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A Visit to the Botanical Garden

May 18, 2010

Huntsville Botanical Garden is just an hour’s drive away, and I’d been waiting till everything was green and blooming to go for a photo shoot. So we headed over there on Friday.

I was lucky to get a ton of pictures for my image files. Here is one of the many shots taken in the Butterfly House. Butterflies are elusive, but when they’re laying eggs they are easier to catch off-guard.

I love taking pictures of flowers, because they sit still most of the time — unless it’s windy, which it was! The one above is a big yellow iris. Next is a little red wildflower that commonly grows in the woods in our area. I haven’t been successful in trying to identify this one. I’m sure there was a little sign somewhere nearby, but I didn’t find it.

The magnolias in the gardens were just starting to bloom. This is the only shot that I got of a fully-opened blossom.

I am on a big learning curve with my husband’s camera that I gave him for Father’s Day last year, a Canon Rebel XSi. It is capable of way more than I am at this point.

13 Comments leave one →
  1. May 18, 2010 2:15 pm

    I love the last shot – beautiful macro.
    The nice thing about the XSi is that is as much or as little of a camera you want it to be. And it’s tons of funs. 🙂

    • May 19, 2010 6:14 am

      Thank you, Boo! I’m flattered that you like my feeble attempts at photography. Enjoyed your wedding shots on your blog. Stop in again any time!

  2. May 18, 2010 7:41 pm

    Breath taking photographs…we have Dawes Arboretum here in Licking county but you are way ahead of us in the seasons. I wanted to buy a Rebel but for now I have to wait until the financial wave changes …beautiful photos lady. Imagine and Live in Peace, Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart

    • May 19, 2010 6:16 am

      Thanks Mary Helen! Well, I gave my husband this camera with a money from selling some paintings, so who knows? You might do the same.

  3. May 19, 2010 1:29 am

    Those are beautiful pictures! I really love it!

  4. May 19, 2010 1:37 am

    Lovely photos. I know, so many features to learn. It’s the same with mine. But it is worth while. Often, I prefer the manual functions. If I compare with the automatic take, they are so much better. The Iris is sensational.

    • May 19, 2010 6:19 am

      Eva, it’s so funny — I learned one trick with a manual setting and now that’s my “one trick.” I guess it’s the same with all software and hardware: learn a new trick at a time.

      Glad you like the iris. I don’t even know the proper criteria for a good shot, except just to say “ahh” when I like how something turned out.

  5. May 19, 2010 7:03 am

    Hi Martha,
    I think that red florescence is called the Lipstick Plant. We have them in our yard so I had to know too.

    • May 19, 2010 7:09 am

      Thanks, Melody! If it’s not a lipstick plant, it should be! Been thinking about you and your plantings. Need to see if you’ve been showing some new pics on your blog.

  6. May 21, 2010 9:13 am

    Beautiful images! I’ve not been to Huntsville’s Botanical Gardens, but always try to visit the one in Birmingham when I go “home” to visit family.
    Seems you’re doing a great job with that camera, Martha. These close-ups are stunning.

    • May 21, 2010 7:29 pm

      Well thanks, Stephanie! Maybe there’s hope. I’m very impressed with Huntsville Botanical Gardens. It’s a huge, beautiful place.

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