Sunday, June 30, 2013

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Thursday, June 27, 2013


This is the shot Olivia was taking in my last post.  Looks like she's going to be ready for the Costa Rica trip!  I miss that "flower" button that the Sony has for taking up close shots but I'm glad to see Olivia taking advantage of it.  I love this image!

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

After the Storm

We went out yesterday after the thunderstorms and before today's heat wave to enjoy the latest hydrangeas.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Magnolia, part 2: Bigger Than Your Head

I hope the rest of the summer is as laid back and relaxing as this first week.  Well, there was that goldfish catastrophe Wednesday morning, but besides that we are free and easy.  Nibbles and Bits came home from a fair three years ago.  Lets just say that Nibbles passed on and Bits had a nibble, or a bit.  But after we were all done with our CSI activities, dusting for prints, etc we went back to the garden for a little photography practice.  I'm going to see if I can turn Olivia into a photographer before she goes to Costa Rica next summer. 

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Magnolia, part 1

One of the reasons I came back to Philly after we'd left is because there really is so much on offer.  And high up there on my list of favorites are the gardens.  Warm enough to grow southern plants like these magnolias but cold enough for the trees I grew up with in my young Chicago years.  These magnolias are so super cool that you can expect several more posts. 

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Hydrangea Multiple

When I win the lottery I'll fill my property with beautiful hydrangea varieties like these.  In the mean time I try to curtail my consumeristic obsessions and be happy that I can walk around the Scott Arboretum for free and enjoy these amazing plants.  And that's just the hydrangea, wait until you see the magnolias!

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Hydrangea Individual

Of course I'm still twitching a bit because I can't chase around photographing birds.  But honestly I think I needed the break.  Don't get me wrong, as soon as I raise the money for my new lens I'll be off and running.  But in the mean time I'm getting to stop and smell the roses, or in this case hydrangeas.  After photographing the ones at Chanticleer last month I was sure I'd missed all the rest.  But nope.  They are just about to reach their peak.  Swarthmore's Scott Arboretum has a fantastic collection.  And they have such beautiful names: All Summer Beauty, Beni Gaku, Annabelle, Semmes Beauty, Snow Queen (an Oak Leaf Hydrangea, for some reason I love that name even more than "Snow Queen"), and Moonlight.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Church and Steeple

This piece by Nick Kripal has been in the courtyard at the Crane building since at least 2009.  I'm pretty sure I photograph it every year.  It's one of my favorites.  You can see some of his other cast church pieces here. 

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

My Little Garden Paradise...and a Snake

I went out for a little walk about to see what had popped up or fallen down after Monday's storms and noticed that my fire poker plant had been decimated and that a very large garter snake was hanging out by the drain.  Upon my return I discovered that it was the snake who'd messed up my plant and that I couldn't get back into the house without going within striking range of said snake.  Ahem.  You can see the snake in the middle photo.  Not sure where he went after that.  Possibly somewhere with a belly full of chipmunk.