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Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Out in the Woods and in the Garden!

I have taken several photos in the woods and in my garden this summer.

So, today, I am sharing some of them with you.

My peach poppies only bloom for about a week or so, but I love seeing them.
Once it rains, they fall over and they are done, so I always hope we don't get any wind or rain the week they bloom:

I am not sure if these are part of the stems of the poppy,
if it is two slug bugs.
I wasn't about to touch them to find out. LOL
So I just took photos of it instead!:

We went to a place called Fummee Falls and this was the steps we had to climb to see the falls:
(My calves and thighs said thank you very much!)

A white and purple Iris in my garden:

Fummee Falls...worth the climb!:

A spooky picture
a turkey vulture on a barren tree:

Sweet little doves:

A purple and striped striated smells like grapejuice!:

More photos to come (in future blogposts)
 of our lovely summer in the U.P. of Michigan!


Wanda..... said...

The striated Iris that smells like grapejuice makes a striking photo, Joan. The purple against the gree really stands out...looks so 3 dimensional.

Brian Miller said...

oh that iris is the blue, so vivid...we just went to the fals this weekend ourselves....different ones...but...

Deb said...

First time I've been to your blog, and I'm glad I stopped the photos. I've never seen a pink poppy! Beautiful!

TechnoBabe said...

Gorgeous poppy. I can see why you like it so much.
The steps descending look like they are tolerable but I bet there is not escalator to return topside, huh. Yikes. The purple and white iris looks regal.

faye said...

Love the flowers, but you can keep those steps.
I try to avoid them as much as possible.

DJan said...

Beautiful pictures, as usual, Joan. I love the grape juice smelling iris, and the falls, and... all of them, actually, even the turkey vulture!

Sharon Wagner said...

I love the spooky vulture. That would make a good Halloween card!

Biana said...

Pretty work, Joan! I love the b&w with the bird! xx

rainfield61 said...

The picture of a turkey ventures on a tree is great in black and white.

Diane AZ said...

Your poppies and irises are gorgeous, love the vulture image too!

A New England Life said...

I used to have those poppies and I don't ever recall them having anything like that on the top! When I transplanted mine I lost them. They never came back the following Spring.

Beautiful flower photos! A good workout is always good for the thighs ; )

The Retired One said...

Wanda: Thanks so much..I love those iris's..a woman selling perrenials sold the bulbs to me so cheap and told me I'd love them when they bloomed, and I sure do.

Brian: I'm so glad you got to see some falls...I haven't met a set of falls I haven't liked, ever!

Deb: I am SO glad you stopped by...hope you join(ed) on as a follower..would love to see you as a regular.

TechnoBabe: yes, the steps were tolerable, all right..not wonderful, but tolerable. ha

Faye: LOL and to think that people BUY stepper machines. ha

DJan: Thanks.

Sharon: yes, it would, come to think of it. ha

Biana: I just HAD to do that one in black and white.

Rainfield: Yes, I thought I had to do it that way due to its spooky and dark look.

Cathy Clementz said...

Wonderful photos. I do have a question on what you called the purple iris that smells like grapejuice....on my end it is a brilliant blue so my question is, is it really purple? I'm going to check it on my laptop too...I just got this monitor and still trying to fine tune it. Your greens are brilliant so I don't know if it is on my end or not. Thanks!

Eva Gallant said...

Your photos are always excellent!

Joanie M said...

I just love all your floral photography!

That vulture DOES look spooky!

Gaston Studio said...

The first photo of the peach blossum is to die for... heavenly!

James said...

These are all excellent! Really good stuuff.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Joan, Love that last Iris... I've never seen one like that.. It is gorgeous.

Love that waterfall also... We've visited waterfalls when we had to walk up and down steps many times... The going up is HARD.... ha

Loe the pink Poppy... Looks like paper.


Alan Burnett said...

Another beautiful collection of photographs. You certainly live in a beautiful part of the world.

Loree said...

Beautiful flowers. Those falls are gorgeous - well worth the climb.

Far Side of Fifty said...

Beautiful photos. That purple and white Iris is very captured it so well!:)

Pat Tillett said...

Beautiful Joan!
I really like doves and it always makes me sad when I see an adult, that is obviously alone...

Ginnymo said...

Awesome photos!! I don't think those are slugs..LOL That must have been tiring to walk up all those stairs..Yikes! But I agree. What a beautiful sight to see. Those flowers are beautiful. can't believe that one smells like grape juice. How neat! And that turkey vulture shot would make a good Halloween pic.

Ann said...

The color of that last iris was outstanding.

The Retired One said...

Diane: Thanks!

New England: Poppies can be so fickle! When they DO bloom, if it rains or you get wind, they flop right down...but they are SO pretty when they do bloom and stay upright.

Cathy: It is a blueish purple..color is hard to describe, but on my monitor is matches how it is in person...same with the greens with all this rain. ha

Eva: Thanks!

Joannie: Thanks, honey! I love to put spooky on whenever I can. ha

Gaston: It is a unique shade of salmon in person.

James:thanks so much!

Betsy: Thanks! I am glad to see you better and outside too!

Alan: we are very blessed...and by your pictures and travels, you are too!

Loree: Yes, they were...but my thighs complained. ha

Far Side: thanks..I love that flower and every year I think it isn't going to bloom and it surprises me and does.

Pat: yes, and it coos and coos when it is alone too, like a sound of mourning.

Ginnymo: you are right...I think it was the leaves of the side of the plant when it bloomed, but it reminded me of bugs. ha

Ann: thanks so much

Blissed-Out Grandma said...

I love the peach poppies and the purple/striated iris. Both the flowers and the photos! Haven't tried growing irises, but I do love them.

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