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

Folksglove

After taking this picture yesterday, I asked my lovely wife and resident plant expert where Foxglove got its name. She replied, “I dunno”. So I turned to the source of all knowledge and found this great site www.botanical.com. . Not only is this beautiful plant poison but it also has medical properties. The Foxglove derives its common name from the shape of the flowers resembling the finger of a glove. It was originally Folksglove – the glove of the ‘good folk’ or fairies, whose favourite haunts were supposed to be in the deep hollows and woody dells, where the Foxglove delights to grow. Folksglove is one of its oldest names, and is mentioned in a list of plants in the time of Edward III. You can buy a print of this beauty by clicking here.

Foxglove

The French Open and Pari-Roller

This weekend is the finals of the French Open. It is also Friday and time for the world’s largest skating event called Pari-Roller. Similar events occur in other european cities, but none as large as the Paris event which happens every Friday night but should be special tonight because of the French Open. The skaters begin to gather at Gare Montparnasse around 9:30 and get the week’s skating route. At 10 P.M. close to 10,000 skaters have gathered and begin to skate through the city until 3 A.M. Some dress in costumes, some are part of teams and some just come to watch, like me. This guy was the best and you can buy a T-shirt by clicking here.

Le Roller

Le Roller

My Favorite Model

I have had a wonderful life so far and over the years photographed a lot of people. However, my favorite model has always been my wonderful bride. This year we celebrate our 42nd year of marriage and we are still happy and in love. Isn’t that the way it is supposed to work? This is her in the early 1970’s near Philadelphia Pennsylvania. Check out more of my images by clicking here.

My Favorite Model

My Favorite Model

Chinatown Chicago?

Most visitors think of Chicago as an ethnic melting pot. A stew of irish,Italian, hispanic,Russian,Polish and Chinese? Really? Chinese? There is a large ethnic Chinese neighborhood in Chicago located on the South Side, centered on Cermak and Wentworth Avenues, and is an example of an American Chinatown. OK, it’s not as big as the ones in New York, San Francisco or Seattle but has essentially the same stuff; authentic restaurants,dojos, food stores and shops selling everything from crap to high end objects d’art and jewelry. You can see more images from Chicago and buy prints at my commercial gallery.

Chicago's Chinatown

Chicago’s Chinatown

We’re Back!

I always know it is the most beautiful time of the year when the hummingbirds return. It seems like right after we plant the geraniums they show up. We always have at least a pair. They love the red and pink flowers and seem to prefer geraniums, honeysuckle, and fuchsia. You can buy a prints of these at my commercial gallery by clicking here.

Hummingbird Close Up

Hummingbird Close Up

Hummingbird

Hummingbird

Pocono Iris

Each year Iris puts on a show and each year there are more and more in the garden so we divide them up and create other Iris pockets. This was taken on a Nikon D3100 with a 50mm-300mm Nikon Lens at 240mm at f11 for 1/160th of a second at an ISO of 400. You can buy a print of this one by clicking here.

Pocono Iris

Pocono Iris