Thursday, April 4, 2013
This is a shot from our beautiful Coronado Butterfly Preserve in Goleta. This year the butterfly population seemed a bit smaller than years past, but they are still an absoultely amazing sight.
Sunday, March 17, 2013
Ranunculus Dew Drops
Last night we we were wandering around the plant section of the local home improvement store and we found ourselves in the spring Annuals section. I'm a sucker for varigated flowers, especially red and yellow, and I really love Ranunculus. This one is a bit more subtle than most varigated flowers. From a distance the petals look orange, But the veins are more orange-red and the petals are yellow. Which makes for an amazing effect where they seem to change color depending upon the angle you look at them. And with so many petals the effect is even more pronounced. This morning my wife found him a nice spot in the back yard and gave him some water, then it was time for his photo shoot!
Monday, December 10, 2012
It's the time of year when the Monarch Butterflies return to their overwintering spot in Santa Barbara, the Coronado Butterfly Preserve. According to the experts the clusters of butterflies are small this year, although it's still early. Even so the experience is amazing. This is just one of the small clusters, but the position of the sun was perfect. What you can't see are the hundreds of butterflies fluttering around the grove. It's a wonderful spot that only exists because of the hard work of volunteers and donors who have protected it.
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Monarch Butterfly [Danaus plexippus] on a Zinnia at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History's Butterflies alive. It took a bit of manuvering to get the profile shot I was looking for, and although there are many more opportunities at the Natural History Museum, it's still fun to try to get just the shot you're looking for.
Sunday, May 1, 2011
Poppies and Dasies Playing in the Sprinklers
I didn't intentionally put the water drops on these flowers when I was taking care of a friend's yard. But I did have my camera along for just such an occasion. I loved the way the light caught the huge drops of water. The beautiful curves of the drops complement the small ridges of the poppy petals nicely. And then the daisy decided he wanted to be in the picture and leaned in from the right and said CHEEEEESE. Ok, maybe I spend a little too much time in the garden, but I'm making up for a very busy year that saw my plants too neglected.
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Varigated Miniature Rose
Most of my recent work has been architecture and Santa Barbara city related. Most of those images take a bit logner to plan and execute so the photo of the day has fallen behind a bit lately.so I decided to spend some time last weekend looking through some of my older flower shots looking for interesting unpublished images.
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Sun Star Water Drops
Well it's officially fall. Can't believe it, but it's time to start to look for some good bulbs for the garden. This is one of my favorites, the Sun Star. It is a fairly new hybrid and I have not been able to find it as a bulb. But I'm going to keep looking!
Sunday, April 20, 2008
Sun Star Bloom
Well it's that time of year the Sun Stars are in bloom!
This is a beautiful Orange hybrid related to a Star-of-Bethlehem.
This particular flower was my first one. It took a rest last year, but
it is back strong.
If you landed here looking for care and feeding of your new plant take a look at the Sun Star page. And my earlier shot from the first time this one bloomed. Most importantly, it's a perennial bulb, so No!... you did not kill it! It dies back every year down to the bulb. And pretty fast after it's done blooming! If you're looking for one, they are available as live plants now. Or you can get bulbs in the fall. I've had a few requests for sources of bulbs so I'll try to get some links online soon.
Monday, February 11, 2008
Ranunculus Close Up
It may not seem like it, but I have finally
got off the sofa to start to take some pictures
again. This was during a nice walk through a local
nursery the other day.
I appreciate all your kind notes and thoughts over the last few weeks. Zoe's still a great inspiration. I think of her often when we are out and see something beautiful like this, or the amazing flowering pear trees that are covered in white blossoms right now. The kind of things that she would have got me out of the house to take pictures of. Now it's all up to Tweetums to get us out of the house once in a while! I wonder if he would like to go out for a walk? ...hmmm
Monday, November 26, 2007
Low Aperture Poppy
I've always liked playing with low aperture shots. I like the way the stem of this poppy goes out of focus fast. For comparison, the apple from Thanksgiving was about as tight (high) aperture as this lens gets. Which kept the nice texture of the skin in focus over the whole surface.
Monday, May 28, 2007
Poppy Seed Pod
No, it's not upside down! Well, the photo's not anyway, the flower is.
This is the same flower from the Photo of the Day on the 20th. By the looks of things there will be poppies all over the place in our back yard next year.
I like the "cross section" look of the flower. And the ruffled edge of the petals too.
Sunday, May 27, 2007
Kalanchoe & Star
I was tinkering with using the Kalanchoe as a nice backdrop to get some shots of the green tipped Sun Star blossoms. In the end I was happiest with the shots that had them both in the mix. I really like the Kalanchoe in this shot because one of the flowers in the upper right has five petals. There are hundreds of blossoms and only two of them have five petals. The rest all have four.
Monday, May 21, 2007
Green Tipped Star
I mentioned this flower on the discussion at the bottom of the Sun Star keyword page. About a week ago we found it at a local grocery store. It is a little different than the others I've seen. Every other petal has a green tip. There are three petals that are on the outside of the bud and three on the inside. The outside ones have the green tips. It makes for a VERY interesting variant.
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
I have always had a soft spot for these plants.
They have amazing thick leathery leaves and
when they bloom they are absolutely covered in flowers.
Recently there have been a more creative variety available. I found a "double" variety last year, and the coloring on this one is absolutely unique!
They make great subjects for creative photography lighting experiments too.
Monday, May 14, 2007
Glowing Sun Star
I have been playing with some creative lighting on my
flowers lately. That's the reason that the photo of the
day has been the flower of the day lately. :-D (Well, that
and the fact that it's spring and there are some amazing plants
out there that all seem to follow me home.) I\'m pretty happy
with the results though, both in the back yard and my photos!
If you ended up here because you have one of these beauties and you are looking for care instructions, take a look at the main Sun Star page. There are more tips and discussion on the March 25, 2006 Sun Star too. If you find any of it helpful, or have questions that have not been answered there, drop us a note!
Saturday, August 19, 2006
I have actually had quite a few
people ask if I had pictures of
Hibiscus. One of them at a show once even seemed
quite irritated that I didn't.
I don't usually do shows anymore.
This Hibiscus is growing in a pot in front of a health food store in La Cumbre Plaza. It is a real beauty but I had to wait for just the right light.
Friday, August 18, 2006
In case you were wondering what the flower looked like that
caught my attention in yesterday's photo.
(I know it was just keeping you awake all night! :0)
This is about 6" further up.
And the bee? Well, she was nice enough to fly in right after
I was done finishing up with yesterday's subject!
I actually got quite a few interesting shots of the bee working on these flowers. I picked this one because it shows her wings so nicely.
Sunday, May 21, 2006
Wet Lime Blossoms
I had just finished watering the plants in our back yard. I love what water does to close-up pictures. And I love the small freckles on the blossoms, they are a little more translucent than the rest of the petals, and you can really see that with the back lighting.
Wednesday, May 3, 2006
Zoe took me for a walk today, as she has been known to do.
We took a little different path than we normally do.
We went past this beautiful Prickly Pear cactus
up the street from us. It is about six feet tall and it is
in a pot in front of a house near the street.
It is pretty obvious by the health of the plant that
the growth of the roots has not been slowed by the bottom
of the pot!
I think the coloring on the petals makes them look like feathers.
Saturday, April 29, 2006
Sun Star Blossom
My Sun Star just opened up a third stalk of flowers. I've only had it for a few weeks but it has been blooming like crazy. Unfortunately, or maybe fortunately, as I was playing with my lens reversed for a good closeup, I noticed it is being attacked by small bugs. So it is taking a dish-soap bath in the sink now.
Thursday, April 27, 2006
Minerature Rose XCU
I've been experimenting with
studio lighting. Until recently
most of my photos have been available
or natural light.
This is a miniature rose, the flower is about an inch and a half across. Which explains why the water drops look so big.
Saturday, March 25, 2006
This is one of the other flowers that followed
us home from the store yesterday.
These guys caught my eye as we were going into the store. I love taking pictures of flowers so something vibrant and different like this is almost certainly going to come home with me! Does not seem to be a lot of information online about it though.
You can find Sun Star care instructions here, and in the comments below. I'm glad to help your plants, but 95% of the questions posted to this page have already been answered..
Saturday, March 4, 2006
There are not may California Poppies
blooming at the moment. But the ones that
are sure do put on a nice show.
It was the pollen that attracted me to this particular flower.