Sunday, July 18, 2010

(Day 199) Snowflakes in July

Strange as it may seem to most people, snowflakes in July are not unheard of. We lived in Calgary, Alberta for 15 years and experienced snow in 11 of the 12 months of the year - fortunately not all in the same year. We missed seeing them in July only because we were vacationing in British Columbia - Calgary did have snowflakes during the week we were gone.

However, I'm talking about a different kind of 'snowflake'. It actually goes by the name of Queen Anne's Lace, or wild carrot - and we have an abundance of it. I walked around quite extensively this evening looking at many plants to find my subject and, just like snowflakes, there was a lot of variety among them. I'm glad we're not experiencing the real kind, however. yet.

(70-200mm  f5.6  1/500 sec  ISO200)




















And I would be remiss if I didn't join Scott and others to post a photo for Sunset Sunday.

(18-55mm  f5.6  1/80 sec  ISO200)

22 comments:

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Now that does almost look like a snowflake.They will be here before we know it.
BLessings,Ruth

teca said...

The pictures are wonderful!

Kisses.

Julia said...

I really like your shot of that plant. Looks a lot like a snowflake!!

Scott said...

I can always count on you for another beautiful Sunset Sunday. I do love that snowflake flower.

Rick said...

@Ruth's Photo Blog - thanks Ruth. I sure hope we don't see 'real' snowflakes any time soon - I rather enjoy +30C !

Rick said...

@teca - thank you teca!

Beijos.

Rick said...

@Julia - thanks Julia; we have acres of them, but I wanted to find just the right one.

Rick said...

@Scott - thanks Scott - I managed to add a few to the collection during our vacation week for future posts.

marty said...

gorgeous sunset ! I love the black and white shot of your "snowflakes" - the roots of that
flower smell like carrots ! have a great week
Rick and many other beautiful images !
bisous

Barefoot from Heaven said...

Hi there buddy, gladd to have you back. Thanks for the review on my photoshoot. All the other turned out wonderful too. So I'll be making it in september.

Did you have a great time in BC....still long for home.
This photo is just amazing Rick, the grays and whites ... love them. And the bridge is looking so strong against the soft sunset.
Hugs Dag

joey said...

One of my favorite flowers to shoot ... and a beauty in B/W!

Krista said...

SO beautiful! I have some pictures from my recent quad trip (end of June) where we were in the snow. Of course, we were way up high in the mountains. It was neat though!

Welcome back, Rick!

Rick said...

@marty - merci marty; I used to ask my children to smell the roots and tell me what they smelled like ;-)

I hope your week is going well too! bisous

Rick said...

@Barefoot from Heaven - hi Dag; nice to be back and congrats on getting that shoot in Sept - you'll do awesome!

Thanks for your kind words Dag - hope your summer is also nice and warm! Kusje.

Rick said...

@joey - funny thing was that I had a hard time finding the 'right one' in the right place with the lighting I was looking for - from a choice of thousands ;-) Thanks joey!

Rick said...

@Krista - thanks Krista; it's good to be back - so much catching up to do though :)

I'll look for those photos from your quad trip.

darlin said...

What a beautiful plant or flower Rick, how high does it grow? I'd love to put something such as this in my new flower bed out at the farm. And nooooo to the snow, not yet, we just got summer!

I also love your sunset, that reminds me I didn't post one for yesterday... oops.

Rick said...

@darlin - well, I wouldn't put it in the flower bed, even though it is a very pretty flower - you'll have 10,000 in a year - they really spread around. It grows about 3' high. And I agree on the no snow part :)

Thanks for your kind comments Darlene; about your sunset - maybe you could post 2 next Sunday (or have your daughter send up a nice desert sunset from Lost Wages).

imac said...

Beautiful Rick.

Rick said...

@imac - thanks mac!

Katherine said...

Is the whitish blur in the background of the snowflake flower, more snowflake flowers...they're so pretty.And another great sunset shot too!

Rick said...

@Katherine - yes, we have lots of these; individually they're very pretty! Thanks Katherine.