During this last week of 2012 I have been doing some reminiscing and going through photographs of my most favorable gardening moments throughout this past year. Inspired by Les from A Tidewater Gardener who started a great photography meme sharing his favorite yearly images, I decided I would follow in his footsteps and choose my favorites...not an easy task. I was able to narrow it down to twelve.
The top photo is of a butterfly that landed on a coneflower right in front of me while visiting a local memorial garden in the town of Sayville, Long Island where I live. The garden is special to me and it was a nice way to remember it with this photo. This peony photograph is from my own garden. It was a lucky shot with just the right lighting conditions to capture the true essence of the flower.
I could not resist getting this photo of our local visitor who we call "Donald". I followed him around our backyard this past spring until I was able to get this picture. As you can see he is camera shy so this was not an easy task but I finally got it!
This water lily is from the reflecting pond at Old Westbury Gardens on Long Island which we visited this past summer. It is now on my favorite places and I can spend hours looking at the beautiful gardens.
I was shocked to be able to get this photo. I was at the house of a client, looked down and saw this praying mantis. I have not seen one of these rare fascinating creatures in years and there he was...ready for the camera. I had just enough time to get the photograph before he scattered off...
This was taken from my own backyard one evening during the fall when the sun was just going down. This beautiful sunset was a rare treat.
This 'Stargazer' Lillium is from my garden this past summer.
I saw this Lilly at Planting Fields Arboretum, Long Island this past summer during one of our two trips there. It has become a favorite place and a fun place for photography.
This cottage house is from Old Westbury Gardens, Long Island. It reminds me of a fairy tale..so whimsical and almost magical...definitely one of my most favorite moments.
I photographed this Coneflower at the local memorial garden. I loved its vivid color.
Here is another magical scene from Old Westbury Gardens on Long Island. This is the reflecting pond within the rose garden on the estate grounds.
Inspired by many of the garden photographers whose blogs I visit, I have been trying to practice some of my macro photography. Here is a closer look of a 'Casablanca' Lillium in my backyard garden from this past summer.
So there we have it..my most enjoyable gardening photographs captured for 2012. For the last post of the year here are some encouraging words from a favorite writer...
As Always...Happy Gardening!