My USPS Stamps to date!

22 06 2022

I’m working on updating and revising my photography-only website and created this collage as a side project. These are the 11 stamps with my images that have been published since 2014.

© 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2022 United States Postal Service





Columbine and hosta leaves

17 05 2022

© Cindy Dyer. All rights reserved.





Bearded irises in my garden

17 05 2022

© Cindy Dyer. All rights reserved.





Lotsa purple! Siberian irises, Columbine and Spiderwort

17 05 2022

© Cindy Dyer. All rights reserved.





Daffodils!

18 04 2022

© Cindy Dyer. All rights reserved.

Nikon D850 / Nikkor 105mm micro





Tulip ‘Lady Jane’

18 04 2022

© Cindy Dyer. All rights reserved.

Nikon D850, Nikkor 105mm micro





Tulips

13 04 2022

© Cindy Dyer. All rights reserved.

Nikon D850 with Nikkor 105mm micro lens





Tulip

13 04 2022

© Cindy Dyer. All rights reserved.

iPhone 12 Pro Max with Camera+ 2 app in macro mode





My 2022 Global Stamp Debuts!

14 03 2022

Today’s the day!

It’s the first day of issue of the 2022 Global Stamp (with my photo of an African daisy) in Kansas City, MO.

Look for it at your local post office, or you can order online here:

https://store.usps.com/store/results?Ntt=african%20daisy…

This round Global stamp can be used to mail a one-ounce letter to any country to which First-Class Mail International® service is available. As with all Global stamps, this stamp will have a postage value equivalent to the price of the single-piece First-Class Mail International first-ounce machinable letter in effect at the time of use.





Global Forever® Stamp for 2022!

12 01 2022

The USPS issued their very first Global Forever® stamp in 2013 (and it was a globe, appropriately). The USPS sends mail to over 190 countries, and guess whose photo of an African Daisy is going to be on the 2022 Global Forever® stamp? Drum roll, please…..

MINE!

I just got an email informing me that the news of the debut was released to the public today, so I can share the exciting news here!

USPS Reveals More Stamps for 2022: https://about.usps.com/…/0111-usps-reveals-more-stamps…

You can send 1 oz letters or postcards around the world with one Global Forever® stamp, which currently costs $1.30 and never expires, even if the postage price goes up. For large envelopes (flats) up to 15.994 oz, postage prices vary based on weight and destination.

The African Daisy stamp is being issued in self-adhesive panes of 10. This stamp will be released in Kansas City, MO, without a first-day-of-issue ceremony, on March 14. Sometimes the Postal Store will allow you to pre-order stamps from their website. I think they sometimes put issuances on pre-sale 30 days before issuance, so you might check out their site mid-February: usps.com/shop and then go to Stamps and search for African Daisy.

This is the 11th image I’ve had published as a Forever® stamp. Previously, I had images for: Ferns 2014, Water Lilies 2015 and Kenilworth Park (as part of the National Park Service 100th Anniversary 16-stamp panel) in 2016.





Stargazer lilies

12 07 2021

© Cindy Dyer. All rights reserved.

Thought I’d play with the black velvet background behind this group of Stargazer lilies blooming in my backyard garden this afternoon. I’ve previously done single blooms (mostly of Bearded irises), but wanted to see what the effect would be for an entire grouping of blooms. I shot this image with my iPhone 12 Pro Max using the Camera+ 2 app in macro mode.





Alliums

19 05 2021

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Irises at Green Spring Gardens

19 05 2021

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Pocket garden, year #2

19 05 2021

And so it begins—my second year of creating the “hanging garden of Babylon,” as Michael calls it. This year I added a lot more punchy color with red and pink polka dot plants and geraniums with colorful leaves. I added an Asparagus fern, coleus, white and green polka dot plants, sweet potato vines in three color variations and several ivies. Stay tuned for the metamorphosis!





Bleeding hearts

18 05 2021

© Cindy Dyer. All rights reserved.

(Nikon D850, Nikkor 105mm micro lens)





Bearded iris in my garden

8 05 2021

© Cindy Dyer. All rights reserved. (iPhone 12 Pro Max, Camera+ 2 app in macro mode)





Japanese Roof Iris

29 04 2021

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Nikon D850 / Nikkor 105mm micro





Peony ‘Henri Potin’

26 04 2021

© Cindy Dyer. All rights reserved.

(iPhone 12 Pro Max, Camera+ 2 app in macro mode)





Roof iris ‘Alba’

26 04 2021

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(iPhone 12 Pro Max, Camera+ 2 app in macro mode)





Siberian iris with bumblebee

26 04 2021

© Cindy Dyer. All rights reserved. (iPhone 12 Pro Max, Camera+ 2 app in macro mode)





Feed me, Seymour!

14 04 2021

This one is, well, um, interesting. It’s got a Little Shop of Horrors “Feed me, Seymour” vibe. I’ll capture it fully unfurled and see if its demeanor changes.

© Cindy Dyer. All rights reserved.





Parrot tulips blooming in my new flower bed

14 04 2021

© Cindy Dyer. All rights reserved.





Bleeding hearts

11 04 2021

© Cindy Dyer. All rights reserved. (iPhone 12 Pro Max, Camera+ 2 app in macro mode)





Tulip blooming in my garden

10 04 2021

© Cindy Dyer. All rights reserved. (iPhone 12 Pro Max, Camera+ 2 app in macro mode)





Grape hyacinth (Muscari) in my garden

9 04 2021

© Cindy Dyer. All rights reserved. (iPhone 12 Pro Max, Camera+ 2 app in macro mode)





African daisy (Osteospermum)

31 03 2021

© Cindy Dyer. All rights reserved. (iPhone 12 Pro Max, Camera+ 2 app in macro mode)





African daisy (Osteospermum)

31 03 2021

© Cindy Dyer. All rights reserved. (iPhone 12 Pro Max, Camera+ 2 app in macro mode)





Ginkgo branches

23 11 2020

© Cindy Dyer. All rights reserved.





Sunday sky

1 11 2020

© Cindy Dyer. All rights reserved. (iPhone 8Plus, Snapseed app border)

Icarus flying too close to the sun (see him above, left?)




Signs of fall #2

1 10 2020

© Cindy Dyer. All rights reserved. (iPhone 8Plus, Snapseed 2 app border)





Signs of fall #1

1 10 2020

© Cindy Dyer. All rights reserved. (iPhone 8Plus, Snapseed app borders)





My Garden Photography Workshop at River Farm

9 09 2020


Yours truly is leading a garden photography workshop on Saturday, October 17, at River Farm, home to the American Horticulture Society!

What I’ll be teaching can apply to everything from a DSLR to a point-n-shoot to your smartphone.

The workshop is 1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., with a lecture and hands-on guidance photographing in the gardens at River Farm. (I just attended a botanical illustration workshop a few weeks ago, so I know the social distancing/mask wearing is in effect there.) The event will be held exclusively outdoors under their big event tent. Their address is 7931 E Boulevard Dr, Alexandria, VA 22308.

If you’re local and want to attend, learn more in the link below!

https://connect.ahsgardening.org/river-farm-events/2020/garden-photography-workshop—non-members

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Runnymeade Garden Club

25 07 2020

When my friend Elizabeth recently mentioned the flyer (on Facebook) that I sent out to residents when I started the Runnymeade Garden Club (eons ago), she described it exactly as I created it—little colorful squares with photos taken around my garden and in the neighborhood. I just came across the front and back covers of the brochure I distributed around the neighborhood. I have no idea what I did for the inside of the piece–will have to locate the file. But for now, here are the two covers. On the back cover, you’ll see a tabby cat in the lower righthand corner—that was my sweet boy, Jasper. I hosted the garden club for about four or five years (I don’t remember exactly how long), then needed to step back for personal and business reasons—I put a lot of time, effort and money into this wonderful group of “Weedettes.” It was just what I needed during those years, and I made many wonderful long-lasting friendships as a result.

FlyerFront

FlyerBack





Hibiscus

19 07 2020

© Cindy Dyer. All rights reserved. iPhone 8plus, Camera+2 app in macro mode

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Orange Jessamine (Orange Jasmine)

19 07 2020

Orange Jessamine (Murraya paniculata)

© Cindy Dyer. All rights reserved.  iPhone 8Plus, Camera+2 app in macro mode

Attachment-1 copy





Morning glory blooms

17 07 2020

© Cindy Dyer. All rights reserved.

WEB Morning Glories





Daylily

14 07 2020

© Cindy Dyer. All rights reserved. Nikon D850, Nikkor 105mm micro

WEB Blush Peach Daylily

 





Rudbeckia

14 07 2020

© Cindy Dyer. All rights reserved. Nikon D850, Nikkor 105mm micro

WEB Rudbeckia Jumble

WEB Rudbeckia Group

 





Tiny Daylily

14 07 2020

© Cindy Dyer. All rights reserved. Nikon D850, Nikkor 105mm micro

WEB Tiny Daylily

 





Crocosmia

14 07 2020

Crocosmias are part of the Iris family. Originally from South Africa, the name comes from the Greek words for “saffron” and “smell.”

© Cindy Dyer. All rights reserved. Nikon D850, Nikkor 105mm micro

WEB Red Exotic Flower





Bumblebee on Coneflower

13 07 2020

© Cindy Dyer. All rights reserved. (Nikon D850, Nikkor 105mm micro)

WEB Bumblebee Coneflower





Daylilies

13 07 2020

For this shot, I diffused the light shining directly on the daylilies, but allowed the bright dappled sunlight to filter through in the background.

© Cindy Dyer. All rights reserved. Nikon D850 / Nikkor 105mm micro
WEB Three Red Daylilies




Daylilies

13 07 2020

© Cindy Dyer. All rights reserved. Nikon D850 / Nikkor 105mm micro

WEB Maroon Yellow Daylilies





Daylily

13 07 2020

© Cindy Dyer. All rights reserved. Nikon D850 / Nikkor 105mm micro

WEB Meadowlark Daylily 1





Hydrangea blues

22 06 2020

© Cindy Dyer. All rights reserved.

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Stargazer lilies

20 06 2020
My huge cluster of stargazer lilies put on quite a show a few weeks ago! 18 blooms across four plants, and so fragrant that I could smell them from the front porch! 

Shot with my iPhone 8Plus

© Cindy Dyer. All rights reserved.

Attachment-1 (28)





“Hosta seeds” (NOT)

11 06 2020

A few weeks ago I shared a post about some unusual color hostas available from a FB ad. I took the bait and paid $12.95 (including shipping) for “200 hosta seeds” from a company called Garden Gate (apparently NOT affiliated with the magazine of the same name). My hostas in the backyard garden are gorgeous this year, so I thought, why not add some new varieties–and with those colors (which I admit seemed a bit suspect, but I was smitten already!) would mean color in the garden when nothing else was blooming. Plus, hostas are perennial and easy care plants. I’ve never seen a hosta seed and didn’t know whether they grew from seeds in the first place. Win-win, yes?

I then read reviews saying you will NOT get 200. You will NOT get actual hosta “seeds.” And there is no hot pink hosta in existence.

So I promptly wrote to PayPal and told them what I thought of this company. I was refunded just a few days later. Then today, I just got these “hosta seeds.” Not 200, by a stretch. But since they’re FREE and I’m curious by nature, I’m gonna plant them and let you know what transpires. (They look like tulip bulbs or something smaller. Someone commented and said they look like garlic cloves, which they do. No garlic smell, though.)

Also, the box was already open. Guess whoever tampered with the box saw “hosta seeds” and considered it a bust. Wish me luck on whatever these are. 😜

Just counted them….24.25 “hosta seeds.”

Hosta seeds





Blooming in my garden: Oriental lily ‘Stargazer’

3 06 2020

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iPhone 8Plus, Camera+2 app in macro mode

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Blooming in my garden: Asiatic lilies

3 06 2020

© Cindy Dyer. All rights reserved.
iPhone 8Plus, Camera+2 app in macro mode

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Blooming in my garden: Asiatic lily

3 06 2020

© Cindy Dyer. All rights reserved.
iPhone 8Plus, Camera+2 app in macro mode

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