It was a short season, the annual festival of azalea blooms that charm the south. It was the schizophrenic weather that did them in, reducing the vibrant flowers to drooping puddles of faded color. But not all met their demise.. It gave thought to the possibility that old doesn’t always equate to impending doom. Maybe 60 year old azaleas are made of sterner stuff. Witness these giant Formosa Azaleas that weathered three days of 20 degree nights.
As you may have gathered, I have changed my mind about ditching this blog. Sort of! The fancy custom address is gone but I figured if 60 year old Azaleas can carry on, this 72 year old shooter can. See you after the next frost, maybe before.
A few splotches of color returned to the landscape this week. Not that we’ve been living in a totally drab world; the Sasanquas and Camellias have been showing their glory since late October. Now the Daffodils and Japanese Quince have joined the chorus.
The occasion prompted some lens changes. The 60 mm and 105 mm macro lenses were clicked into place as I waded into the Daffodil patch and the huge, very prickly Japanese Quince. It was a nice preview of what’s to come in a few months. Thanks for the look and have a good week ahead.
A Van Gogh Variety Sunflower greets the sunrise in Eastern North Carolina. Sunflowers appear to be almost immune to the stifling heat here. The heat index has been well over 100 for nearly two week but there is not a sign of wilt in the sunflower field. Wish that was true for us. Stay Cool if you can and have a good week. Nikon D7100, 10-20mm lens.
The wild Dogwood Trees went from small buds to full fledged blooms in a couple of days. Our farm here in Eastern North Carolina is thick with them; filling the sky with blooms, like large snow flakes on a blue sky day. One of the larger trees covers a deck that is perhaps three to four feet off the ground. It affords an interesting perspective of the blooms high up in the tree. I focused on the closest bloom at f/6 throwing everything distant into a soft blur; a quick and easy composition of a scene that only comes once a year. Thanks for the look and have a good week.
Our azaleas have been through the wringer this year. The mild winter, down here a lot of people called it “the phony winter,” brought out the blooms several times in January and again in February only to have cold temperatures kill them off. Now, it seems spring has finally taken hold, albeit a week early. March is busting out all over. These big red formosas seemed to be partying in the sunshine with the still blooming camellias providing some nice bokeh backup. Floral shots are not on everyone’s hit parade. Landscapes usually win, but I was so glad to see these, I decided to give them their “15 minutes of fame.” Enjoy and have a great week.
I think this little patch of Daffys decided to make a grand appearance now because they sort of knew they would be the star of the show, everything else being so drab, dead and crummy looking. Even the Camellias seem to have tossed in the towel and wait until next year. Who knew Daffys were so vain they probably think this blog post is about them. Of course it is. I’m glad to see them. They’ve pulled me out of the black hole of winter and given me faith that spring is waiting to make a grand entrance. So here’s to the Daffy’s! Cheers!
Keep the faith everybody. Better Times are coming.
We’re in the midst of Sunflower Season right now. We’ve grown just about every variety over the years but the Van Gogh Variety has given us the best yield. I caught these two “sisters” in the field this morning. Runner up is probably “Ring of Fire”, followed by “Pro Cut Orange”, “Lemon Queen”, “Moulin Rouge” which is a deep red sunflower, “The Joker”, “Maya” and “Pro Cut Bicolor” which is yellow with a tinge of deep red. All will attract birds, bees and butterflies. Put them in full sun with medium water. And get your camera out. Have a great evening and thanks for the visit.