Observe your surroundings

A few years ago a splurged and bought a Passion Flower vine.  It was the most expensive plant I had ever purchased. Soon after planting the vine, I noticed caterpillars were eating my prized vine.  Simple solution—I threw the caterpillars onto a nearby spider web for a ‘pet’ spider to eat. I decided to research the vine and learned the caterpillars are my friends.  It turns out they only eat the Passion Flower vine—and they eventually turn into pretty orange butterflies—known as the Gulf Fritillary butterfly.  I don’t end up with just a couple butterflies every year.  I end up … Continue reading Observe your surroundings

Look for beauty in unexpected places.

Taking beauty shots of flowers in full bloom is always enjoyable.  I have hundreds of those shots.  Sometimes it can be frustrating to get those shots because EVERYONE is trying to get the same shot—and they are in my way.  But a good solution is to go for the shots that no one else sees.  Those are my favorite moments in a garden.  I feel like I have discovered something new—like these spent tulip petals that have fallen naturally on the ground. Notes about photo:  This photo was taken using Big Bertha (Canon EOS 5D Mark II) Continue reading Look for beauty in unexpected places.