Wednesday, October 6, 2010

(Day 279) Late bloomer

It's interesting how some plants, like some people, are late bloomers. Even though our dahlias have been blooming for a while, these pink ones, which I received from one of my daughters a few years ago, really put on a show as the days become shorter and cooler.

Today was one of those typical autumn days - some sun in the morning which soon gave way to gray clouds, followed a short time later by drizzle - and the early morning cheeriness turned to dreariness. While looking through the window at the pond to gauge how hard it was drizzling, I saw these pink beauties and hurried out to make some photos. As I've learned, timing is everything, for soon the light drizzle turned into a steady cold rain.

(18-55mm  f18  1/20 sec  ISO200)


(60mm  f3.2  1/25 sec  ISO200)

26 comments:

Katherine said...

Rick they may indeed be late bloomers but they certainly are very gorgeous & the rain drops that have settled on their petals add to the beauty of this shot. Well done yet again Rick!!
Have a wonderful day :)

jasmin said...

lieber Rick, schön dein "Blumenwunder" Foto,bei mir ist es schon weit nach Mitternacht,
ich bin heute viele 20km mit dem Fahrrad in die nächste größere Stadt gefahren, hier ist wunderbares warmes Wetter, an Feldern, Fluß und Weinbergen entlang, aber es geht mir gut nach der Fahrt,herzlichst Jasmin,danke für deinen Besuch Wasser,ich trinke sehr viel stilles Wasser,ist sooooo gesund....

Rick said...

@Katherine - thank you Katherine ! These blooms helped turn a dreary day into a bright one !

I hope your week is filled with life and living !

Rick said...

@jasmin - danke jasmin; that's a long bike trip ! And good to hear you're having lovely autumn weather - I hope we get some soon. Quiet water - Psalm 23.

Guten nacht !

Katherine said...

Gracias a mi buen amigo!

Rick said...

@Katherine - es la mayoría de las bienvenidas !

Scott said...

Pink beauties indeed. I'm glad you saw, captured and shared them.

Randi Scott said...

You shoot well

darlin said...

Stunning shots and amazing flowers. I love the pink and you captured the flowers in your magical way. Yup... the jury is in and they say that you are gifted, truly gifted! :-) Have a fantastic day!

Toyin O. said...

Lovely shot Rick! Just also wanted to thank you for visiting my blog and your gracious comment.

becky said...

Beautiful photos, as always, Rick! Truly, photography is often catching a moment in time that will never be again... my mom & I talk about this... that's why I try to remember to keep my camera in my car, just in case. You never know when a "moment" will arise!
Aye, your title hit home... I am THE late bloomer!
:)

MedaM said...

Your Dalia looks so lovely and charming with all those dropplets on its dainty petals. Both photos are really beautiful.

S. Etole said...

swimming in their color and loveliness ...

Cat/The Whimsical Gardener said...

It's always so nice to capture the unexpected in a photo! Beautiful as always :-)

Jeanne Klaver said...

Seems like sometimes the late bloomers deliver unexpected delights! Lovely!

Here I Am/Carrie said...

I love dahlias but our season is so short they just start blooming and the frosts come. So I try to stick with early bloomers or something hardy. Yours are a very unusual pink.. You are so right about having to seize the moment. And what a wonderful moment you presented.

Rick said...

@Scott - thanks Scott - I just couldn't let the opportunity pass - and SO close to home !

Rick said...

@Randi Scott - appreciate you dropping by Randi, and your kind words.

Rick said...

@darlin - thanks Darlene *blush*. I've learned so much since I started this 365 thing, but the more I learn, the more I realize there is yet to learn.

Rick said...

@Toyin O. - thank you for dropping by and letting me find your blog - very inspirational !

Rick said...

@becky - yep - 2 things I've learned (among others) while doing this 365 project - ABC (Always Bring Camera) and carpe diem - seize the day/moment !

btw - late bloomers quite often put on the nicest showing ! ;-)

Rick said...

@MedaM - thank you Meda !

Rick said...

@S. Etole - they sure were that day ! Thank you Susan.

Rick said...

@Cat/The Whimsical Gardener - you're right and sometimes you don't see it till you examine it closely on the computer screen. Thanks.

Rick said...

@Jeanne Klaver - thanks Jeanne - you're right - good reason not to give up on something/someone !

Rick said...

@Here I Am/Carrie - I know what it's like with a short season - we used to live near Calgary and it was tough to grow dahlias. Thanks Carrie !