Winter is a great time for landscape photos, but, since winter wildflowers do not exist (to my knowledge), I had to visit my good friend Rhonda at Loess Hills Floral Studio for some imports. This is a pincushion flower, prebloom. Thanks for looking, and I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season.
This is my very first homegrown nigella flower. A very nice lady named Leona sent me home with several small plants earlier this year when I visited her farm to deliver some prints. Teri helped me plant them on the east side of the house, situated to get some sun but to sit in the shade during the hottest part of the day. And voila!
This is dedicated to the good people at West Pottawattamie Master Gardeners and the Loveland Garden Club (Omaha). I had a great time leading photography learning workshops at both. The iris was courtesy of Loess Hills Floral Studio.
It's great to have wildflowers back.
Well hello there, spring. Welcome back.
It's brutally cold out there today (at least here in Council Bluffs), so here's a flourish of warmth for everybody.
Here's a thistle I recently found in a local prairie preserve here in Council Bluffs. They're not the easiest flower to handle, obviously, but they're worth the trouble. Thanks to everybody who visited my display at Lauritzen Gardens over the summer. It was an incredible experience.
I've never had much luck photographing hibiscus blossoms, so I've been experimenting a bit with hibiscus buds and seeds. Here's the former. By the way, because of the subtle out-of-focus gradient around the flower, this photo will probably look bad on some screens. It should look mildly better here than on my Facebook page, but the image as I see it in Lightroom (and hopefully the future print) looks as it should. Just one of the pitfalls of jpg compression/screen differences/other technical ado. Thanks for looking.
Thanks again to Teri for planting so many zinnias in our flower garden this year. I had never realized how expressive they can be. As we approach the (second) end of my Lauritzen Gardens show, this is perhaps the best weekend to go, since admission is free on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday (Labor Day).
I misidentified this flower last week. It's not a coreopsis; it's a cosmos. Same tribe, different genus. But do I get partial credit since they're fellow tribesmen?
We were all excited that one of our California poppy plants was about to blossom, worried constantly that they'd be eaten by deer every night, and then cosmos popped out instead. Here's to beautiful impostors. Or to garden ignorance. Hell, here's to the weekend!
Well, the good folks at Lauritzen Gardens asked if I would extend my show until September 14, and I thought about it for a quarter second before answering yes. I'd be a fool not to, right? This is one in a new batch of prints I dropped off at the Gardens yesterday to replace some that have been either sold or stolen. I'm kind of hoping for the latter, since nothing sells like a scandal. They say that you know you've made it when people start stealing your work. I'm not necessarily condoning theft, but it is the theme of my show (A Theft in the Garden), so if I'm on the receiving end of it, I kind of had it coming. Plus, if you know me, I'm not always one to take the high road.
Back to nigellas. Have I mentioned how much I love these flowers?
Just a flash of homegrown color to enhance your Monday.
As I explained in my last post, I bought a bunch of nigella from one of the vendors at an Omaha farmers' market last weekend. It's a flower of many dramatic faces, and here's another example.
I know of only two places to buy nigella flowers, and they're both at Omaha farmers' markets on weekends in summer. I believe that Thai families operate both of the vendor tents that sell them, and something must be lost in the translation every time I try to buy a couple stems of them, because I always end up leaving with gargantuan flower arrangements of which nigella are a minor component. It's a small price to pay, though, to photograph one of my favorite flowers. From bud to blossom to seed, they go through dramatic and varied transformations, and two are seldom alike. They appear forbidding with thorns, but the "needles" are just flimsy leafy projections, and the pointed blue or white or purple petals are translucent and delicate. It's all a beautiful ruse.
Just another reminder that my floral prints will be on display at Lauritzen Gardens for about another month. If you have time, please go take a look.