Photo 365 #353

I was out and about running errands yesterday when I saw this guy:

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I just love sunflowers, don’t you?  They’re so cheerful!

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Photo 365 #321

Even on vacation, I found gorgeous flowers to photograph:

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This beauty lives at Reptile Gardens in Rapid City, SD, and has many pretty friends there. I love the way this image turned out, don’t you?

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Photo 365 #320

I spent a little time this morning shooting various things in my yard.  I started with the thistles near the mouth of my driveway before moving on to the daisies and clover further back.  The daisies have seen better days, it’s true, but I was messing about with my macro lens again, so it didn’t really matter.

And then I found a surprise.

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This little guy blended in so well that I didn’t even see him till I got the flower focused.  Naturally, I had a heck of a time catching him – the little guy wouldn’t sit still for longer than a second.  I’m good, but I’m not that good.

At least, not yet. 🙂

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Photo 365 #316

I love it when insects land on the flowers I’m photographing. I think it’s fascinating to see them this close-up, and I really like this shot.

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I’m a little disappointed that the fly isn’t more in focus, especially the tail end of his body, but I love the dreamy effect of the blurry flower edges and the out-of-focus background.

Of course, the only way to get the kinds of shots I’m after is to keep practicing, and I have absolutely no problem with that. 😀

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Photo 365 #314

Here’s one of the flower shots I mentioned yesterday:

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I spent a good half hour outside trying to get my flowers to sit still and behave for me before giving up and heading back inside. Of course the one night I have a few free minutes to play with my camera is the night the wind decides it needs to blow steadily at 20 mph (the gusts were stronger than that).  I took a bunch of pictures, but this one turned out the best.

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Photo 365 #309

I could use some peace.  Could you use some peace?  Maybe I can help with that:

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Doesn’t that picture just fill you with peace?  I could stare at it all afternoon. *happy sigh*

I don’t know what this is, but it’s come up in my backyard for the last two summers now, and I can’t help marveling over how beautiful it is (despite the fact that it smells like onions).  Does anyone have any idea what it is?  If so, let me know! 🙂

Happy Friday, everybody! 🙂

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Photo 365 #308

2015-05-29 07.43.07Daisy, Daisy,
Give me your answer, do.
I’m half crazy,
All for the love of you.
It won’t be a stylish marriage,
I can’t afford a carriage,
But you’ll look sweet upon the seat
Of a bicycle built for two.

I’ve had that song stuck in my head ever since I caught those daisies on film last month.  It’s a pretty song, though, and I love old songs like that.  It’s true what they say, they don’t make ’em like they used to. 🙂

What are some of your favorite old-fashioned songs?

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Photo 365 #301: On the way

On my way to work the other morning, I noticed some daisies growing up by our garage.  I love daisies, so I got the boys buckled in and stopped to snap a few pictures.

I love the way they turned out, and I can’t wait to get back out there and photograph them again. 🙂

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