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Friday, July 20, 2012

Skylands: Summer Visit

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I had an intense urge to take some photographs (thinking mostly flowers here) and what better place than Skylands Botanical Gardens only ten minutes from my house?

I always enjoy going over to Skylands because I never know what I am going to see. Every season varies with different blooming cycles.

I did a lot of experimenting with aperture and shutter priority and various lenses. I’m never quite sure how they are going to turn out. Sometimes I come back with not much to show for my visit but a bunch of disappointing images. But sometimes I come back with several good images and a few surprises thrown in.

It was hot hot hot on Tuesday when I decided to go. The bullfrogs were croaking in their slime-covered pond. There were a few cicadas making noise and lots of different bird song. I heard a wood thrush (my particular favorite). And this cardinal with his equally as beautiful song was my constant companion as I made my way through the perennial beds.

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I didn’t even realize he had something in his mouth until I downloaded the photo! See? A surprise! Also proof that you can still sing with your mouth (or in this case, beak) full.

The perennial beds were glorious!

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But it did seem that everywhere I pointed the camera I captured bugs! See the little green bug on the flower above? More surprises. And in the photo below features a tiny bug as well.

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Other creatures were also enjoying the blooms like this Snowberry Clearwing Hummingbird Moth.

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And HUGE bees.

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Not sure if this is some kind of monster mosquito or what, but I was really trying to get the texture of the cone of this flower. I love the honeycomb texture.

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Color, color everywhere I looked!

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I loved the tiger lilies!!

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I went on to spend about an hour with the water lilies but those shots are for another day. I was sweating like crazy by the time I finally gave in and walked to my car. I’ll be going back again soon but maybe on a a day when the humidity and heat aren’t quite so bad!




Beautiful photos (even the flowers) smile I love the hummingbird moth and have never seen one. As for that alien-looking mosquito or whatever-ewwww. He was just going about his business, so I shouldn’t pass judgement!

I love the tiger lilies too!  Maybe that’s a vegetarian mosquito!  grin

Nice selections! (You have to realize Lynne comes home with hundreds of photos of which many are very good. It is a tough job editing down to a dozen or so for the blog post!)

Bigsis, thank you! I know flowers aren’t your favorite subject!
I know-he is ugly but he was in the way of my photo! We normally have the hummingbird moths on our bee balm in the back yard but I haven’t seen any so far this year.

C, maybe ... I’m just glad he wasn’t interested in me.

Hubby, aww, you’re so sweet!

I must have missed this post.  Great photos - love the one of the hummingbird moth.  Your birds are so colourful - I remember seeing a red cardinal in my brother-in-laws garden in Canada.

Hi Joyce, I think quite a few people missed this post because I was putting posts out daily, and even once I posted something twice in one day. Thank You for your kind words. Cardinals are the most colorful bird we have here in the east. They aren’t seen past a line in the Midwest. Kind of strange! They have a beautiful song as well.

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