Sunday, April 15, 2012

Picture Picture

I've been posting some recent macro photos to my personal Facebook page, but I should also post them here--if anything, it's another way to keep track of the seasons. In case you haven't noticed, it's summer. I'd say, like most everyone, here in Nebraska we're 3-4 weeks ahead. Yesterday, there were reports of over 100 tornadoes in the central Plains (the cats and I were in the basement at 11:30 last night due to some supposed funnel clouds), but all we really saw was 4" of rain. That's our precipitation cycle this year: a deluge, then weeks of drought. Kind of like the photos I'm gonna toss up at you right now.

Golden Smokebush
Concord Grape
Pasque Flower
Tulip Petal
Lysimachia ciliata
Cloudy Crabapple


Julie Stone said...

Well done, those are fantastic! I really enjoy macros, I think they can remind us to slow down our distracted lives and look closer at the beauty surrounding us. The deep purple tulip is my favorite, so rich.

Gaia Gardener: said...

Why is it so hard to slow down and look closely? Your photos are wonderful at encouraging me to do just that tonight. I especially love the center of the pasqueflower, the interspecific "kiss" it engendered, the purple stamens of the tulip, the new buds on the Centaurea and the Baptisia. Beautiful and evocative.

Rob (ourfrenchgarden) said...

When has the weather ever played ball?

Reading about your vegetable growing plans, you need to make compost. Take it to an art form.

Donna@Gardens Eye View said...

Heard about the awful weather (tornadoes..hate them). We are one of the few areas having a spring although it is warm, hot, cold , freezing and now warm again...and your plants are weeks ahead of mine which are 3 weeks ahead as it is....

Benjamin Vogt said...

Julie--Gee, that's my least fave one:) I used to think macros were overdone and cliche, but it's so much fun holding still and waiting for something to happen.
GG--I wish the kiss were sharper, but that's what I get for refusing the use of any sort of tripod!
Rob--I need to tear up my front lawn and freak out my neighbors. I haven't mowed once this year, whereas everyone else has 10 times. Twisted pride? Yup. Arrogance? Maybe.
Donna--This week spring is more here, except today at 75 (too hot for me!).