Saturday, September 12, 2009

Eye Candy Sunday

Bouquets and Planters. Two fruits of labor for gardeners and sometimes, the color has just got to make you smile.

These "Purple Wave" petunias are in window boxes and pots here and there around my deck and front door, but this particular planter outgrew the rest...and while it's true and unaltered, the color just doesn't seem quite real!



I didn't grow zinnias this year, but my friend Linda did, and brought me these a few nights ago. I've enjoyed the really bright, fiesta palette in this collection.

My buddy, the Great Blue Heron, that regularly hunts and fishes the edges of the pond here tried a new tack the other evening. I spotted him perched at the edge of our diving raft and since it was nearly dusk, it was tricky to take this hand held...but I had to try.
He seemed to be mostly concerned with preening, not food, but it's rumored that some really large bass live under this raft. Catching these "granddads of the pond" is a challenge and a mission for some of the fishermen. So I think that the heron was taking up the challenge, too.


And later, that same evening, a glorious full moon..again, no tripod, but I used a fence post like last time, and I was thrilled to see the "man in the moon" just faintly showing up in this telephoto shot.

Enjoy and have a happy Sunday!

24 comments:

koe whitton-williams said...

Beautiful photos, wonderful colors for the end of summer.

BeadedTail said...

Beautiful flowers and great photo of the heron. My petunias were that color too but for some reason they decided to stop blooming!

Ann said...

beautiful photos, wish I would have been more ambitious and planted flowers this year. I'm afraid all i have is weeds this year :)

vanilla said...

Wow.. The flower color so vibrant! Surely they enchanced their surroundings :) Have a lovely weekend!

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ArtSnark said...

It is eye-candy day everyday on your blog :D great pics!

PJ said...

petunias are one of the hardiest flowers that i have seen. they can pop right back from almost anything. very beautiful photos. your pics without a tripod are very good. i love the moon, she is definitely gorgeous!

have a great day my friend...hugz!

My said...

Very beautiful! Clear and sharp shots. I'm admiring the pink blossoms, indeed the color made me smile.

Chic Gal said...

You take the most beautiful photos. You are a professional at getting the colors and angles just right. Bravo!

Hot Rocks said...

What gorgeous vibrant colors in the flower photos! I love to watch blue herons when I am out on the west coast.

Grace said...

These photos definitely made me smile today - Thanks!

One Creative Queen said...

Just gorgeous! I wish I lived somewhere like that...beautiful! Your flowers are stunning - and I love the zinnias you were given. Isn't it awesome to have friends?!

The great heron is phenomenal. Wow. xx

Buggys said...

Those petunias are fabulous, they just make me smile and they are nearly gone so we need to enjoy now. I planted zinnias for the first time this year because I was drawn to the colors but they didn't do well, not sure why.

Henrietta said...

beautiful pictures! Your blog always cheers e when I stop by to make my drop :)

Bikran said...

so vibrant .. Loved them ...

Windmill said...

Ooooo! I have just one word to describe these photographs - EXQUISITE!!!

You have great talent in Photography.

Dorothy L said...

Oh my...what beautiful and colorful flowers. They most certainly do not make it easy to embrace the fall and winter season that is around the corner:)

The moon was breathtaking!

Small Town Mommy said...

Oh my, what gorgeous colors on those flower photos! The moon photos are really beautiful too.

Poetic Shutterbug said...

The flower baskets are so very special for me. I really enjoyed seeing these photos. The moon is amazing. I have yet to be able to capture the moon in all it's glory. Very well done.

IndieCEO / GalleriaLinda said...

Those Zinnia photos are outstanding!

Shinade aka Jackie said...

Your photos always make me stop and just gaze. i have problems with petunias down here. I think it's just too hot for them.

But, oh my yours are gorgeous. I have to commend you on the heron also. We have one that visits almost daily too. It is very rare that I can sneak up on him to get a really good photo.

He flies every time. I really should just spend an entire day away from the PC, sit up my tripod, hida and wait.

Also a wonderful shot of the moon. For not having a tripod you did an outstanding job.

The moon is not an easy target without a tripod. At least for me, my arms and shoulders get tired!!

Thank you for brightening up our rainy days.

Artist Victoria O'Neill said...

the flower pics are so lovely, colorful and happy. we have a blue heron around here (pennsylvania) too. She comes and drinks in our creek every now and then. When she takes flight it is unbelievable because you can hear her take off and her wing span is enormous.

Icy BC said...

I love zinnia flowers..These are so beautiful!

tkdesigns4u said...

Gorgeous photos! Love hearing about your blue heron! They are tricky! One decided to eat 3 of my 18" Koi fish acouple of years ago. I had raised them for several years from tiny 1" fish! It was heart breaking, but I still love watching the herons in the lake near us. They are just so unique!

graaam said...

Ooooo! I have just one word to describe these photographs - EXQUISITE!!!

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