What's in Your Garden?

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    • #417740
      Dave Watkins
      Participant

      I’d like to limit this throw down to only what is growing in your garden. Or your neighbors garden. Or a garden you happen to walk or drive by. And lets keep it narrowed down to just the four seasons. Thanks.

      Dahlia.

       

    • #417745
      LeanneC
      Participant

      Sunflowers are growing in our garden!

      Sunflower Love

      • #417852
        Dave Watkins
        Participant

        I like red sunflowers. We used to grow a variety called Velvet Queen. Was similar to this one.

      • #417974
        Kent DuFault
        Participant

        Leanne, you are the flower Queen!

        • #418543
          LeanneC
          Participant

          πŸ™‚ thanks Kent!

      • #418008
        Tersha
        Keymaster

        Great detail, and beautiful sunflower, Leanne … love the heart-shaped centre!

        • #418544
          LeanneC
          Participant

          Thanks Diane. That is why I shot this one…the heart!Β  One of a kind sunflower.

      • #418043
        Jasenka G
        Participant

        I have never seen the red one! This is stunning πŸ™‚

    • #417746
      LeanneC
      Participant

      And since my post duplicated I will post one more…

      Also roses:

      Rosy

      • This reply was modified 5 months ago by LeanneC.
      • #417853
        Dave Watkins
        Participant

        Beautiful color and nice velvety texture.

    • #417877
      Tobie
      Moderator

      Only for a few weeks in the year. Then it’s wait for the next season…

      dahlia

      • #417896
        Dave Watkins
        Participant

        Is getting late in the season. Nice Dahlia. We had a “Just Joey” rose which had this apricot color. Was one of our favorites.

      • #418009
        Tersha
        Keymaster

        Beautiful shot Tobie, lovely dahlia!

    • #417889
      Tersha
      Keymaster

      Hypericum …

      sunny hypericum

      • #417897
        Dave Watkins
        Participant

        Beautiful. I’m not familiar with this one. Looks delicate.

        • #418006
          Tobie
          Moderator

          Beautiful!

    • #417899
      Rob Eyers
      Participant

      It’s yellow but I need help with a name…anyone…anyone…

      This was a focus stacking trial using the focus bracketing function on the Fuji X-T3

      Yellow Flower

      • #417980
        Dave Watkins
        Participant

        Dahlia. Fantastic color combo.

      • #418545
        LeanneC
        Participant

        Great colour combo Rob.

    • #417957
      davidc
      Participant

      Spiders, I have spiders growing in my garden.

      bugs-1-8

      • #417983
        Dave Watkins
        Participant

        Best thing about growing spiders in your garden is you hardly ever have to water them. Cool looking spider. I like the curvy background too.

      • #418012
        Tersha
        Keymaster

        Very photogenic, these spiders, I’ve got several in my garden too! Cool shot David.

        • This reply was modified 5 months ago by Tersha.
    • #417995
      Dave Watkins
      Participant

      Asters are growing in our garden. All kinds of pollinators love ’em.

      • #418014
        Tersha
        Keymaster

        Lovely Dave, I’m still waiting for my michaelmas daisies to come out.
        Your dahlias at the top are a lovely 2-tone colour, too.

        • #418068
          Dave Watkins
          Participant

          Thanks Diane.Β  Hopefully you can post some shots of those daisies when the time comes.

        • #418546
          LeanneC
          Participant

          Still waiting for ours as well Diane! They are our late bloomers and I love them for the splash of colour in late summer/early fall. Great shot, Dave!

    • #418015
      Tersha
      Keymaster

      Eucomis, or pineapple lily…

      eucomis-pineapple lily

      • #418069
        Dave Watkins
        Participant

        Another one I’ve never seen. Has a stylish shape and pleasingly subtle colors.Β  Works well with the white background.

    • #418025
      P71
      Participant

      I have grass and that’s all , low maintenance with dogs but the beauty from what i’m seeing up here makes me question my reason , lovey lovely work folks.

      • #418070
        Dave Watkins
        Participant

        Believe me. I completely understand the lure of a low maintenance yard.Β  πŸ™‚

    • #418040
      Lynne Guenther
      Participant

       

      Just took this today

      • #418071
        Dave Watkins
        Participant

        Sometimes, not always, but sometimes a pure black background adds elegance to an image. This is one.

      • #418094
        Tersha
        Keymaster

        Stunning Lynne, not something you see every day!

      • #418104
        Lynne Guenther
        Participant

        Thanks guys!

    • #418095
      Tersha
      Keymaster

      japanese anemone …

      white japanese anemone

    • #418132
      Dave Watkins
      Participant

      You can really see the fine details you captured on flickr. “Anemone” fits it well.

    • #418147
      Tersha
      Keymaster

      A different view of the hypericum …

      golden glow

    • #418156
      Dave Watkins
      Participant

      Crouching Strawflower, Hidden Spiders.

      • #418492
        Tersha
        Keymaster

        Very nice Dave, it took some time to find the spiders!

        • #418582
          Dave Watkins
          Participant

          Turns out there’s one thing we grow very well. Crab spiders. They seem to be everywhere.

      • #418547
        LeanneC
        Participant

        These are a favourite of mine. They keep so well and the colours last. Nice image.

        • #418583
          Dave Watkins
          Participant

          Carol loves using them as part of her dried wreaths she gives as gifts for that very reason.

          • #419434
            LeanneC
            Participant

            Do you have a picture of a wreath? Would love to see!

            • #419441
              Dave Watkins
              Participant

              Couldn’t find any pics of her wreaths. She made two kinds of dried wreaths. Dried flower and dried herb. Flower wreaths had straw flowers, statice, dried roses, pearly everlastings and small pink flowers that dried well that we would find on the side of the road. We never found out what they were. Also some type of herb to add some green.

              Her herb wreaths had oregano, thyme, sage, and one or two others I can’t remember. Sometimes would add one or two garlic bulbs. These wreaths were for hanging in your kitchen and using as needed.

              No wreath pics but found a few old farm pics that were fun to see again. Taken with a Canon Power shot long before I bought my first DSLR.

              I think this was our 2nd year of running the farm stand. Cider was brand new. Carol was newer too.Β  πŸ™‚

              • #419442
                Dave Watkins
                Participant

                Carol and my mom working in one of the gardens.

                • #419443
                  Dave Watkins
                  Participant

                  One of my does at work. People would hire us to reduce invasive plants on their property like this Himalayan blackberry.

                  • #419444
                    Dave Watkins
                    Participant

                    My herd at home.

                    • #419445
                      Dave Watkins
                      Participant

                      On top of the hill on a frosty morning.

                      • #419446
                        Dave Watkins
                        Participant

                        And one more. Christmas time at Willow Springs Farm. πŸ™‚

                      • #419726
                        LeanneC
                        Participant

                        Love the farm pics, Dave! Thanks for sharing. It looks very much like a labour of love!

                        My Mom used to use the straw flowers and other everlastings to place in the front pocket of bread dough dolls. She sold/gave them away as ornaments to be hung on the wall.

                      • #419752
                        Dave Watkins
                        Participant

                        πŸ™‚ My mon made bread dough ornaments to sell at Christmas. We had a pretty goof run at the farm store for 12 years. Didn’t hurt to have two wineries/tasting rooms less than a mile away from us. Sure helped with the amount of traffic driving by. πŸ™‚

    • #418168
      Graham Hart
      Participant

      Tail end of winter and I got nothing! No flowers, a few jasmin sprouts and the last of the soursobs wilting away. Thought I’d revisit one of the first images I posted just after joining Lightstalkers. Didn’t have PS back then so updated it a touch. (Still got the Agarve though πŸ™‚ )

      • #418184
        Jasenka G
        Participant

        This one is stunning! Such a beautiful simplicity.

        • #418191
          Graham Hart
          Participant

          Thank you Jasenka. Thats what appealed to me too.

      • #418186
        Rob Eyers
        Participant

        Very nice Graham!

      • #418200
        Dave Watkins
        Participant

        I agree with Jasenka and Rob. Lighting, color and composition giving this plant a lot of class.

      • #418493
        Tersha
        Keymaster

        Simply gorgeous Graham!

    • #418201
      Fiona
      Participant

      Autumn is creeping up on us here in Spain, and that means thousands of these…

      Almond

       

    • #418202
      Fiona
      Participant

      @davidc I also have some eight-legged friends!

       

      Spider

      • #418210
        Dave Watkins
        Participant

        Great background for your subject. And spiders make great subjects.

      • #418282
        davidc
        Participant

        Very cool spider and very cool shot Fiona.

      • #418494
        Tersha
        Keymaster

        Lovely stripey spider Fiona, cool shot!

    • #418495
      Tersha
      Keymaster

      One of my favourite roses, Tess of the D’Urbervilles, it’s been flowering all summer …

      Tess of the D'Urbervilles

      • #418523
        Dave Watkins
        Participant

        A beautiful rose Diane.Β  You’ve handled that vibrant red very well. Not always easy to do. And what a great name. I’m wondering if there is a story behind it.

        • #419005
          Tersha
          Keymaster

          Thanks Dave, strange you said that about processing red, because I noticed an odd thing …. in LR, in the Develop side the red looked good, when I went back to Library to export it, the red changed slightly. This has happened to me before, but I don’t know why. Any ideas?

          @pentaxfan

          • #419032
            Dave Watkins
            Participant

            Sorry Diane. I can offer no help. My battle with the color red is if I have a lot of it in the frame it tends to get oversaturated. Can be fixed in post to varying degrees depending on the situation.

    • #418507

      Snakes!

      Olive Python (baby)

      DSC04367

      Jungle Carpet Python:

      DSC03921

      Yellow faced whip snake

      PA200549

       

      • #418524
        Dave Watkins
        Participant

        Love snakes, wife hates them. Really like the mouse eye view of that 2nd shot.

      • #419149
        Tersha
        Keymaster

        All good David, I love the 2nd one, great POV!

    • #418525
      Dave Watkins
      Participant

      Still have a number of Woodland Skippers hanging out in the butterfly garden.

      • #418550
        LeanneC
        Participant

        Love these guys! We have had so many this year! They flit about and pose periodically for photos.

        I like the head on perspective. Nice shot.

        • #418577
          Dave Watkins
          Participant

          More of these in our garden than any other.

      • #419150
        Tersha
        Keymaster

        Lovely, it’s very furry! I see Skippers when I’m out, but not in my garden.

    • #418548
      LeanneC
      Participant

      Hmmm…no one grows veggies? I will throw a couple in…carrots

      • #418578
        Dave Watkins
        Participant

        Nice shot. They look delicious. We put our carrots in late and haven’t pulled any yet.

      • #419151
        Tersha
        Keymaster

        They look super tasty!

    • #418549
      LeanneC
      Participant

      Lots of this growing in my garden…it is a weed (dill weed) for sure!

      dill

    • #418551
      LeanneC
      Participant

      One more…

      Loads of sunflowers. And they come with a bee!

      A Visitor

    • #418580
      Dave Watkins
      Participant

      We grew a few sunflowers this year. Here’s one of them. πŸ™‚

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    • #419152
      Tersha
      Keymaster

      We found these underneath a piece of tarpaulin ….
      frog
      frog in the garden

      slow worm
      slow worm

      • #419195
        Dave Watkins
        Participant

        What a nice surprise. πŸ™‚ This is exactly why my wife will not pick up tarps or boards and such. Deathly afraid a snake will be laying in wait.Β  πŸ™‚

        • #419415
          Tersha
          Keymaster

          Slow worms are actually legless lizards, and are harmless, I used to see lots of them when I was a kid. However, years ago, I was with someone who’s phobic about snakes, and she went crazy when she saw one in the yard!

    • #419224
      Robert Apple
      Moderator

      Such great photos in this thread, my garden sat idle this year , I could get some photos of dog and deer poop, that’s about all that’s in it.

      • #419753
        Dave Watkins
        Participant

        Presentable photos of ANY kind of poop would be a feather in your cap. Not often accomplished.Β  πŸ™‚

    • #419409
      Graham Hart
      Participant

      Our Aralia plant has finally twigged that it’s spring and is sprouting new leaves.

      • #419414
        Tersha
        Keymaster

        Very nice Graham, lovely light. I’d never heard of an Aralia plant, so I Googled it. I’d love to see pics when yours is full opened. πŸ™‚

    • #419416
      Tersha
      Keymaster

      Finally the Michaelmas daisies are starting to open, and attract butterflies! πŸ™‚

      tortioseshell on michaelmas daisy

      • #419754
        Dave Watkins
        Participant

        Great news Diane. Hope you can find the time to hang out and enjoy them.

    • #419736
      Tom M
      Participant

      Getting in this a little late, but from a neighbors garden…

      • #419755
        Dave Watkins
        Participant

        Nice one Tom! Don’t think I’ve ever seen that one before. Very Christmas like. πŸ™‚

    • #419737
      Tom M
      Participant

      And one from someΒ  in my garden…

      • #419756
        Dave Watkins
        Participant

        Beautiful color. Star Gazer lily I believe. We had one but Cider dug it up building a cool spot for himself to lay in.

    • #419766
      Jay Ward
      Participant

      Not sure what the real name is, but we always called it Death Cabbage.Death Cabbage

      • #420005
        LeanneC
        Participant

        Eek! Did you eat it? It looks like something found it tasty.

    • #421283
      Dave Watkins
      Participant

      The pumpkins can no longer hide after the frost.

      How do you fix a pumpkin? With a pumpkin patch. πŸ™‚Β  Don’t worry folks I’ll be here all week. Please remember to tip your waitress before you leave.

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    • #421728
      Dave Watkins
      Participant

      Well not exactly IN our garden. This Snapdragon is a volunteer that took hold at the edge of our burn pile. We’re going to try to move it before we get a fire going.

      • #422313
        Tersha
        Keymaster

        Snapdragons seem to seed everywhere! Here’s one growing between the wall and the path …

        light and shadows

    • #422350
      Dave Watkins
      Participant

      I like the diagonals in this shot. Both the bricks and the light. I guess “snappies” are as tough as dragons.Β  πŸ™‚

    • #422424
      Lynne Guenther
      Participant

      In the subdivisions garden yesterday

       

      • #422447
        Dave Watkins
        Participant

        The Lensbaby gives a wonderful, dream like quality to your image. Beautiful color as well.Β  This year my wife and I became big fans of butterflies and Monarchs in particular. The butterfly garden we put in included plenty of Milkweed. No Monarchs yet but we’ve got our fingers crossed for next year.Β  πŸ™‚

        • #422452
          Lynne Guenther
          Participant

          That’s the one nice thing about subdivisions,Β  they’ve been coming for years πŸ™‚

          I saw a Luna moth but it flew away before I could get close enough πŸ™

           

          • #422455
            Dave Watkins
            Participant

            Maybe next time.Β  πŸ™‚Β  I’d love to just SEE a Luna moth. We didn’t have a lot of variety of butterflies visit our garden this year. I think it was five different kinds. But we’re just getting started. πŸ™‚

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