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DMersh
Perth
United Kingdom
(Zone 7b)

October 31, 2012
10:48 AM

Post #9321185

New thread for the backlit pictures, following on from part 17 which had gotten a little long;

http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1263743/

Well done everyone for all the great pictures shared in part 17.

I'll start off with this shot of yellowing beech leaves, which give some of the best autumn leaf colours:

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morganc

morganc
Austin, TX
(Zone 8b)

November 1, 2012
12:18 AM

Post #9321667

DMersh - so beautiful.

DMersh
Perth
United Kingdom
(Zone 7b)

November 1, 2012
4:49 AM

Post #9321727

Thanks, the leaf colours are really good at the moment, especially in the sun.

Decaying leaf, bench by the River Earn, stream running down to the river

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morganc

morganc
Austin, TX
(Zone 8b)

November 1, 2012
8:54 AM

Post #9321912

DMersh - I love all the fall color...just not the winter after...LOL. You have such a good eye for taking pics, theses 3 are just lovely. The leaf looks like it's decaying pixel by pixel.

Here is some from our New England trip.

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grits74571
Talihina, OK

November 1, 2012
9:12 AM

Post #9321938

Alone fisherman at Lake Nahiyaya near Clayton Ok very early in the morning..

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morganc

morganc
Austin, TX
(Zone 8b)

November 1, 2012
11:25 PM

Post #9322486

Ooh, I love something unusual, grits. Nice shot.

HelloMissMary

HelloMissMary
Memphis, TN

November 3, 2012
7:46 PM

Post #9323967

Wonderful, wonderful! These are so nice!

How about some backlit ferns?

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Dinu

Dinu
Mysore
India
(Zone 10a)

November 4, 2012
6:57 AM

Post #9324254

DMersh,
I love that shot of the decaying leaf. The pattern looks like agriculture fields from an airplane! And I really liked the opening picture. Thanks for opening this new series. As for me, there are no new pictures taken.

smashedcactus

smashedcactus
Cannelton, IN
(Zone 6b)

November 4, 2012
7:20 AM

Post #9324269

My Schlumbergera starting to bloom

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morganc

morganc
Austin, TX
(Zone 8b)

November 4, 2012
10:50 AM

Post #9324390

You know Smashed - even though Cactus are not my plants of choice, I have to admit they do have some stunning flowers.

smashedcactus

smashedcactus
Cannelton, IN
(Zone 6b)

November 4, 2012
4:56 PM

Post #9324636

They sure do. I like most of them for their looks, the flowers are an added bonus. This picture is more backlit, but I like the other one better.

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morganc

morganc
Austin, TX
(Zone 8b)

November 12, 2012
11:00 PM

Post #9331727

I had some fun with a few bees and butterflies the other day.

Dahlia with Admiral(?) Butterfly

Orange Cosmos with Bee hovering

Orange Cosmos with Orange Butterfly

Monarch Butterfly on Yellow Cosmos



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Dinu

Dinu
Mysore
India
(Zone 10a)

November 13, 2012
4:57 AM

Post #9331813

Beautiful views morganc.

morganc

morganc
Austin, TX
(Zone 8b)

November 13, 2012
7:51 AM

Post #9331986

Thank you Dinu. You do know this is all your fault...I see back lit everywhere now!
It's like looking for the glow within everything.

Cosmos
Geraniums

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Dinu

Dinu
Mysore
India
(Zone 10a)

November 14, 2012
9:29 AM

Post #9333025

Aaah, yes morganc. I'm glad if my faults are useful to mankind... and soul-soothing!
The same cosmoses grew in my garden. Not anymore. No volunteers grew this season. Did not save seeds. They spread everywhere if left.
I post an unattractive photo of moon flower taken this evening.

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morganc

morganc
Austin, TX
(Zone 8b)

November 14, 2012
1:48 PM

Post #9333212

Moonflowers are NOT unattractive...nor are your pics.

I have lots of seed for Cosmos, Dinu, would you like some?

Dinu

Dinu
Mysore
India
(Zone 10a)

November 14, 2012
8:59 PM

Post #9333545

Thanks morgan. The moonflowers above are actually back lit, but it is not very evident from the pictures! It is not glowing! But I appreciate your glowing tribute!

Cosmos seeds? May be yes, but there is not much I can send you at this moment. Do you have the pink variety?

HelloMissMary

HelloMissMary
Memphis, TN

November 14, 2012
10:49 PM

Post #9333579

Some backlit Autumn colors at Shelby Farms

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Dinu

Dinu
Mysore
India
(Zone 10a)

November 17, 2012
8:33 AM

Post #9335435

We don't get to see such beauty even in autumn here.
I have to content myself with these:
See pic of football lily leaves ready to dry up for the winter and go dormant.

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morganc

morganc
Austin, TX
(Zone 8b)

November 21, 2012
5:43 AM

Post #9338881

HMM - how lucky you are to see such beauty every year. Take lots of pics!

I am wishing all my back lit buddies a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Our yard is filled with Butterflies and Cosmos...that occasionally come together.

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Dinu
Mysore
India
(Zone 10a)

November 21, 2012
11:34 AM

Post #9339135

Hydrangea this evening.

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DMersh
Perth
United Kingdom
(Zone 7b)

November 21, 2012
12:01 PM

Post #9339156

Good autumn colours Dinu and HMM, very good lighting on the cosmos, morganc.
I've not done much backlighting recently but took this of a farm gate in low afternoon sun. Days are very short here now in the north.

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morganc

morganc
Austin, TX
(Zone 8b)

November 21, 2012
1:49 PM

Post #9339234

Nice shot DMersh - you live on a farm???

Dinu - What a glorious color for Hydranga...never seen one that shade before.

Dinu

Dinu
Mysore
India
(Zone 10a)

November 22, 2012
12:52 AM

Post #9339617

The day is an hour shorter here too.
That hydrangea can be bluish also, but that depends on nutrition to it - I forgot the particular element that makes it blue.
DMersh
Perth
United Kingdom
(Zone 7b)

November 23, 2012
11:49 AM

Post #9340592

No I don't live on a farm, took that out on a walk.

This is a holly leaf I picked up other day while walking the dog, thought I'd do one of those torchlit pictures of it.

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grits74571
Talihina, OK

November 23, 2012
3:08 PM

Post #9340717

Dinu the color shift in Hydrangas is generally caused by the Ph balance of the soil I think the pink is caused by Alkalinity ..Now mind you I said GENERALLY

morganc

morganc
Austin, TX
(Zone 8b)

November 24, 2012
9:17 AM

Post #9341244

DMersh - How beautiful to see REAL holly. We've been decorating for Christmas and of course it's all fake.

Dinu - I believe grits is right, it is alkalinity in the soil that changes the color. But I've always seen medium blue or pink...not that real light pink of yours.


We do have some color here in Texas...

Pink Crape Myrtle
White Crape Myrtle...trunk is cool looking in winter.
Shantung Maple

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Dinu
Mysore
India
(Zone 10a)

November 24, 2012
9:27 AM

Post #9341249

grits and morgan, now I recollect it - pH factor for the blue. May be it was right for the blue when I took this shot before.

Want to see a backlit katydid, pic took this morning.

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Dinu
Mysore
India
(Zone 10a)

November 25, 2012
9:49 AM

Post #9341973

Esp. morganc will like these!

A thunbergia, an Impatiens and leaves of Aechmea gamosepala plants. All taken today.

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morganc

morganc
Austin, TX
(Zone 8b)

November 25, 2012
9:42 PM

Post #9342626

Dinu - is that blue flower the very same plant as the light pink? If so, AWESOME...like getting two plants for one. I LOVE the Thunbergia, wonder if they'd grow here in our fierce heat? Impatiens usually croak during our summer unless in full shade. Nice shots Dinu. How do you get the black background?

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morganc

morganc
Austin, TX
(Zone 8b)

November 25, 2012
9:51 PM

Post #9342633

Forgot to send the pics...we are still enjoying all the butterflies on their migratory journey.

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HelloMissMary

HelloMissMary
Memphis, TN

November 25, 2012
10:23 PM

Post #9342641

Still enjoying Fall here --

1. Crape Myrtle leaves
2. Ginkgo tree

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Dinu

Dinu
Mysore
India
(Zone 10a)

November 26, 2012
7:27 AM

Post #9342814

Mary, nice two shots!
Morganc, thanks. Those two are different flowers and I've mentioned. The black b/g is from the shade my house was forming with the wall. It was the shadow part of the wall and the sun was round the corner. With just 1/200 and f 5.6, I got it. I've only increased only a bit of shadow in Picasa to it only to bring out the pink of the flower nearly right.

Dinu

Dinu
Mysore
India
(Zone 10a)

November 27, 2012
7:47 AM

Post #9343685

I took a few more this morning before leaving for work.

1. Same flower posted yesterday. But different settings. See b/g.
2. Forgot its name.. edible and aromatic.
3. A portion of jasmine plant, sun was on opposite.
4. Same portion of jasmine plant, from the opposite side, sun behind my back.
5. A plant's flower growing in my pond.

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Dinu
Mysore
India
(Zone 10a)

November 27, 2012
7:52 AM

Post #9343691

1. An edible legume we are growing now.
2. Grandpa Otts seedpods hanging on my arch.
3. Dendrobium.
4. Same, but just changed settings to show b/g, which is a shade net. Have shown s/speed on the image itself.
5. New nylon threads on my bicycle bell wind chime!

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sunkissed

sunkissed
Winter Springs, FL
(Zone 9b)

November 27, 2012
10:04 AM

Post #9343802

Wonderful photos everybody, I'm a bit behind and took me a bit to go through them all. I love the fall foliage shots, and the butterfly shots. The holly leaf is really stunning.

Dinu I saw your message on the other board and understand now how to start a new thread if I need to. I like your bike bell wind-chime, bet it has a nice tinkling to it.

November was busy for me, went camping again for a week during the month, I'll need to look through my photos and see if I took any nice back lit photos.

Enjoyed all the wonderful shots everybody.

sunkissed

sunkissed
Winter Springs, FL
(Zone 9b)

November 27, 2012
10:24 AM

Post #9343816

Here are some from my garden, my fall colors contribution. ☺

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sunkissed
Winter Springs, FL
(Zone 9b)

November 27, 2012
10:29 AM

Post #9343817

Oh how about a back-lit wattle on this wild turkey from my camping trip..☺...

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DMersh
Perth
United Kingdom
(Zone 7b)

November 27, 2012
11:04 AM

Post #9343831

Lots of good pictures here, the wild turkey is very good. (Never tried the bourbon though!)

Dinu

Dinu
Mysore
India
(Zone 10a)

November 28, 2012
9:32 AM

Post #9344653

sunkissed, I have the same plant as you showed in your fourth picture. It seems to bloom more after it rains. Does it do the same there? I deliberately do not water it regularly.

Dinu

Dinu
Mysore
India
(Zone 10a)

November 28, 2012
9:37 AM

Post #9344658

Took a few today also.
Basil flowers, Papaya leaf, Variegated ...[?], Forgot the name of this fourth one also, last one - you know what it is... a caladium leaf, backlit.

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Dinu
Mysore
India
(Zone 10a)

November 28, 2012
9:39 AM

Post #9344659

Bermuda grass flower/seed head, Viola odorata and Curry leaves [Murraya koenigii].

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morganc

morganc
Austin, TX
(Zone 8b)

November 29, 2012
7:45 AM

Post #9345325

These are all so good everyone...I'm going to try and take more soon!!

Great Turkey shot sunkissed!!!

sunkissed

sunkissed
Winter Springs, FL
(Zone 9b)

November 30, 2012
5:54 AM

Post #9346072

Dinu the plant in my fourth photo, Cape Honeysuckle, a vigorous growing plant here in Central Florida. It only blooms from very late summer through January, which happens to be our driest season. I chop it back all summer long, but it still grows up the side of my house. It can also withstand pretty cold temperatures when everything else is damaged by freezing temperatures it will still look good, maybe because the house keeps it warm and the East Sun. I see your photos on the plant file.

http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/1758/#b

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Dinu

Dinu
Mysore
India
(Zone 10a)

November 30, 2012
6:27 AM

Post #9346102

I've posted my photos also there, old ones. Thanks sunkissed.

Dinu

Dinu
Mysore
India
(Zone 10a)

December 6, 2012
7:22 AM

Post #9351204

A few more today also. May be a few repeats of plants, not photos.

1. Eleutherine plicata leaves.
2. Curry leaves.
3. Banana.
4 & 5, Holmskioldia.

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Dinu
Mysore
India
(Zone 10a)

December 10, 2012
6:59 AM

Post #9354494

A few more taken recently.

1. Forgot its name.
2. Jatropha leaf.
3. Hibiscus.
4. Epidendrum flower.

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morganc

morganc
Austin, TX
(Zone 8b)

December 13, 2012
6:31 PM

Post #9357669

Dinu - your pics are all so lovely as usual. I am also jealous you have such beautiful flowers blooming in December. I don't know if I have ever seen a stamen that long on a Hibiscus before. Is that common there?

Here's a few I don't think I sent before.

1 - one of our friendly deer checking out our yard from outside the fence.
2 - a green butterfly whose name I don't know...but he appears to be watching me take his pic
3 - blooming grasses
4 - I DID NOT TAKE THIS PIC...but found it on the net and loved it. This is a perfect group to share it with.

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sunkissed

sunkissed
Winter Springs, FL
(Zone 9b)

December 16, 2012
7:08 AM

Post #9359708

Mogan we have that same grass growing wild all over here, I do love how nice it looks when the sun is behind it. That swan is very nice.


My bench back lit by Christmas lights...both found in someone's trash. ☺

A succulent in the morning.

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morganc
Austin, TX
(Zone 8b)

December 16, 2012
4:34 PM

Post #9360141

sunkissed - love the succulent...and nice catch on the spider web. Your bench rocks!

morganc

morganc
Austin, TX
(Zone 8b)

December 18, 2012
9:46 PM

Post #9361972

Even my husband is noticing back-lit shots.
Here is one he saw on the net. We got NASA taking them now...LOL.


NASA's Cassini spacecraft has captured a gorgeous backlit image of Saturn and its rings, providing a holiday treat for scientists and the public alike.

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morganc
Austin, TX
(Zone 8b)

December 22, 2012
2:26 PM

Post #9364870

Here are some Christmas back lits.

Tabletop tree
Candle with sun coming through the window
Glittered Poinsettia

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Dinu

Dinu
Mysore
India
(Zone 10a)

December 24, 2012
9:57 AM

Post #9366067

Merry Christmas to all of you my dear friends.

HelloMissMary

HelloMissMary
Memphis, TN

December 24, 2012
11:34 AM

Post #9366139

Merry Christmas!

morganc

morganc
Austin, TX
(Zone 8b)

December 25, 2012
10:34 AM

Post #9366754

Much Love to all of you wonderful people.

♥MERRY CHRISTMAS♥

sunkissed

sunkissed
Winter Springs, FL
(Zone 9b)

December 29, 2012
8:44 AM

Post #9369788

How nice...a bit late ... Merry Christmas and a wonderful, happy, healthy and most of all... Peaceful New Year!

Dinu

Dinu
Mysore
India
(Zone 10a)

December 29, 2012
8:57 AM

Post #9369797

Am sure you are all enjoying the Holiday season. Wishing you all a very bright and happy 2013.

Somehow I missed posting what I took early this week. A few shots.
~ A curry leaf - oil glands are visible.
~ Thunbergia
~ Some Agave I think.

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morganc

morganc
Austin, TX
(Zone 8b)

December 31, 2012
10:00 AM

Post #9371335

Love the Curry Dinu

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE.

DMersh
Perth
United Kingdom
(Zone 7b)

December 31, 2012
1:30 PM

Post #9371546

Happy New Year all. This was lichen on a twig I found on the ground, colours been altered a bit to bring out detail

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Dinu

Dinu
Mysore
India
(Zone 10a)

January 19, 2013
6:52 AM

Post #9389973

Some most recent shots.
Yesterday morning, I found some grass on the ground and flowers were up. There was the morning sun. I plucked a few of them and formed a bouquet, held it between index finger and thumb and these shots resulted!
Hope you enjoy.

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morganc
Austin, TX
(Zone 8b)

January 20, 2013
2:07 PM

Post #9391506

Very nice Dinu.

We still have a few palm fronds here...Sago and Mexican Fan Palm

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DMersh
Perth
United Kingdom
(Zone 7b)

January 21, 2013
2:13 PM

Post #9392704

Lovely grass shots Dinu and sensational shot of the Mexican Fan Palm morganc, one of the best backlits I've seen in a long time.
Haven't done much backlighting recently (sun is very low this far north) but can offer a sidelit landscape shot, view of the Scottish Highlands looking north from Knock Hill, Crieff.
DMersh
Perth
United Kingdom
(Zone 7b)

January 21, 2013
2:16 PM

Post #9392709

heres picture

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Dinu

Dinu
Mysore
India
(Zone 10a)

January 21, 2013
8:21 PM

Post #9393093

DMersh, I had a similar shot of the fan palm - I think at the start of one of the threads in this series that I started. Many of you may remember that. Your shot here is a very fine one!! I no longer have that palm. It so reminded me of mine.
DMersh
Perth
United Kingdom
(Zone 7b)

January 23, 2013
9:45 AM

Post #9394804

Thankyou Dinu, that shot is looking into the valley of Glenturret (you can see the road snaking upwards in the middle of picture), which leads to Loch Turret. I see Highland Cows when I walk up to Loch Turret, I love these animals, they have such a wild, untamed look to them. Very docile animals though, despite the fierce appearance.

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sunkissed

sunkissed
Winter Springs, FL
(Zone 9b)

January 24, 2013
6:25 AM

Post #9395751

DMersh, the highland cow is one unique creature, needs a good haircut. I'm glad you posted a nice close shot of one.

morganc the palm fronds are just wonderful! Great back lit photos. And Dinu nice grass shots. Morning walks bring some nice shots for you.

I've been playing around and getting acquainted to my new camera, tried a few back lit but they didn't come out too well. This is all I have for now.
My turkey oak sporting fall colors, a garden spider and web, my Mexican flame vine plant.

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Dinu

Dinu
Mysore
India
(Zone 10a)

January 26, 2013
9:56 AM

Post #9398133

Good shots sunkissed.
I can also share a few today. I had some time to take images.

~ Holmskioldia shrub. I had not adjusted the setting and hence I had to warm the image with Picasa. It was under the 'fluorescent' and hence the bluish bokehs in the background. I later changed the setting.
~ Weaver ant bottom has been lit!
~ Don't they look lovely from these angles?
~ I don't know what the name of this yellow flower. It'll produce a dicot which we eat.
~ This is a poor shot. Same as the first plant photo. See the over-cool colour because of that setting.

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Dinu
Mysore
India
(Zone 10a)

February 1, 2013
6:47 AM

Post #9404669

Clerodendrum.. what do you call these? Flowers have fallen from them.

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Dinu

Dinu
Mysore
India
(Zone 10a)

February 5, 2013
9:28 AM

Post #9409197

First two are begonias. Third one is a scented geranium leaf. Last one is Billbergia.

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sunkissed

sunkissed
Winter Springs, FL
(Zone 9b)

February 6, 2013
7:34 AM

Post #9410105

Back lit weaver ants...pretty impressive. The Clerodendrum looks like the one I have in my garden, bleeding heart vine.

Carolina Jessamine vine on my fence.
tropical gladiolus seed pod
glass worm that was my Aunt's, she passed away after 93 years back in Aug. I gave it to her when I was a young girl. ☺

That's all I have this time around.

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morganc

morganc
Austin, TX
(Zone 8b)

March 16, 2013
11:21 PM

Post #9451966

I have been woefully absent from this forum due to general life busyness so I thought I would share a few shots I took today.

First one is some lovely Knockout Roses which are blooming like crazy now.

And the second is a new Petunia that I just loved the coloring of.

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Dinu

Dinu
Mysore
India
(Zone 10a)

March 17, 2013
11:16 PM

Post #9453088

Nice shots morganc and sunkissed. I too have not taken much for this series, what with power problems.
Dinu

morganc

morganc
Austin, TX
(Zone 8b)

March 18, 2013
1:01 AM

Post #9453094

Sunkissed - Love the Carolina Jessamine...we too grow that, but it always seems too cold to take their pics when they are blooming in February. LOL.

Dinu - Power problems? Or Flower problems? Or sun power?

Dinu

Dinu
Mysore
India
(Zone 10a)

March 19, 2013
1:37 AM

Post #9454344

Hahaa, morganc. Well said and you are right about the first two! Electric power... summer time.. dangerously low level of reservoirs .. dependent on hydro-electric power... power shortage... load shedding... warm and early summer ... already hot sun [power]!! So you got the idea now... so, flower problems too! We are to face 6-7 hours of load shedding in the coming 2-3 months and by then, everyone expects a good rainfall. There should be rains in April and some in May but that is not going to alleviate the water storage much. June to October is the actual "dam-filling season". If it is full then the coming summer can be faced. Rain in the past season was much below normal and the dams did not fill to the brim and fell way short and that is why we expect a severe shortage.

Sun is shining brightly as I write this [from workdesk], showing its power! Doors are open - I see a lovely open courtyard and the two fans above [high ceiling of our palatial century old building] are in operation. All said and done, our building is the coolest. Mercury touches 35 C now.

Sorry for the slight hijak of this.

Dinu

jamibad

jamibad
Flagler Beach, FL
(Zone 9b)

April 2, 2013
9:58 PM

Post #9470362

Hi everyone, I have a question, what is a back lit picture, just got a new camera, and it has a setting on it for back light picture's. The instruction booklet doesn't explain what it is.

BTW, many beautiful picture's here! I'd love to add some sooner or later :)

Thanks , Happy, Beautiful, Kind of day, Enjoy!!!! Jami

Dinu

Dinu
Mysore
India
(Zone 10a)

April 3, 2013
8:16 AM

Post #9470612

Welcome jamibad. Your camera instruction is different. But backlit photography is photographing a subject with the light from behind it and facing the camera. Light can be in the form of sunlight or artificial light. Just google 'backlit photography' and see which link suits your basic need. See examples available there also. Here also in this series, there are numerous wonderful shots to be enjoyed. Backlit images have their own beauty. Since you say [in your homepage] you are an outgoing person, you will find plenty of subjects to shoot. Do share them here and also in the many forums. I hope you are already doing it to some extent as I see you are a member since 2009 and you say you have a new camera. Why don't you share some camera information just for our information? I tried to explain for you.

Dinu

morganc

morganc
Austin, TX
(Zone 8b)

April 20, 2013
10:54 AM

Post #9490835

Got back from Cancun, Mexico and have been going through all the shots I took there looking for any that are back lit. LOL

Then saw this off my back porch today...go figure.

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jamibad

jamibad
Flagler Beach, FL
(Zone 9b)

April 20, 2013
4:27 PM

Post #9491106

Hi again, Dinu, First I wanted to tell you my DSIL just moved back to the states after spending 15 years in Puna India. Her husband is a follower of Mir Baba, not sure if I'm giving the correct spelling, They loved the country, and experienced the power shortage of which you spoke. It's amazing to see that DG attracts people world wide. I love that about this site, I am always looking for idea's and advice and find that here is the best place to be when meeting people, and learning new things.
Second, my camera is a Nikon, coolpix. Just looking at it and the wording on the camera is it's a Lens-shift VR, if that means anything, has a wide 26X zoom, and has 16.1 megapixels. My DH bought it for me Valentine's day because I'm always taking picture's of our travels, gardens, dogs, what ever catches my attention. I love it. It's not the most expensive camera on the market, but it really get's close up to things, and has a lot of different settings, one of which I asked about , the back lit picture's. I'll have to look at some of my photo's to see if I did any by accident. The picture's here are of a hawk that landed on our dog kennel before we turned it into a green house. He sat there for almost a half hour looking around, I did the picture's in Black and White, I did a short video of him, took some very close up's, I played with the different settings on the camera, and he was a perfect subject. I was about 30 feet from him when I took these picture's.
I have a lot of different picture's I took with the old camera I had a little pocket version, took good picture's but nothing like this one. I have some picture's of our garden, close ups, my azelias when they were in bloom, which are now my avatar. I really haven't been out and about to catch any good photographs. This summer we'll be going to the Grand Canyon and I do hope to get some great shots there. I'm more of a water person, love being around water, snorkeling, boating, but this trip will be something new and different for me, so I look forward to catching some great shots. Thanks for explaining the back lit picture's and I'll really give it a try when I see something I can get a good picture of. Jami

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Dinu

Dinu
Mysore
India
(Zone 10a)

April 21, 2013
9:33 AM

Post #9491877

Thanks Jami. Good shots of the hawk, though they don't fit in to the subject of this thread. Yes, there are so many things we keep learning with each passing month. I too have learnt so much by visiting the forums and sharing things here on DG. What can I say? It's such a wonderful place.
You must have meant to spell 'Sai Baba'?
I've visited Pune many times for playing cricket. It was a beautiful city 20-25 years ago, but modernization has affected it too quickly, just like Mysore is, slowly.
I haven't used Nikon. I use Panasonic FZ8 which is in its 7th year. My elder D is fond of photography and she has Canon 550D. SLR. I use this too.
For examples of backlit images, you can just browse the threads and see many lovely shots.
You say you are a water-lover. I hope you have visited the other forums relating to 'Water Gardens'.

Here are two shots back lit. One is a Common Crow Butterfly and the other is a geranium.

Dinu

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smashedcactus

smashedcactus
Cannelton, IN
(Zone 6b)

April 21, 2013
5:43 PM

Post #9492397

I know this isn't a cactus, but it's in the middle of my cactus garden, LOL. My dogwood is now in bloom. These are from a Nikon Coolpix 10X zoom. Sorry for the picture quality. I didn't have my glasses on when I took the pics.

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HelloMissMary

HelloMissMary
Memphis, TN

April 21, 2013
9:38 PM

Post #9492659

Lovely shots, everyone! I haven't posted in a while and am looking forward to getting back in the swing of things. So many beautiful colors and shapes in your pictures -- it is Spring and things are starting to liven up here, too.

Dinu, with regard to your Feb. 1 post...I have a Clerodendron (-drum), too. Lovely scented flowers and leaves that smell like peanut butter...hence, the common name of "Peanut Butter Bush" here.

Dinu

Dinu
Mysore
India
(Zone 10a)

April 23, 2013
4:28 AM

Post #9494108

smashedcactus, those shots - if you can try it again by keeping the sun right behind the flower petals so that the sun is obscured... it should make a lovely shot. Try it if you can again and put your glasses on. I know in the sun's glare also you would not have seen the monitor display properly... am I right? I've tried by doing that to the gladiolus flowers and got good results. I had posted them in one of the earlier series of this.

Mary, I have not smelled my Clerodendrum. So I do not know if it smells anything unique at all. They are not in bloom now. Waiting to see Mary spring up some Spring shots!

sunkissed

sunkissed
Winter Springs, FL
(Zone 9b)

April 28, 2013
2:10 PM

Post #9500133

Morgan such a nice shot of the petunia, hope you had fun in Cancun.

I've been absent from here too, will have to work on more photos, now that the garden is bouncing back so nicely.

A few back lit flowers after a spring rain storm and the sun coming back out. My cat again in the window, I love her eyes.

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Dinu

Dinu
Mysore
India
(Zone 10a)

April 29, 2013
7:50 AM

Post #9501049

Very nice sunkissed. I like the mesh also!
Dinu

HelloMissMary

HelloMissMary
Memphis, TN

April 30, 2013
9:26 PM

Post #9503618

Love the kitty, sunkissed!

From my Iris garden today...

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morganc

morganc
Austin, TX
(Zone 8b)

May 9, 2013
8:50 AM

Post #9514429

Wow...everyone...such lovely pics.

sunkissed - love the kitty...and the dichotomy of sun and rain on the flowers at the same time.

smashed - so unusual to see non-cactus from you...good job.

jamibad - we have a hawk just like yours in our yard...we're hoping he eats all the things we don't want.

HMM - that is the most stunning Iris pic I have ever seen!!!

Dinu - I think I grow that same geranium!

I looked through all my Cancun shots and only came up with some clouds back lit from dawn on our last day there.
These were taken from our balcony.

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Dinu

Dinu
Mysore
India
(Zone 10a)

May 19, 2013
8:35 AM

Post #9525741

1. Undesirable scene, but an everyday thing... polluted fuel [illegal supply] in the 3-wheeler taxi... exudes bad smoke, highlighted by the afternoon sun.
2. A lynx spider sitting on a leaf.
3. Honeysuckle.
4. The same spider suntanning!

morganc, that geranium has a lovely bright colour.

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HelloMissMary

HelloMissMary
Memphis, TN

May 19, 2013
8:44 AM

Post #9525753

Dinu, you're right about that first one. It's a sad fact in our world today -- dirty air. I'd never have thought about it being backlit but it really is. That's so creative of you. The spider silhouette on the leaf is quite nice!

Here's a Clerodendron leaf, backlit by the sun and radiantly showing off its veins.

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Dinu

Dinu
Mysore
India
(Zone 10a)

May 19, 2013
9:13 AM

Post #9525786

Brilliant glow... HMMary... of the smoke! And of course the Clerodendron leaf. :) The fleshy Coleus aromaticus leaves also present a fine picture - I have to take one yet again. I had taken one last year when the sun was on that side.

morganc

morganc
Austin, TX
(Zone 8b)

May 19, 2013
11:55 AM

Post #9525981

Dinu - some really good shots. This is our Geranium, it's red. Like your Honeysuckle

HMM - Love the leaf showing all the veins...

Geranium
Hibiscus
Green Bean Leaf

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sunkissed

sunkissed
Winter Springs, FL
(Zone 9b)

May 19, 2013
12:34 PM

Post #9526018

MissMary the Iris is nice, but boy do I like the close leaf with all the veins...very nice.

morganc, clouds backlit by the sun are always nice, and that hibiscus is really nice, almost as if the light is coming from inside the flower.

Dinu you do have an eye for seeing backlit photos, I like the spider shadow! ☺


I found a few more from around my garden I took last month... a pale pink periwinkle bud opening, red salvia spike, geranium flowers.

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smashedcactus

smashedcactus
Cannelton, IN
(Zone 6b)

May 19, 2013
12:46 PM

Post #9526029

Some more non-cactus pictures (LOL) of irises in the evening sun.

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HelloMissMary

HelloMissMary
Memphis, TN

May 19, 2013
9:24 PM

Post #9526593

From a recent walk through Dixon Gardens

1. Rose
2. Tulip Poplar blossom
3. Rhododendron
4. Dogwood canopy

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Dinu

Dinu
Mysore
India
(Zone 10a)

May 19, 2013
9:27 PM

Post #9526594

smashedcactus, nice colours and nice pictures!
sunkissed, I had never seen a pale pink periwinkle. We have the white and pink ones.
morganc, well done.. crisp pictures... look at the petal tips of the geranium!

I return to edit... as HMM posted 4 pics when I was posting my reply.
Very nice Rhodos... and the others... enjoyed the pleasing colours.


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sunkissed

sunkissed
Winter Springs, FL
(Zone 9b)

May 20, 2013
8:22 AM

Post #9526980

Oh my look at all those beautiful Irises...wish they'd grow like that here in FL.
HMMary love the pretty pink Rhododendron, very nice shots.

Dinu that pale pink periwinkle came up from seed in my garden, although I never had one that color in the garden before, maybe a mutant of a previous periwinkle. I love the pale pink color and this is the second year it has come back. Hope it sticks around for awhile. ☺

Dinu

Dinu
Mysore
India
(Zone 10a)

May 23, 2013
8:45 AM

Post #9531061

sunkissed, lucky you got that volunteer periwinkle. Sometimes they mutate and give an interesting shade. It happens here also. I notice a bit of this in the Clitoria blue shading also.

Here I share my quamoclit - cypress vine flower and a very small crab spider lit by the morning son from the other side.

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lavender4ever

lavender4ever
(Louise) Highland, MI
(Zone 5b)

May 23, 2013
12:27 PM

Post #9531348

Love the pictures! I took this one with my phone, last summer, and the fall colors at a state recreation area.

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Dinu

Dinu
Mysore
India
(Zone 10a)

May 23, 2013
9:18 PM

Post #9531975

lavender4ever,
The first one deserved a proper camera. It would have been a fantastic photo. Scenes as in the fall colours picture are rare in our part of the world. Lovely picture. Post more lavender!

sunkissed

sunkissed
Winter Springs, FL
(Zone 9b)

May 24, 2013
10:53 AM

Post #9532552

Dinu that is great!

Lavender4ever, I like the golden fall color, and same as Dinu's part of the world, a site we don't see in Florida, and not a bad photo for a phone. My phone is a toss away phone and takes horrible pictures.

morganc

morganc
Austin, TX
(Zone 8b)

June 4, 2013
4:07 PM

Post #9546382

I have been remiss in posting...and commenting lately. So I've made an effort to get some pics for you all.
But first...
Sunkissed - Love the pale periwinkle, so delicate looking...almost bride like. And I'll be looking for geraniums like yours...almost look stripey. And I love your Icon/Avatar pre-monarch.

smashed - more non-cactus...whoo-hoo! And there's that pale pink again...I WANT that color in my garden.

Dinu - your pic is stunning...like how you got close

lavender - your tree shot is lovely...

1. Indica Canna leaves
2. Night Blooming Cereus - we used a flashlight on this one.
3. Croton plant
4. Spider web on porch made overnight

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Dinu

Dinu
Mysore
India
(Zone 10a)

June 4, 2013
9:37 PM

Post #9546799

morganc,
That web looks like that of some signature spider that has gone shopping when you took that photo.
Very lovely blowing - sorry glowing - why sorry, it was blowing alright - blew me! - picture of the canna leaves.
I've taken a few shots in the last 2-3 days... will post tonight.

sunkissed

sunkissed
Winter Springs, FL
(Zone 9b)

June 5, 2013
7:02 AM

Post #9547103

Hi morganc, that web is just perfect, Dinu is so right, they are so hard to photo here the breeze always keeps them moving. And the night blooming flower is just lovely.

my backlit jungle of a garden. :-D

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Dinu

Dinu
Mysore
India
(Zone 10a)

June 5, 2013
10:17 AM

Post #9547312

Am keeping my promise made in the morning.
1.Fiddlewood flowers
2. Spider lily leaves
3. Carrion Flower was open this morning.
4 & 5, Lemon grass leaves. The dry one too looked good to me.

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Dinu
Mysore
India
(Zone 10a)

June 5, 2013
10:19 AM

Post #9547314

A few more, don't ask for more now. Shared all I had as of now!! :)
1. A bee looking for breakfast on Fiddlewood flower
2. Cypress flower
3. Coleus aromaticus leaf glowing.

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morganc

morganc
Austin, TX
(Zone 8b)

June 5, 2013
5:47 PM

Post #9547814

I so love the interesting items that get back lit here.

Dinu - are you within arms length of that huge bee? Nice shot. Our bees never rest their wings. Love the little hairs on the Fiddlewood flower. You have Carrion plants in your yard?

sunkissed - I love your yard...but then I am the jungle type...my DH always wants to whack everything and keep them separate, but I just keep planting and he gives up eventually. :-) What is the hot pink flower?


1. President Canna
2. After our company's children left LOL
3. Pink Plumeria
4. Sweet Potato and unidentified bug
5. Elderberry bloom

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Dinu

Dinu
Mysore
India
(Zone 10a)

June 5, 2013
9:02 PM

Post #9548035

morganc, very nice colourful set! Liked the Elderberry esp. Did you notice the tiny spider on plumeria? Did it escape your attention even as you saw it on your PC?
That honeybee was not at arm's length, but at finger's length :) These bees are about an inch long.

sunkissed

sunkissed
Winter Springs, FL
(Zone 9b)

June 6, 2013
5:27 AM

Post #9548231

The hot pink flowers are Penta's, there is also a Wendy's wish salvia in the photo.

Dinu, that bee shot is almost too close for comfort, what a great shot of the green glowing coleus leaves. And I didn't notice the spider on morgan's Plumeria until you pointed it out...you have a good eye there.


morganc, I laughed out loud at the hand print, I see those often after the grandson leaves. I really like the Elderberry blossom, those grow wild around here...the birds just love the berries.

Dinu

Dinu
Mysore
India
(Zone 10a)

June 6, 2013
11:01 AM

Post #9548630

A spider.
Cypress again.
A tiny 'blue' butterfly.
Fresh pictures of today.

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morganc

morganc
Austin, TX
(Zone 8b)

June 7, 2013
12:06 AM

Post #9549487

Dinu - Holy spiderweb...it's a spider with what looks like a Batmobile. A Batman Spider! And for those of you who never watched American TV decades ago...well, I just can't explain Batman. And yes Dinu, I actually did notice the little spider guy...of course he doesn't hold a candle to your Batman Spider. LOL Still he looks nasty.

sunkissed - do your Elderberry trees smell as heavenly as ours do when they bloom?


1. The nasty spider close up
2. Windmill Palm fronds
3. Masquerade Daylily
4. Cardinal - huge zoom on this one, but noticed his top knot was back-lit :-)

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Dinu

Dinu
Mysore
India
(Zone 10a)

June 7, 2013
4:18 AM

Post #9549560

morganc, good comparison to Batman. How right! I post a pic of the very spider and you can see how small it is - kept my fingers for scale.
Your camera brings out the greens so nicely, morgan! Beautiful again, the second pic.

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sunkissed

sunkissed
Winter Springs, FL
(Zone 9b)

June 9, 2013
12:23 PM

Post #9552347

We have those batmobile spiders here too, they are a strange looking spider.

morgan the palm fronds are a real stand out. And yes the Elderberry trees have a strong scent, but it isn't pleasant, it smells like a male cat has been around. They are at the beginning of my neighborhood and I walk very fast and try not to breath as I go by. ☺ Apparently Texas has a different kind.

morganc

morganc
Austin, TX
(Zone 8b)

June 9, 2013
2:57 PM

Post #9552572

Ours scents that part of the garden with a heavenly smell. You should have our type.

HelloMissMary

HelloMissMary
Memphis, TN

June 9, 2013
7:22 PM

Post #9552857

1. Redbud Tree leaf
2. Cone Flower
3. Redbud Tree leaves

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morganc

morganc
Austin, TX
(Zone 8b)

June 13, 2013
7:35 PM

Post #9558271

HMM - Love your cone flower...is it the red kind? Tomato Soup I think it's called?


1. Raz Ma Taz Dahlia
2. Tropicanna leaves
3. Yucca flowers
4. Yucca flowers closer
5. Yucca flower inside

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Dinu

Dinu
Mysore
India
(Zone 10a)

June 13, 2013
8:59 PM

Post #9558349

Nice views morgan and Mary. Hadn't seen Yucca flowers. Someone had sent me seeds 6-7 years ago but they did not germinate.
Dinu

morganc

morganc
Austin, TX
(Zone 8b)

June 14, 2013
8:06 AM

Post #9558714

Dinu - Our property came with many of these Yucca plants. Very hard to remove, so we left them and low and behold, once they got some water and food, they bloom regularly every late spring. They send up this 5 to 6 foot spike that opens with all these flowers. It's really awesome to see.

Not back-lit, but ...

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Dinu

Dinu
Mysore
India
(Zone 10a)

June 14, 2013
8:48 AM

Post #9558745

Nice, morgan.

Dinu

Dinu
Mysore
India
(Zone 10a)

June 17, 2013
9:58 AM

Post #9562261

Podranea.

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morganc

morganc
Austin, TX
(Zone 8b)

June 17, 2013
11:30 AM

Post #9562335

What a beautiful plant. There are so many tropical plants I would like to grow here...but they would just fry to a crisp in our Texas sun.

smashedcactus

smashedcactus
Cannelton, IN
(Zone 6b)

June 18, 2013
5:41 PM

Post #9564238

Nice pictures everyone! Had to take a day off just to get some pictures, LOL. First two of a Notocactus (now called Parodia). Lens was fogged on first picture from the humidity. Third, Gymnocalycium baldianum. Fourth, Epiphyllum ackermanii.

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smashedcactus

smashedcactus
Cannelton, IN
(Zone 6b)

June 18, 2013
5:44 PM

Post #9564242

And a few cacti.

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morganc

morganc
Austin, TX
(Zone 8b)

June 19, 2013
1:23 PM

Post #9565194

smashed - Love the flowers, your 4th one (red) I think is related to my Night Blooming Cereus/Dutchman's Pipe. Mine has white flowers, but love the red. And your mohair cactus is so cute...looks like a creature...LOL.

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Dinu

Dinu
Mysore
India
(Zone 10a)

June 29, 2013
8:20 AM

Post #9578539

A plant growing in the pond, bean plant leaves and Talinum flower.

Nice shot of Cereus.

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morganc

morganc
Austin, TX
(Zone 8b)

June 29, 2013
8:59 PM

Post #9579487

Thank you Dinu.
I love your Talinum flower. Is it a vine?

Been busy with another garden project, but got a few pics recently.

1. Boy Sago
2. American Beauty Dahlia
3. Desert Rose
4. Peruvian Daffodil
5. Petunia

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Dinu

Dinu
Mysore
India
(Zone 10a)

June 30, 2013
9:47 PM

Post #9580995

The desert rose is giving a lovely view! Adn the Daff too.

sunkissed

sunkissed
Winter Springs, FL
(Zone 9b)

July 7, 2013
10:32 AM

Post #9590143

Nice photo shots everyone, got a bit behind while on vacation. Interesting about the Yucca's flowering. Our neighbor has two up against my fence, very tall and getting ugly lanky, never a flower. We decided to saw them down a couple months ago and they are coming back with more bushy branches. Never thought of giving them some food, might try it for some blooms.

Went through my vacation photos and only found this back lit photo, an flower on an apple cactus plant.

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morganc

morganc
Austin, TX
(Zone 8b)

July 7, 2013
1:58 PM

Post #9590387

Sunkissed - Stunning flower.

Dinu

Dinu
Mysore
India
(Zone 10a)

July 14, 2013
9:43 PM

Post #9599308

Got one yesterday. In recent day we have cloudy weather.
Thunbergia.

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morganc

morganc
Austin, TX
(Zone 8b)

July 14, 2013
10:24 PM

Post #9599331

Dinu - beautiful...looks like it's heart is lighted up!


It's been so hot here lately that all my pics revolve around water...LOL.

Bees getting drink at bird bath
Sprinkler and Elephant Ear leaves
Magic drops!
Bubbling fountain

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pearl
(Deb) Pensacola, FL
(Zone 8a)

July 14, 2013
10:33 PM

Post #9599335

Another great forum. Yellow daylily is the first picture. Mexican petunia for the second and the third one is a bright yellow mushroom.

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Dinu

Dinu
Mysore
India
(Zone 10a)

July 14, 2013
11:29 PM

Post #9599360

pearl, I'm glad you have found this thread-series. Nice pictures you showed us. Interesting yellow mushroom!
morganc, again, good ones from you... did you use flash for the 3rd picture of the fountain? That water sitting like ice is good to see. And glowing bees!

smashedcactus

smashedcactus
Cannelton, IN
(Zone 6b)

July 15, 2013
5:29 AM

Post #9599480

An Opuntia and thee pictures of what I believe is a Parodia.

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sunkissed

sunkissed
Winter Springs, FL
(Zone 9b)

July 15, 2013
9:07 AM

Post #9599693

Nice shots, the mushroom is a great back lit. I always like the cactus blooms, and water shots are a great idea. Dinu, sometimes I think you're taking pictures in my garden, so many of the same plants. ☺

Some Caladiums and orchid flowers

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pearl
(Deb) Pensacola, FL
(Zone 8a)

July 16, 2013
5:06 PM

Post #9601544

This is what's blooming in my garden.

Star-gazer Lily

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sunkissed

sunkissed
Winter Springs, FL
(Zone 9b)

July 18, 2013
6:30 AM

Post #9603393

Wow pearl so pretty you need to join us on the FL forum, Plants blooming today...
http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1325758/

We just started our third thread, fun to see everyone's FL blooms.

Dinu

Dinu
Mysore
India
(Zone 10a)

July 21, 2013
10:04 AM

Post #9607085

Caught two frames today. One is the MG - Pink Star and the other is a gourd.
On facebook I gave the caption "Between the sun and the camera", instinctively!.

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morganc

morganc
Austin, TX
(Zone 8b)

July 21, 2013
5:14 PM

Post #9607559

pearl - love your mushroom...and wish we could grow stargazers here. Grew one once, then plant croaked in our heat.

Dinu - thank you, no, I did not use a flash. Love the clarity of the plant fuzz. You are on FB?

smashed - I always LOVE your flowers...but not the cactus...get my point?? LOL

Sunkissed - great shots as always...I think I got the water idea from you (I think) :-)


1. Esperanza
2. Guara and Vincas
3. Lily of the Nile
4. Petunia

These were all taken with my familiar comfy camera. But got a new SLR and don't know the first thing about how to use the thing...will have to learn before I post. Taking mostly crappy pics now...LOL.

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smashedcactus

smashedcactus
Cannelton, IN
(Zone 6b)

July 21, 2013
6:11 PM

Post #9607645

Mammallaria "Silken Pincushion". morganc, Here's a point that might get you hooked, LOL.

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Dinu

Dinu
Mysore
India
(Zone 10a)

July 21, 2013
9:18 PM

Post #9607834

smashed, that is velcro-like hooks!
morganc, some of the water shots you must see on f/b - my DD has taken, of course she saw some of mine and she went one step ahead what with her SLR.
I liked the Nile picture - somehow I get drawn to such pleasing colours.

morganc

morganc
Austin, TX
(Zone 8b)

July 23, 2013
12:57 AM

Post #9609100

smashed - I have a habit of caressing my plants, feeling if they need water, admiring their foliage. Not going to happen with pincushions. So I will happily admire yours from a very safe distance. :-)

morganc

morganc
Austin, TX
(Zone 8b)

July 28, 2013
10:29 AM

Post #9614331

Went out to the garden with new camera looking for "back-lit" shots to take...saw this guy...kind of nasty looking...but gorgeous color. Got a bit of a wing back-lit...so thought I would share him with you all.

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Dinu

Dinu
Mysore
India
(Zone 10a)

July 30, 2013
9:30 AM

Post #9616412

A blue wasp... quite amazing.

Pink star open this morning, lit against the sky.

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morganc

morganc
Austin, TX
(Zone 8b)

July 30, 2013
10:02 AM

Post #9616436

Is that a Morning Glory Dinu? So lovely.

Dinu

Dinu
Mysore
India
(Zone 10a)

July 30, 2013
11:54 AM

Post #9616547

Yes it is, Pink Star. Here it is JFYI, not backlit though.

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morganc

morganc
Austin, TX
(Zone 8b)

July 30, 2013
9:53 PM

Post #9617015

They are such a beautiful flower...a flow-er of beauty to us. :-)

Hey - how about we do a part 19 on this forum...this is getting way too big.

http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1327536/

sunkissed

sunkissed
Winter Springs, FL
(Zone 9b)

August 16, 2013
5:15 AM

Post #9632154

I'll head over to the new forum, but wanted to say the blue wasp is really a great catch.

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