Flowers and sunshine

One of the things I really like about the Chattahoochee Nature Center is the way they have landscaped.  There are many different flowering plants around the walkways all done in somewhat wild and natural plantings.  I know that lots of work and thought went into this but it gives you the impression that you are walking through a patch of wildflowers in the wilderness.

I didn’t see a marker to tell me what kind of flower this is.  It looks similar to a sunflower but was certainly much smaller than the kind that produce all those seeds that people eat.  It was just open there like a burst of sunshine but hanging it’s head down toward the ground.  I really liked the pink flowers behind it and the rather washed-out white background that the bright sun gave this scene.

Chattahoochee Nature Center
Roswell, Georgia

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
210mm @ f/10 – 1/125 sec – ISO 100

My Daylilies are blooming

It’s the perfect conditions for flowers, warm weather and plenty of rain.  This has really brought out the Day Lilies in my yard and the previous night’s rain also left lots of water drops this morning.

I haven’t quite figured out the best aperture to use on these shots.  This image is actually a combination of two exposures.  The flower is at f-11 and the background is f-6.3.  I took a series of exposures and couldn’t really find a sweet spot where the whole flower was sharp and the background was blurred out.  I guess I will need to keep trying on this.

Mike Moats told us at his Boot Camp about printing out blurred images and putting them on a backing to put behind subjects and block out distracting backgrounds.  In this case, I don’t mind the background itself but it was competing way too much with the shot that got all the flower detail.  So, this time I went to Photoshop to get a combination of the two.  Maybe that was the only choice for this shot.  I’m not sure.

Summer Day Lily
Roswell, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Nikon 105mm f/2.8 AF Micro-Nikkor
105mm @ f/11 – 1/50 sec – ISO 200

Remembering Summer, looking forward to Fall

Enjoy the warm weather while it’s here.

Yes, Summer is full of flowers and butterflies and many other happy things but, let the hot temperatures go away for a while, Please!

This black swallowtail butterfly was seen at Gibbs Gardens in August and unfortunately, the weather hasn’t changed much since then.  I am ready for Football season and Autumn leaves but mother nature’s not done with summer yet.  Oh well, I will be mourning the loss of warm weather when January rolls around so, I guess we all should just enjoy it while we can.

Gibbs Gardens
1987 Gibbs Drive
Ball Ground, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Tamron 16-300 Di II VC PZD Macro
100mm @ f/5.6 – 1/1000 sec – ISO 640

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Last day of Summer?

Tomorrow is the first day of Autumn but it’s not looking like a rapid change of seasons

This image was actually taken last month but it sure feels like we’re still in the middle of Summer around here!  I think it’s supposed to be in the 90’s today.  Technically, the first day of Autumn is tomorrow so maybe this is the last day of summer.

I have a funny feeling that the hot weather is not going to disappear by the end of the week.  Oh well, I guess we can just enjoy the flowers and watch the hummingbirds until they decide it is time to move one.  I am looking forward to fall though!

Gibbs Gardens
1987 Gibbs Drive
Ball Ground, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Tamron 16-300 Di II VC PZD Macro
300mm @ f/6.3 – 1/1250 sec – ISO 640

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End of Summer

Labor Day fireworks in Roswell, Georgia

Labor Day is supposed to mark the end of the Summer season.  It’s still awfully hot around here but the kids are back in school so, I guess this is the end of summer.

We went out to view the fireworks show that the City of Roswell puts on for Labor Day weekend last night.  It was a beautiful night and we chose to set up in the parking lot across the way from Centennial High School where the “official” venue was.  There was certainly a enough people in the shopping center that we didn’t feel lonely and when we were leaving, I was very glad that we didn’t have to fight the crowds to get back to our car!

A nice way to close out the summer.

Roswell End of Summer Fireworks
Centennial High School
9310 Scott Road
Roswell, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 Di II
16mm at f/16 – 7.2sec – ISO 100

Floating flora

Summer is the time to admire gorgeous water lilies at Gibbs Gardens

Yes, it is very hot out but a walk though the manicured paths along the tranquil shoreline of pools filled with brilliant aquatic flowers will take your mind off the heat.  Even when the sun is beating down and we all are looking forward to the cool weather of autumn, the beauty of nature displayed at Gibbs Gardens draw visitors from all over the Atlanta area.

Just looking at the image above brings back vivid memories.  I see the still waters reflecting the shapes and colors to multiply the flower’s beauty.  Small drops bead up on the petals and remind us of the cool relief that water can bring.  If it wasn’t such a perfect vision of peacefulness, I would jump straight in and splash around.

Humm… I may be due for another visit.  Very soon!

Gibbs Gardens
1987 Gibbs Drive
Ball Ground, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Tamron 16-300 Di II VC PZD Macro
300mm @ f/6.3 – 1/2000 sec – ISO 640

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Can you see the shooting star?

Perseid meteor shower was at its peak this weekend

OK, so I am going to have to accept that I live in a large suburban city and the sky is never going to be truly dark.  None the less, we went out on Saturday night to try our luck at seeing the peak of the Perseid meteor shower. We got lucky in that, the clouds which were covering the sky earlier cleared but we just couldn’t get everyone in the city to turn their lights off.

There is actually a meteor trail in this shot in the lower section between the trees.  Joyce saw one bright one streak across the sky (of course, I missed it) but that was all the show that we got.  Still, it was a beautiful night and other than a sore neck and a little lost sleep, we enjoyed seeing the stars and wondering at the vastness of the universe.

Nikon D7100
Tamron 10-24 Di II LD SP AF
10mm at f/3.5 – 13 sec – ISO 2000