Eastern Market, and in honor of all those purchasing flowers and plants today, I am sharing some flower images I took a couple of days ago. Dana’s friend Marsha was kind enough to share part of her bleeding heart sprouts with her. They have been sitting on our back porch, and just started to bloom within the last week. I finally took a few minutes to capture these beautiful flowers with my camera. Lamprocapnos spectabilis, also known as old-fashioned bleeding-heart, Venus’s car, Lady in a bath, Dutchman’s trousers, or Lyre-flower.
This spring has been late in coming. It seems not just here in Michigan, but many parts of the country. And for us photographers, that means waiting longer for spring to…spring! I have taken several landscape photos of local places to commemorate our movement into one of my favorite times of the year. One such place is the Henry Ford Estate, where I used to go regularly when I worked at the University of Michigan in Dearborn. It is a bit of a trek from Royal Oak, but I decided to make it back there to capture the signs of springs in their gardens and grounds. I also visited Belle Isle on the same day. There were some beautiful Japanese Cherry Blossom trees in full bloom. And, most recently, I made a trip to Cranbrook House & Gardens, with grounds any person who likes landscapes would want to behold in the spring. On this trip I took my new Rokinon 8mm fisheye lens for a spin (if you haven’t used a fisheye before, get your hands on one to try it out!). Below are photos from my visits to these fine places. I suggest you make it out there too to see the beauty of the Detroit area.
A couple of months ago, I bought a macro lens (a Canon 100mm f/2.8) and haven’t had a lot of opportunity to use it as a macro lens. One subject that never seems to disappoint is macro photography of plants. Of course, it is the middle of winter, and where can one find greenery in March in Michigan? I have been meaning to make a trip to the Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum in Ann Arbor, and thought this would be a perfect chance to do so. There are a wide variety of plants featured in the arboretum. I literally could have stayed there all day breathing in the crisp, clean air filled with wonderful fragrances. It is good for the soul to be among flowers and plants. 🙂 One area of my photography I can definitely stand to improve upon is taking notes of what I shoot. By the time I was halfway through my day, I realized I had not done so. Next time, I will have to take notes so I know the name of the plants I am shooting (and not get so wrapped up in what I am shooting that I forget!). Below is a gallery of shots I took at the Arboretum.