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Daylilies – Photography

The daylilies seem to be doing great even though the hard rains have hurt everything else.

Daylily from the Arboretum


Nice daylily at Arboretum


July 12, 2011 Posted by | Flower, Photography | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Heavy dew on flowers – Photography

I arrived at the Arboretum at 6am just before the sunrise and found heavy dew covering the flowers. The resent storms had not helped the roses, but I found a few nice flowers in the upper section that looked nice. Most of the time I use a 70-200L with extension for closeups of flowers, but today I decided to try an extension on a 17-40L and found that it worked good. It seemed to give me more dept of field, but required me to get very close. (2-4 inch)

Heavy dew on cone flower



July 11, 2011 Posted by | Flower, Photography | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Wild Flower – Photography

While looking at the weed patch behind the garage, trying to decide if I want to clean it out, I ran across these small flowers. I’m not sure if they are a wild flower or weed, or maybe a combination of both, but I thought they were pretty enough to get the camera out and maybe leave the weed patch to grow. 🙂  They are not much larger than a dime, but viewed up close remind me of dayliles.

Found hiding in the weed patch


Small flower about the size of a dime


Small blue flower

July 10, 2011 Posted by | Flower, Photography | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Rose Leaves in Rain_ Photography

 Today makes 4-5 days of rain this week and the rose are showing signs of stress. They are starting to drop petals from all the wind which made finding nice ones this morning harder than normal. But as I walked around the Arboretum I noticed that the rain and heavy overcast had brought out the colors in the leaves.

Rose leaves in Rain- Lexington Arboretum


Rain on Rose leaves- Lexington Arboretum

May 19, 2011 Posted by | Flower, Photography | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Red Rose in Rain- Photography

Red Rose with rain drops

  Photographed this rose early today in the rain. Sky was starting to lighten some and made for nice light. The hardest thing about shooting in the rain is focusing with a plastic bag over the camera and the fact you look really stupid. 🙂

May 18, 2011 Posted by | Flower, Photography | , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Yellow Roses

I would say this is not the best photo I ever took, but it was the hardest to get worked out.

Yellow Roses- Reflection

May 17, 2011 Posted by | Flower, Photography | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Early Roses- Photography

We have been back from Taos for several days now and I decided to see what was blooming at the Arboretum. To my surprise, I found the rose bushes flush with new flowers and buds. The heavy rain this spring has everything looking great.

Spring Rose- Lexington Arboretum

May 13, 2011 Posted by | Photography | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Roses – Photography

Yelllow Rose- Lexington Arboretum

 We have been really busy the past week. Jeane is working every spare minute on painting and I have been getting some wholesale orders ready to go out. We have two shows coming up in Florida in about ten days, so there are a lot of last second things popping up. Add all this to several hundred pieces that need to be matted and shrink wrapped and it seem like there is no time for anything else.

Pink Rose- Lexington Arboretum

March 25, 2011 Posted by | Flower, Photography | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Vintage Flowers #3- Photography

Sandstone Rose blend

Here are a couple more photograph’s that are two photo’s, one of the flower and the other of texture, blended together. The more I work with this the more possiblities I see, each one triggering idea’s for the next. We spent  the day hiking at Raven’s Run, a large nature preserve along the Kentucky River. While hiking down to the cliff’s, we snapped 100’s of photo’s of different texture to use.  So needless to say I am going to be playing with this for a few more days.  

Flower rust blend

March 18, 2011 Posted by | Flower, Photography | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Vintage Flowers – Photography

Flowers at Lexington Arboretum

 I have spent some time this past week on pictures that were taken last summer at the Arboretum. With the vintage look still in the back of my mind, from an earlier post, I started working on combining the flower shots with textures. These two photo’s were layered with photograph’s of rust from the side of an old boat in Amsterdam. 

Vintage Rose- Lexington Arboretum

March 15, 2011 Posted by | Flower, Photography | , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment