Last Rays of the Day

Gettin’ Down

These images were taken at 7:00 pm today. My garden has pretty much the same blooms as last month, so the sun sets on 664 for Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day. But it seems just wrong to leave out my garden so… here are a few blooms catching the last rays of the day, where the camera was touching the ground in most shots. See you on the 15th with a back to back post, GBBD – What’s in Bloom at the Nursery. A tour of the tree farm in Spring, where fruit trees reign.

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I love to photograph, paint, draw, design, garden, travel the world, and pass on a few tips and ideas that I learned through experience as a Master Gardener and architect. I am highly trained in my field and enjoy my work each and every day. I garden in Niagara Falls, NY in zone 6-B. Find me at:
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27 Responses to Last Rays of the Day

  1. Dear Donna, Your photography just gets better and better. Beautiful! I especially love the way the light is shining through the daffodil.
    In response to your comment on my last posting … as a master gardener I, too, encourage home gardeners to test their soil. It costs less than $10 here and PennState does identify mineral content. I think it’s good value. I agree with you totally about the pH. Actually, I will just be adding peatmoss as a compost to the areas needing a more acid soil. I do this most years. P. x

  2. AngryRedhead says:

    I’m loving the phlox-3.jpg! Wonderful framing and lighting. I wish the focus was a little sharper on my end, but I suspect that might be a compression issue, so meh? Ugh, I really need to be out in the garden more when the light’s all slanty. I always go outside with my camera between 11 am and 2 pm. BOOOOO! But honestly, I have weirdo shadows, and it’s a nightmare at any time of the day. 15 minutes can be all the window I have for capturing certain plants in the yard. 😦


    BTW, what’s the plant in the first pic? It’s absolutely precious!

    • It is Anenome blanda. They multiply like crazy if the squirrels don’t dig them up. I have one huge clump that I have to move because it likes growing under the boxwood. Pholx 3, I liked too, even though it was so dark. The light was just starting to disappear and this little beam went across the bed. When this phlox bed blooms, I will show it. It is one plant that took over the bed under the crabapple. It was there before the crabapple, which replaced a Japanese Maple that Walter rabbit girdled.

      5 acres, I am jealous. That is a lot of land to garden. I am with you on the late day shooting. I rarely get the time. What ever made me go out tonight, I don’t know, but those little ground huggers were calling.

  3. what beautiful shots, creative and a joy to look at. I love the light coming through the daffodil petals.

  4. Really great shots! I always fird the lighting in the evening so beautiful the way it shines through the blooms and leaves however it is never easy to capture. You have done it amazingly well!

    • It is difficult to judge the exposure. I find where I stand in relationship changes how well the image comes out. In the darker hours, focusing becomes tricky too. A couple of my images have a bit of blur as a result or the bright spots and darker surroundings. I cannot always see well enough for the focusing.

  5. I too was lamenting that my garden has not changed…yesterday that was no longer the case and so much suddenly was blooming and budding…I am astounded that with all the cold it is not stopping…I was out capturing some mid day shots of light….too tired by late day to get any but am hoping the sun stays out later today…rain and heat are predicted…I’ll take them both.

  6. Alistair says:

    Hi Donna, using the computer less often makes me appreciate what you do all the more. Just love your evening shots.

  7. HolleyGarden says:

    That first and third photo are just gorgeous. The next to last shot looks like the very last rays of light for the day. Almost haunting.

  8. Kala says:

    Lovely light in these images of spring.

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  10. Barbie says:

    Just beautifully captured! I love the lighting effect of each and every photo! How amazing lighting can be to enhance a photo!

  11. Jo Bryant says:

    These shots are just stunning…

  12. Bom says:

    So beautiful Donna! The lighting is perfect. 7PM? At that time, night would have already fallen here.

  13. Brian Comeau says:

    I really like the 1st shot of the Anenome. Great use of flare.

  14. Haunting and exceptional are great words for your photos! Then, again, no words are really needed. So lovely, Donna! 🙂

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