Daily Archives: July 30, 2010

Surprises in Our Front Yard

Nothing much to see here.

With the ever-present heat and humidity that the Houston area is infamous for during the summer, our front yard looks as tired and lazy as I do.

A dried-out agapanthus

Check out these pitiful agapanthus! Remember how lush and purple they looked back in May and June? Now they seem almost lifeless without any blooms.

The last petunia blossom hangs in there.

The pretty petunias are following in the agas’ footsteps (so to speak). Now there’s only one lonely blossom left. Sure, the knockout roses still are a knockout. But there hasn’t been much else to look at.

Could it be a new agapanthus?

Then I glanced at the edge of our front landscaping near the driveway late last week. What should catch my eye but a bunch of buds shooting forth from a new agapanthus! Yay! Something new to watch grow!!

Today's agapanthus' growth

What’s especially exciting about the new aga is that it looks like it might be white instead of purple. That would be a refreshing change.

As grateful as I am for the new agapanthus, I must admit that something else has caught my eye, too.

A blue dragonfly visits our yard (Nikon 105mm lens).

A dragonfly!

An unusual-looking dragonfly also stops by.

And yet another dragonfly! Would’ve knocked my socks off if I wasn’t wearing sandals.

Another view of the blue dragonfly using my Nikon 70-200mm lens

You know how much I love dragonflies, right? They’re so beautiful to look at and so hard to capture photographically.

Thanks for posing!

The red-eyed dragonfly didn’t stay for long. I snapped as many pix as I could of it with my Nikon 105mm macro lens.

The blue dragonfly from the side using the 70-200mm

But the blue one seemed to enjoy having his/her photo taken and has come back every now and then.

The blue dragonfly from behind using the 70-200mm

This has allowed me to experiment and use my Nikon 70-200mm lens. Yes, I lose the macro (close-up) ability, but I’m able to zoom in closer.

It gives me a whole new perspective . . . both on my photography and my surprising front yard.