The Art of Calla Lilies

I love to photograph Calla Lilies! They are so photogenic with their many varied shapes and forms of flower blooms. So here I present to you some artsy Calla Lilies!

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My Ship Has Come In!

Figuratively speaking, only! I had the opportunity to photograph a popular tall ship, here on the west coast, over the weekend. The Lady Washington was at home port, in Westport, Washington, for a few weeks. She is well known as “The Black Pearl” in the popular movie series, Pirates of the Caribbean. Paid participants went on a 2-hour sail. I timed my visit so that I could watch her come back to port and be able to take some photos and video clips. Her sails were at full mast only far out in the water. I zoomed in as best I could with my camera. As she got closer, the sails started coming down, and I could see her crew climb up to the tops of the masts to secure them. Quite a job! I could see the ship pitch and roll. I hope none of the sailing participants got sick! Here’s a few images.

The Lady Washington will continue her journey up the Washington coastline the next few weeks, with port stops in Port Ludlow and Port Angeles. From there, she will be making stops along Puget Sound ports, during the summer months. You can view her schedule here.

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It’s Azalea Time!

Along with Rhododendrons blooming are Azaleas. Do you know what the major difference is between these two flowers? Azaleas are actually a Rhododendron species, but the major, physical difference between the two is the number of stamen each has. Azaleas have 5 stamen, and Rhododendrons have at least 10 stamen. Remember this little fact, and you’ll become nn expert in no time identifying these flowering shrubs! Below are a few images of colorful Azaleas.

Azalea and Peony

In contrast, here are a few images of Rhododendrons with their higher number of stamen.

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A New Garden Explored

I am just so excited to share with you some images from a botanical garden that I have never been to before – Heronswood Garden, located on the Kitsap Peninsula, near the small town of Port Gamble, Washington. I had only become aware of it last year, and had made up my mind to visit this spring. The garden has limited visiting days and hours, so please visit their website before heading out on your drive. The garden has to be, undoubtedly, one of the most beautiful gardens I have ever visited. There are looped trails through shaded, woodland areas along with a sun filled garden area, complete with a portager. Below are just a few of the many plant and flower species found in the garden.

Peony

Iris

White Lady Slipper Orchids (Cypripedium)

Yellow Lady Slipper Orchid

False Solomon’s Seal

Pleione Orchids

Candelabra Primula

Pink Peony (Paeonia mairei)

Yellow Peony

Red Trilliums

White Trilliums

Wood Anemones

Omphalodes cappadocica – Starry Eyes

Variegated leaf on right – Podophyluum delavayi (Chinese Mayapple)

Blossoms of the Chinese Mayapple

Phlox subulata – Creeping Phlox

There are many other plant species in the garden, but obviously I don’t have enough room to display the many images I took. I plan to go back in June, when there will be a whole new set of flowering plants blooming, including Giant Himalayan Lilies and more. I highly recommend visiting this unique garden!

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Happy Earth Day!

Just a reminder to recycle, reuse, and reduce! Happy Earth Day!

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