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Parrots in the Garden

Categories: Macro and Plants.

I’ve got parrots in the garden … not real parrots because we don’t live in the right climate … but parrot tulips.  Parrot tulips are known for their colourful, curly, fringed petals that perhaps resemble parrot feathers.  They have gorgeous colour combinations.  These are the tulips that I grew in pots this year and I have been really pleased with the results. Enjoy!    The buds are like parrot beaks and that is where their name comes from. Do you have any parrot tulips in your garden? some of my other macro photos.  More from The Gardener Side plants … seed info … veggies & herbs … bulbs,
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Milkweed Pods

Categories: Macro.

The milkweed pods have been bursting open to release all the seeds.  I let these plants grow in a wild area of the garden to attract the Monarch butterflies.  Milkweed is an important source of nectar for bees and other insects.  It is the only food source for the Monarch butterflies. When the pod splits open all the soft feathery fluff bursts out.  The common milkweed, Asclepias syriaca, can be invasive.  In some parts of Canada the milkweed is considered a harmful weed because it can spread quickly on farmland. A seed is attached to each little puff of fluff, technically
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The Praying Mantis

Categories: Macro.

The weather has been glorious this week … chilly morning but fantastic afternoon.   We’ve been doing lots of clean up outside, but I hate to start putting things away when it is so nice out, but I also know it has to be done as the weather can change so quickly.  Looking carefully we discovered a praying mantis, first on the downspout and then on the garden bench.  That was the clue for me to turn the camera on and get to the macro settings. The praying mantis is named for the two front legs that sometimes appear to
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Cicadas

Categories: Macro.

Cicadas – those inscects that we don’t very often see  but we very often hear buzzing and clicking on those hot and humid days. Cicada comes from Latin and translates to mean tree cricket. One day awhile ago there was one on a deck post and I was able to get some good macro photos of it by leaning over the railing.  This was the first time we had actually seen a cicada, other than images in books. It stared right back at me with those  very prominent eyes, set far apart, almost appearing as if they see to the sides.  The patterns
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Susan with the Brown Eyes

Categories: Macro and Plants.

I love taking macro photos and here are some of the rudbekia that is blooming. I love this native/wildflower that grows in the garden each year. This is a plant that takes care of itself … doesn’t mind the heat,  doesn’t mind if it doesn’t get much water, isn’t particular about soil conditions. These are also known as brown eyed Susan. A native plant that looks great in any garden.       More from The Gardener Side plants … seed info … veggies & herbs … bulbs, corms, tubers the gardens  … whimsy in the garden
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Peonies in Macro

Categories: Macro and Plants.

The Sarah Bernhardt peonies have really pleased me this year.   Last year I received 3 dry peony roots from Veseys.  In the spring when they arrived I planted them into large pots to see if they would grow.  Then towards the end of summer I tansplanted them into a spot in the garden, at the base of the deck stairs and beside the rose trellis. I kept close watch on them after the winter looking for shoots poking through the ground.   All 3 of them survived the winter and grew.       Having seen how big and
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Solomon Seal in Macro

Categories: Macro and Plants.

I just love taking macro photos of the blooms.  Solomon Seal can be tricky to photograph as the little white blooms hang downward.  They open up after a few days to reveal a lovely green colouring on the edges.   I did have to cheat a little for some of these photos and I snipped off part of a stem so I could get really up close and personal. The photos can speak for themselves today These photos were taken with the super macro setting on my Olympus camera … shutter speed 1/80 … AV 4.4 … shutter speed 1/80
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Raindrops on the Lady’s Mantle

Categories: Macro and Plants.

We have certainly had our share of rain over the past few days.  It has been cold and damp as well but the rain gives me the opportunity to go out and take photos of the raindrops on the leaves. Lady’s Mantle is one of my favourite places to capture raindrop photos.  The leaves seem to curl just enough to catch the drops.  And the drops seem to magnify the area underneath. These images were taken with the super macro setting on my Olympus camera.  It brings out all the tiny hairs around the edges of the leaf. Alphabetical posts
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