A Pile Of Clouds

This is in response to Cee’s Fun Photo Challenge, Piles or Stacks. ๐Ÿ™‚ The clouds the other day looked like they were piled on top of one another. It was so cool. And even cooler for me because with my new glasses, the edges of the clouds were so clear and the edges so sharp. ๐Ÿ˜€ (I always thought the edges of clouds were fuzzy so this was a little bit shocking to discover. ๐Ÿ˜†) I took quite a few photos and wanted to show how the pile of clouds changed over time:

If you look closely at the top right of this photo, you can see a dragonfly that photobombed me.ย ๐Ÿ˜ย I have other photos that I took of him in between taking photos of the clouds that I’ll share later. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Isn’t it amazing how they change? It’s so fun to cloud gaze. โค

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Playing With Fire – Again

Yup, I’m playing with fire again.ย ๐Ÿ˜…ย Last time was when my uncles were burning old magazines and newspapers. This time, it was a burn barrel with sticks. ๐Ÿ™‚ The photo challenge this week from Dutch Goes The Photo is Heat, and here is my entry.ย  ๐Ÿ˜€

Zoomed out shot of the fire in the barrel.

Zoomed in shot of the fire. It was hard to photograph fire because it jumped all over the place. It refused to stay still!

But I enjoy a challenge, and after about 100 photos, these were probably the best shots. I like the way the fire looks behind that stick. Whimsical and wispy.

Is it just me, or can you almost make out an angel in there?

And lastly, here are a few experimental shots of the fire that my camera did with the special effects. Sadly, I don’t know what the different effects are called:

Rainbow-like effects.

Reminds me of really old photos. I especially like how this one turned out for some reason.

Ever wondered what fire looks like in black and white? Well, wonder no more!ย ๐Ÿ˜‰

I had a lot of fun playing with fire that day. Hope you enjoyed seeing the results of that. ๐Ÿ™‚

Blood Red Lilies

I guess this is the last in the series of lily posts. (The first were the yellow lilies and the second were the orange lilies in case you missed it.) I didn’t get as many of the process this time for some reason. I thought I had but when the yellow and orange lilies bloomed, I guess I forgot to get more photos of these. Oops.

Babies!

Medium size bud – with a guardian. ๐Ÿ™‚

Almost ready to bloom…

Hello, red Asian Lily! ๐Ÿ˜

I love the rich red color. I didn’t expect these to bloom until this week, but they bloomed on the 31st of May.ย  These are the first lilies I bought about three years ago. ๐Ÿ™‚

Glowing Orange Lilies

I posted last week about my yellow lilies, but these orange ones actually opened first.

I didn’t expect any of my lilies to bloom until the beginning of June. Last year, they bloomed on the same day that my dog, Rosie, passed away. (The red ones may wait until June after all, but I was so happy to see the orange ones opening now!) Here are a few shots of them, from babies to blooming:

As you can see, it looks like they may have multiplied!ย ๐Ÿ˜

Looks like the newbies are too young to bloom, but maybe they will next year. ๐Ÿ˜€

Now it’s big enough to be seen. ๐Ÿ™‚

I little bigger…

BIGGER…

Here is the orange lilies’ spider guardian.ย ๐Ÿ˜‚

Opened! ๐Ÿ˜€

I absolutely adore these flowers.ย ๐Ÿ˜

And there we go! I hope you enjoyed the journey as much as I did, haha. ๐Ÿ˜Š

Shining Yellow Lilies

Dutch Goesย The Photo’s photo challenge last week was “shine” – though I fear I’m a bit late in posting for the challenge.ย ๐Ÿ˜… My yellow lilies seem to almost glowย in the dark in these photos – as if the flowers were made of sunshine. ๐Ÿ™‚

And here is a glimpse of the journey that they took to get there:

Plants but the buds are not visible yet.

The plants are bigger but the buds are still too small to see.

Here come the buds!

Fully grown buds – it was onlyย a matter of days. ๐Ÿ˜€

Hello, yellow Asian Lily! ๐Ÿ˜ย One of my favorite flowers! God added such detail to the petals.<3 In addition to these, I have orange ones,ย which are also open now (keep your eyes peeled, that post will probably come later this week), and red ones that are a little further behind and will probably open at the beginning of June. I bought pink ones this year and they already opened and died back. (If you missed them, you can see themย here.) I hope to add a new color every year! I really want purple, but I’ve never seen them locally… but I’ve never seen one I didn’t like so I’m sure I’ll find something. ๐Ÿ˜


Also, on a different note, I want to thank you all for the support – I got this in my notificationsย bell a few days ago:

And a special thanks to Keri L, who told me that my posts weren’t showing up in the reader because I was using too many tags and categories. โค Looks like it’s working now and people are seeing my posts. ๐Ÿ™‚

Purple Bearded Irises

After my grandma died a couple of years ago, we dug up her irises and brought them home. As long as I canย remember, she only had one to bloom, and the others had never bloomed. And they never bloomed for us either.

Until this year that is.ย ๐Ÿ˜

And they are PURPLE! (My favorite color.) As you can see,ย  was so excited about it that I took photos as the blooms developed. Here is the open bloom is all its glory:

Not only is it purple – it has little tiger stripe looking designs on the petals. You can see that better in the next photo. ๐Ÿ™‚

From the research my dad and I did, it looks like they are called Purple Bearded Irises. I am absolutely floored by the beauty of these flowers.

This is the top view.

And here is an experimental macro shot of the veins in a petal. I like how this turned out! I think it just screams at me to put a quote on it.

And as if I wasn’t excited enough about one bloom… a second iris decided to bloom about a week later.

As you can see, it is also a Purple Bearded Iris, but it is a slightlyย differentย shade of purple. I love the variety! I hope these decide to bloom again next year, along with a few more. ๐Ÿ˜€

Allergy Season Poetry And Flower Photos

April showers
Bring May flowers —
AHHHH — ACHOOOO!
Which apparently I’m allergic to.

April Showers
Bring May Flowers
And allergies which make me cough
And sneeze my head off.

April Showers
Bring May Flowers
And the use of many Kleenexes and Puffs
Because my sinuses can’t handle this pollen stuff.

Welcome April and then welcome May
Welcome the flowers that are here to stay
Long enough to make my head feel like a hot air balloon
And then make me wish they hadn’t come so soon.

The flowers are in full bloom.
My head feels like it might go BOOM.
My eyes turn into a waterfall,
And I wish that it were all —
OVER.

But then I see the petals fair;
Such beauty and color everywhere.
So I suffer the consequences and go
Bravely into the outdoors to take photos.

Allergy season, we have aย relationship of love and hate.
And I don’t know, maybe you reciprocate.
I’m not sure if I hate pollen or if pollen hates me more,
But there is one thing that I am sure —

It was worth the pain
To go out and gain
Flower photos such as these
In the midst of the allergies!

**None of these flowers are mine – they belong to a local nursery, except for the last one, which is the honeysuckle growing on my grandma’s fence. ๐Ÿ˜„