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Old Mar 25, 2010, 7:43 PM   #1
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Default Survival of the Tulips

The botanical garden dodged a bullet this weekend when a threatened snow stayed west of us, so I went back out today and found even more in bloom. A dramatic addition was an enormous tulip tree, completely covered in blooms.

These guys were not in bloom during the weekend

I had a shot of these in the weekend's photos, but these guys are my clear favorites

A couple of more tulips

Finally, the camellias are almost done, but there were still nice blooms to be found

All shots taken with the K-20. Camellias were shot with the Tamron 70-300 Di LD with the Pentax 540 flash. For most of the tulips, I switched to the Tamron 28-75 f/2.8 Macro and attached the O-Ring circular reflector to the flash to give me a ring flash effect.

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Old Mar 25, 2010, 8:38 PM   #2
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Outstanding flower shots! Colors are wonderful. Your Tamron macro is a winner!

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Old Mar 25, 2010, 9:23 PM   #3
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Nice ones, Paul. I think I like the yellow/red tulips the best.

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These are beautiful Paul. Very nice shots indeed. I noticed this morning a bit of green growth emerging in one of my wife's flower beds -- that's a good sign. But the temps are supposed to drop precipitously tonight, and it's supposed to be very cold tomorrow. I hope the tender new green growth will not be damaged by temps in the single digits above zero. Fortunately, this cold snap is not expected to last long -- Saturday is supposed to get up into the high 30s, maybe even into the 40s
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Beautiful Paul - fit to grace a brochure !
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Great looking tulips!!! Second photo is my favourite. Thanks for sharing these.
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Old Mar 26, 2010, 1:59 PM   #7
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I have to agree with you on your favorites, mine too.

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Lovely colors Paul! Spring has not quite made it into Kentucky...it was below freezinf last night with a dusting of snow!
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