Patterns and Textures in Nature, Part 4
Day 365 - Hollyhock with Raindrops
Back to my beloved CBG for the last photo of my 365 project! Honestly, how could the year pass so quickly?! I end this project feeling exhilarated and proud, but sad it's over. I have enjoyed it immensely and grown by leaps and bounds - both in my photography and in the way I look at the world around me. I would do it again in a heartbeat! For now I will take a rest, continue photographing with my usual passion and think about the next project to challenge myself. Thanks to all who followed this project! Your comments and support have meant so much to me.
Day 364 - What Lies Within
When I returned from California yesterday, I was delighted to see that all the peonies in my gardens at home are opening. I adore peonies and especially love to photograph them after a rain.
Day 363 - Emergence
This is one of many photos I took at Huntington Botanical Gardens in San Marino, California. It is a beautiful place with a library, art collections and an array of gardens. I spent the better part of a day during my trip to California exploring all it had to offer.
Day 362 - Peony
Peonies are in bloom. I love these flowers but they are hard to photograph and come up with an interesting composition. Many more will be blooming in the coming week. I will be away for a few days - the last days of this project. I can't believe day 365 is almost here! I will catch up on the last 3 days of posting when I return...I promise!
Day 361 - Wild Iris
Lots of wild irises are in bloom in the Semi Tropical Greenhouse right now. Also, lots of larger irises in bloom out in the Garden now, but I find these sweet little irises irresistible to photograph.
Day 360 - Malachite Butterfly
Butterflies and Blooms at CBG opened this weekend! I was there early this morning photographing the butterflies for the Garden. So good to be back in one of my favorite parts of the Garden and among these beautiful creatures!
Day 359 - Sweet Woodland Flowers
Day 358 - 'Apricot Glow' Cactus Flower
I led a photowalk for our club early this morning at the Garden. I was worried about finding enough to shoot because of the transition from spring to summer gardens. We checked the Arid Greenhouse and were delighted to find another round of blooms on the echinopsis - over a dozen blooms! They are truly spectacular to witness - so glad we were able to catch them in their glory because a friend told me they had faded by the afternoon.
Day 357 - Glowing Tulip
I fear this might be my last shot of the tulips this year. They are truly at their end and the Garden is already pulling them out in many areas. Goodbye until next year!
Day 356 - Pink Crabapple Blossoms
They are almost gone but the crabapples have been beautiful this year. Love the pink variety.
Day 355 - Tip of the Tulip
Just trying to squeeze a few more days of photographing tulips before they are all gone. With this beauty I focused on the tip of the tulip's petal and let the rest fall softly out of focus.
Day 354 - Blushing Beauty
I've enjoyed photographing some of the last tulips of the season - Blushing Beauty Tulips - in the courtyard between the Enabling Garden and the Sensory Garden. They have such beautiful lines, curves and ruffles.
Day 353 - Bleeding Heart
I couldn't finish this project without one of my all-time favorite flowers - bleeding heart. I've tried for the last couple weeks to photograph them at the Garden but it has just been too windy to even try. Late this afternoon I took a walk at the Garden to soak up the beautiful weather. The wind died down enough that I could photograph my favorite patch of bleeding heart in the Sensory Garden Woods.
Day 352 - Crabapple Blossoms
The crabapples are in full bloom and they smell divine!
Day 351 - Painted Tongue
A kaleidoscope of color, this beautiful flower is a part of the display in Regenstein.
Day 350 - Lily of the Valley
One of my favorite spring flowers is in bloom now - simple, sweet and smells so good!
Day 349 - Gerbera Daisy
It was so cold out today; it even snowed a bit in some parts of the area. I had fun experimenting with photographing some pretty Gerbera Daisies in the displays in Regenstein with friend Maria.
Day 348 - Virginia Bluebells
I always look forward to the blooming of these lovely woodland flowers in the spring, their bell-shaped blue flowers opening from pink buds.
Day 347 - Royal Fern Unfolding
Day 346 - Poppy in the Rain
Last night we had a torrential rain storm and it rained on and off this morning. Rain never stops me from photographing; in fact I love the intensity of colors on a rainy day and raindrops on flowers are always a bonus. No shortage of raindrops today! Camera tucked safely under the umbrella and I was good to go.
Day 345 - Desert's Jewel
It feels like I've come full circle. Back on day 2 of this project, almost 1 year ago, I posted a photo of a similar cactus flower. I have been watching the cactus in the Arid Greenhouse eagerly over the last weeks, waiting patiently for them to bloom. Last week they started and each day there are new blooms - so many of them this year! They are truly spectacular. Each cactus bloom only lasts a day so you have to time it just right to see them. They open fully in the mid-late morning and fade by late afternoon.
Day 344 - Tulips in the Crescent Garden
Happy Mother's Day! These tulips in the Crescent Garden are among my favorite this season.
Day 343 - In the Morning Sun
This morning Chris Smith and I led an early morning 'Out of Chicago' Photowalk at the Garden. What a wonderful group of photographers that showed up! It was such fun to share my passion for photography and for the Garden with others. We had a great time photographing tulips and all the spring blooms together. A new bed of tulips on the north end of the Bulb Garden opened in the last day and they are just gorgeous, especially as they glowed in the early morning sun.
Day 342 - Inside the Tulip
Another windy, warm day at the Garden. I parked myself in McGinley Pavilion, where it was a little more protected from the wind, and photographed this tulip that was part of a beautiful display in the pavilion.
Day 341 - 'Fantasy' Parrot Tulip Close-up
The parrot tulips have such interesting patterns and textures. These beautiful tulips are in the Circle Garden. I had to be very patient photographing today. It was very windy and I had to wait for the lulls in the wind to photograph anything...but it reached 90 degrees today! Amazing!
Day 340 - Morning Sun on Fern
Day 339 - Buttercup with Water Droplets
Day 338 - Last of the Daffodils
The daffodils in my yard are starting to fade but I cut a few more to bring inside. These are my favorites with their bright centers. The wind has been so strong the past few days making it hard to photograph outdoors.
Day 337 - Pink Petals
Another wonderful day photographing tulips and other spring blooms at the Garden. This beautiful 'Foxtrot' tulip is part of a display at the south end of the Bulb Garden - a gorgeous mix of soft pink tulips, brighter pink tulips, daffodils and white grape hyacinth.
Day 336 - Glowing in the Sun
65 degrees and sunny today! The tulips in the side garden of the Circle Garden were wide open and basking in the sun. Most flowers are impossible to photograph in midday sun but tulips are an exception - they light up and glow from within in the sun. Wonderful to see so many photography friends at the Garden today.
Day 335 - Tulip with Raindrop
Fun morning photographing with my friend Tony. Hope no one is getting tired of tulips because I'm a bit obsessed with them right now. Our lack of much sun and cooler temps continues to keep them closed. Even though we'd all like some sunshine and warmer days, it's hard to complain about 50 degrees after the winter we just emerged from.
Day 334 - April Showers Bring May Flowers
...but unfortunately the April showers are continuing into May. Doesn't keep me away, however. I was photographing under my umbrella again today! I love this time when the tulips are still closed and you can see all the unique patterns on their outer petals. I always look for tulips with a bit of "personality."
Day 333 - Tulip Time
The tulips are just starting to open around the Garden. This one was in the Circle Garden and I was dodging raindrops today as I photographed.
Day 332 - Persian Buttercup
This is another of the Persian Buttercups planted in the Heritage Garden. I just love the progression of color from the center outward.
Day 331 - More Daffodil Portraits
Stormy weather means more indoor shooting with the daffodils from my yard.
Day 330 - Marsh Marigolds
The marsh marigolds are in bloom in the Sensory Garden Woods. Spring is moving along despite the dip in temperatures!
Day 329 - Daffodil Days
The daffodils are all in bloom at the Garden and in my yard. It has been very windy here so I cut a few in my yard and brought them inside to photograph.
Day 328 - Gerbera Daisy
There are some pretty pots of Gerbera Daisies in McGinley Pavilion. The blur of pink and yellow in the background are pots of columbine.
Day 327 - Petals
Patterns in the petals of the Persian Buttercup. A beautiful sunny day at the Garden. Many new buttercups have been planted in the Heritage Garden.
Day 326 - Tulip Patterns
One of the things I love about photographing tulips is finding the tulips with interesting patterns or variations. This tulip, among those in the Regenstein flower display, caught my eye. She's giving us a bit of a peek inside.
Day 325 - 'Bronze Charm' Tulip
The earliest of the tulips blooming in the Bulb Garden at CBG.
Day 324 - Interesting Patterns
A nice diversion from spring flowers...but I'm not totally sure if this is rock or perhaps petrified wood? Whichever, I have looked at it many times with fascination in the Arid Greenhouse.
Day 323 - Happy Easter
Another tulip from the display in Regenstein. It's a beautiful warm spring day here and I started it with an early morning walk at the Garden. Happy Easter to all!
Day 322 - 'Harmony' Iris in the Sensory Garden Woods
I always look forward to the bloom of these lovely 'Hamony' Iris among the Whitespire birches in the woods.
Day 321 - Pure and Simple
Tulips make me happy. Pure and simple, they are among my favorite flowers and they bloom during my favorite time of year to photograph. We are still waiting for the tulips to bloom outside - another couple of weeks - but this beauty was part of of a gorgeous display in the Krehbiel Gallery reflecting pool in Regenstein at CBG. It is a magnificent display of flowers and well worth a trip to see...and smell (the wisteria smells heavenly)!
Day 320 - Graceful Curl
I find myself going back again and again to photograph these ferns in the Semi Tropical Greenhouse. They are so graceful and beautiful and I love the lines and shiny texture of the fronds.