June 7, 2009

Sunday snapshots

camera Diane Schuller at Life’s Sweet Ordinary is a wonderful lifestyle photographer. I really enjoy visiting her blog and looking at her wonderful pictures. We’ve sent some e-mails back and forth to each other. In one of my e-mails to Diane, I told her I was going to post some of my flowers pictures, and that I hoped she’d come by and take a look. She laughed, and said that that everyone seems to take pictures of flowers!! But she quickly pointed out that she isn’t a flower snob, and that she’s taken hundreds of flower pictures herself :-) She just wants people—photographers in particular—to move beyond flowers and look around them for other picture inspiration.

So as I looked around the backyard after dinner a couple of days ago, I tried to find angles and lighting and subjects that I thought were interesting and a bit different…

Patio chair

chair close fountainchair close


fencefence shrub

Rocks & water

fountain rocks

Everybody takes pictures of open umbrellas — how about a closed one?? :-)


And of course, I have to include some plant & flower pictures :-) Because when you think about it, plants & flowers are the perfect photography subjects — they’re pretty, they’re colourful, and they just stand there waiting patiently for you to take their picture :-)  I did try to take pictures that are different or a bit unusual, though.

I love the shape of hosta leaves. They’re always to perfectly formed…

hosta leaf

hosta close

hosta close 2

hosta sun

One lonely deformed flower bud on our cherry tree

cherry blossom

I love the lacy leaves of a Japanese Maple. Our tree is tiny (like, barely a foot tall!!) and branches break off every year. But somehow, it manages to stay alive…

japanese maple

Love this lacy purple flower too…

lacy flower

A single white cosmos really stands out against a dark background…


A slightly fuzzy but pretty pink impatiens with water droplets. The shape reminds me of an orchid…


I love these purple daisies


And this is my favourite — doesn’t it look like these two daisies are hugging?? :-)

daisies intertwined

Take a look around your garden and try to see your flowers and plants from a different perspective. You just might find something you didn’t even know was there if you look close enough :-)

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Camera picture from Flickr


DesignTies said...

Great pics, Kelly!

Puna said...

I love it! Boy you have a great yard. Ironically, I was just outside this morning taking pictures of flowers...perhaps I shouldn't post them.

Gayle said...

I just cant resist taking flower photos! All of your photos are beautiful! The lacy purple flower is Bachelor Button. I used to have one, but my husband pulled it out this year. He thought it was a weed. :(

mbkatc230 said...

Great photos Kelly. I really love your water feature, and the shots of the patio chair. Gayle's husband must be related to mine - my DH took the weedeater to my mint! Kathy

Christy said...

Nice photos - and I did go and take some photos of some of our flowers! Great idea. I think I'll post them later with posters of the Foo!

Velvet and Linen said...

Wow, I need to take some photography lessons!
The last set of flowers are beautiful. Totally frame worthy.


Donna @ dh designs said...

Great pics Kelly. I am totally "hooked" on flower photography - which you'll probably notice by the photo album on my blog. I like Diane's advice, though, and will look to do some of that myself.

I love the light and shadow in the first picture!

Diane Schuller said...

Thanks for the shout out but, more importantly, I love your photos. You've done a splendid job and have a great eye. Each of the ones of the fence and the chair really demonstrate shape, texture, and contrast. The first one is dynamite.
I too adore hostas! I love their shape & texture but also how sturdy they are. How beautiful seeing your images of them unfurling and with such wonderful light too. I even like your flower photos -- yes, I too love flowers -- it's just that I do like photographers to look around capturing what surrounds us -- not to be missed :)

A very summery post with summery images!

Caroline said...


I am passing on the "One Lovely Blog" award to you! to accept just list 15 other bloggers you will pass it too.


I'll be posting my list tomorrow.

Kathy said...

Love the shot of the water feature through the arm of the chair. I tend to take flower/plant pictures when I am outdoors too, except for 2 prom photo sessions I hosted in my yard in the last five years,(then there were teens in front of the flowers/plants)!

Elite Home Decor said...

Great pictures!
I love the way the sun picks up on all of the bright colors!

janet said...

your pictures are lovely kelly. Something struck me funny, you made a comment that Dianne encouraged you to look beyond flowers. I say this because our daughter who is now 17 loves photography and i was blown away at the things she finds in her surroundings to take pictures sometimes strange but none the less they are very eye catching.

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