Blackberry Lily

30 07 2013

Blackberry Lily (Belamcanda chinensis), photographed at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens

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Blackberry Lily lorez





Iridescence

30 07 2013

Iridescent (unidentified) bug on Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta); photographed at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens

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Green Bug on Rudbeckia





Celosia (Cockscomb Flower)

30 07 2013

Celosia (Cockscomb Flower); photographed at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens

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Celosia lorez





Cleome (Spider flower)

30 07 2013

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Cleome lorez





Summer beauties in the afternoon light

30 07 2013

Black-eyed Susan (Rubeckia hirta), photographed at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens

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Rudbeckia Cluster





Summer Azure butterfly on Black-eyed Susan

30 07 2013

Summer Azure butterfly (Celastrina neglecta) on Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta); photographed at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens

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WhiteButterflyRudbeckia





Eastern Tiger Swallowtail on Orange Tiger Lily

30 07 2013

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus) on Orange Tiger Lily (Tigrinum Splendens), photographed at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens

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EasternTIgeronTIgerLily





Silver-spotted skipper

30 07 2013

Silver-spotted skipper (Epargyreus clarus) on chives (I think it is chives); photographed at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens

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SilverSpottedSkipper





Tropical Water Lily ‘Panama Pacific’

27 07 2013

(Nymphaea) Tropical Water Lily ‘Panama Pacific’, photographed at Brookside Gardens. Look at the upper left (top) petal—see the tiny stowaway damselfly? I didn’t notice it until I zoomed in on the image in Photoshop!

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PinkYellow Waterlily lorez

 





Rusty-tipped Page on Mountain Mint

27 07 2013

Rusty-tipped Page (Siproeta epaphus), also know as the Brown Siproeta, on Mountain Mint (Pycnanthemum incanum); photographed at the Wings of Fancy exhibit at Brookside Gardens

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Brown Tip





Swallowtail butterfly (species unknown)

26 07 2013

Photographed at the Wings of Fancy exhibit at Brookside Gardens

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Butterfly 1

 





Malachite butterfly

26 07 2013

Malachite butterfly (Siproeta stelenes), a neotropical brush-footed butterfly, photographed at Brookside Gardens in their Wings of Fancy exhibit

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Malachite Butterfly lorez





‘Ollalie Late Red’ Daylily

26 07 2013

‘Ollalie Late Red’ Daylily (Hemerocalis hybrid), photographed at Brookside Gardens

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Daylily lorez





Calder-esque

26 07 2013

I photographed this beautiful (unidentified) tree outside the visitors center at Brookside Gardens yesterday morning. I thought it looked like an Alexander Calder mobile.

UPDATE: Thanks to a fellow gardener/blogger, Les (of www.atidewatergardener.blogspot.com), I think we may have an identification—Euphorbia cotinifolia.

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Calderesque





Tropical Water Lily ‘Blue Beauty’

25 07 2013

Tropical Water Lily (Nymphaea) ‘Blue Beauty’, photographed at Brookside Gardens in Wheaton, MD

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Purple Water Lilies





Katydid

21 07 2013

My friend Michael and I think this might be a tiny Handsome Meadow Katydid nymph (Orchelimum pulchellum) because of the blue tint to the eyes. I photographed it at McKee-Beshers Wildlife Management Area this morning.

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HandsomeMeadowKatydid





(Unidentified) beetle on Chicory bloom

20 07 2013

I photographed this red headed fellow at one of the McKee-Beshers sunflower fields this morning, alongside my fellow avid photographers, Heather Callin, Michael Powell and Marisa Sarto.

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RedHeadBeetleChicory lorez





From Celebration Home Magazine, Summer 2013: How to Plan a Photography Exhibit Reception

18 07 2013

In spring 2012, I had my first botanical photography exhibit, “Garden Muse: A Botanical Portfolio,” at Green Spring Gardens in Alexandria, VA. Barbara Kelley of Kelley Hospitality (who is also the editor-in-chief and my partner with Celebrate Home Magazine), did a phenomenal job of catering the reception in mid-April. There wasn‘t a crumb left of anything when the event was over!

Barbara shares her recipes and party tips in “Inspired by the Garden: Garden Muse Tea Reception,” in the summer issue of Celebrate Home Magazine. I am forever grateful to her for all her hard work and very major contributions to that very special day! Special thanks to Hollace Goodman, who served as catering assistant, for her work as well. Special thanks Ed Fagan of Columbia Photography and Margot Juliette Storch for photographing the event for us. I recapped the event on this blog in the links below:

http://cindydyer.wordpress.com/2012/04/18/scenes-from-an-exhibit-reception-part-1/

http://cindydyer.wordpress.com/2012/04/18/scenes-from-an-exhibit-reception-part-2/

http://cindydyer.wordpress.com/2012/05/07/more-scenes-from-a-reception-for-garden-muse-a-botanical-portfolio/

View the issue as reader spreads (my favorite!):

CHM Summer 2013 Spreads

View the issue as single pages (suitable for printing out the recipes):

CHM Summer 2013 Single Pages

Splurge and purchase a beautiful print copy on magcloud.com (no markup; at cost + shipping):

http://www.magcloud.com/browse/issue/600404

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Want a free photography lesson on photographing flowers and gardens?

18 07 2013

Read my feature, “Garden Photography,” in the summer issue of Celebrate Home Magazine. I share tips on shooting, what’s in my bag, notes on specific photos to teach about composition and light, and my favorite resources and websites. The issue will also be available for purchase through magcloud.com (at cost + shipping; see link below) on our website, www.celebratehomemagazine.com soon.

View the issue as reader spreads (my favorite!):

CHM Summer 2013 Spreads

View the issue as single pages (suitable for printing):

CHM Summer 2013 Single Pages

Splurge and purchase a beautiful print copy on magcloud.com (no markup; at cost + shipping):

http://www.magcloud.com/browse/issue/600404

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Photography and design by Cindy Dyer. All rights reserved.

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Celebrate Home Magazine, Summer 2013: Ready to download!

18 07 2013

The summer 2013 issue of Celebrate Home Magazine is ready for FREE download! It may be my most favorite issue yet! We’ll have it available on our website as well at http://www.celebratehomemagazine.com, or you can download it in the links below. Please feel free to pass on the link to your family and friends. The more “clicks” we get, the better!

Here’s what you’ll find in this issue:

HOME
Up a Creek with Lots of Memories—The Havermann family finds a place to play in a vacation 
home on St. Leonard’s Creek in southern Maryland.

FOOD & ENTERTAINING
Light and Lively Summer Fare—Chef Emily Doermann whips up a tasty summer meal.

Not-a-Burger—Everyone loves a burger on the grill during summer. If you’re not a meat-eater, here is an alternative that can’t be beat!

Six Summer Sips—Mixologist Karen Covey shares sizzling summer drinks to beat the heat.

Space Cake—Put down that Moon Pie and try this heirloom cake without-of-the-world taste.

Inspired by the Garden: Garden Muse Tea Reception—Barbara Kelley caters a photography exhibit reception to remember.

Summer Tablescapes—Usher in summer with cool summer-inspired tablescapes.

THE ARTIST
Shoe-la-la, Ooh-la-la!—A popular children’s book is the inspiration for a mural in 
a shoe-loving little girl’s room.

HOME
That 80s House—A bathroom gets a new lease on life.

Rest for the Weary—Create a welcoming guestroom for your visitors.

GARDENING
Ode to a Chicken—Becka Davis pays homage to a beloved feathered friend.

Suburban Agriculture: Confessions of a Brown Thumb—Maria Hufnagel shares her experience as a first-time gardener.

Fashioning a Fairy Garden—Kristin Clem connects with her inner child and creates 
a miniature fairy paradise.

HOW-TO
Photographing Your Garden Through the Seasons—Photographer Cindy Dyer shares her tips for creating captivating images in the garden.

THE COLLECTOR
Rampant Biblioholism—Marisa Sarto interviews CHM’s art director/photographer, Cindy Dyer, 
and discovers how a love of books has shaped her collection.

So Charming—Ginger Garneau shares her lifelong passion for charm bracelets.

CRAFT
Fit to Tied (and Dyed): Fun and Easy Wearables Made with T-shirts—Achieve amazing results with inexpensive t-shirts, colorful dyes, simple 
knotting and a pair of scissors!

PERSPECTIVES
Living Spontaneously, Finding Roots by Martha Bizzell
Celebrating Life at the Table by Gina Waterfield
The Home of My Dreams by Stephanie Simpson
Home is… by Bo Mackison
Saying Goodbye by William Lee
Respect for Home by Birgitte Tarding
Always Growing by Lisa Westfall

View the issue as reader spreads (my favorite!):

CHM Summer 2013 Spreads

View the issue as single pages (suitable for printing):

CHM Summer 2013 Single Pages

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CHM Summer 2013 Cover Blog





Cardinal flower yin-yang

15 07 2013

I was drawn to way the background this shot of a Cardinal flower was divided into dark and light, foliage and sky, yin and yang.

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Cardinal Yen Yang





Cardinal Flower

14 07 2013

Lobelia cardinalis is a perennial herbaceous plant is often found in wet places such as stream banks and swamps. This Virginia native wildflower blooms in August and is pollinated by hummingbirds. Photographed at Green Spring Gardens in Alexandria, Virginia

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Cardinal lorez





Globe Artichoke

14 07 2013

The Globe Artichoke (Cynara cardunculus) is a perennial thistle. If the buds or “globes” aren’t harvested, six-inch bluish-purple thistle-like flowers will form. I shot this image at Green Spring Gardens this morning.

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Artichoke Thistle lorez





Re-post: Eastern Tiger Swallowtail on ‘Zowie’ Zinnia

14 07 2013

Originally posted July 27, 2010

Overcast and very pleasant day, perfect for a quick (and fruitful) lunchtime shoot at Green Spring Gardens. This is an Eastern Tiger Swallowtail on a ‘Zowie’ Zinnia.

Note: I was actually trying to get a shot (with the tripod in place) of just the two Zinnias when the Swallowtail landed on one of the flowers. I held my breath and got just two shots before it flew off. I live for moments (and wild color) like this!

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Same time, last year re-post: Mating Monarchs

14 07 2013

Photographed at Brookside Gardens’ Wings of Fancy exhibit; the blue/purple blobs in the background are Plumbago flowers

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Blooming in my garden today: Scabiosa (Pincushion flower)

7 07 2013

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Scabiosa lorez





From the archives: Kenilworth Park & Aquatic Gardens

7 07 2013

A sampling of photos taken at Kenilworth Park & Aquatic Gardens over the past few years

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Sacred Lotus

7 07 2013

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White Lotus





Lily pads

7 07 2013

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Lily Pads





Sacred Indian Lotus (Nelumbo nucifera)

7 07 2013

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Lotus Blossom Closed





Sacred Indian Lotus

7 07 2013

Photographed at Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens this (very, very hot and humid) morning….field trip with both my Michaels, our summer guest Marisa, and new fellow photographer Heather. Did I mention how HOT it was this morning?

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Sacred Lotus lorez