Posts Tagged ‘yellow’

Growing sunflowers

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

Sunflower in my garden

I love sunflowers. They’re so tall and stately with happy faces, and each one is different as if they have their own personalities. I love taking photos of them. Last year, I took photos where I could find them, so this year I decided to grow some of my own.

It fascinates and amazes me as I watch a stalk and leaves grow out of a small seed. I grew them in pots at first and then planted them out next to the fence to give them some protection from the wind as they grew tall.

I don’t know whether I planted them late, but they were only a couple of feet tall when other people’s were in flower. Gradually they got taller, and eventually they were much taller than me, but by the time September arrived, they still hadn’t flowered.

I was wondering if it was getting too late and I’d have to give up on them, but at last they formed flowers, and day by day they gradually opened up. So now I have some lovely big yellow sunflowers in my garden and I can take photos of them whenever I want to.

Spring flowers

Friday, April 9th, 2010

Inside a tulip

I’ve really been enjoying photographing Spring flowers. There seem to have been more of them this year than I’ve noticed before. I wonder if that’s because they’re fighting back after such a long, cold winter, or if I just haven’t noticed them before!

First of all there were snowdrops, then crocuses, then daffodils and hellebores and polyanthus. I’ve been really looking forward to the arrival of tulips. They’re so beautiful. They’re tall and elegant, and are so intricate inside.

But they haven’t arrived yet! Everything’s late this year after the cold winter. I’ve been walking around looking for them in garden borders near the pavement, I’ve been to the park, but none there. I’ve been to several flower shops and not found what I’m looking for. So when I was as a friend’s house and saw some yellow tulips in a vase, I had to take a photo! Aren’t they beautiful? What a wonderful creative work of art they are!

Shooting daffodils

Sunday, March 28th, 2010

I’ve been enjoying taking photos of the Spring flowers as they appear. Snowdrops, crocuses, hellebores. But not daffodils. I don’t enjoy photographing them! They’re very deceptive. They look so pretty dancing about in the breeze in their ballet skirts, but when I point a camera at them, they metamorphose into weird monsters! No matter how hard I try, I can’t seem to get a decent daffodil shot!

I keep trying. I’ve got quite a few in my garden, and there are a lot in the grass verge in my village. But it’s no good. Every time I come home hopeful that this time I will have captured the beauty and happiness of a bright yellow trumpet surrounded by a cream or yellow skirt, I’m disappointed and have to delete them all!

When I was pointing my camera at some daffodils in a local garden I was visiting, I saw a big bee dive deep into a trumpet. He must have been very busy collecting pollen, because he stayed long enough for me to get a shot of him with his head deep inside the flower and his bottom sticking out!

So here it is, my daffodil shot for 2010!!

Looking for pollen

A host of golden…… crocuses?

Saturday, March 20th, 2010

Striped crocuses

I love it when Spring flowers start to appear. Snowdrops, crocuses and daffodils. They signal the begining of the end of winter and the start of a new year of life as the earth wakes up and begins to blossom.

I love all three of them. Snowdrops are delicate and lovely with their pure white ballet skirts opening out so that they can dance in the breeze. Daffodils too have ballet skirts surrounding their trumpets with which they herald the arrival of new life and the coming year of expectation.

But my favourite of the three is the crocus. I love their shape, their variety of colour and their bright orangey-yellow stamen that crinkle and wiggle as they reach up to be seen when the petals open up. Crocuses come in all sorts of colours – cream, yellow, white, mauve, purple and stripey ones. I love them all, but my favourites are the mauve and purple ones, which of course is to be expected as they’re my favourite colours.

Usually after snowdrops, I get a brief glimpse of a few crocuses and then it’s straight on to daffodils. This year is different. I’ve seen loads of beautiful crocuses. The spindly ones in my garden didn’t last long, presumably falling victim to bird attacks. So when I went for a walk in the park, I was amazed to find large drifts of strong healthy crocus cups spreading up the bank under some of the trees. It was a photographer’s paradise!

I wonder if there are more crocuses about this year, or if they’ve always been there and I’ve never noticed them before.

Summer, Autumn and Winter colours

Friday, October 31st, 2008

I don’t like it when summer comes to and end and it starts to get cold. When August turns to September, I have to be careful to keep myself busy and to do creative things, such as my photography, card making and knitting. I have learned from experience that if I don’t do that, I can get very down.

I love the colours of summer with it’s blue skies and brightly coloured flowers, and everything looking better with the sun shining on it. It seems to give everyone a lift if it’s sunny. I can feel quite sad when I know that the summer is slipping away, and there’s no more opportunity to go to a sunny seaside with it’s gorgeous yellow ochre sand and lovely turquoise sea and beautiful blue sky – colours that all looks so amazing together. A short holiday by the sea can really refresh and renew me.

By October it has got colder and darker in the evenings, but bright Christmas colours are starting to appear in the shops. When the clocks go back and it’s dark by 6.00pm and there are red and gold and sparkly Christmas things in the shops, then I start to feel better because that’s the signal that it won’t be long until my Birthday! I still get that feeling of excitement about my birthday that I did when I was young even if it may not be celebrated so much now as it was then. Only three and a half weeks to go!