Time to Revel at Revel!

Recently my wife and I celebrated our 42nd Wedding Anniversary (June 6). Last week my wife retired from her job as a High School French Teacher. I can’t wait to see what the next chapter in our life will be although it will probably begin with the publication of my first novel. We are now editing the novel together. In any case these events require a little celebration so tomorrow we are off to Revel in Atlantic City and have a spa day on Wednesday at the Bask Spa. Why, because we deserve it. I am sure there will be some new pictures when we return.Meanwhile please check out my other images at my commercial gallery.

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Giverny Geraniums

Some people think that all flowers are created equally. I mean why should a tulip that is located in Holland be any better than a tulip in my garden? A geranium is a geranium right? Well maybe so but these geraniums were growing in Monet’s water garden in Giverny near Vernon France so to me, they are special not because of the flower but because of the background. This is not available for sale because I didn’t have a tripod and had to compromise on the exposure settings and this was hand held at ISO 400 f5.6 for 1/80th of a second. You can see other works of nature and buy prints at my commercial gallery.

Giverny Geraniums

Giverny Geraniums

Chicago Mounties?

I never did get an answer as to who are these people? I took this picture years ago near Michigan Ave and the Water Tower. I have never seen them since. I don’t think they are mounted police and there wasn’t anything special going on in the city when we were there for the Print Show at McCormick place. So who are these people and why are they dressed like colonial soldiers? If you want to see other images from my Chicago gallery , click here.

Horses on Michigan

Horses on Michigan

This Picture Makes Me Sneeze

The other day while photographing pansies in our garden, I began to sneeze. Nothing unusual, I have been an allergy sufferer for my whole life. Satisfied I got a good exposure I uploaded the image to my computer and at first I though I must have a dirty sensor or need to clean the back element of my lens. Upon closer examination, I realized there was nothing wrong. Those little yellow spots on on the beautiful red petals are actually little globs of pollen and not an image defect. See more images of flowers and buy prints at my commercial gallery.

Red Pansy

Red Pansy

Hey, Who You Calling a Pansy?

Pansies are derived from the viola species and are colorful hybrid flowers that bloom in the spring. Pansies are perennials but in colder climates may not survive winters and future generations become smaller and less colorful. This is a close up of one growing in our Pocono Mountain garden. You may buy a print of this image and see others at my commercial gallery.

Purple Pansy

Purple Pansy

Digitalis

Digitalis is a medication prescribed to certain heart patients. Digitalis toxicity is a complication of digitalis therapy, or it may be occur when someone takes too much of the drug at one time. (This is called an acute ingestion.) Digitalis is made from the plant Foxglove (see my post earlier this week Folksglove). To me it is interesting that certain medicines can also be poison if too much is ingested. One of the reasons to grow this plant in a mountain garden is that animals will not eat it and therefore the Deer and Rabbits stay away form your garden. You can buy a print of this image at my commercial gallery.

Foxglove source of Digitalis

Foxglove source of Digitalis

Droplets

Pansies are beautiful short lived spring flowers. If you treat them right, they may also bloom again in the fall. I love the vibrance of the colors. I also like the way the water droplets are captured by the petals and how they seem to sometimes to be glued there for hours. You can buy a print of this one and see others at my commercial gallery.

Water Drops on Pansies

Water Drops on Pansies