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Old Mar 28, 2011, 10:18 PM   #1
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Default Some spring things after the storms

This Spring's weather has been hard on my wife's flower plantings - all the rain and wind have beaten up things pretty badly, and with the cloudy skies have also been hard on the photo opportunities. a couple of days ago during one of the breaks between rains (but not the wind) I slipped out for a few quick snaps with the K-5 and Tamron 18-250 Macro.

1 California Poppy (normal 4 petal form - the yellow spots on the petals are pollen grains deposited there when the flowers close up for the night)

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2. Same, but a double, with 6 of the 8 petals showing

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3 The old and the new (a past flower, 2 buds, and one emerging (over sharpened due to inadequate DOF - and not a Pentax shot)

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4 Sparaxis - the weather has been particularly hard on these willowy long stemmed flowers.

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5. A wild onion (Allium triquetrum - nonnative but introduced and established in California)

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Old Mar 28, 2011, 10:41 PM   #2
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Nice poppy pictures! We drove Hwy 138 yesterday. There's some spots that have lots of poppies and other wildflowers, but none of them were where I could easily stop and shoot. The back side of the hills making up the California Poppy Reserve were bright with all sorts of flowers, but the front side of the reserve didn't have much. The Gorman Hills have some color, mostly yellow and not much else. It's too early for anything higher - we still have some snow, though it is melting fast. Glad to see that your garden hasn't been completely washed and blown away.
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Some really fine photos of a lovely garden - glad the spring storms did not cause too much damage! Great use of DOF and framing to bring out the character of these blooms!
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Hi penolta,

Very nice series!!

It's great to see some color -- my world's still pretty gray and brown. . .

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Scott took the words right out of my mouth. In my area, the maple sap is running and some buds are starting to swell, but besides that the landscape is brown and muddy, with shady areas still holding several feet of dirty snow. Seeing your flowers is very refreshing!
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I love the poppies!

I'm with snostorm, wishing the blooms would hurry up, although I won't get as interesting flora as either of you lol
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Thanks for the kind words. I will try to have some more color for you frozen snowbirds shortly.
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