232: Keeping it simplePosted: May 13, 2011 Filed under: 365 Life in the Bogs Challenge, Adventures in art, Adventures in Life, Critters, Earth, garden, home, nature, Photography, Spring, travel, Walking, water, weather | Tags: flowers, garden, Longwood Gardens, Pennsylvania, Photography, Photoshop, Picnik, postaday2011, tulip, turtle 16 Comments
It’s Friday and I think we could all use a break from my mega-posts. Feel free to let out a large sigh of relief. I just did. Phewww!
These beautiful blue flowers were blooming near the tulips and columbine at Longwood Gardens last week. I couldn’t find the marker that identifies what they are. They remind me of poppies.
Living creatures are nourished by food, and food is nourished by rain; rain itself is the water of life, which comes from selfless worship and service.
~ Bhagavad Gita
The weather here remains muggy with unstable air which means thunderstorms. We had some pretty impressive lightning late yesterday afternoon with plenty of thunder and rain to go with it. The rain has made things soggy and boggy again so it’s best to wear boots when strolling around Breezy Acres. Insect repellent is now a must unless you don’t mind being eaten alive by mosquitoes. Thank goodness the deer flies have not shown up yet.
I took several photos of the wet and soggy while outside today. The tulip pictured above was the best of the lot. I processed it in Photoshop (cropping, resizing and sharpening) and Picnik (adding sepia tones and then bringing back — painting — the color of the main tulip). Not that there was anything wrong with the original. I just felt like playing. For those inquiring minds that want to see the almost-original (it’s been cropped and resized for the internet), here you go:
I came across a turtle making her way across the front yard. She must have been on her way to the pond across the street. So many of them migrate this time of year. I hope she made it across the road. I would have waited except she refused to move while I was anywhere in the vicinity. She probably made it without any problems. Turtles can move faster than you’d think, and there isn’t much traffic on this road.
That’s about it from the Bogs for today. Wishing you a wonder-filled weekend! I’ll be back sometime tomorrow because, well, that’s part of the commitment. 🙂
Wow, your turtles are really big. I’d never seen one like that before.
Beautiful flowers, Robin. Purple is one of my favorite colors, and I also love your tulips!
I think the blue flowers are a type of anemone. Gorgeous shots Robin.
Anemone it is. Just about my favourite flower, they don’t last long as a cut flower but for their jewel like colours and when fully mature, just before they drop their petals, their wonderful woody mossy scent they are worth any penny.
I love the columbine in your header.
Great detail in the purple anemone. That is a stunner of a flower, and one of my favorite early bloomers. Enjoy your weekend!
I know the others are saying anemone, but I’m inclined towards Himalayan Blue poppy. Don’t anemones bloom in the fall?
Not that I have either one in my garden…
Lovely photos, no matter the flower type!
definitely an anemone! A spring flower that I’ve sold thousands of over the decades…. The blue poppy is paler I think.
Beautiful as always!
Hope the sun makes a reappearance for you this week-end.
Boy oh boy does the tulip ever make me want to go play with software too. Someday. Anyway, I like the sepia plus painting version. Second everyone’s affection for the lovely anemone as well.
That is one huge turtle! We get the occasional red snapper strolling through. The flower is definitely an anemone. Isn’t Longwood breathtaking?
I know what you mean about keeping it simple. That’s why I switched to a photoblog and just a few ramblings. Need the spare time for the garden!
Such gorgeous color. Love this!
I do hope the Turtle made it across the road, Robin, I choose to believe she ‘motored’ it!!
The Blues remind me of poppies too, and the yellows are so vibrant they rival the sunshine. (although the sun’s hiding it’s face here today!!) xPenx
The colour of those anemones is incredible. Beautiful photography – so gorgeous.
Excellent series of shot… That turtle is looking quite happy. LOL! 🙂
Thank you everyone! 🙂