Monday, May 20, 2013

Garden Blues

Baptisia australis

There are so many blues (and pinks, but that's for another day) blooming in my garden right now~the baptisia is spectacular and I have been taking so many pictures! This is definitely one of my favorite and most reliable perennials. I have had it for many, many years and it blooms beautifully every year. It's big--4 feet--and takes up a fair amount of space in my garden, but I like its nice sweet pea-like, blue-green foliage that looks good even after it finishes blooming. I usually cut mine back by about a third after it blooms, to control the size. It's blooming right now with the herbaceous peonies and they are a beautiful combination.

I have been reading a great book about photography, Understanding Exposure, and I have been forcing myself to use my camera in manual mode only.  I find for every 20 or so pictures I take I get a great one.  It's fun playing around with different apertures and shutter speeds and adjusting white balance, but it takes a lot of time for me and it doesn't come easy. So on this rainy and not very nice weekend I took some time and took tons of pictures and did several of the exercises recommended in the book,  and I am slowly beginning to understand exposure a little better.  It's supposed to get up to 90 degrees this week, so looks like our nice cool spring may be over. This has been such a great spring for the garden, everything blooming a little later,  and a little longer.

Thalictrum (Meadow Rue)
Iris pallida 
Mahonia bealei


  1. Thanks for the book recommendation! I need the same kind of tutelage when it comes to taking photos! (First, though, I have to buy a decent camera that can be CHANGED to manual mode!

    What kind of camera do you have? (If you don't mind me asking)

  2. The last one looks like it would make a beautiful necklace!

  3. Sarah--the book is Understanding Exposure by Bryan Peterson. I have the Canon Rebel 2Ti with the kit lens.