Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Mid-Winter Brights




It's currently mid-winter in Australia and despite a few frosts out on the street front, our yard is still looking mostly green with a few bright spots of colour. The plants aren't growing as quickly which is a good thing when it comes to weeds. The photo above was taken this afternoon, others are from the last few days.







These gorgeous Golden Dollar flowers brighten our yard each winter, most with five petals, a few with just three.








Identified as Diosma by the lovely lady at  Seeing Each Day





Japanese Cherry (not edible)







Another photo from this afternoon, these Australian straw/paper/everlasting daisies only open on sunny days. They sure do make the yard brighter, especially during winter!

One of my all-time favourite posts follows the daily opening and closing of a younger daisy with photos taken each hour - I think you will enjoy it too.      :)


Sharing at Sweet Shot Tuesday, Communal Global, Flower Art Friday, Finding Serendipity 1440Shoot. Edit. Submit,
Sneak Peek Friday.

74 comments:

Elisa {with grace and eve} said...

Stunning photos! I love that last one! Beautiful xx

Jeanne said...

These daisies are lovely, especially the straw daisies. Soulds as if your winters are rather pleasant. Love your photography! Have a wonderful day

Rosemary said...

Always your shots delight the eye.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

WOW!!! The flowers are beautiful and your way of capturing that beauty is amazing.

Giga said...

Zimą to mogę popatrzeć na kwiaty w doniczkach w domu, a nie na dworze. Wiem , wiem inny klimat, ale miło patrzeć na Twoje zimowe kwiaty, chociaż na pięknych zdjęciach. Pozdrawiam ciepło.
This winter, I can look at the flowers in pots at home, not outside. I know, different climate, but it's nice to look at your winter flowers, but the beautiful pictures. With best wishes.

Barb said...

Incredible and inspiring macro photography - brilliant!

channonsworld.blogspot said...

These are absolutely beautiful. What a gift you have!

Life with Kaishon said...

These pictures are absolutely splendid. What a gorgeous afternoon you must have had capturing this loveliness!

tinajo said...

Fantastic colors!

Filip and Kristel said...

Beautiful macro's all very bright and sharp.

Greetings,
Filip

geanina said...

beautiful colors!!! :)

Tamar SB said...

Oh my goodness, they are amazing! You would never see such amazing colors in Boston in the winter! Too much snow!

marijke said...

Beautiful macro's and it must be great although it's wintertime in your country there still are so many flowers.
Have a lovely evening Karen.

André Almeida said...

Oh the Golden Flowers are amazing, light and focus are ver good.

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

Lots of color for mid-winter! It's like that in the southern U.S., too. I am partial to the three-petal flower and that last one is just wow!

Lisa Gordon said...

Oh my goodness, each one of these is more beautiful than the previous one. This is a truly gorgeous series of photographs!

Jennifer @ Studio JRU said...

What a colorful winter you have! So pretty! :)

Jennifer @ Studio JRU said...

What a colorful winter you have! So pretty! :)

Linda R said...

I don't think I could ever get tired of stopping in here and seeing your photos. They are gorgeous. I just love that last shot.

Hugs~

Seeing Each Day said...

Enjoying (as per usual) all the detail in these photos - your 2nd and 4th are commendable. Now, you have to promise not to laugh because as you know I take pictures of photos but have minimal knowledge of what the flowers are called but I think (saying 'think' hesitantly) that your 5th and 6th shots of the white flower are called a diosma? Not that it really matters - it matters that I know these flowers are tiny and you've managed to capture them in the way that I love. Will keep in touch, if internet access allows, we're off to the snow to tomorrow.

eileeninmd said...

Wow, gorgeous collection of flowers and pretty colors. Lovely photos.

Deborah Tisch said...

Love these photos, and that last one just is spectacular!

Rena said...

Aren't water drops just the cutest things ever? Love 'em and love to photograph them! I have to smile at bug pictures. So very often, I don't even know that I've taken a picture of one until I zoom in on the pic later on! Amazing little creatures of His creation.

Melissa Bliss Rich said...

Just stunning! I'm in love ;)

Rosemary Aubut said...

Flowers in winter how wonderful for you! I especially love the last photo!

Gillian Olson said...

You have some stunning mid winter colours there, I especially like the golden dollar flowers, what a beautiful splash of colour.

Susan Beth said...

Amazing colors - inspiring and soothing all at the same time.

geetlee said...

I think I said WOW nice and loud for each image :) These are beautiful shots, you've done a fantastic job. Isn't it lovely to have color in winter as well?

Olga said...

So soft! I like the colors.

Trip to Heaven said...

Beautiful exotic flowers are healing light for the heart..

Marie said...

Wow! The ones that came through are just breath-taking!

Lidi Horácio said...

Achei seu blog na blogosfera.
E adoreii!

Já estou te seguindo..
Me visite tbm
http://lidiepaulo.blogspot.com.br

Beijocas
Ótima Semana \º/

el-mundo-en-colores said...

hmm.. I must be missing something.. July, but mid-winter.. beautiful close-ups!

Pieces of Sunshine said...

el-mundo-en-colores, our winter goes from 1st June to 31 August, quite different to seasons in some countries. Our seasons are complete months and not by solstices.

Nadege, said...

Like a ray of sunshine...a lovely post.

khfoto said...

Hi! Just found your blog, and you have a lot of nice pictures here! Love the macro pics :) Have a great day! And welcome to my blog, www.khfoto.wordpress.com.

Karoline, Norway

Doug Hickok said...

These are fabulous garden images for mid-winter! Your photography is beautifully accomplished :^)

Catherine said...

I do love all of these flowers. I especially love all of the water droplets you've captured and the beading on the leaves.

ZielonaMila said...

Beautiful photographs, fantastic colours. I am greeting

Danelle said...

These are stunning! I really can't believe it's winter looking at these photos!

Jennifer said...

Beautiful shots all; the simplest my favourites. That last shot is terrific and shows the flower's multi-layered hot pink skirt off to perfection.

Madge Bloom said...

Beautiful!

Tammy@Simple Southern Happiness said...

How on earth did I miss this post, My heart flipped over and missed a few beats..... This is what perfection looks like.

Beverly said...

Such a lovely post you shared with us today! LOVE the last pink flower and the angle you captured it in. Amazing work!

Birgitta said...

Wow! Wonderful macro photos!

Nora CG said...

Your pictures are so beautiful, love the colors. Beautiful and bright!

MG Atwood said...

Stunning shots! the clarity and colors are fabulous. Joining you from shoot, edit, submit. http://tutusshots.blogspot.com/2012/07/bubbles.html

rainfield61 said...

Another day decorated with beautiful flowers.

Marty said...

so many beautiful colours and the music make me happy !
wish you a wonderful weekend

Gunilla said...

Fabulous shots all of them!

Barb said...

Incredible shots of spangled flowers and frilly petals. You are my macro guru!

Kim Stevens said...

Well these are all certainly incredible, but the first and last are my favorite - and I love pink!

patty said...

beautiful! i always have such a hard time with the yellows... your exposure is perfect.

Thank you so much for linking with 1440... hope to see you there again next week!

Magia da Inês said...

✿彡✿⊱╮¸.•°
Passei para admirar suas fotografias.
A última foto dessa série é simplesmente fantástica!!!
Bom fim de semana!
Beijinhos.
Brasil
✿彡

Angela Häring-Christen said...

You have winter and such beautiful flowers? In winter we have not much more than frost pattern (in Switzerland we say "ice flowers" Eisblumen :-)
Wonderful macros.
Greetings, Angela

Ocean Soul Karen said...

Such beautiful mid-winter brights! The only thing bright in our mid-winter is the reflection off the snow! Great captures! Your pics are always so crystal clear! I love it!

Cindy said...

I am still amazed this is what winter looks like on the other side of the world!

julie+ said...

yet again you make me smile.

Anna said...

Beautiful photos!

Marion said...

Stunning macros again! Especially the yellow ones (nr 2 and 4) sole my heart.
Best regards, marion

flowersandhome said...

So much brightness even in wintertime! You live in a most wonderful part of the world. I'm longing for sun and brightness, it livens things up and gives so much energy.
Bye,
Marian

cris photos said...

Fotos e flores maravilhosas. Gosto muito dessa flor de papel.

Beijos

Georgianna said...

I very much enjoyed these photos – especially the last one of the everlasting daisy. Lovely colors and perspective.

Wishing you a great weekend!

Butterbean Row said...

Absolutely gorgeous, especially the last one! I am wondering what kind of lens you use?

♥charlotte

augenblickesammlung said...

The last picture is like a crawling, more like a Trhönchen for an elf? Or a fairy queen, or is it more of a dress for a fairy child .... wonderful picture in which I fell in love and come to the wonderful stories I would. ♥ Best wishes Louise-Lotte

Ida said...

Wow you have some stunning flower shots here. How neat to have this much beauty in the middle of winter. Loved that Straw Daisy - Reminds me of a ballerina in her tutu.

Laura Delegal - Leroy Photography said...

Bright perfection.

LeAnne said...

So so so gorgeous! Thanks for sharing with Flower Art Friday!

Tamara (Fishy Face Studios) said...

beautiful!

Liz said...

All such beautiful shots!! You must have a stunning yard. I'd love this much colour in Winter. I love the ever lasting daisies, the Diosma & the Japanese Cherry. The Golden Dollar flower is a lovely bright yellow. I love all the water droplets you've captured.

We mainly have green lining our fence - bottle brushes & a pale pink tibouchina which aren't in flower. The huge grevillea from over the fence which encroaches on our yard has a very pale coloured flower. I'm waiting for my rose to flower again :)

Bec Denehy said...

Absolutely gorgeous shots. I love the first and the last one.

Ruby said...

I love these daises! Stunning!!!

Jana said...

simply adorable the last pic!!!

Wenche said...

Sooo beautiful :0)

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