Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Playing with Snowballs

Hello everyone,
    I hope you are all enjoying these last few days of June and the start of summer. I was supposed to be getting ready for a few tours coming up shortly but instead I started playing with snowballs. These pretty snowballs from the viburnum bush are sitting on my windowsill and they were looking so charming I had to grab my camera and capture the moment!

For those of you who don't know I use a Canon Rebel xti and my husband bought me a macro lens for it last year for my birthday. So today I dug out my tripod-I am really lazy about using it but it is hard to keep the camera steady enough with the short depth of field using a macro. Besides I plan to discipline myself this summer to use  the tripod more.

Snowballs in the garden.
Snowball up close and personal.
I am wishing I knew how to do antiquing layers on these. Someday,I will have to study up on that!

Remember 'a thing of beauty is a joy forever' but only if you capture it with your camera lens first!

Now, I'd best get back to work!

Enjoy your day.

Carolyn

29 comments:

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

I think I need a snowball bush. My neighbor growing up had one and I thought they were ugly...what was I thinking???
Looks like my snow ball hydrangea bloom

Madelief said...

Hi Carolyn, your snowballs look amazing. My bush did not survive the winter. Fortunately my mother gave me a new one for my birthday. I hope it will look as pretty as your bush one day.

Happy day!

Madelief x

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Türkiye de mor, lila, pembe, lacivert olanları var

hemen her bahçeye ekilir :)

Trish - Sweetology101 said...

MORE MORE MORE..this beauty is so intoxicating. Great photos! I wish you could teach me your talents!

Peggy said...

Your photography is beautiful. have you checked out Kim Klassen? She offers wonderful free textures and videos also classes on how to add textures using photoshop. I've learned a lot from her. Peggy form PA

Susan said...

Wow, Carolyn. That's the closet I ever got into a snowball! That was lovely. How wonderful you got the macro lens. Great job! Susan

Mariette said...

Dearest Carolyn,

Can't believe the difference in season, as I wrote my blog about the Chinese Snowball Viburnum (Viburnum Macrocephalum)on March 31!
You got some super macro shots of this gem!!!

Lots of love,

Mariette

Deanna said...

gorgeous photos!!!
Always enjoy seeing life through your lenses!
God bless and have a delightful day,
d

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

We are all getting the payoff for that lens! Oh so beautiful!

Crafty Gardener said...

gorgeous photos of the snowballs.

Elizabeth and Gary said...

Hi Carolyn,
Absolutely beautiful..I love all the flower in bloom right now, it a feast for the eyes. Your garden just takes my breath away.
Have a sweet day and hugs, Elizabeth

Teri Ann said...

the farmhouse I grew up in has been in my father's family forever, my grandmother had all of the old favorites; peonies, old roses, lilac, spirea..but one of my favorites was her huge snowball bush. Your photos have brought back such wonderful happy memories of her gardens. I have to run out and get myself a "snowball" bush! Your photos are amazing, sharp and clear and gorgeous...the snowballs don't seem to have any small defects or even bugs for that matter...absolutely beautiful. Thanks so much for sharing!!!

letrecivette said...

amazing snow balls!
Have a nice summer,Monica

Gilda - Sweet sweet home said...

I have never liked this type of flower. But I must admit that your snowballs are beautiful. I also had a gift from my husband a camera, now I will have to decide to enroll in a photography course. Congratulations six very good even without the tripod. Kisses
Gilda

Camille said...

Beautiful snowballs, Carolyn. Enjoy your photos very much....

chateau de fleurs said...

hi Carolyn, your photos are so dreamy! Snowballs are one of my second favorite flowers they go so well with my very favorite the rose! I love your blog its so serene and romantic. thanks for stopping by to say hi today! Christie

The Summer Porch said...

Oh my Carolyn, your snowballs are breathtaking! I always love your posts there is never anything you photograph that I don't feel inspired by! Your snowballs look dreamy.
I too have been on the look out for a new camera. I love to visit your blog makes me smile everytime.
Hugs Rosemary XX

Liz @ Sit With Me In My Garden said...

Just beautiful! So fresh! Wish they would last a lot longer!

Ana said...

Oh Carolyn,
These are absolutely breathtaking...Great job with the pictures.

Hugs and Kisses,
♥Ana

Vlaďka said...

Hello Carolyn,
I like the amazing moment which you captured. The flower are beautiful and your vases too.
Bye Vlaďka

Naturally Carol said...

Snowballs look perfect in those wonderful cut glass receptacles! I adore cut glassware.(and snowball trees)

AshTreeCottage said...

Beautiful! I always look forward to the blooms on my snowball bushes!

Hugs,
Susan and Bentley
xxoo

Lady Jane said...

Very Lovely...

Pamela Gordon said...

Those are the kinds of snowballs I love! Gorgeous photos!

cindy said...

Stunning, how perfect they are

Michelle said...

You have the most wonderful images of your incredible home and garden. So dreamy!

You mention applying antique layering to your images and it just so happens I recently came across a blog with antiqued images which led me to this site...

http://www.kimklassencafe.com/

As well, there are many photoshop tutorials and free textures that can be found on that world wide web.

Raquel said...

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Beverly said...

Your photos are stunning. I am slack about using my tripod, too. You have inspired me to get mine out of the closet.

esss said...

Beautiful snowballs,Really enjoy your photos very much....
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