What’s Blooming!

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It’s now actually starting to seem a little more like fall and less like summer.  Still plenty of bloom time left, though. Fall always seems like black-eyed Susan time to me.  Maybe because they bloom for so long and are still around after other stuff starts to fade.  This is called Tiger’s Eye.

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There are all these fancy names for the varieties and they mostly look the same to me.  🙂

Couple of macro shots.  This is a dahlia.

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Fairy impatien:

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I dug up all the hostas on the side of the house.  I kept 2, which I put in the shade bed.  That uncovered this yard ornament that I kind of forgot about:

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The next pictures are all with the 70×300 zoom lens. This is playing with the focal point. I took a few shots focusing on the front or rear flower.

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I have been using a small f-stop, which makes the background blurry, which I think is pretty cool.

My delphiniums are blooming again.  They are much shorter with this flush of blooms:

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One of my coral bells:

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I do leave those plant ID markers in the ground with all my plants. That way come spring after the snow has  melted and the ground is totally dead, I know where stuff is supposed to come up.

Now for some fauna.  John and I were having lunch outside and it was a complete menagerie in the back yard.

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Nuthatch:

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Nuthatches are such funny birds.  This is a typical pose for them with the neck at an L angle. It looks so uncomfortable!

Male cardinal.

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And I finally got some shots of the hummingbird.  This is a tricky little bugger!

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I will work on some overview shots this week of the garden instead of the closeups.  

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I have some fall plants arriving this weekend!  Gotta do some planting.  Looks like Saturday morning/early afternoon for riding will be the only good weather.  Not sure where we are going yet, probably back down to Saratoga.  On a good note, the alligator trunk will be going to its new home this weekend!

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7 thoughts on “What’s Blooming!

  1. sherijung

    My favorite shot is of the cardinal, with the chipmunk a close second. I think you would enjoy joining a camera club if you have one available.

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