Tag Archive | flowers

Coming To A Point – At The Chicago Botanic Garden

Going through the photo files looking for spiky, pointy or otherwise sharp and jagged objects for Becky’s Spiky Squares photo challenge, I came across a few from the Chicago Botanic Garden.

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In The Tropics

With still no sign of anything growing in the garden, bitterly cold temperatures and gloomy skies, it was a welcome relief, as it usually is at this time of year, to visit the orchid show at the Chicago Botanic Garden where the theme was ‘In The Tropics.’

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – Close-Up

Many thanks to Ann-Christine for her choice of Close-Up as the topic for this week’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge. This came at a most opportune time for me since, on Friday, I went to the Chicago Botanic Garden specifically to get some close-up images at the Orchid Show.  This was something in the nature of an experiment. I don’t have a macro lens as such, but I came across a box filled with filters and adapters some of which I used to use with my old Minolta film camera.  Naturally, the macro filter didn’t fit any of my digital lenses but after cobbling together a weird combination of zoom lens, wide-angle adapter and macro filter I finally came away with something that I thought might work and, I have to say, although not perfect the results weren’t too bad.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – Nature

This week, Patti has selected Nature as the topic for the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge.  Ever since I took up photography as a hobby many years ago, I have focused principally on nature, so when I saw the subject for this week I wasn’t really sure where to begin; literally thousands of pictures in the photo files relating to nature.  I decided to whittle down the numbers by eliminating those animals or birds that we’ve come across in zoos and the like. We’ve already covered landscapes in a previous challenge so those were out.  I could have featured some of the gorgeous blooms that we’ve seen in various gardens but instead I concentrated on wildflowers. Add to all that, I included some of the weird and wonderful things that I’ve found while out and about and there we have it.  My take on nature.

Valentine’s Toffee

I’m currently in the midst of a lengthy and ultimately expensive dental procedure, so what does my husband get me for Valentine’s Day? A large chocolate bar liberally laced with chunks of toffee. He means well, bless him, and we must be doing something right. We’ve been married for just over 46 years!  Happy Valentine’s Day Everyone!

APAW Challenge – Okay Bokeh

This week, Nancy Merrill is looking at depth of field as the subject for the Photo A Week Challenge.  I have no clue how I get the results that I do.  As I’ve said before, I wouldn’t know an f-stop from a truck stop, but somehow the camera seems to know what I want and every once in a while it cooperates.  You say you want bokeh. Okay.

For more on Nancy’s Photo A Week Challenge go to Depth of Field.