friends. So you'll probably see more in the next few days.
Tuesday, May 1, 2007
I noticed this little guy (or girl) when we were walking The Hound
the other day. If you look close enough you can actually see my reflection in his back.
I did a little poking around to see if perhaps the lack of spots meant it was a
younger ladybug (I thought I read that somewhere). But apparently it's just a different kind of Ladybug
and there are hundreds of different kinds in the US, thousands in the world.
I did however, find out that the name Ladybug comes from when farmers prayed to the Virgin Mary to help save their crops from pests. When the small red beetles came to save the day (and the crops) the farmers started calling them "The Beetles of Our Lady".
Thursday, February 22, 2007
Backlit Morning Daisy
Even in the middle of winter there are beautiful
flowers to photograph here. That's not to say it
is not cold. The day after I took this was the
windiest coldest day of the winter so far.
But fortunately the ocean seems to keep things just
warm enough for things to survive. Even if we
get frost it is usually mild and patchy.
Aside from these tough daisies, the Calla Lilies are starting to really put on a show now too. Some of our spring bulbs are already coming up that we planted in the fall. So many beautiful subjects! So little time!
Sunday, January 21, 2007
When normal people go on vacation they sleep in.
Then you have me and my hound dog.
Miss hound seems to like to get up early when we are in a
different place. Maybe because she knows that is when
I get some of my best pictures. Or, maybe she's excited
to go out and smell what there is to smell. (She has
long since sniffed all there is to sniff at home.)
At any rate, she woofs and since she has me wrapped around
her cute little paw, we get up and go out. When this
started I was not very happy about it, but I have learned that
there will usually be a number of beautiful images that reveal themselves
during our morning constitutional.
I would write more, but Zoe is sitting by the door right now. She is trying to remind me there is more to life than sitting in front of the strange glowing, humming box.
Tuesday, January 2, 2007
Daisy in the Morning Dew
This is another photo credit for The Hound. There is no other reason I would be up early taking a walk when everything is cold and dew covered. She always leads me to nice photos though so she is worth it.
Thursday, August 31, 2006
I really like this shot because, not only can
you make out the individual flowers in the center
of the daisy, but you can see the different stages
of their development. In the center they have not
opened yet, but has you move out you can see the stages
of the flowers' development.
This is not the first time I have enjoyed the structure of a daisy on the photo of the day.
Sunday, August 13, 2006
This is another beauty from yesterday's trip to La Sumida. I love Gerbera Daisies, but it is particularly nice to see some interesting variations. I usually see them more as cut flowers but this was actually a plant. Might just have to find it a spot in the yard!
Saturday, July 22, 2006
The bees have been wild this year. And, as I have yet to be stung, they are still one of my favorite subjects. Actually, I love photographing flowers and the bees add some life.
Saturday, April 22, 2006
Little Purple Mums
Our next-door neighbors have a little girl that is just old enough
to wander down the sidewalk with her grandpa. On a number of
occasions we have seen her wander over to these flowers and examine them
very closely. She seems to really appreciate the structure of them.
I have never seen her grab them like you would expect of
a small child. She seems to really love them and I can see why!
Maybe she'll be a photographer when she grows up!
They were not the easiest things to identify though. They seem to be some type of mum, closest we could find was Chrysanthemum frutescens 'Vancouver'.
Thursday, January 12, 2006
Yellow Winter Daisies
Don't get me wrong, I had an amazing honeymoon in Monterey. But, just the seemingly minor change in latitude made me appreciate how good we have it in Santa Barbara. These Daisies are just one of the flowers in full bloom right now around our home. I snapped this shot during a recent hound walk.
Thursday, December 8, 2005
I like the petals of the flowers in the middle, the ones that are sticking toward the camera. They are at just the right angle to poke up into the plain of focus, so their tips are in focus. But the flowers themselves fade into the background because of the wide open aperture.
Saturday, November 26, 2005
Well this was a hard one to find. Most of the images I found online
that match this flower exactly are labeled "Orange Daisy".
And, I was pretty sure that was not right.
Fortunately my best friend, the botanical genius, was able to identify it with her trusty flower guide.
Monday, September 26, 2005
Daisies for Daisy
Well it was a very busy weekend at the Santa Barbara Natural History Museum Art Walk (and that is the reason the photo of the day has turned into the photo of the week lately). I talked to a lot of people, but I have to dedicate this image to my favorite customer of the weekend. A happy little girl named Daisy with a beautiful smile. Her mom was looking of a picture of daisies.
Monday, August 1, 2005
I really like flowers that are a little
irregular like this one and another
of my favorite daisies.
But there is an interesting contrast in this one.
Although the petals are quite wild, the center is
incredibly orderly. In fact it is orderly to a mathematical
There is a sequence of numbers that predicts very closely these kinds of shapes in nature. It is called the Fibonacci Sequence. Anything from the number of scales on each successive row of a pine cone and the leaves on a tree to the parts of the center of a daisy. The sequence is very easy to create. Each number is the sum of the previous two numbers in the sequence. So starting with 0, 1 and adding them together you get 0, 1, 1. Next you add 1 and 1 and get 0, 1, 1, 2 and so on...
| | 1+2=3
| | | 2+3=5
| | | | 3+5=8
| | | | | 5+8=13
| | | | | | 8+13=21
| | | | | | | 13+21=34
| | | | | | | | 21+34=55
| | | | | | | | | 34+55=89
| | | | | | | | | | | |
So if you were to start in the very center of the daisy, called the "Capitulum". You would probably find one individual flower (the Capitulum is actually a cluster of small flowers. So, a single daisy is actually a group of very small flowers botanically speaking). Moving out from that first flower in concentric circles you would find each row contains 1 then 2 then 3 flowers and so on. It may not be exact, but more times than not you will find it is very close.