Marvelous Magnolias

We love magnolias! Living in Michigan it is always a welcoming sign of spring to say nothing of their beauty and wonderful aroma. It is one of the first blooms in our yard. According to Wikipedia magnolias have been around for 20 million years! They came into being before bees were around so they have…

Icy Beauty

As you may know, Dick and I take the majority of our pictures in our yard and sun room. Being nature photographers and living in Michigan, our outdoor picture taking become a bit more limited in winter. That is not to say, however, that there is still not beauty to be found. The polar vortex…

Winter Relief

Sitting here in Michigan where the temp today, with windchill, is -40F, it is a great time to be immersed in the images of summer. We’ve been looking back at our lotus pictures. It is one of our favorite subjects. This lotus picture is framed by images of the pond from which it comes. Now…

A Bevy of Begonias

Begonias are a perennial flowering plant that is native to moist subtropical and tropical climates. Begonias belong to the family Begoniaceae. There are more than 1,800 different plant species. This photo is a pattern derived from the leaves and flowers of a begonias found in our local botanical garden. A great place to visit in…

Hope for Bees

As you probably know the bee population has been on the decline for many years.  Some of the causes for this include pesticide use, loss of forage lands and a virus carried by mites which infest colonies. It is estimated that 40% of beekeepers colonies in the US were decimated in one year.  Paul Stamets,…

Portabella Patterns

Once you start looking closely at nature you become accustomed to seeing patterns everywhere.  Really.  Like when cooking with portabella mushrooms.  If you look at the underside of them you find the most intricate and delicate patterns. Take a picture of that and reflect it in all directions and some surprising patterns emerge. This has…

Plumeria Pleasure

“Just living is not enough… one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower” — Hans Christian Anderson This is a picture of plumeria flowers. Plumerias are one of the best smelling flowers.  They are used for leis in Hawaii and it is a heavenly experience to wear one.