A little bit of autumn (2011 and 2021), some Halloween (2015), flowers from three seasons (2016, 2021, 2011), a monarch butterfly (2021) and a view of my cul-de-sac (2021). All for Cee’s Midweek Madness Challenge – October Color Oranges and/or Light Green.
Posted in response to Cee’s Midweek Madness Challenge – October Close Up or Macro. I put all the photos in one ‘gallery’ so you should be able to enlarge any one of them then scroll through the rest. While you’re at it, you might notice the shapes, the textures, the shadows or the light, and the colors.
Posted in response to Becky’s July TreeSquare Challenge.
Posted in response to Cee’s Midweek Madness Challenge – May Color Purple.
As I looked at photos I took at Reiman Gardens last Saturday (April 3, 2021), I found three of the same tree that I think work for the April’s Close-Up or Macro Cee’s Midweek Madness Challenge.
The shapes and patterns of both the flower buds and the unopened leaves are interesting.
But it was probably the color of the leaves that first caught my eye.
Because I knew I’d never remember it is a Wayfaring Tree Viburnum, I snapped a picture of the identification tag!
It was a cold and foggy morning in central Iowa. Since Cee’s Midweek Madness Challenge today is Macro or Close-up, I put on my winter boots, warmest coat, hat and gloves before heading outside with the camera to attempt to digitally capture the frost.
These are my three favorite pictures of the morning (2/3/2021). And I didn’t even have to leave the yard!
Hope the temperature is just right wherever you are! (Indoors, with a quilt and a hot chai latte.)
2/3/2021: Just learned that the white stuff on the trees this morning was not frost. It was rime ice. There’s a difference that has to do with how it formed. Since it formed from freezing fog (think water droplets), it’s rime ice.
Ducks. For Cee’s Midweek Madness Challenge – “Word that Contains the Letter U.”
Rusty Nail. On a some old, falling apart piece of farm equipment.
Shuffle. The picture was taken in response to the Ragtag Daily Prompt last Monday but I didn’t get around to writing a post. Playing pinochle with my parents was more fun than blogging.
Upside Down Umbrella. It’s a picture from a few years ago that I didn’t use for one of Dutch Goes the Photo! Tuesday Photo Challenges. (Frank, if you see this, know that you are missed.)
Tulips. All kinds of colors – a departure from my usual “one flower” approach.
Posted in response to Cee’s Flower of the Day.
I don’t generally think of conifer trees as growing new leaves. But they do – every spring!
The contrast in color and the variety startled me when I saw these trees around a church in Ankeny, Iowa, U.S. My camera was in the car so I put it to use.
“The needlelike leaves may be long or short, flat or round. … Most species are evergreen, keeping their needles all year. Needle leaf trees are also called conifers because most of them bear fruits called cones.”– George A. Petrides, Peterson First Guide to Trees
In order to identify the trees with any certainty, I need to take the guidebook with me and go take a closer look at the trees. Using broad categories, I’m pretty sure there’s a pine, a spruce and a fir among these pictures.
Thanks, Cee, for the FOTD Challenge … flowers, leaves, berries and such!
I don’t know about you, but for me these days of COVID-19 pandemic seem to run one into another. Just the other day I said something about going to a niece’s High School graduation. My best beloved asked, “Where?” He was genuinely disappointed when I said we would go virtually like we go nearly everywhere else.
Stepping outside the house helps keep – or restore – some sanity. Even on overcast, gray days the natural world is keeping its beautiful annual transformation.
THREE CONSECUTIVE SATURDAYS
One set of Ornamental Flowering Pear Trees.
The trees are pretty when driving or walking by.
But I think the individual blossoms are prettier!
Even after the petals fall off, the remaining sepals, pistils and stamens have a beauty of their own. Notice the silhouettes against the sky.
Hoping you are able to step outside and see something beautiful today.
Posted, in part, in response to Cee’s Flower of the Day Challenge.