First Day of Summer

June 21, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

Today marks the summer solstice, the first day of summer.  I've been to the Garden almost every day between butterfly visits and photographing summer blooms.  Many of the summer plantings at the Garden have not matured and filled in yet, but one can find plenty of things to photograph all over the Garden.  The Rose Garden is gorgeous now and I have learned through the years that the soft light of the early evening is just perfect for photographing roses.  I caught this one with lingering raindrops from an afternoon shower.   

The Circle Garden is a favorite garden during the summer but it's still early for catching it at its glory.  I have, however, enjoyed photographing some of the newly planted zinnias during this past week.  They are one of my favorite summer flowers and I am always drawn to their interesting centers and vibrant colors.

 

In the side "secret" gardens within the Circle Garden there is an interesting agave, the 'Blue Flame' century plant.  I was having fun photographing it with a wide open aperture and capturing the lines and blurred soft colors of the plant and plantings around it.  It was almost sunset and the sun just happened to catch the edge of one gracefully curved leaf.  It was one of those lucky photos that just took my breath away.

 


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