RED BELLIED WOODPECKER AND A FUCHSIA – Marilyn Armstrong

AS THE END OF MAY APPROACHES … 

I got some nice pictures of our favorite woodpecker enjoying dinner at the feeder. The birds seem to like being near the big plant. I think it makes them feel safe. It is much harder to shoot with the big plant in the way, so I’m going to have some practicing to do to get quality photographs.

Yesterday was the first time I shot using my iPhone. The pictures are admirably sharp and clear and it’s a definitely “better than nothing” camera that doesn’t require hauling a heavy camera and lenses.

For me, it isn’t a camera. It’s had to focus, it only shoots at 72 ppi and it’s really hard to keep your fingers out of the photo. Probably great for snapshooters, but the process of having to mail the shots to my PC then transferring them is a serious pain in the butt.

It’s good to have it and it has many other uses, but it isn’t going to be my favorite photographic device!

RHODODENDRONS – CEE’S FLOWER O’ THE DAY – Marilyn Armstrong

FOTD – May 20 – RHODODENDRONS

After having cut down our rose bushes so much that they have not grown back, other plants have decided they can grow. The Rhododendrons have been in the garden since we built it up and added other flowers, but it never grew. The roses took over the garden and grew like mad.

They are blooming like crazy. They are white and rather, I’m told, rare. Almost all the Rhododendrons I’ve seen are some kind of pink or violet or even dark purple.

So here they are. I’m amazed the roses didn’t come back. I’m a little sad to lose them because they were pretty, but they were also about as cozy as barbed wire. They made it almost impossible to get into the garden to care for it. They snagged any clothing you were wearing. Even getting rid of the cuttings was an undertaking.

The roses were really beautiful from a distance, but a peril to life and skin. So I’m sorry, but I’m not sorry.

 

NEW BABY ORCHIDS! – Marilyn Armstrong

NEW ORCHIDS ON A NEW BRANCH

I knew they were going to bloom soon, but two big ones opened this morning and two more are waiting.  Next week, I hope. With a little luck, maybe even sooner.

I took pictures. Today was the day I discovered I couldn’t take a picture of all my orchids with my macro lens. So tomorrow, I’ll have to change lenses and see what I can do.

ORCHIDS AND NEW BUDS FOR MORE ORCHIDS – Marilyn Armstrong

Orchids and buds – FOTD – April 12

I decided the buds are now big enough to photograph. Meanwhile, the original orchids are in their final glow and glory. I was going to not take any pictures, but then I stopped and decided pictures, then coffee. Because the pictures you don’t take are never going to be the same again.

Fat new buds on another branch of the orchids

A perfect Orchid and more to come

Orchids at their peak

IT’S SPRING INSIDE, BUT CHILLY OUTSIDE – Marilyn Armstrong

FOTD – March 23 –ORCHIDS

It’s very quiet here. It’s quiet everywhere except, I suppose in the hospitals. Because we have a guy as the president who cannot tell the truth and I think isn’t entirely sure what the truth IS, trying to find out what is happening is very hard. They make decisions, then the congress gets to brawling again. While they are busy politicking, the rest of us are wondering how we are going to pay the mortgage. All across this country, the unemployment rate is rising like crazy … and they are STILL arguing.

The table garden …

All the orchids on the branch

But before the flower, the bud

Orchids

Five Orchids