Friday, December 31, 2010

Trees covered with fresh snow

It is still snowing and it's a great pleasure to walk in the fresh, soft snow and take photos.
My intention was to take some snowflake macros in daylight. I've spent a few hours outdoors, even after dark but my macros didn't turn out as intended.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

New is the year, new are the hopes and the aspirations, new are the spirits and forever my warm wishes are for you. Have a promising and fulfilling new year!

Here are a few winter photos with fresh snow.
Snow on fir tree
Snow covered fir tree
Snow on tree branches
Fresh snow on a leaf-close up
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Friday, December 24, 2010

Wishing you a Merry Christmas!

I wish you all, my dear friends and visitors, a blessed and merry Christmas!
Merry Christmas
I Wish That I Could Wrap Up Christmas

I wish that I could wrap up all the love and Holiday cheer
That comes along with Christmas and with New Year's every year,
Pack it in a pretty box and put it on my shelf
And pull it down again each year and give it to myself.

I wish that I could tie up all my favorite carols with twine,
Wind around some ribbon, too, and for twelve months call them mine
Until the next Yuletide came when the sounds again could be unfurled
And untie every single one then give them to the world.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

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Sunday, December 12, 2010

Rose in snow-December rose

It is snowing, gently, slowly. There is no storm, it is not even cold; just the necessary -4 °C to let this beautiful natural phenomena happen.
There are still plenty of roses in the backyard that don't want to let go. They look as beautiful as ever, under the December snow.

For many years I haven't seen roses covered by snow, but I remember from my childhood, that roses are the last flowers that die in winter.
Red rose in December snow
Many years back, in a normal winter, first came the snow and just later, the frost. That's why, each year, in December we saw roses under snow.
December rose
Now, with this global warming, or who knows why, winters are different.
But today is a gorgeous day, I would like to have this on Christmas day.
December rose in snow
Rose covered with snow-December
Rose in snow
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Friday, December 10, 2010

Forget-me-not flower pictures-species

Forget-me-nots are popular companion plants in flowerbeds combined with tulips, daffodils and for other spring flowers, though the beautiful blue carpets formed by this ground hugging plant are spectacular on their own.
There are many species of Forget-me-not (Myosotis) but as they all have almost identical sky-blue flowers, it is difficult to tell them apart.
Forget-me-nots are members of the Borage family (Boraginaceae). Most of them are native to New Zealand but there are a few European species that we grow in our gardens.

Forget me not-closeup
True forget-me-not - Myosotis scorpioides is native to most of Europe and the western part of Asia.
Water Forget-me-not, on its other name, is a herbaceous perennial that grows 20-60 cm (8-20 in.)in wet areas, along rivers, stream banks and ponds.
It flowers in early summer with small, bright blue flowers with yellow, pink, or white centers.
The leaves of this plant are evergreen and are covered with hardly noticeable, fine hairs.
Forget me not flowers
Wood Forget-me-not - Myosotis sylvatica - or Woodland forget-me-not requires moderate shade and rich, moist soil. This annual or biennial plant flowers in May and June.
The flowers range in color from blue to pink and white. It is appropriate for woodland gardens, ground cover, edging, or planting along streams and ponds.
Forget me not
Alpine forget-me-not - Myosotis alpestris blooms in early summer and this species is perfect for rock gardens.
The sky-blue flowers of this perennial plant are almost identical to those of the true forget-me-not but on a shorter flower stem.

Field Forget-me-not - Myosotis arvensis has pale blue flowers. Their flowering period is from May to late in the autumn.

Forget-me-not flower is another symbol of love and hope. So simple, yet delicate.
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Sunday, December 05, 2010

Violet pansies under the snow-pansy photos

These violet pansies don't mind to be covered by the white snow blanket. They smile as beautifully as they always do.
Just look under the snow, you will be amazed how may beautiful flowers and plant you find.
Pansies in the snow

Violet pansies smiling in the snow
Violet pansies under the snow
Pansies covered with snow
See also some lovely autumn pansies and check out many beautiful flower photos at Macro Flowers Saturday.
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Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Teddy Bear Sunflower-Dwarf Sunflowers

Teddy Bear Sunflower is maybe the prettiest variety of sunflowers (Helianthus annuus). The big, fluffy, golden yellow flower head of the Teddy Bear looks like a soft cushion. Though the blooms are very heavy, florists make wonderful flower bouquets of these sunny faces.
Teddy Bear Sunflower
They are also called Dwarf sunflowers and that is why I always thought they are small garden plants, until I saw them on the fields. These dwarf sunflowers were somewhat shorter than the usual sunflowers but still taller than me.
Dwarf Teddy Bear Sunflower
I was amazed how little care they need, growing by themselves on the fields (and making a huge profit for the vendors).
Yeah, yeah, that was a mean remark but it's true.

Teddy bear sunflower is a real eye-catcher in the border and its long lasting flowers are even more impressive in a vase.
In the same time they are popular vegetables with their tasty and nourishing seeds.
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See a close-up of those giant sunflowers too.
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