Tuesday, June 1, 2010

(Day 152) Pretty in pink

No plagiarism intended - I just thought those words best described today's subject. Our peonies appear to be on steroids and the supports that had worked over the past years are not able to contain the weight of all the blooms this year. And we only have so many vases to fill. We're hoping the weather stays at the lower end of hot for another little while so we can enjoy these just a bit longer. What splendour!

(50mm  f8  1/60 sec  ISO400)
















(50mm  f5.6  1/400 sec  ISO400)
















(60mm  f8  1/25 sec  ISO400)

26 comments:

darlin said...

Rick these are beautiful! My sister just bought a few peonies plants and she also got these stands which hold up the tops of the plants. I've never seen them before and thought that they were a rather interesting concept, it might be something you're interested at looking into for your lovely peonies.

Rick said...

@darlin - thank you! I do have the wire stands which are over 30" tall, but the peonies are even taller than that with lots of very heavy blooms. Everything was standing pretty straight up till the blooms opened. Are your sister's stands something different/taller?

Photog Ave said...

Now this is a peony!
Color is great! I really like the last shot.

Reminds me of some of my peony shots. I should dig them up (no pun intended ;)

['รด ] Avery

Rick said...

@Avery - thanks Avery. You need to be quick (in a relative way) to get peony shots - when it's hot they don't last too long. (ha ha - nice pun, even if unintended - those are the best).

Debbie said...

Hi Rick - thanks for visiting my site and for your words of encouragement. I have enjoyed visting you - you are a wonderful photographer.

Katherine said...

Soooo pretty!! So vivid & so, so pink! I think pretty in pink is a very befitting name for these beautiful shots Rick! Love, Love, Love them! :)

M. Hassan said...

Sorry for not being able to comment on your past photos, very busy and confused lately.

Love the colors in your shot. I think the composition is amazing and the bee added flavor to your second shot, but my favorite is the last one. Love the selected focus and POV.

bonifer said...

Pretty in Pink for sure, Rick, all are so nice, I especially love the first one..

CarreraCaballo said...

I like the one with the bee or wasp :-)

Greetz,

Joseph

Krista said...

Really great shots Rick! I particularly like the last one, the DOF make me think I want to lay my face down on this flower and go (back) to dreamland!

chasity said...

very very lovely.
my favorite is the last one.
so dreamy.

imac said...

Beautiful Rick, so clear and sharp, brill photography my friend.

Nature features again on my blog.

joey said...

Hey Rick ... indeed great minds think alike :) You know these stunning beauties have captured my heart <3

Karen said...

I love peonies, and you've photographed yours beautifully.

Rick said...

@Debbie - thanks for dropping by Debbie, and following. I likewise enjoyed visiting your blog and will be back. Good luck!

Rick said...

@Katherine - a little something to cheer your day - hope it's going better lately. Thanks for your comments Katherine.

Rick said...

@M. Hassan - thank you M - hope things are looking up for you. (I've been having internet problems lately and photos from flickr wouldn't load). I appreciate your kind words.

Rick said...

@bonifer - thank you; it would be a challenge NOT to take a good photo of peonies.

Rick said...

@CarreraCaballo - thanks Joseph; he caught my eye with all that pollen on his legs.

Rick said...

@Krista - ha ha - I had to take (at least) one like that just because the petal arrangement is so intricate. Sweet dreams! :)

Rick said...

@chasity - thank you; amazing creations, aren't they!

Rick said...

@imac - I'll be around for a look at yours mac; thanks for your comments.

Rick said...

@joey - thank you joey; they are a favourite - I could have them around year long; alas, their time will soon be up, but we'll have these memories of them.

Rick said...

@Karen - thanks for your positive comments Karen! Always appreciated.

Barefoot from Heaven said...

Uuuuggghhh still got lot's of vases so keep sending them over here pleeaauuueesss.
I"m not that pretty in pink but man do I love this color...outdoors and peonies are the best in this colour.
Great great shots Rick. again hugs D

Rick said...

@Barefoot from Heaven - hi Dag; glad you liked these - fill your vases full of them, they smell so nice and look so great! Thanks for taking the time to stop by.