Monday, May 2, 2011

The payoff

The promises attached to April showers are starting to materialize around the house. I went out this afternoon to capture some of its ethereal beauty, however, more drizzle, along with a breeze that makes macro shots impossible, cut that short. A window of opportunity opened up right after dinner and I only had to travel 10 feet out the front door. Now don't get the impression that we have beds full of these hyacinths - I wish. In fact, we only have a few, and these hardy souls have struggled to get established. I think I'll get some more in the fall though.

(60mm  f4.5  1/8 sec  ISO200)

(60mm  f10  1/3 sec  ISO200)


29 comments:

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Gorgeous shots.I love the raindrops on them.At first I thought these were some sort of lily.Great Macro work.

darlin said...

Yipeee, flowers finally! Beautiful pink flowers at that. Very nice photos Rick, I love the way you framed the top one!

I noticed you posted early, did you start earlier than normal to get this posted or have you had your internet issue resolved?

Have a fantastic evening!

Elizabeth Grimes said...

I just love the water droplets on them. What about that makes flower SO lovely? :)

Marty said...

j'ai agrandi les photos et la deuxième avec cette goutte d'eau est superbe ! beautiful pink ladies !
je te souhaite une belle journée
pink bisous de France pour toi !

ju-north said...

What a cheerful sight! Beauty under our noses!

magda said...

Hi my friend Rick !!!
I am very happy, that to come back in my friends !
Beautiful photos and color !!!
Many greetings

Katherine said...

Such beautiful blossoms :)

Sharon M said...

Beautiful photos!

Leovi said...

Magnificent photos. This flower I find very seductive. Greetings

Saz said...

They are beautiful, I love the colours! Hopefully more will grow!

Dawn said...

LOVELY. Now hat is it that April Snow brings? Better be something BIG!
Love that 2nd shot....would make a good wall photo!!!

julia said...

Bonitos encuadres para estas curiosas florecillas, un color precioso.
Un saludo.

Fábio Martins | Fotografia said...

Very beautiful regist!

Rick said...

Thank you Ruth - yep, we had some more rain yesterday ... and today *sigh*

Thanks Darlene - I got an early start so I could watch the election results ;-) My internet connection goes in fits and starts - sometimes frustratingly slow and then ok for a while. Hope you have a great rest-of-the-week !

Thank you Elizabeth - I guess the droplets are a (slight) benefit of the rain we've been having.

Merci Marty - I had to kneel on a wet front step to get those ;-) Have a wonderful week with moist (from the rain) bisous ! ;-)

Rick said...

Thank you Julia - yes, sometimes we don't need to look far for it !

Hi Magda - nice to see you back; I hope your trip went well. Thank you !

Thanks Katherine ! Hope you're having a good week.

Thank you Sharon !

Gracias Leovi (and they have such a great fragrance too !).

Rick said...

Thanks Saz (I'll have to go out and get some more first ;-)

Thank you Dawn - we were lucky we haven't had snow in April, but the rain (!). I may consider that for the wall - thanks.

Gracias tanto, Julia !

Obrigado, Fábio !

Katherine said...

Having a nice relaxing week thanks Rick .. I am enjoying a week off as I am in between jobs. I have a very full week next week though .. induction & training in my job.

Tiago Braga said...

nice one! amazing :d

S. Etole said...

It's very difficult to get hyacinths to grow in this zone [3] ... grape hyacinths seem to do the best.

Betty Manousos@ Cut and Dry said...

Marvelous captures, Rick!

i really love these shots. Thanks for sharing.

Betty

Minusca said...

Wonderful photo and flowers!
Good work!
Ciao Rick, a big kiss

Soraia B. said...

I love the colour!

Michelle said...

These are beautiful...love the composition and the color!

Lisa RedWillow said...

Beautiful. Beautiful

CarreraCaballo said...

I love the first photo, the framing is so creative :)

Greetz,


Joseph

Rick said...

Thank you Katherine; we're back from our trip - got in a wedding and Mother's Day celebrations. I hope all is going well with your new job. I hope to come by very soon.

Thanks Tiago !

My daughters have some lovely hyacinths - they're in zone 3 (must be lucky). My grape hyacinths aren't blooming yet.

Thank you very much Betty !

Rick said...

Grazie Minu ! Un bacio per lei. Ciao !

Obrigado, Soraia !

Thank you very much Michelle !

Thank you, Lisa !

Hey Joseph - nice to see you, and thank you for your compliment ! I hope to visit soon.

Jeanne Klaver said...

You caught the various shades of pink. I like the way you framed these photos. The flowers are gorgeous!

teca said...

They are charming, aren't they? Your clicks were magnificent!
I loved the sensuality of this flower...
Beijos with affection.