Friday, August 5, 2011

Close to home

The summer is going by quickly, and this summer is more like the ones I remember as a kid - hot, dry, and sunny every day; virtually no rain to speak of. I decided to walk around the yard yesterday, camera in tow, to capture a little of the colour before what remains succumbs even further to the heat and drought.

(all shots made with a 70-200mm lens at ISO200, apertures ranging from f5.6 to f14 and shutter speeds from 1/320 to 1/4 sec)


Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Beautiful flowers. I like the artistic framing,too.

Here I Am/Carrie said...

I love all the touches you have added. Watch out it gets addictive and very time consuming. Wonderful soft touches to the beauty right in your yard.

Dawn said...

WOW. These are just lovely.
(And I just came from Darlene's I am getting my fill of lovely tonight.)
Sorry you have had no rain. I REALLY would send you some if I could! Really!!

Cloudia said...


Aloha from Waikiki;

Comfort Spiral
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Hope said...

all of these are beautiful.. our summer never wanted to come and does seem like it wants to stay.. we are having rain.. something we normally don't get in Aug.. its not been a very warm summer this year for us.. we have had a few really HOT days..but only a few..

Marty said...

ton jardin est paradisiaque ! rempli de couleurs et de parfums ! il ne manque que quelques gouttes d'eau ??
tu me permets de faire un petit bouquet ? un tout petit parce que les fleurs sont bien plus belles dans le jardin ! je te fais de gros bisous et te souhaite une weekend paradisiaque !

Elizabeth Grimes said...

Yes, I love what you did with the framing! Especially on that first shot. Just looks like it fades into the light around it.

ju-north said...

Love these shots! Very creative!

Laura~Pretty Pix said...

Beautiful images, Rick.
I hope some rain finds you and your gardens real soon.
Have a great weekend!

CarreraCaballo said...

The first and the sixth are my favorites. I like the job you did on framing xour photos :-)

It is quite a summer ;-)



Farmchick said...

Beautiful work on these shots.

Riet said...

Dat is een tuin vol prachtige bloemen Rick en je hebt zulke prachtige lijsten om je foto's gemaakt. Ik zie nou pas dat je de Zoete met je achternaam heet. Dat zal voor een Engels sprekende wel moeilijk uit te spreken zijn.
Fijn weekend!

Fábio Martins said...

Beautiful flowers, today :)

pumpkydine said...

Beautifully made; Beautifully captured; Beautifully displayed!!!

Rick said...

Thank you Ruth. I'm happy they're pulling through our drought (with a little watering help, of course).

LOL - I know, Carrie - it's easy to try all the cool stuff. Thanks.

Ha ha - I saw on your blog that you were getting too much of lovely ;-) Thanks for dropping by Dawn.

Mahalo, Cloudia, and aloha !

Rick said...

Thank you, Hope. If only we could, we'd swap weather for a week or so. You take our heat, sunshine and DRYness and we'll take your cool and wet. Deal ?

Merci Marty - oui, please accept a bouquet of fragrance from my jardin, for which you are more than welcome ! Along with the bouquet, please accept plein de bisous !! Have a wonderful dimanche !!

Thank you Elizabeth - nature needs no embellishment, but I liked to play with the shot.

Thank you, Julia, for your visit and comment.

Thank you so much Laura. A little rain wouldn't spoil our weekend ;-) Enjoy your Sunday !

Rick said...

Thank you, Joseph - those 2 happen to be my favourites too. Yes, quite a summer indeed - I hope yours is going well.

Thank you, Farmchick !

Dank je wel Riet; we genieten er veel van. Ja, je moet ze horen als ze 'de Zoete' proberen uit te spreken - ik moet soms gewoon om lachen. Fijne zondag Riet.

Obrigado, Fábio !

Thank you kindly, Randy.

S. Etole said...

The phlox and the goldenrod are beginning to bloom here, too. Such pretty colors still.

Saz said...

Beautiful photo's! I love them. I love the frames you've put them in too.

Soraia Brito said...

So pretty :D

Daniel Casares Román said...

good series!!

teca said...

WOW! Wonderful flowers, honey!
I missed you, but I wasn't able to post a comment here! I don't know why.
Have a great weekend, honey!
Many warm hugs.

lisa said...

These are amazingly beautiful, and I love the way you've framed them!

Vera said...

You take amazing photos! I love your blog!))

Katherine said...

Beautiful blooms!! Just lovely :) I really need to plant more colour in my garden.

Rick said...

Thank you, Susan - nothing like colour in the garden later in the summer.

Thanks, Saz (sometimes I get a bit more of that creative urge, although it's hard to improve on nature).

Obrigado, Soraia !

Gracias, Daniel.

Thank you, Teca - your visits and comments are always appreciated. My internet problems have slowed my ability to make visits but I'm in Florida for a couple of weeks where our internet works very well. I will see you soon - beijos in the meantime !

Thank you very much, Lisa !

Cпасибо Vera ! Thank you for visiting - I had to come see your blog too - you make wonderful photos !

Thank you, Katherine ! I've been watering regularly due to the drought else we'd have had very little colour by now. They do really add some life around the house.

Kerri said...


Rick said...

Thanks for dropping by again, Kerri, and your nice comment. [I'll be by as soon as my internet allows]