Curl

12 04 2018

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Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

6 08 2017

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus)

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Honey bee on Jerusalem artichoke bloom

6 08 2017

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Green Frog (Rana clamitans)

6 08 2017

Green Frog (Rana clamitans), photographed at McKee-Beshers Wildlife Management Area in Poolesville, MD

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Canna blooms

3 08 2017

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Canna blooms

3 08 2017

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Honeybee on ‘Sombrero Adobe Orange’ coneflower

12 07 2017

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Butterfly ginger

12 07 2017

Butterfly ginger (Hedychium coronarium)

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Skipper on ‘Sombrero Adobe Orange’ coneflower

12 07 2017

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Skipper on Purple coneflower

12 07 2017

Skipper on Purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea)

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Ptilotus Exaltus ‘Joey’

12 07 2017

Here’s a shot I got at the rock garden at Green Spring Gardens. Is this not the cutest little plant? It looks like hundreds of little hot pink lipsticks. Each spike is only about 3-4″ tall. It’s a drought tolerant and heat resistant plant from Australia. It’s called Mulla Mulla or Joey Lamb’s Tail (Ptilotus Exaltus ‘Joey’) How’s that for a name?

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Hoverfly on a Shasta daisy

12 07 2017

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Hoverfly (also known as a flower fly or syrphid fly) on a Shasta daisy

Here’s a random fact I just came across: there is a flower fly found only in the cloud forests of Costa Rica that is named for Bill Gates (Bill Gates’ flower fly). Another one is named after Gates’ associate Paul Allen (Paul Allen’s flower fly). The flies were named such in recognition of their “great contributions to the science of Dipterology” (From the order Diptera, which includes insects that use just two wings to fly)

So now you know, too. You’re welcome. 😁

But wait! There’s more! Curiosity took me to a site that answered my burning question—how long do hoverflies live? A lot shorter life than I imagined! Here’s the answer:

Their live span is similar to other flies. They can live anywhere between 15 to 30 days and it all depends on the climate and temperature they are in.





Bell Agapanthus

12 07 2017

Bell Agapanthus (Aganpanthus campanulatus)

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Tiger on a tiger: Eastern Tiger swallowtail on Tiger lily

12 07 2017

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Buffet line: Skippers on Purple coneflower

12 07 2017

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Daylily ‘Moonlit Masquerade’

12 07 2017

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Skipper butterfly

12 07 2017

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Skipper butterfly on Verbena bonariensis (also called Vervain)

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‘Sombrero Adobe Orange’ coneflowers

12 07 2017

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Eastern Amberwing dragonfly

26 06 2017

Going through my dragonfly photo archives and came across this “high key” photo of an Eastern Amberwing dragonfly (Perithemis tenera) perched on a waterlily bud. Amberwings are one of the smaller dragonflies. The depth of field is shallow on its wings, but I like this shot because the body and head is still sharp. The high key/bright sunlight works in this photo, too. Normally I try to shoot on overcast days or use a diffuser—but you can’t really use a diffuser on moving subjects! This was shot at Green Spring Gardens a couple of years ago.

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Female Blue Dasher dragonfly

26 06 2017

Female Blue Dasher dragonfly (Pachydiplax longipennis) on Sacred Lotus leaf

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Blue Dasher dragonfly

26 06 2017

Blue Dasher dragonfly (Pachydiplax longipennis) on water lily bud

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Daring Jumping spider on iris

26 06 2017

Daring Jumping spider (Phidippus audax) on an iris (unknown cultivar)

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Shrub Rose ‘Zaide’

26 06 2017

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Geranium ‘Roxanne’

26 06 2017

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Blooming in my garden: Gladiolas

26 06 2017

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Star of Persia (Allium christophii)

19 06 2017

Star of Persia (Allium christophii)

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Japanese iris (unknown cultivar)

21 05 2017

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Japanese Water iris (Iris ensata ‘Pin Stripe’)

21 05 2017

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Pitcher plants

21 05 2017

Pitcher plants (the white ones are Sarracenia leucophylla ‘Titan’ and I believe the red ones are Sarracenia rubra or sweet pitcher plant)

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Violas

18 05 2017

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Bicolor Violas web

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Larkspur blooms

18 05 2017

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Poppy

18 05 2017

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Poppy with Ansel Quote





Visual overload: Love-in-a-mist and peonies

16 05 2017

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ProfusionPeonyLove web





Spiderwort

16 05 2017
Virginia spiderwort (Tradescantia virginiana), if I’m not mistaken
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Lilac color spidewort web




Blue Flag iris ‘John Wood’

16 05 2017

Blue Flag iris ‘John Wood’ (Iris versicolor)

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Come a little bit closer…you’re my kind of bloom

16 05 2017

Love-in-a-mist (Nigella damascena)

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LoveMist Closeup web





A profusion of Love-in-a-mist blooms

16 05 2017

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Love-in-a-mist and peonies

16 05 2017

Lovely love-in-a-mist (Nigella damscena) against a backdrop of a cluster of deep pink-red peonies

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Star of Persia and Japanese sedge

16 05 2017

Star of Persia unopened bloom against Japanese sedge

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Star of Persia and Japanese sedge

16 05 2017

Star of Persia (Allium christophii) against a background of Japanese sedge (purple + lime green = WOW)

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Allium Japanese Sedge web





Hoverfly on ‘Sweet Kate’ spiderwort

16 05 2017

Flowerfly (or hoverfly) on ‘Sweet Kate’ spiderwort (I enlarged the little guy so you can see it closeup)

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Spiderwort with Hoverfly web

Hoverfly closeup





Copper iris

16 05 2017

Copper iris (Iris fulva)

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OrangeSiberian web





Bearded iris

16 05 2017

Yummy sherbet colors! This Bearded iris cultivar wasn’t labeled, so I don’t know what the name is. The colors were so delicious!

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Sherbet Iris web





Copper iris

16 05 2017

Copper iris (Iris fulva). I spent a blissful half hour photographing these irises under a tree canopy with the most beautiful background light filtering through—looking for the perfect bokeh (and waiting for the wind to behave)!

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Cicada on ‘Sweet Kate’ spiderwort

16 05 2017

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Urn orchid

15 05 2017

Urn orchid (Bletilla striata); also called Hyacinth orchid; photographed at Green Spring Gardens in Alexandria, VA

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Blue wild indigo

15 05 2017

Blue wild indigo or Blue false indigo (Baptisia australis), photographed at Green Spring Gardens

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Baptisia Purple web





‘Tropic Night’ Iris sibirica

15 05 2017

Iris sibirica ‘Tropic Night’ (Species is native from Europe to Western Asia and Siberia); photographed at Green Spring Gardens

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‘Cora Louise’ peony

15 05 2017

And here’s a giant peony—first time I’ve seen this one at Green Spring. The blooms were the size of salad plates!

UPDATE 5/1/2018: Special thanks to Lisa Jackson (she runs the store at Green Spring Gardens’ Horticultural Center) for the identification on this beautiful peony. It’s an “itoh” (intersectional hybrid) peony named ‘Cora Louise.’

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Cicada on Love-in-a-mist

15 05 2017

Ah…finally out and shooting flowers for the first time this season, thanks to the urging of my dear friend Michael Powell on this beautiful Sunday. We went to Green Spring Gardens to shoot and although it was pretty windy for photography, we both still managed to capture some images in between blusters! Here’s a shot I got of a cicada making its way through a cluster of love-in-a-mist blooms.

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