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Sunflowers and More

A bunch of sunflowers grow near a neighboring community’s lake.

Few flowers make me smile when I see them as much as sunflowers.

The promise of a future sunflower looks intriguing.

It could be because yellow is one of my favorite colors. But it’s really because they look so friendly.

Good morning!

As I was walking through our neighboring community recently, I was thrilled to see several patches of sunflowers along the bike path. I couldn’t wait to return with my digital SLR to snap photos of them.

The view behind the sunflowers also is fascinating.

Of course, I knew that I wouldn’t just snap pix of sunflowers.

A cattail lives close to the lake.

When I was walking along the lake earlier in the year, I was saddened by the lack of vegetation due to a freeze.

A bee grabs pollen from a purple lake plant.

Fortunately, that was only temporary. Now the reeds and plants have grown back along the lake’s banks. And you know what else has returned to the body of water?

A red dragonfly flies above his blue brethren.

Dragonflies!

A blue dragonfly tries to blend in.

Always a challenge to photograph, you know I’m looking forward to clicking lots of pix of my favorite flyers.

A fly takes front and center on a flower.

This kind of fly? Not so much.

One-Word Wednesday

A skipper rests on a bluebonnet in Gonzales.

Critters!

A damselfly visits the Mission Concepción in San Antonio.

A bluebonnet draws interest from a bee in Gonzales county.

This magenta wildflower is a fine stopping place for a skipper in Gonzales.

Red is this butterfly’s favorite color; the flowers are in a field in Gonzales county.

A bee is barely visible among purple flowers outside of the Mission Concepción.

A skipper watches disc golf at Imperial Park.

Funny Beesness

Pretty purple flowers attract more than just me.

The way last Friday’s high school district cross-country meet was set up, it was easiest to take photos at the start and the finish. But that meant there was a boatload of time in between waiting for runners.

At first I was bored at this local park. But then I spied these pretty purple flowers nearby, and I went over to investigate.

Making a beeline towards a flower

I was glad I did! When I zoomed in with my Nikon 70-200mm lens, I could see a bee frolicking among the flowers.

The bee almost cuddles with the flower.

Thankfully, because of the zoom, I could get up close and personal with the insect without fearing a meeting with his stinger. Which I did fear a lot.

Just hanging around

The bee really put on a show for me and made the time fly by.

An unflattering angle

No butts about it!

Plenty More to See On My Photo Walk

Is it a double bridge or a reflection?

I don’t just have water on the brain—there was much more than just sprinklers to snap during last Sunday’s photo walk with my Olympus Stylus Tough 6000.

Seeing double . . . and quadruple!

Like reflections.

Love these lake reflections!

And more reflections.

An egret rests at the top of a tree.

And wildlife.

Ferns frame the lake.

And flora.

Purple daisies cheer up the landscape.

And more flora (using the Olympus’ macro mode).

A butterfly hangs out.

An occasional butterfly.

A big bee enjoys the purple flowers near the lake.

And, of course, bees.

A bee captures pollen.

The Olympus seemed to be as drawn to the big buzzers as they were to the purple flowers.

A bee carrying pollen hovers over a yellow flower.

The tough point-and-shoot even was up to the task of capturing a bee in the air as it honed in on a flower! That was totally unexpected.

In the future I might do more photo snapping than speed walking in our neighboring community. Fewer calories are expended but getting surprising pix more than makes up for that!

Marion, Ohio, Flora—Not Much to See

An orange flower teems with bees.

This is how you know that your partner of 22 years really understands you:

When the Mister (and our #2 son) picked up our #1 son and myself from the Columbus, Ohio, airport recently, he wanted to do one thing first: Drive to Delaware State Park (yes, it’s actually in Ohio) and show me some wildflowers to photograph. Good thing I had my Nikon D300 and Nikon 105mm macro lens at the ready!

A lily blooms in front of the Warren G. Harding Memorial.

As regular readers know, shooting photos at a disc golf tournament, like the Amateur Disc Golf World Championships, involves so much more than just capturing action for me. I sometimes enjoy snapping the flowers and insects more, especially the ones that don’t move!

The top view of a bee

Speaking of bugs, there weren’t many willing to sit and pose for me. Particularly not butterflies, unfortunately.

A bug rests on a black-eyed Susan (no relation).

And there really weren’t a lot of wildflowers to photograph. Kind of disappointing considering some of the disc golf play was in state parks, which I thought would be overflowing with flora.

An ant checks out a purply wildflower.

Texas definitely has more wildflowers everywhere you go. Perhaps it has to do with the climate.

Purply flowers starting to de-purple.

This wildflower was my favorite among the few I saw. It starts out purple . . .

Fluff city!

. . . and ends up all fluffy! Ready to dance in the wind and settle in new locations around Ohio. Maybe they’ll even swoop down south, pick up some wildflower seeds from Texas during their travels, and give the locals more variety to look at!

UTSA’s Wildflower Side and More

Little blue flowers bloom on campus.

Every time I travel, I have to make a big decision: Which camera lenses to take. Even though we were traveling by car to the University of Texas at San Antonio for orientation last week, I didn’t want to tote a heavy load around campus. Which meant I reluctantly left my beloved Nikon D700 and Nikon 105mm lens at home, because both can be tough on the biceps after a few hours.

Little purple flowers dot the bushes.

Instead, I opted for my Nikon D300 and Nikon 17-55mm lens. Although not as light as a point and shoot, this combination is great for all-around photography and so superior indoors.

Little reddish flowers brighten up the landscaping.

Of course, I knew the minute I didn’t pack my 105 that there would be great flowers to photograph on campus. And I was right!

Purple petunias blow their “horns.”

Beautiful buds bloomed everywhere I walked, it seemed. Mocking me, of course, because I didn’t have my macro champ.

A butterfly adds an orange glow to the greenery.

But I discovered that the D300 and 17-55 were up for the challenge!

Love these Indian blankets!

As we got close to my #1 son’s dorm, I noticed an area alive with wildflowers. I was in shutter-snapping heaven!

Sunflowers always make me smile.

Because the D300 has a crop factor that acts like a zoom (unlike the full-framed D700), I was able to get up close and personal with the flora despite my maximum lens length of 55mm.

These look like little sunflowers.

If you look closely on the top right, you’ll see that the combo even did a great job capturing some of the local wildlife.

This bee was busy.

I’d say the D300 and 17-55 were the bee’s knees!

Daisy, Daisy, Give Me Your Answer Do

Reddish daisies are my favorites.

I like to take long walks in the master-planned community next to mine. Because it’s newer and wants to set itself apart, this residential area has some beautiful, different flora. What I especially enjoy seeing are its wildflower reserves.

A bounty of beautiful daisies

Recently those reserves were alive with color but mainly featured one kind of flower: Daisies!

The white daisies really stand out.

I’m used to seeing the white variety of daisies. But these reserves showed off several different hues of Asteraceae.

Pink and purple daisies cluster together.

It ’twas a veritable cornucopia of color!

A butterfly also appreciates the daisies.

My Nikon 105mm macro lens made it easy to get up close and personal with the daisies. That came in especially handy when a butterfly joined in on the fun.

Bees like the daisies, too!

And it kept me away from potential harm when the bees started buzzing around.

Purple daisies predominate.

All in all, my enthralling wildflower reserve experience was so much like the song:

“Daisy, daisy, give me your answer do.

I’m half crazy all for the love of you!”

Here’s the Bluebonnet Buzz!

Indian paintbrushes mingle with bluebonnets

One of the great loves of my photographic life is snapping pics of wildflowers. Which is why April is possibly my favorite photo month!

Yes, it’s wildflower season once again here in south Texas. This is our trade-off for our horrendous summers. Heat and humidity in exchange for beautiful bluebonnets, Indian paintbrushes, and crimson clovers . . . is it worth it? I always think it is every April (but don’t ask me again in August!).

The #2 son flies a putt towards the basket.

After that recent, disappointing attempt to take photos of bluebonnets close to my neighborhood, I convinced the Mister and our #2 son to drive to T.C. Jester Park in Houston last Sunday. When they played disc golf there last year, I enjoyed snapping pix of the abundant wildflowers. I was hoping I would be rewarded with more of the same this time.

Bee-yo-tiful!

And I was! I was presented with vivid vistas of bluebonnets, Texas’ state flower, orange paintbrushes, and those red clovers. It was a breathtaking display. Except for one stinging detail . . . .

A bee loves the crimson clover.

Bees were everywhere!

B-b-bluebonnets

I beegan to wonder if this was payback for that awful experience with the monster bee at our front door last week!

Looks like bees love wildflowers, too.

Could it bee karma?

Could there bee a pattern with these photos?

Or could it bee kismet?

It's hard to notice the bluebonnets’ beauty when a bee is smack dab in the middle.

What else could it bee?

Once the Mister and #2 finished with their short round of disc golf, I tried to persuade my son to pose for me in a field of bluebonnets. After all, that’s the standard spring photo here in the Houston area. For some beeastly reason, #2 was very reluctant to kneel close to our wonderful purply-blue state flower. And he refused to stay there for very long.

Snap it quickly!

So I got beezy shooting as fast as I could!