Flowers Make for Easy Subjects

Again, I’m catching up on my blogs about my 365 project. Today’s feature is flowers. I love photographing flowers, especially following the longest winter EVER! Flowers are great subjects; they don’t squirm, cry, close their eyes right as you push the button, or complain. And, as an added bonus, at this time of the year, they are as close as my backyard (or front yard as the case may be.)

In April, this crocus showed up unexpectedly in our yard. What a fun surprise!

O.K, this isn’t a flower. It’s a picture of the buds on the maple tree in our front yard. It was taken on a very rainy, nasty day and I was desperate for a picture that didn’t require a lot of effort.

We usually have some interesting flowers blooming in our woods this time of year. On May 3, I took a little walk to see what I could find. I discovered this plant that had taken over some huge areas in our woods but I had no clue as to its name. I called my horticulturist neighbor who was unable to identify them from my description. Though he’d promised to come check the next day to see what they were, I decided to investigate a little further. I saw an online ad for a book about Minnesota Wildflowers and then it hit me; I HAVE that book! So, about one minute after picking up the book I was able to identify it as a Cut-leaved Toothwort. I should have been a detective. Oh wait, I’m a mother. That’s probably where I honed my skills.

I was once told that a weed is simply a wildflower out of place. Well then, this violet would qualify as a weed. A pretty weed, but a weed nonetheless. It’s growing between the slabs on my back patio. I’d prefer moss, I think.

It’s easy to miss the blooming of the bleeding heart in the spring, but since I’m on this “picture a day” kick, I’m always in search of a subject, and like I said, flowers make such nice subjects.

It has been fun to watch my Coralburst Crab tree bloom this year. It’s the first year we’ve had it. Here it is as it’s just starting to bloom.

Though this picture didn’t make it into my 365 project, I though I’d share it with you anyway. Think of it as a bonus – because I love you. It’s my crab tree in full bloom. Is it not gorgeous?! But then again, the blooms haven’t fallen all over my yard yet.

A visit to the garden center gave me a few minutes to click a few quick shots of some very cooperative flowers.

Lilacs are always in vast supply this time of year so a picture of a lilac isn’t really all that special. BUT, this particular lilac is the first bloom to grow from a shoot I planted over 10 years ago. I’d given up hope.

And now, to conclude the flower series (and most recently – purple flower week) . . . a wild geranium. We transplanted this into our yard from the woods behind our house about 15 years ago. Technically, it’s a wildflower but, since it’s not growing in my patio, I don’t consider it a weed (though it does have the tenacity of a dandelion!)

Spring is my favorite time of the year. I’m always amazed at how flowers just come shooting out of the ground after a winter with temperatures dipping below zero. Good job, God, is what I like to say!

Take some time to enjoy the flowers in your corner of the world. Spend time with the ones you love, grab a camera, and gather some memories; especially if you get a dandelion bouquet.