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They Call Me Mellow Yellow

Spring is nearly here and the tulips are starting to appear in the store. The creative part of my brain has been active lately so I picked up these charming yellow tulips to not only enjoy but to also play with. Setting these onto my newly acquired Lightpad by Artograph I selected three of them and laid…

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An Orchid Day at Longwood Gardens

To bring some color to the dreary days of winter Longwood Gardens offers an Orchid Extravaganza. Each year the gardens bring out thousands of orchids and place them in impressive displays throughout the conservatory, visitor center and Pierce du Pont house. Every week, waning orchids are removed and replaced with freshly opened orchids keeping the…

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Pretty in Pink

Winter is swiftly passing and spring is on the near. So I’ve been yearning to play with some flowers at home to create some simple art. While at the store the other day, a tiny bouquet of calla lilies caught my eye for what I was thinking of working with. Setting a single blossom in…

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A Sunny Day

It is a sunny day today. In fact thousands and thousands of sunny faces greeted me in the morning. I had heard that the sunflower fields in Jarrettsville, Maryland were in full bloom this week. I had passed by the empty fields several months ago and the fields go as far as the eye can…

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Wildflowers of Susquehanna State Park

Susquehanna State Park provides a beautiful setting that offers carpets of Virginia Bluebells in April. Along with the bluebells, there are other stars on the forest floor. A wide variety of wildflowers are plentiful and challenge any photographer just starting in wildflower photography to not only photograph, but also to identify. These natural beauties survive…

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Pretty in Pink

It’s springtime and the beautiful blossoms have been beckoning me to enjoy them at Hillwood Museum, Gardens & Estate in Washington D.c. A stunning estate with immaculately maintained gardens that continue to mesmerize. It’s one of my favorite places to visit in springtime. A garden of eden in the busy metropolis. Where one can step…

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The Cottage Garden

I’ll plant and water, sow and weed, Till not an inch of earth shows brown, And take a vow of each small seed To grow to greenness and renown: And then some day you’ll pass my way, See gold and crimson, bell and star, And catch my garden’s soul, and say: “How sweet these cottage…

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Yellow Fire

It was a southern sweltering day yesterday with high temperatures and high humidity. Traveling to Baltimore, I first stopped at the Maryland State Fairgrounds to pick up my prints that had been submitted for their photo contest. Two out of five won ribbons, second and fourth place. I’m pretty thrilled as it’s the first photo…

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Dancing Daisies

Daisy Time BY MARJORIE PICKTHALL See, the grass is full of stars, Fallen in their brightness; Hearts they have of shining gold, Rays of shining whiteness. Buttercups have honeyed hearts, Bees they love the clover, But I love the daisies’ dance All the meadow over. Blow, O blow, you happy winds, Singing summer’s praises, Up…

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Roses in Rustrel

Rustrel is a tiny village nestled at the foot of the Plateau d’Albion in the Parc Natural Regional du Luberon which merits a detour because of its amazing ochre cliffs known as Le Colorado Provencal.