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Saturday, June 22, 2013

More Lupins...

Okay, I admit it! I'm a Lupin-lover. I just have to share a few more of my 2013 Lupin photos with you... When I commented on my friend Pam's blog after she posted some lupin photos earlier this week, I told her I'd be visiting my "favourite patch" for photos this week and she said "Oh take lots of closeups". So Pam - these are for you...

First of all, some lupin "babies"...

This shot at the right shows you what the leaves of the lupin look like - these are known as palmate compound leaves. "Palmate" refers to 3 or more divisions or lobes, looking like the outstretched fingers of a hand.

I love the way the color fades as you go up the cluster on the bloom to the left... God's paintbrush is amazing, isn't it?

I think these immature blooms are just as interesting as those which are fully open, don't you?

There were many bees and insects buzzing about this lupin patch.


Although this little buzzy bee at left is not in perfect focus, this photo makes me smile. I think I would have to title it "Incoming"....

Busy busy buzzy bees...

Such perfection.. every little flower in the upright cluster so perfectly perfectly colored.... amazing!!
Lorinda commented on my last post about the vivid color - just want you to know, I do NOT alter or enhance my photos. This is just what I saw and the photos are just as I took them, other than a few are cropped a bit...

 Just as I was ready to leave, having taken a good number of photos, the sun came out..... Well, who could resist some back-lit shots?  So to finish off, here are three of my favourite backlit photos... the sun just seemed to make the blossoms glow...

I hope you've enjoyed our foray into the Lupin patch...
Do lupins grow where you live?
What are your favourite wildflowers of early summer?


The Flowers

All the names I know from nurse:
Gardener's Garters, Shepherd's Purse,
Bachelor's Buttons, Lady's Smock,
And the Lady Hollyhock.

Fairy places, fairy things,
Fairy woods where the wild bee wings,
Tiny trees for tiny dames-
These must all be fairy names!

Tiny woods below whose boughs
Shady fairies weave a house;
Tiny treetops, rose or thyme,
Where the braver fairies climb!

Fair are grown-up people's trees,
But the fairest woods are these;
Where, if I were not so tall
I should live for good and all.

~ Robert Louis Stevenson


Lavender Cottage said...

They're beautiful Linda. I've been having a conversation with Pam and others as to why lupins grow so well out east. I think your soil must be more acidic than here but with manipulation of a small patch, I'm going to try some seeds that Pam has agreed to collect for me.
Any suggestions for their success from you is welcome.

GailM. said...

Love love love.

Vee said...

Oh a purist! ☺

Lovely lupins. Ours are already past and something has gotten to them because they looked very poorly and scraggly this year. I wouldn't put them in my garden for it's much too small and they are much too invasive, but there's nothing more lovely than a field of lupins in June. Exquisite photography!

Anonymous said...

Wow! magnificent floral photography ~ Happy Day to you ^_^

Thanks for 'coming by'.

Bi Ti said...

I enjoy all your beautiful Lupins Linda and the quote and poem too. Thank you also for visiting and leaving the nice comment. Have a beautiful week!

Pamela Gordon said...

Oh, these are just beautiful Linda! Thanks for taking the closeups. The colours are exquisite and the detail so beautiful.

Life Images by Jill said...

my goodness! - beautiful! My brother-in-law grows acres and acres of the stock feed variety of lupins - I have never looked at them closely. I will have to go up there when they are flowering and take a look.
Thanks for sharing their beauty with us. Have a wonderful week, and thank you for stopping by my blog yesterdya.

Susan Elliott said...

Absolutely beautiful! I didn't realize that the color was kind of ombre on the lupins that are just beginning to bloom. LOVELY

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