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Day 292 #Project365

It started with one lilac tree. Now we have four lilac trees of various colours, that’s how much I’ve grown to love these trees, or the flowers, more specifically. Funny that at first I did not even know that those pretty flowers sprouting out called lilac until a complete stranger stopped, knocked my door, and asked if she could have a little shoot for her mom to plant. The rest was history.

292-365 lilac 1
Nikon D90 | AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G | ISO200 | f/7.1 | 1/400 |

292-365 lilac 2
Nikon D90 | AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED | ISO200 | f/5.3 | 1/80 |

From a distance the flowers look cone shape, almost resembling a bottle brush, but up close we can see all these pretty little flowers that make that shape. I find that very interesting. They are cute, pretty and they smell fantastic.

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Day 270 #Project365

 

270-365 bees and blooms

Flowers are one of my ‘fallback’ subjects. Sound harsh I know. But it’s true. They are there, naturally pretty and not moving,  they are an easy subject to photograph and guarantee (mostly) successful result. I find them very helpful whenever I am short of ideas, or too tired from normal daily stuff, or lazy (366 days in a year, I think I’m allowed a day or  7 days of lazy, right). Today’s excuse was exhaustion.

This tree on my backyard just turned pink once the season fully kicked in. It was very attractive, as you could hardly see any green foliage from afar. As I came to have a closer look I saw that I was not the only one attracted to the colours, there were heaps of bees also there busy buzzing and do what bees do, hopping from flowers to flowers.

My kit lens was no micro, but I am quite pleased with this result.

Nikon D90 | AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED | ISO400 | f/5.6 | 1/500 | 

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Day 237 #Project365

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Given how unbelievably cold today was it’s hard to believe that winter is soon going to be over. Its grip is still too strong when it should’ve eased off a little. Happy to see this little flower and the surrounding buds that couldn’t wait to pop open like little corn kennels in the microwave. It’s like nature’s ‘message’ to us for what’s to come.

I know that at the moment it feels like winter just drags on a bit longer, but as certain as the sun rises in the morning… spring is coming.

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Day 138 #Project365

138-365 white flower

I read somewhere that the best way to blog is to blog what you know. Today’s post is the total opposite of that, so yeah, I’d understand if you want to leave this page straight away.

Let’s start with the flower in the photo. I did not know what flower it was. At the supermarket I saw them next to the check-out counter and they were on sale, and believe it or not I’ve never seen this type of flowers before. If I had I wasn’t aware of it otherwise I would remember. They looked so attractive to me because of their petals that I thought was quite unusual. I know shit about flowers. But the heart wanted what the eyes saw, and it was only 4 bucks for the tiny bunch, it was the quickest decision made.

I spent a lot of time searching on the web to find out the name of this flower. Asked a friend too by describing the shape, and she’s such a good gardener she could tell straightaway (I confirmed it later). I wished my mom was here, she would know too. I found out that if you know zilch about flowers, it actually was difficult to try to find out the name on the net. I typed ‘white flowers with many petals’ trying to Google it. Stupid I know. And pathetic. Well, tell me something new.

Cut the story short, I finally found out that they are Chrysanthemum, or mums flower. This is what I found in Wikipedia:
“In Australia, traditionally the chrysanthemum is given to mothers for mother’s day, whilst men will wear it in their lapels to honour mothers, as the flower is naturally in season during Autumn.”

There you go. There is so much I don’t know in this world it’s starting to scare me.

Just before you feel sorry for me for not getting any flowers at all last mother’s day, in our house, when it comes to gift giving me, my family knows that chocolate trumps flowers. Any time. Any occasions. Maybe that’s why I know so little about this flower giving ‘tradition’. I feel so enlightened now, that’s the best $4 spent today!

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