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HelloMissMary

HelloMissMary
Memphis, TN

June 7, 2012
9:55 PM

Post #9156565

We just flew in from our last long thread, which can be re-visited here:

http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1231802/

Some Canna leaves to start us off...

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HelloMissMary

HelloMissMary
Memphis, TN

June 7, 2012
10:10 PM

Post #9156584

1. Anise Hyssop
2. First Fireball Hibiscus bud this year

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DMersh
Perth
United Kingdom
(Zone 7b)

June 8, 2012
12:47 AM

Post #9156615

Excellent detail on the canna leaf, very impressive.
DMersh
Perth
United Kingdom
(Zone 7b)

June 8, 2012
12:59 AM

Post #9156622

this is of a feather, its been edited a bit to enhance detail:

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HelloMissMary

HelloMissMary
Memphis, TN

June 8, 2012
7:45 AM

Post #9156880

DMersh...WOW! A feather is such an intricate thing but with that subtle lighting behind it, it is a work of art!

smashedcactus

smashedcactus
Cannelton, IN
(Zone 6b)

June 8, 2012
7:25 PM

Post #9157646

Echinopsis "Los Angeles"

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morganc

morganc
Austin, TX
(Zone 8b)

June 9, 2012
9:16 AM

Post #9158096

MissMary - LOVE the Canna leaf...of course I Love all Cannas. Does this one have an Orange flower?

DMersh - Your Balloon Flower on the other page was stunning...as is your feather!

smashed - Are those flowers from Cactus? Beautiful things.


This is a Back-lit Fawn in a field of some back-lit flowers. The fawn was almost in constant motion and I had to zoom to get a decent shot.

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morganc

morganc
Austin, TX
(Zone 8b)

June 9, 2012
9:21 AM

Post #9158103

The Fawn arrived with relatives that I also got pics of.

Back-lit Antlers...all their fuzz at this time of year! :-))

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DMersh
Perth
United Kingdom
(Zone 7b)

June 9, 2012
9:47 AM

Post #9158133

Thanks morgan, the Balloon flower was actually by MissMary though! Feather came from a peacock. Amazing picture of the fawn, you were lucky to get so close.

These are Ash leaves (1) and some bracken.

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LoveForests
Clearwater, FL
(Zone 10a)

June 9, 2012
12:53 PM

Post #9158310

Wow! Morganc, that fawn photo is awesome!!
LoveForests
Clearwater, FL
(Zone 10a)

June 9, 2012
1:54 PM

Post #9158356

Gorgeous photos everyone!

This photo is of Birch leaves lit-up by the sun...

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smashedcactus

smashedcactus
Cannelton, IN
(Zone 6b)

June 9, 2012
2:41 PM

Post #9158394

Love the fawn picture too, Morgan. And yes it a cactus. Here's the whole plant.

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smashedcactus

smashedcactus
Cannelton, IN
(Zone 6b)

June 10, 2012
7:09 AM

Post #9159007

This is Euphorbia milli "Crown of Thorns"

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DMersh
Perth
United Kingdom
(Zone 7b)

June 11, 2012
7:04 AM

Post #9160344

Nice shadow of the thorns on the backlit leaf.

Oak leaf and hawthorn leaves:

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morganc

morganc
Austin, TX
(Zone 8b)

June 11, 2012
8:53 AM

Post #9160559

Smashed - beautiful flowers...had no idea cactus could look so good.

DMersh - Bracken looks like fern...so cool. And love the leaves...looks like a human capillary system.

LoveForests - Birch is nice.

My DH has watched me take so many pics for this site I think he got the itch.
Here is his pic...he calls it Side-Lit...

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smashedcactus

smashedcactus
Cannelton, IN
(Zone 6b)

June 11, 2012
3:02 PM

Post #9161079

Agave "Retro choke" in evening sun.

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DMersh
Perth
United Kingdom
(Zone 7b)

June 11, 2012
3:08 PM

Post #9161084

Great looking agave there, love the way the spines seem to glow red in the sun.

smashedcactus

smashedcactus
Cannelton, IN
(Zone 6b)

June 11, 2012
6:05 PM

Post #9161280

Thanks! Dmersh.

morganc

morganc
Austin, TX
(Zone 8b)

June 11, 2012
9:08 PM

Post #9161557

Now those are thorns!

Dinu

Dinu
Mysore
India
(Zone 10a)

June 12, 2012
9:39 AM

Post #9162122

Garlic Chives.
Bee examining the rare visitor to the day lily. In fact the butterfly was not visiting, I had kept it there - it was a juvenile oakblue.

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HelloMissMary

HelloMissMary
Memphis, TN

June 12, 2012
10:42 AM

Post #9162201

Dinu, that is an exceptional shot of the Day Lily and its admirers! Lovely detail on the bee itself and I like that bee silhouette on the petal!

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morganc

morganc
Austin, TX
(Zone 8b)

June 12, 2012
2:28 PM

Post #9162515

Great shots Dinu!

smashedcactus

smashedcactus
Cannelton, IN
(Zone 6b)

June 12, 2012
6:47 PM

Post #9162837

Nice shots everyone! Here's another Agave "Blue Glow"

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Dinu

Dinu
Mysore
India
(Zone 10a)

June 13, 2012
9:58 AM

Post #9163567

Thanks. I too enjoyed looking at that bee-lily shot, only after uploading it to the PC!

HelloMissMary

HelloMissMary
Memphis, TN

June 13, 2012
10:04 AM

Post #9163570

1. Backlit Monarch
2. Hardy Hibiscus
3. Fireball Hibiscus

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DMersh
Perth
United Kingdom
(Zone 7b)

June 13, 2012
10:45 AM

Post #9163612

Stunning picture of the butterfly, couldn't have been easy - they always fly off if I try taking a picture!
Another great Agave picture, that one seems to have no thorns on the leaf edges?

smashedcactus

smashedcactus
Cannelton, IN
(Zone 6b)

June 13, 2012
6:53 PM

Post #9164199

Tey have real sharp jagged edges. If you look at the shadow (lower right) you can see them.

morganc

morganc
Austin, TX
(Zone 8b)

June 14, 2012
3:02 PM

Post #9165258

smashed - you keep some nasty looking plants...but they look cool back-lit.

MissMary - GREAT shots...and I want your seeds...the reds are magnificent!

smashedcactus

smashedcactus
Cannelton, IN
(Zone 6b)

June 14, 2012
5:09 PM

Post #9165393

Thanks, morganc, DMersh

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smashedcactus

smashedcactus
Cannelton, IN
(Zone 6b)

June 14, 2012
5:14 PM

Post #9165395

Echiveria set oliver, Haworthia, and peanut cactus

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morganc

morganc
Austin, TX
(Zone 8b)

June 16, 2012
9:48 AM

Post #9167533

1. Air Potato Leaves
2. Elephant Ear

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sunkissed

sunkissed
Winter Springs, FL
(Zone 9b)

June 16, 2012
11:55 AM

Post #9167652

Great photos everyone.

Miss Mary love the Hibiscus bud, and then the open flowers, but that butterfly is a great catch...hard enough to get them sitting still, let alone back lit.

DMersh love all the back-lit leaves, the detail of the each vein is amazing.

Dinu always great shots, saw your shots on the last thread also, really liked the Daylily stamens.

Morgan, that is funny about your husband, mine has been trying to capture butterflies and hummingbirds...but he can't see too well and it can be entertaining watching him. Tell the DH his side-lit photo is nice for me. Love the fawn, how nice to catch that shot, so cute.

smashedcactus I love the agaves and cactus shots...I've always had a thing for succulents...keep them coming.

Senecio plant
Aloe plant
Split leaf Philodendron plant
Brown Anole with throat fan out, one day I'll catch one clear, but they do this push up thing while puffing that throat out.

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morganc

morganc
Austin, TX
(Zone 8b)

June 17, 2012
8:40 AM

Post #9168650

Sunkissed - A back-lit Anole with his mating call going on...how cool is that!!!! We have green ones here, and I have pics of them with their throat fan out, but never back-lit! Great shot.


Some Tropicanna Leaves

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DMersh
Perth
United Kingdom
(Zone 7b)

June 17, 2012
12:37 PM

Post #9168866

Lots of good stuff here, particularly liked the Echeveria, highlighting the fuzziness of the leaves, superb veining on the Elephants Ear and the Philodendron was a real feast for the eyes.
'Light' has been in short supply here in Scotland lately, very gloomy overcast weather so no more backlit offerings from me yet!

Just looked at the Tropicanna leaves, they're an excellent bit of backlighting also.

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morganc

morganc
Austin, TX
(Zone 8b)

June 18, 2012
10:48 AM

Post #9170102

June gloom will give way to summer sun soon DMersh...but it makes for lovely photos!

morganc

morganc
Austin, TX
(Zone 8b)

June 18, 2012
11:37 AM

Post #9170168

Tropical Sunset Canna bloom

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smashedcactus

smashedcactus
Cannelton, IN
(Zone 6b)

June 18, 2012
6:20 PM

Post #9170737

Hen and Chicks,and Echinopsis bloom

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morganc

morganc
Austin, TX
(Zone 8b)

June 18, 2012
9:30 PM

Post #9171049

smashed - I love how all the fuzz stands out!
DMersh
Perth
United Kingdom
(Zone 7b)

June 18, 2012
10:51 PM

Post #9171091

Finally had a sunny day here, see the difference between last Saturdays picture of Loch Turret!
Backlit Dock leaf, Dock is always good for backlighting.
Another view of the loch, loking into sun late afternoon

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Dinu

Dinu
Mysore
India
(Zone 10a)

June 19, 2012
4:26 AM

Post #9171200

DMersh, your leaf shots are so lovely!

morganc

morganc
Austin, TX
(Zone 8b)

June 19, 2012
7:53 AM

Post #9171419

Love the Dock...by the bay.
DMersh
Perth
United Kingdom
(Zone 7b)

June 21, 2012
5:55 AM

Post #9173980

Thanks, heres a backlit landscape picture taken from the top of a hill at 2500ft.

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HelloMissMary

HelloMissMary
Memphis, TN

June 21, 2012
8:56 AM

Post #9174263

DMersh, that's some hill! Wow! The varying shades of blue in the hills stretching out in the distance remind me of our Great Smoky Mountains.

Dinu

Dinu
Mysore
India
(Zone 10a)

June 21, 2012
10:07 AM

Post #9174379

I too like the hill shading differences as it goes farther and farther.

morganc

morganc
Austin, TX
(Zone 8b)

June 21, 2012
3:35 PM

Post #9174811

Talk about views! Great pic DMersh!

HelloMissMary

HelloMissMary
Memphis, TN

June 21, 2012
6:24 PM

Post #9174996

Some backlit leaves and Lotus plants at our local Nature Center.

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Dinu

Dinu
Mysore
India
(Zone 10a)

June 21, 2012
11:07 PM

Post #9175343

HMM, fluorescent!
DMersh
Perth
United Kingdom
(Zone 7b)

June 22, 2012
8:24 AM

Post #9175738

1st pic looks like Elm leaves, do they grow in Tennessee? Great lighting on picture 3, the lotus leaf.
similar picture to my last but I gave the sky some red tinting to good effect.
2nd pic is looking down on Loch Turret from the hilltop. Or is it a mountaintop? Not sure where hills end and mountains begin.

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sunkissed

sunkissed
Winter Springs, FL
(Zone 9b)

June 22, 2012
2:13 PM

Post #9176202

Nice shots everyone.

smashedcactus, nice cactus...I envy all your succulents, mine are getting to much rain I think lately.

DMersh love all the shots of the hills. Big hills. I like the misty low clouds. That last sherbet sky is really beautiful.

Mary love the luminous lotus, so deep green.

I was laying in my hammock under my umbrella this past week and saw a back light photo opportunity. My husband came walking out and asked me why I was taking pictures of the umbrella, he probably thinks I'm going bonkers. :)
You can see my huge white Crepe Myrtle's shadow from the other side.

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Dinu

Dinu
Mysore
India
(Zone 10a)

June 24, 2012
9:20 AM

Post #9178460

No, sunkissed.. your hubby had gone bonkers to ask you! You should have told him that one 'Dinu from India' wanted to see it... he would have ran off!

HelloMissMary

HelloMissMary
Memphis, TN

June 24, 2012
9:36 AM

Post #9178482

Sunkissed, I did the same thing a couple of months ago. I ran under a patio umbrella because it started to rain. There was just enough light in the sky to highlight the raindrops on the umbrella. I thought it was cool. Now that I think about it, some people were looking at me oddly when I did this...

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morganc

morganc
Austin, TX
(Zone 8b)

June 24, 2012
11:12 AM

Post #9178615

I LOVE these umbrellas...do you get the multicolored ones someplace special?

DMersh - you live in a wild and beautiful land!

MissMary - Stunning Lotus...may I copy it?


Sunflower bud.

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morganc

morganc
Austin, TX
(Zone 8b)

June 24, 2012
11:26 AM

Post #9178635

Here is one my DH did this morning...this Tropicanna bloom looks like it's on fire!

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DMersh
Perth
United Kingdom
(Zone 7b)

June 24, 2012
11:55 AM

Post #9178666

Nettle leaf I spotted in the sun today

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morganc

morganc
Austin, TX
(Zone 8b)

June 25, 2012
12:12 PM

Post #9180332

DMersh - why are all your leaves perfect?...don't you have bugs there? Our bugs eat our leaves here. Yours always look beautiful!

morganc

morganc
Austin, TX
(Zone 8b)

June 25, 2012
12:15 PM

Post #9180337

I just took this because it is such a contrast to all the beautiful umbrellas. LOL

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DMersh
Perth
United Kingdom
(Zone 7b)

June 25, 2012
1:20 PM

Post #9180470

Wonderful yellow glow on the umbrella, very solid, rich colour.

I always select as perfect a leaf as possible for photographing, but there are plenty of bugs around. Not so many snails around here probably due to the acidic soil here but I see plenty of munched leaves. Though Stinging Nettles (Urtica dioeca) don't seem to get chewed much anyway. Same goes for Bracken:

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HelloMissMary

HelloMissMary
Memphis, TN

June 25, 2012
2:18 PM

Post #9180567

Wonderful, DMersh. Love the design that's visible in the leaves.
Morganc, that colorful umbrella is fantastic.
DMersh
Perth
United Kingdom
(Zone 7b)

June 25, 2012
2:27 PM

Post #9180582

Thanks, I'd never before noticed how bracken leaves have that dot pattern to them, its not visible when seen from above.

HelloMissMary

HelloMissMary
Memphis, TN

June 25, 2012
7:22 PM

Post #9181003

Here's a 9-inch Fireball Hibiscus blossom, backlit by the early morning sun.

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morganc

morganc
Austin, TX
(Zone 8b)

June 25, 2012
10:02 PM

Post #9181269

OMG...that Hibiscus is gorgeous!

DMersh - aren't those dots it's seed?

DMersh
Perth
United Kingdom
(Zone 7b)

June 26, 2012
3:40 AM

Post #9181381

Great shot of the hibiscus, it is indeed a fiery red colour.

As ferns bracken doesn't have seed, they produce spores. Interestingly I photographed some other bracken that had quite different looking leaves and lacked the spots seen on the first picture:

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DMersh
Perth
United Kingdom
(Zone 7b)

June 26, 2012
3:47 AM

Post #9181386

Melancholy thistle flower and a partially munched beech leaf.

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morganc

morganc
Austin, TX
(Zone 8b)

June 26, 2012
8:02 AM

Post #9181717

LOL...love the munched leaf DMersh. So you have male and female Bracken??
Beautiful Thistle


This is an Esperanza flower with a tiny bug in it.

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DMersh
Perth
United Kingdom
(Zone 7b)

June 26, 2012
9:17 AM

Post #9181844

You're into yellow at the moment morganc! Great shots, I'll have to read up on bracken, it grows in vast abundance in many places in UK but you never see any 'seeds' as such, the spores being so tiny.
That thistle was all by itself on a riverbank, unusual as thistles usually grow together in clumps or colonies. I included a chewed leaf to show that we do have plant eating bugs over here. I think the damaged areas maybe give the picture more character, instead of just another textbook type picture of a perfect undamaged leaf.

Dinu

Dinu
Mysore
India
(Zone 10a)

June 26, 2012
10:19 AM

Post #9181932

DMersh,
The thistle shot is lovely. The little bokehs on the top right adds effect to the sharp image!

HMM,
Beautiful hibiscus shot and colour.

HelloMissMary

HelloMissMary
Memphis, TN

June 27, 2012
12:14 PM

Post #9183598

Some shots of backlit Fern from yesterday's walk through the local gardens.

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morganc

morganc
Austin, TX
(Zone 8b)

June 27, 2012
2:14 PM

Post #9183715

HMM - your fern is gorgeous. I wish more fern grew around here.

morganc

morganc
Austin, TX
(Zone 8b)

June 27, 2012
9:07 PM

Post #9184223

No more yellow...for awhile... :-))

Knock out Rose with tiny spider web.

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DMersh
Perth
United Kingdom
(Zone 7b)

June 27, 2012
10:08 PM

Post #9184253

More great shots, the fern pictures have those same kind of dots as the bracken in my picture, only much darker.

morganc

morganc
Austin, TX
(Zone 8b)

June 28, 2012
10:18 AM

Post #9184774

Mandarin Orange Leaves
Hyacinth Bean Leaf
Orange Beauty Canna

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DMersh
Perth
United Kingdom
(Zone 7b)

June 28, 2012
12:11 PM

Post #9184983

Really like the Hyacinth Bean leaf, one of the best backlit leaves I've seen.

smashedcactus

smashedcactus
Cannelton, IN
(Zone 6b)

June 28, 2012
6:49 PM

Post #9185479

Lovin' all the pictures. This is the same plant as above http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/p.php?pid=9165393 with bloom. And gymnocalycium andreae - half and half.

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smashedcactus

smashedcactus
Cannelton, IN
(Zone 6b)

June 28, 2012
6:52 PM

Post #9185485

Woops! forgot the other picture.

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morganc

morganc
Austin, TX
(Zone 8b)

June 29, 2012
12:17 AM

Post #9185709

Thank you DMersh...that is a great compliment coming from you.

smashed - I love the flowers on the cactus I dislike :-))

sunkissed

sunkissed
Winter Springs, FL
(Zone 9b)

June 29, 2012
8:05 AM

Post #9186025

Miss Mary I remember that umbrellas shot. There is that hibiscus again, that really is a nice shot. The fern is great, even though the second is a really nice backlit photo, I just really like that first shot.

morganc great bright yellow umbrella...makes the eyes pop. The canna is nice...I wish mine would hurry and bloom, they are in a nice spot for backlit photos.

Smashed, nice flowers...I get so excited if I ever get a flower on my cactus plants.

Not much here, we just got our sun back after a good five days of tropical storm Debby.

Ornamental peppers and Mandivilla vine...from my archives.

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DMersh
Perth
United Kingdom
(Zone 7b)

June 29, 2012
11:15 AM

Post #9186296

Nice Opuntia flower and the peppers look great.

Dog rose flower:

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morganc

morganc
Austin, TX
(Zone 8b)

June 29, 2012
3:28 PM

Post #9186648

DMersh - what a stunning flower...I know from experience how hard it is to photograph white, and this looks amazing.

sunkissed - We here in Texas are envious of all your rain, wished Debby would have turned towards us. Love the glow on the peppers.


Sunflower with nice little sun ray in the background
Sweet Potato Vine with Fly

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DMersh
Perth
United Kingdom
(Zone 7b)

June 30, 2012
1:13 AM

Post #9187099

Thanks morganc, I did tweak the exposure a bit to get best contrast on that shot, it didn't look so good straight from the camera.

Its done nothing but rain here in Scotland past few days, you get a sort of fine but persistent rain here which carries on for days with only brief interludes.

This is really quite typical of the sort of weather you see over the hills here!

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Dinu

Dinu
Mysore
India
(Zone 10a)

July 2, 2012
3:51 AM

Post #9189507

1. Gerbera smiles at the morning sun.
2. Almond leaf.
3. Weaver ant takes a pause climbing the almond tree trunk.

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Dinu

Dinu
Mysore
India
(Zone 10a)

July 2, 2012
4:24 AM

Post #9189523

One more I forgot to add. Weaver ants taking a morning walk!

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smashedcactus

smashedcactus
Cannelton, IN
(Zone 6b)

July 4, 2012
8:13 AM

Post #9192623

Echinopsis Los Angeles.

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smashedcactus

smashedcactus
Cannelton, IN
(Zone 6b)

July 4, 2012
8:16 AM

Post #9192626

Acouple of Opuntias.

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smashedcactus

smashedcactus
Cannelton, IN
(Zone 6b)

July 4, 2012
8:20 AM

Post #9192628

And some cacti

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smashedcactus

smashedcactus
Cannelton, IN
(Zone 6b)

July 4, 2012
8:23 AM

Post #9192635

I couldn't resist taking a couple more pictures of these Agaves.

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DMersh
Perth
United Kingdom
(Zone 7b)

July 6, 2012
12:49 PM

Post #9195514

Many great shots here, the standouts for me were Dinu's Weaver ant picture and smashed's Echinopsis Los Angeles, loved the way the light showed up the spines on the flower tube.

more hawthorn leaves and seed pods on Broom.

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morganc

morganc
Austin, TX
(Zone 8b)

July 6, 2012
8:54 PM

Post #9196015

LOVE the ants Dinu. Creepy and fascinating at the same time.

DMersh - Your seed pods are awesome!

And smashedcactus - when I saw this pic of all the cactus I thought of you...not backlit, but all blooming!

After an overnight sprinkle a Morning Glory

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DMersh
Perth
United Kingdom
(Zone 7b)

July 6, 2012
10:26 PM

Post #9196075

Thanks morgan, Broom grows everywhere round here, its a fine sight when in full flower, it can turn large areas brilliant yellow. The Morning Glory is excellent, the way the water droplets have been captured in sharp detail. lots of colour in your cactus picture but I'm sorry to say they are all artificial flowers! Its a trick some sellers have, sticking on bright paper flowers to make them look more eye catching. some of the cacti in that picture wouldn't bloom till much bigger and all would have very different flowers to whats been stuck on them.

Dinu

Dinu
Mysore
India
(Zone 10a)

July 7, 2012
9:42 AM

Post #9196510

morganc,
I must admit that this is the most beautiful [group] photo of cacti I had ever seen till now! I still can't believe my eyes! Blue flowers! And almost all of them in the picture are in bloom! Yes, of course, they don't fit in to this thread, but I heartily enjoyed looking at it more than once. You must have other photos of them together in one frame... please do share them in the Daily Pics thread also. Fabulous picture!

sunkissed

sunkissed
Winter Springs, FL
(Zone 9b)

July 8, 2012
6:17 AM

Post #9197540

DMersh, I like the shot of the low clouds in the hills. My grandmother came here from Scotland when she was a teenager with her family, so your beautiful scenic photos remind me of her.

Morgan, nice shot of the colorful cactus, and the water droplets on the morning glory, guess you finally got some rain.

Dinu, love the ant photos, leave it to you to get a back-lit insect.

Smashed, I love the bloom of the Echinopsis, you sure have a lot of cactus.

Crape myrtle bloom, hidden ginger leaves, and our glasses of raspberry iced tea :)

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smashedcactus

smashedcactus
Cannelton, IN
(Zone 6b)

July 8, 2012
7:37 AM

Post #9197621

Wow! I wish I could get a fourth of mine to bloom at once. Nice picture, Morgan. Really good picture of the ants, Dinu. Dmersh, nice pictures of the hills. I always lik to take pitures of the mountains when visiting the Smokies. sunkissed, nice pictures. The tea looks refreshing after 11 days of or near 110 deg. temps.

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BeaHive
Dallas, OR
(Zone 8a)

July 10, 2012
6:49 PM

Post #9200920

Wonderful picture everyone! Laid on the ground this morning to capture this lilly. It was just glowing.

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Dinu

Dinu
Mysore
India
(Zone 10a)

July 11, 2012
9:04 AM

Post #9201579

Managed a few this morning as the sun was showing itself for a short while.

1. Cypress vine flower.
2. Look at this caterpillar's legs! Sorry I'm not getting its name right now - it is a moth.
3. A Cyanotis tiny flower.

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morganc

morganc
Austin, TX
(Zone 8b)

July 11, 2012
10:05 AM

Post #9201639

Thank you all for the compliments of the Cactus pic...I feel foolish because DMersh said they are fake flowers...who knew...but I still think it was pretty.

smashed - you have other plants than cactus...cool pics.

sunkissed - love the ginger leaves...do you suppose it would grow here in hot Texas? And yes we finally got some rain...and I hear more is coming...YAY!

BeaHive - your photo is stunning. It does glow, so it made laying on the ground worth it :-))

Dinu - WOW...caterpillar pic is amazing. And since I love red, I now want to grow that flower...how big is the bloom?


I was out yesterday morning taking pics after the rain, and almost erased this one...this was in the distance and I thought it looked cool.
This is an Air Potato Vine growing up one of our Live Oak trees.

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Dinu

Dinu
Mysore
India
(Zone 10a)

July 11, 2012
10:11 AM

Post #9201649

Thanks morganc. I think I got seeds of this vine from a trade many years ago and it is reseeding nicely every year. It is a small flower, just about the size of a quarter if my estimate is right. But it is lovely. I love this particular red and also the geranium flower red that is getting ready as in this group of buds.

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morganc

morganc
Austin, TX
(Zone 8b)

July 12, 2012
9:58 AM

Post #9202755

Your reds are gorgeous, Dinu. I love the blue-based reds as well...not so much the orange-based reds.

I found a place to buy those seeds...do they grow fast? And do you have them on a trellis?


After our rain I found some interesting pics.

Lavender Crape Myrtle with rain drop

White Crape with tiny spider web

Very Happy Sunflower

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smashedcactus

smashedcactus
Cannelton, IN
(Zone 6b)

July 12, 2012
7:03 PM

Post #9203332

Ys morganc, I do have a few plants other than cactus. But not room for many, LOL. This iris is slightly backlit. I guess it qualifies.

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morganc

morganc
Austin, TX
(Zone 8b)

July 13, 2012
11:13 AM

Post #9203935


Milkweed with tiny bugs

Sago baby fronds

Esperanza leaves

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HelloMissMary

HelloMissMary
Memphis, TN

July 13, 2012
8:29 PM

Post #9204511

Such nice colors, everyone..isn't light a wonderful thing?

I got caught in a rain shower and ducked under a tree for cover.

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morganc

morganc
Austin, TX
(Zone 8b)

July 13, 2012
8:42 PM

Post #9204526

Light is awesome...as is your pic MissMary.

DMersh
Perth
United Kingdom
(Zone 7b)

July 13, 2012
10:07 PM

Post #9204594

Lots of good images coming through but MissMary's is exceptional, catching rain and sun together in the same backlit shot!

Neoporteria seedling, I used the Nikon 'D lighting' feature to boost the shadow detail in this.

Grass blade after rain.

Grass flowers.

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Dinu

Dinu
Mysore
India
(Zone 10a)

July 14, 2012
8:21 AM

Post #9204850

HMM, Rain and sun - good one. Rain 'lines' were seen!
DMersh, Nice grass blade. I saw the saw-like edge of the blade. Light must have been strong as the water drop is on the other side, nice!
Yellow grass flowers? Hadn't seen that colour. 'Water lens' on the last one is also good. I'm sure you will get a better one next time where we can see objects on the other side through the drop. Of course, it depends on many factors for this.

Morganc, Hadn't seen the yellow bugs before. Nice one.

sunkissed

sunkissed
Winter Springs, FL
(Zone 9b)

July 22, 2012
7:15 AM

Post #9214198

Getting caught back up...wonderful photos everyone.

Smashed, nice purple glory flower...by the way that tea was so refreshing.

BeaHive, nice shot of the lily. Sometimes getting a back-lit photo does require awkward positioning. ☺

Morgan great catch of those little yellow bugs, I smash them with my fingers on my milkweed. Yes I think that hidden ginger would grow just fine in TX. It does freeze in winter and then around April/May the first thing to come up is the beautiful flowers, a really cool ginger plant. Likes to be watered often.
http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/58846/

Dinu, that red flower is such a beautiful color. I love red flowers!

MissMary, love the rain streaks.

DMersh, water droplets are great!

I was at the beach for a vacation last week, I went to Washington Gardens State park and enjoyed a beautiful roses. My camera has been temperamental lately on focusing. The red flower is a wildflower, standing cypress. And of course a nice bird of paradise flower.

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DMersh
Perth
United Kingdom
(Zone 7b)

July 22, 2012
9:44 AM

Post #9214356

The Standing Cypress is outstanding, an excellent backlit shot of strikingly patterned flowers.

I haven't ID'd this 1st shot yet, wildflower after rain, Wych Elm leaf and a dry shot of the wildflower

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Dinu

Dinu
Mysore
India
(Zone 10a)

July 22, 2012
11:29 PM

Post #9215174

sunkissed, that first one - red flowers - absolute beauty. Wish you had adjusted it against the blue sky there. The tree took out 4 points out of ten! If there another chance to show it here, why not? I love Bird of Paradise flowers - for its attractive blue in the midst.

DMersh, You did it again... with the blues.. I almost fell off from the chair stunned by the beauty! I asked my young colleague which colour she liked.. she said blue... I immediately summoned her to see my monitor... she too fell off, recovered and went back in appreciation to her chair.

Dinu

sunkissed

sunkissed
Winter Springs, FL
(Zone 9b)

July 23, 2012
5:24 AM

Post #9215300

Well Dinu, I would have had to lie on the ground to capture the sky as my background and there were sharp nettle flowers that cut like a knife. My bare knee just barely touched one and for two days has a swollen sore spot.
Is this one better?

DMersh, that first photo is just as Dinu said, "knock you off your chair"...wonderful capture. ☺

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Dinu

Dinu
Mysore
India
(Zone 10a)

July 23, 2012
9:19 AM

Post #9215608

Thanks Sunkissed. Better.. but want the best possible! :) We are so conditioned to look at the camera screen and shoot and we forget that we can do it without looking at it also. I tried such a shot to get under the set of Football Lilies in May to see how it looks from under with the blue sky in between. I poked the camera underneath between the stalks. I had shared this before - can you remember? Here it is again, for you, plus one more Canna - 'big red', against the sky.

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sunkissed

sunkissed
Winter Springs, FL
(Zone 9b)

July 23, 2012
3:45 PM

Post #9216135

Well, I will give it a try and see what happens. Thanks for your expertise. To tell the truth, I actually liked the blurred palm behind the flower, but then I guess beauty is in the eye of the beholder. ☺

Dinu

Dinu
Mysore
India
(Zone 10a)

July 23, 2012
9:52 PM

Post #9216521

My Canna shot is not a good one... nothing special. I too like the blurs. We can achieve this with zooming. Of course, I fully agree with what you say.
DMersh
Perth
United Kingdom
(Zone 7b)

July 24, 2012
12:45 AM

Post #9216547

Glad you liked the blue wildflower, I must admit it was a ridiculously easy shot but sometimes you just get lucky with the perfect combination of subject and lighting conditions. Dinu, that 2nd picture is very interesting looking plant with its mass of red stalks.
Some more leaves, with full sun backlighting - these were from clippings so I could shoot them wherever was best.

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HelloMissMary

HelloMissMary
Memphis, TN

July 24, 2012
12:51 PM

Post #9217070

Wonderful, DMersh. Those leaf veins are spectacular!

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DMersh
Perth
United Kingdom
(Zone 7b)

July 24, 2012
12:57 PM

Post #9217077

Thanks HMM, your own shot is excellent, you've captured the texture of the leaves very well.

Dinu

Dinu
Mysore
India
(Zone 10a)

July 24, 2012
9:50 PM

Post #9217628

DMersh, in the excitement of blue, I had ignored the green leaf! What lovely veining you have captured there! Thanks for poking on that one and also for showing the next three - also beautiful. Sun here is playing hide and seek while the monsoon is really 'monlate' this year. It will affect so many things this year.

HMM, you get different shades of green in such shots. I enjoyed that.

HelloMissMary

HelloMissMary
Memphis, TN

July 25, 2012
8:37 PM

Post #9218909

1. How about a backlit dragonfly and its shadow?
2. Roses
3. Ferns in the early morning sun
4. Close-up of fern leaf
5. Not sure what this flower is

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Dinu

Dinu
Mysore
India
(Zone 10a)

July 25, 2012
10:38 PM

Post #9218975

HMM, nice. The fern's b/g makes is all the more beautiful.
The last pink flower may be Abutilon.
DMersh
Perth
United Kingdom
(Zone 7b)

July 26, 2012
1:52 AM

Post #9219018

Very good fern pictures, the black dots on the leaf are called Sori and are what produce the spores.




HelloMissMary

HelloMissMary
Memphis, TN

July 26, 2012
5:35 AM

Post #9219098

Dinu, you are right...that does appear to be an Abutilon!
DMersh, backlit ferns are such a treat, aren't they?

Dinu

Dinu
Mysore
India
(Zone 10a)

July 27, 2012
10:11 AM

Post #9220470

A couple of shots captured today.

Garlic chives flowers.
A set of Eleutherine plicata leaves. I love to see them due to those majestic lines.

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DMersh
Perth
United Kingdom
(Zone 7b)

July 28, 2012
1:00 AM

Post #9221109

Another good insect shot Dinu, insects probably abound in your tropical climate?

Backlit ferns do look great, HMM's Sori dots were much more prominent than in my bracken pictures though.

Begonia leaf, new Alder leaf and a strange looking fungus growing on a tree trunk

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morganc

morganc
Austin, TX
(Zone 8b)

July 29, 2012
4:32 PM

Post #9222866

Have had company, so just catching up...so many very nice pics everyone. Lots of color...blue!...and insects. Love the Begonia color.

Soon to be Monarch Butterflies are happily stripping our Milkweed plant

And other Butterflies (don't know name) are feasting on our Almond flowers

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sunkissed

sunkissed
Winter Springs, FL
(Zone 9b)

July 31, 2012
2:44 PM

Post #9225146

Nice photos everyone...I really like the dragonfly, great shot, and the fern also. I have some in my garden that looks similar, loves the shady areas. Nice shot of the caterpillar and butterfly on almond bush. Dinu, great catch of the bee, it is a bee right?
I am especially enjoying the leaf shots. I tried some myself but only one turned out nice.

Ty plant leaf,
The second one is from the advice of Dinu to hold the camera under without looking into the lens, after several tries I succeeded in an acceptable photo. Still need to work on it.
Passiflora flower from underneath
Aloe flower
Crepe Myrtle blossom

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smashedcactus

smashedcactus
Cannelton, IN
(Zone 6b)

July 31, 2012
6:13 PM

Post #9225419

Love all the photos. Here's Stapelia gigantea.

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morganc

morganc
Austin, TX
(Zone 8b)

July 31, 2012
10:24 PM

Post #9225624

sunkissed - absolutely some stunning shots of some beautiful flowers. Color me envious. I'm going to try Dinu's method...although I'm pretty short so maybe it won't be much different :-))

smashed - wow, that flower is almost hypnotic...and looks like it has prickly things on it! I didn't know cactus had flowers like that. Very unique.


Some Lemon leaves
Split Leaf Philodendron
Spider web on Loquat leaves

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Dinu

Dinu
Mysore
India
(Zone 10a)

July 31, 2012
10:43 PM

Post #9225629

sunkissed, nice! If we have a sense of angles we can do it easily. With my first camera, I used to do what our friend 'gardenwife' called the method as 'armpit shots'. In the crowd, or when people were there, I was too shy to be 'an open photographer'. I used that method so that no one will recognize me taking pictures. Then I was also using my 'bino zoom' method in the absence of a zoom in the camera. I had fixed the binoculars to the tripod and had made a little customized plate that would hold the camera so that the camera lens was in perfect alignment with the eyepiece. I used to take shots also. When my FZ8 arrived, they all went into oblivion! The passiflora and aloe shots are nice. As you know, I get attracted to the blues!

morganc, nice greens there.. they glow.

s/cactus, those giants really make a good subject for backlit shots as their appearance can be enhanced in pictures.

HelloMissMary

HelloMissMary
Memphis, TN

August 1, 2012
8:56 PM

Post #9226676

Oh, my! Such a plethora of goodies!

Sunkissed, your Ty Plant leaf is amazing. I keep going back and looking at it.
Smashedcactus, wow! That mesmerizing!
Morganc...the Split Leaf Philodendron is exciting! Love it!

1. Backlit sprinklers at a local garden in the early morning sun
2. Backlit clouds this afternoon
3. Backlit Lotus leaf

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morganc

morganc
Austin, TX
(Zone 8b)

August 1, 2012
10:17 PM

Post #9226700

I just love our mutual admiration society here.

HMM - Love the sprinklers...water...light...you're creating magic there!


Morning Glory
Peruvian Daffodil leaves
Zinnias, Live Oak leaves, and another web

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Dinu

Dinu
Mysore
India
(Zone 10a)

August 1, 2012
10:47 PM

Post #9226710

African Mask was getting some morning sun. I rushed in to capture the moment esp. for this thread. I liked the glowing edgings myself.

morganc, thanks for reminding me of this 'Mutual Admiration Society'. It exists here also. The greens you capture from your camera is lovely. They glow! Love that daffodil leaves also. Can I ask which camera you use? I use Lumix FZ8, mostly. But we also have a Canon 550d.

HMMary, indeed, that water picture is enchanting. Lotus leaves present a beautiful pattern. I tried it too. Try to get a close up of the front side centre where the veining radiates. It has a lovely pattern to admire.

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morganc

morganc
Austin, TX
(Zone 8b)

August 3, 2012
10:04 AM

Post #9228214

Dinu - Mine is also Lumix. Says DMC - FZ28 on front. LOL...can you tell I don't know a whole lot about the equipment? There are settings on this I've never used, and some I don't know what they do, ha ha. I know that the camera lens doesn't always record what I see. So I have learned to take a lot of pics from different angles to capture what my eye sees...and still it is different. But sometimes it's real close...and I share those with you guys. It's fun, and I have learned a lot from all of you.

Here's a "Blue" one from last year for you.

Morning Glory amidst blooming Tarragon

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Dinu

Dinu
Mysore
India
(Zone 10a)

August 4, 2012
8:35 AM

Post #9229240

Five years on, morganc, I'm also trying to learn some functions with my DMC FZ8. Why we don't learn is because we have no patience or time to change settings before we go for photo opportunities... "ok, the auto focus and metering is there for us... " we have been spoilt by this magnificent function! I love the Panasonic interface.

Lovely blue MG, thanks. Pleasing shade that!

morganc

morganc
Austin, TX
(Zone 8b)

August 4, 2012
8:54 AM

Post #9229259

What Panasonic interface???

sunkissed

sunkissed
Winter Springs, FL
(Zone 9b)

August 4, 2012
2:59 PM

Post #9229610

Smash I like those, very nice, and the last one looking down into the bloom, especially like that one.

Morgan, the morning glory shots are amazing. The sky blue morning glory amongst the golden summer colors is striking, and the twisted buds add a nice additional interest to the photo. Very nice.

MissMary, love the clouds...perfect for a back lit photo. Never thought about how pretty the water sprinkler can be when the sunlight it behind it, nice idea.

Dinu I found your "bino zoom" method quite interesting and can sort of picture how that would work. I've often wondered if I could put my polarized sunglasses up to my camera lens and get the beautiful coloring I see through them with my camera, I'd try it but mine are prescription.
Armpit shots pretty sneaky.☺ Cute story, I understand the shyness, I feel that way sometimes also.
DMersh
Perth
United Kingdom
(Zone 7b)

August 5, 2012
6:34 AM

Post #9230080

I've used sunglasses over the lens before but with mine they give a brownish cast to the picture which can or can't look good depending on whats being photographed. I use binoculars too to boost the range of the camera, though results are a bit hit and miss.

Binocular + camera picture, #1, #2 is view with maximum zoom on camera lens. Always get very different colour from those bino shots.

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morganc

morganc
Austin, TX
(Zone 8b)

August 6, 2012
11:12 PM

Post #9232581

Dinu - my DH found your "armpit shots" an interesting term.

Now Bino shots...hmmmmmm.


This is NOT my pic. I Facelifted it from Heart Touching images.
But I had to share...seems I see backlit everywhere!!

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Dinu

Dinu
Mysore
India
(Zone 10a)

August 7, 2012
8:54 AM

Post #9232974

morganc, the shared horse picture is beautiful anyhow!
DMersh
Perth
United Kingdom
(Zone 7b)

August 8, 2012
12:02 AM

Post #9233814

A lot of really good pictures since I last posted here, the African Mask, Morning Glory and the Stapelia amongst others.
Don't know these plants, were unlabelled in a greenhouse though 2nd is of grapevine leaves, 3rd some sort of palm

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Dinu

Dinu
Mysore
India
(Zone 10a)

August 8, 2012
8:32 AM

Post #9234172

DM, Nice ones. The 3rd one, on first look at the thumbnail appeared like a banana leaf to me. Some blues and purples, though looks attractive to the naked eye when it is backlit, it does not give the same effect in digital pictures. Am I right? Even some reds are like that. What do you say?

morganc

morganc
Austin, TX
(Zone 8b)

August 8, 2012
4:33 PM

Post #9234832

DMersh - those look so tropical...I love them. I am always on the lookout for large tropical leaves that can survive in our heat. The purple is a lovely shade.

Dinu - I think there is a lot that looks just fine to my eye, but the camera does not pick up that same fine.

The first pic here is Rosemary. Looked gorgeous back-lit this morning. But blah pic...not the same as what the eye sees.

But 2nd pic is a branch of Lime leaves...and I like it.

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smashedcactus

smashedcactus
Cannelton, IN
(Zone 6b)

August 11, 2012
5:44 PM

Post #9238350

Very nice photos everyone! I took my flashlight out lastnight and took some pictures of my Echinopsis "Los Angeles" blooms beginning to open. The last one is a late afternoon shot.

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HelloMissMary

HelloMissMary
Memphis, TN

August 11, 2012
8:27 PM

Post #9238519

Wonderful idea, smashedcactus! Very creative. Those are beautiful blooms!

morganc

morganc
Austin, TX
(Zone 8b)

August 12, 2012
7:36 AM

Post #9238747

What a gorgeous bloom, smashed. If it didn't come attached to a cactus I would want one :-))

I'll have to try the flashlight trick! So creative!

Dinu

Dinu
Mysore
India
(Zone 10a)

August 12, 2012
8:21 AM

Post #9238795

Very nice Echinopsis shots. I had tried the torch also when I took pictures of my Night blooming Cereus. It was shared in an earlier series here. In one shot I had covered the flash with my fingers and the white flower appeared red! Of course this was not a backlit subject, but the others were.
DMersh
Perth
United Kingdom
(Zone 7b)

August 12, 2012
10:16 AM

Post #9238901

Very striking shots of the Echinopsis flower, I got some good torchlit results I think last year with Opuntia pads.
morgan - yuo shuold try an Echinopsis, they're very easy to grow and produce excellent large flowers.
Wider shot of the palm leaf and another Broom picture, with black seed pods.

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HelloMissMary

HelloMissMary
Memphis, TN

August 12, 2012
10:50 AM

Post #9238925

DMersh, I particularly like that last one -- lovely bokeh.
DMersh
Perth
United Kingdom
(Zone 7b)

August 12, 2012
2:14 PM

Post #9239116

Thanks HMM, it was only a Nikon Coolpix L6 camera I took these with, which gives no control over depth of field so just lucky it turned out that way!

sunkissed

sunkissed
Winter Springs, FL
(Zone 9b)

August 12, 2012
3:00 PM

Post #9239172

Great shots everyone, Smashed how neat to put the flashlight in the bloom, really turned out great.
Morgan even though the horses aren't you photo is sure is a great back lit photo, thanks for sharing. I see back lit all the time too now. ☺
DMersh, love that leaf and especially the bright purple flower, and the hairs on the seed pod...nice.

Not too great this last download, compared to all these I just looked at.

1. crepe myrtle bloom
2. spiderweb
3. Passiflora
4. Philodendron

That's all folks, until the next download of photos. ☺

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DMersh
Perth
United Kingdom
(Zone 7b)

August 12, 2012
3:07 PM

Post #9239185

The spider web and Philodendron were superb backlit shots, very well done.

HelloMissMary

HelloMissMary
Memphis, TN

August 12, 2012
10:12 PM

Post #9239592

The spider web is excellent! You've captured it at an unusual angle and the detail is marvelous, sunkissed.


Butterflies have been very scarce the last couple of years. I was excited to see this one in my garden today.

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Dinu

Dinu
Mysore
India
(Zone 10a)

August 12, 2012
11:27 PM

Post #9239617

Spider web, lovely. So is the last one of the hairy pod. That web is neat. No breeze I guess, so no snapped silk, except in one place at the edge. What a great artist. We also have a similar web-spinning spider here. I think I had posted it before. Here it is again, for comparison. Florida and Mysore area vegetations are so similar.

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morganc

morganc
Austin, TX
(Zone 8b)

August 13, 2012
1:58 PM

Post #9240302

sunkissed - the spider web is superb! Red again...sigh, my fave color...just beautiful Passiflora.

DMersh - Are you suggesting I pay good money for a cactus? :-) (shudder) I don't think so. They stick you...we have bugs here that do that...no thanks...with all due respect and love for my fellow gardeners here, I like to LOOK at the flowers on cactus...but not touch. Great pod shot by the way. They look big.

HMM - Good shot getting the backlit butterfly. I know how hard that is to get with them flitting around like they do.

Dinu - Great spiderweb


Shantung Maple Leaf
Baby Loquat leaves
Cycad with totally messed up web

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HelloMissMary

HelloMissMary
Memphis, TN

August 14, 2012
9:47 PM

Post #9241941

Morganc, that webbing is fantastic. Looks like crochet thread!

My Crape Myrtle in the afternoon sun...with a visitor.

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morganc

morganc
Austin, TX
(Zone 8b)

August 15, 2012
3:51 PM

Post #9242719

HMM - Almost missed your "visitor" as I searched all over the flower! Good shot...and white is harder (maybe) to shoot backlit. Or at least a challenge.

Of course I shot a white subject today...ha ha...perfect segue to appreciate these!


Datura bloom
Closer look
Datura Leaf

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smashedcactus

smashedcactus
Cannelton, IN
(Zone 6b)

August 15, 2012
5:40 PM

Post #9242864

Euphorbia milli, Gymnocalycium bloom, Agave americana, and Echinopsis buds.

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sunkissed

sunkissed
Winter Springs, FL
(Zone 9b)

August 19, 2012
12:06 PM

Post #9246692

Mary what a nice photo of the butterfly. So hard to catch them still enough to photograph. The crepe, or crape myrtle flower is a nice shot, and I too had to search for the visitor.

Dinu, what a perfect web...and yep looks like the spiders I see around here...can't tell you how many times I run into them.

Morgan what a nice Datura bloom and I can see the little hairs around the leaf, pretty deep green glow. The webbing is pretty cool too.


Smashed, you have some crazy looking blooms on those cactus, I like the second one, I see flowers popping out on the cactus here in Florida also right now.

I only have one back-lit photo...the dewlap of a brown anole. One day I'll get the green anole, they have a pink dewlap, but these brown eat the green and so they are very shy and not so common.



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DMersh
Perth
United Kingdom
(Zone 7b)

August 19, 2012
1:26 PM

Post #9246744

All great stuff recently, the lizard was a lucky shot though, they can't be easy to photograph I'd imagine.

Marsh thistle on hillside above Loch Turret

Giant Hogweed in flower

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morganc

morganc
Austin, TX
(Zone 8b)

August 19, 2012
3:41 PM

Post #9246886

smashed - what strange plants...the last one looks like an alien with antennae. :-))

sunkissed - brilliant shot!

DMersh - While Hogweed doesn't sound so nice, the flowers just rock!


Caladiums and Split Leaf Philodendron
Dahlia leaf
Desert Rose swallowing the light

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sunkissed

sunkissed
Winter Springs, FL
(Zone 9b)

August 20, 2012
5:36 AM

Post #9247311

DMersh, the hogweed is really fantastic, and I sure would love to hike those hills you have there.

morganc, what a pretty shot of the desert rose flower. I just had a seed pod on mine finally open and captured the seeds, they look like large milkweed seeds and sure they would have blown away if I didn't catch them when I did. First time I've ever had a seed pod on my plant.
DMersh
Perth
United Kingdom
(Zone 7b)

August 20, 2012
9:22 AM

Post #9247612

Cracking shot of the desert rose morgan and yes, Giant Hogweed is very nasty indeed - toxic burning sap which causes severe blistering. Nice to look at though.

Thankyou sunkissed, the hills in Scotland are a delight to hike in, though can be quite boggy - a lot of peat bog areas that never dry out properly. Heres a view of Loch Turret and surrounding hills, which top about 2500ft.

Saw some feral Crocosmia by a riverbank, in flower which is unusual - it spreads all over the place but is rarely seen flowering. Last one had a bug in sillhouette

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morganc

morganc
Austin, TX
(Zone 8b)

August 22, 2012
1:38 PM

Post #9250240

DMersh - Lovely Crocosmia. We grew some here one year, but it never really like our heat.

sunkissed - are you going to grow baby desert roses? I save mine up and trade them to a guy who also grows Plumerias. You could probably sell them on E-Bay.

Ti Leaves
Two different angles on the seed pod of a Datura



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DMersh
Perth
United Kingdom
(Zone 7b)

August 24, 2012
4:32 PM

Post #9252574

Lovely Ti leaves, great patterning.

Bracken leaf and a Himalayan Balsam leaf

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HelloMissMary

HelloMissMary
Memphis, TN

August 24, 2012
10:09 PM

Post #9252865

The fern leaf is mesmerizing, DMersh, and I could just stare at the Balsam leaf and follow those lines to and fro! Wonderful!
DMersh
Perth
United Kingdom
(Zone 7b)

August 25, 2012
1:24 AM

Post #9252886

Thanks MissMary, the Balsam is a highly invasive alien species here but it sort of blends in quite well and bees love the oddly shaped flowers, the bees actually disappear completely inside the flower while they collect pollen!
I forgot to post this thistle picture with hoverfly from end of July.
Seed pods on the Himalayan Balsam

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Dinu

Dinu
Mysore
India
(Zone 10a)

August 25, 2012
10:05 AM

Post #9253221

The Aloe was glowing recently.

A drop of rain after this evening's drizzle. We had two days of nice rain Thursday and Friday.

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smashedcactus

smashedcactus
Cannelton, IN
(Zone 6b)

August 25, 2012
5:13 PM

Post #9253677

Here's my spider web, and a few more cacti.

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DMersh
Perth
United Kingdom
(Zone 7b)

August 25, 2012
11:35 PM

Post #9253916

2nd picture of (Ferocactus?) is very good, also the third of succulent plant has great lighting.
Ferocactus after rain

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morganc

morganc
Austin, TX
(Zone 8b)

August 28, 2012
2:20 PM

Post #9257354

DMersh - you have a seriously nasty looking cactus there. But I really liked your Himalayan Balsam leaf and Hoverfly. We have some flowers here that practically swallow bees. I have one photo I tagged "Bee Butt".

Dinu - I ALWAYS love your raindrop pics. It wasn't until I saw one of yours that I tried to take my own. For someone who lives on the other side of the planet from me, I have amazingly learned a lot about taking pics from you. I never knew Aloe had such a pretty flower. Reminds me of a Brugmansia.

Smashed - I'll bet you don't get a lot of trespassers do you? :-)) Cool web shot.

Bougainvillea blossom

Yellow Hibiscus just opening

Live Oak leaf with gall on it


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smashedcactus

smashedcactus
Cannelton, IN
(Zone 6b)

August 28, 2012
6:18 PM

Post #9257637

Thanks, DMersh. I I like the Ferocactus, but it is one cactus that I don't have much luck with.
morganc, LOL. The shadow in your Bougainvillea blossom looks like a turkey to me.
Crassula platyphylla (I think ?)

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Dinu

Dinu
Mysore
India
(Zone 10a)

August 29, 2012
10:04 AM

Post #9258250

smashed/c, I'm glad you noticed that lovely web and shared here. The Crasulla has a fine colour combo - pleasing.

morganc, your observation is uplifting! You bring out the leaf veins so much better!

morganc

morganc
Austin, TX
(Zone 8b)

August 31, 2012
10:07 AM

Post #9260452

Thank you Dinu.

smashed - Your Crassula I like...no spikes! And great color.


There was a hummingbird around our fountain this morning getting a drink, but no matter how fast I clicked the camera he was never in the frame. I think I have to learn more to take faster pics.
But since I stood there and took so many pics, I did capture some decent water splash and papyrus shots.

Texas Sage with Bee Butt

Bee on Salvia



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smashedcactus

smashedcactus
Cannelton, IN
(Zone 6b)

September 10, 2012
5:27 PM

Post #9271322

Stapelia gigantea hiding another bloom. Monadenium (sp?), and dunce caps.

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Dinu

Dinu
Mysore
India
(Zone 10a)

September 21, 2012
9:51 AM

Post #9282101

In my old yard, after the rains, I found this Caladium and brought it back in my possession. Since 3 years, the new owners have not done anything to the property that my brother sold off his portion. Hope many of you know the story which I have briefed in my DG blog here. I was so fond of this Caladium and I thought it was gone for ever. It was growing in a neglected lot where there were lot of fallen dry leaves from the tree. I'm happy in finding this.

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HelloMissMary

HelloMissMary
Memphis, TN

September 21, 2012
3:06 PM

Post #9282410

Wonderful find, Dinu! I'll bet it felt like you were bringing a family member back home! Beautiful Caladium!

Dinu

Dinu
Mysore
India
(Zone 10a)

September 22, 2012
8:41 AM

Post #9282997

You are right, HMM. Took a few shots this morning as well.

My favourite Clitoria double blue.
Hibiscus leaf.
Moonflower leaves on the arch.

I was using Canon 500d, with 250mm lens.

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HelloMissMary

HelloMissMary
Memphis, TN

September 22, 2012
8:54 AM

Post #9283025

Salvia, in the first shot.
I don't know what kind of shrub this was but it absolutely glowed with backlit sunshine.

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morganc

morganc
Austin, TX
(Zone 8b)

September 24, 2012
2:53 PM

Post #9285222

Smashed - You always have the most interesting cactus or succulents, and with awesome blooms. I only have one...a night blooming Cereus.

Dinu - Love your Caldium...so glad you found your old friend.

HMM - Your blues are just gorgeous. And if your shrub is a Rosemary I know what you mean about them glowing when backlit. But my eye always sees more glow than my camera ever picks up. I too love the heart shaped leaves of the Moonflower


Rosemary

Hyacinth Bean seed pods and leaves

Moonflower in morning as it closes

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Dinu

Dinu
Mysore
India
(Zone 10a)

September 27, 2012
9:38 AM

Post #9287938

My favourite Epidenrdum radicans flowers. Both red and orange.

Sun is right there!

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smashedcactus

smashedcactus
Cannelton, IN
(Zone 6b)

September 30, 2012
4:59 PM

Post #9291373

Once again, I'm lovin' all the pictures. Here are a couple more. A mesembs (split rock) getting ready to bloom and an Opuntia bloom.

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Dinu

Dinu
Mysore
India
(Zone 10a)

September 30, 2012
9:43 PM

Post #9291634

Hadn't seen that variety. Nice ones.

morganc

morganc
Austin, TX
(Zone 8b)

September 30, 2012
10:10 PM

Post #9291641

smashed - OK, those are stunning even if they are cactus...although I have to admit your first one looks a bit risque. :-))

Dinu - lovely flowers...is there a common name?

1. Butterfly on Tree Trunk

2. Mexican Fan Palm

3. Can you tell what this is???


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Dinu

Dinu
Mysore
India
(Zone 10a)

October 1, 2012
2:35 AM

Post #9291714

That butterfly may be a 'palm fly'. Not sure.
The quiz answer - don't ask us to be too specific: Human skin and hair.

sunkissed

sunkissed
Winter Springs, FL
(Zone 9b)

October 2, 2012
8:16 AM

Post #9293488

Oh the beauty of back lit photos...I've been traveling the whole month of Sept. in our camper and just getting caught back up. Great shots everyone...I took almost a 1000 photos while traveling...but not really too many back lit photos...

beach morning glory
My feet back lit by the campfire ☺
Some wild blazing star flowers at sunrise.

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smashedcactus

smashedcactus
Cannelton, IN
(Zone 6b)

October 4, 2012
5:22 PM

Post #9296115

More split rocks, a Mammillaria, two old men cactus, an old lady Mammillaria and a variety of Haworthia's.

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DMersh
Perth
United Kingdom
(Zone 7b)

October 6, 2012
1:38 PM

Post #9297624

Highland cow with her calves at Glenturret

Rock outcrop above Loch Turret, the white patch is white quartz mixed in with the rock.

Looking northwest across the highlands, not sure if this is a proper backlit picture but it gives that impression. A typical ominous highland sky, with rain not far away!

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morganc

morganc
Austin, TX
(Zone 8b)

October 17, 2012
9:17 AM

Post #9307976

Hello all you back-lit fans...My DH and I have been in New England for the past week and I have many wonderful pics of fall foliage all gloriously back lit!

But I will have to find time to go through the pics and find them all. In the meantime...here is one I took from inside the rental car as we were driving to Hartford Airport.

Full shot to give perspective

then cropped to show flag and foliage

Please know we were traveling faster than the posted speed limit, and I was quickly taking pics with all the associated glare from the sunny day. But I thought it was beautiful!


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Dinu

Dinu
Mysore
India
(Zone 10a)

October 17, 2012
11:23 PM

Post #9308568

Nice shots.
marksgrdn
Stockton, CA
(Zone 9a)

October 21, 2012
1:51 AM

Post #9311004

one of my favs.
mark

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morganc

morganc
Austin, TX
(Zone 8b)

October 21, 2012
11:16 AM

Post #9311326

Thank you Dinu -

marksgrdn - nice Canna shot
marksgrdn
Stockton, CA
(Zone 9a)

October 24, 2012
11:59 PM

Post #9314718

back at ya Morganc ! i miss Austin. used to live in Killeen and would go to Austin every weekend. was there 3 yrs ago last, to visit my niece.

morganc

morganc
Austin, TX
(Zone 8b)

October 25, 2012
12:24 PM

Post #9315179

After living in California for 20 years Texas seems like a another country...we love it.

HelloMissMary

HelloMissMary
Memphis, TN

October 26, 2012
9:21 PM

Post #9316604

It's hard to beat backlit Autumn foliage.

1 & 2 - Crape Myrtle
3 - Maple
4 - Sumac
5 - Ginkgo

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marksgrdn
Stockton, CA
(Zone 9a)

October 27, 2012
12:28 AM

Post #9316655

beautiful pics MARY. heres one for ya. i took this at night. street light lighting up my Modesto ash

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morganc

morganc
Austin, TX
(Zone 8b)

October 27, 2012
3:19 AM

Post #9316687

Oh, HMM, what gorgeous shots. I think it is at fall only that I have a bit of envy for all those places where the leaves put on a beautiful show. And you showcased them beautifully.

I was on vacation in New England and tried to take a lot, but it's not like living in it day after day with all the opportunity.
Here are some that from my Connecticut stay.

Something they call the Burning Bush or Fire Bush
Close up
This pic was as the sun was setting and just lit up this Tree by the side of the road. And my pic didn't show all that my eyes saw, but I liked it so much anyway I actually entered it in DG's contest.

Is anyone else entered? I've watched them for years, but this year I just jumped in and entered some for the first time. But there are so many beautiful pics on this forum alone that really should be entered. Like yours Mary. And Dinu, and lots of others.

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sunkissed

sunkissed
Winter Springs, FL
(Zone 9b)

October 27, 2012
7:16 AM

Post #9316829

Love the fall colors Mary, Mark and Morgan. Not much in the way of fall coloring here in FL this year, some years we do but stayed too warm too long here.
Morgan I did enter last year even though I know my photos could never win, but I did get an honorable mention in containers, which totally surprised me. Your photos are very nice and I hope you do enter some in the contest. Everybody here should enter...lots of nice shots have come across these back lit threads.


Some back lit photos from my hike last week...Florida Fall

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morganc

morganc
Austin, TX
(Zone 8b)

October 27, 2012
7:47 AM

Post #9316857

Sunkissed - I think you should enter your two butterfly ones in the contest that you have right here. Very good...and hard to get.

passiflora_pink

passiflora_pink
Shelby County, AL
(Zone 8a)

October 29, 2012
8:01 AM

Post #9318882

Thought I would add these--American Caesar mushrooms.

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passiflora_pink

passiflora_pink
Shelby County, AL
(Zone 8a)

October 29, 2012
9:07 AM

Post #9318979

Here is an unusual one--You can see the sun shining through the doe's ear.

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morganc

morganc
Austin, TX
(Zone 8b)

October 29, 2012
9:24 AM

Post #9318995

Nice shots Pink - I'll bet the mushroom ones weren't easy to get!

Dinu

Dinu
Mysore
India
(Zone 10a)

October 30, 2012
2:39 AM

Post #9319818

Mary's Sumac, morganc's landscape view, sunkissed buttterfly... so lovely!

This thread has grown enough, of course with beautiful views all of you have shared.

Can someone take the lead and start a new series...which would be Part 18?

sunkissed

sunkissed
Winter Springs, FL
(Zone 9b)

October 31, 2012
6:54 AM

Post #9320978

I'm not sure how to make a new thread. but nice shots of the shrooms and deer. I'm flattered you think I should enter my butterflies in the contest, what a compliment. Maybe next year.

Dinu

Dinu
Mysore
India
(Zone 10a)

October 31, 2012
9:22 AM

Post #9321104

sunkissed,
It is easy to start a new thread. Just go to the homepage [home] where your forums are listed. If you are 'watching' the Photos forum, it will show in that list. Click on 'photos'. You will see the threads in that forum. Scroll down and you will see the 'starting a new topic' and 'subject' box. Below t his is the box for your description/message. You can attach photos using the browser button showing below. Hope this helps. I checked your homepage. Noticed that you have not started any thread except posting pics on the PF. So I understand your predicament!
In the subject box, you have to use the same title for this series :Share your backlit pictures here.. Part 18. And I'm sure you know how to link it to Part 17 to the new one, 18 and vice versa. Hope it is clear now.

Dinu

HelloMissMary

HelloMissMary
Memphis, TN

November 3, 2012
7:47 PM

Post #9323968

DMersh has started a new thread for us:

http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1286416/

Dinu

Dinu
Mysore
India
(Zone 10a)

November 4, 2012
6:53 AM

Post #9324248

Ok, good. Will go there. Thanks Mary and DMersh.
Dinu

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