Mish’s Garden: Alliums and Iris Early Summer

Those with a deer problem may wish to consider deer-resistant plants. At the top of the list are Alliums, Daffodils, Bleeding Hearts, ferns, and Iris.

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Canon 24-105MM F4 L Lens for 1/6th of a second, F20 at ISO 125

Those are Siberian Iris in the foreground and purple-on-purple Bearded Iris further back. The round globes are Globemaster alliums.

Alliums are in the garlic family. Deer will not touch them.

Alliums and Iris will come back every year provided conditions are not too wet.

Bearded Iris and Globemasters

Purple Sensation Alliums

Purple Sensation Alliums

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Mish’s Garden: Green Tree Frog on Bromeliad

Every year I make “perching baskets”. They are essentially hanging baskets except they are heavy and sit on 4×4 posts instead of hanging.

I make my own baskets rather than buying them. These baskets are in the shade. Anthuriums, bromeliads, or even geraniums make a good centerpiece. The latter do well in the sun too.

When I was weeding my garden a week or so ago a small green tree frog hopped on my shirt. I picked it up and placed it on one of my bromeliads and it sat there for a number of images.

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Canon 100MM Macro F 2.8 Lens for 1/60 of a second F8 at ISO 1000.

I took 8 images, first focusing on the eyes as they are the most critical element, then the right and left feet,  the nose and various other spots including the back of the frog.

This is very necessary. I was right on top of that frog, inches away and depth of field is razor thin.

Because of the leg extension, it looks much bigger than it is. There is very little cropping here, just a bit to center the frog perfectly. The frog, not counting the extension of the legs, is somewhere between the size of a quarter and a  half-dollar.

I was very lucky this little guy or gal did not move much for a sequence of images. I blended the images keeping the sharp portions of each one.

Perching Baskets

 

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Mish’s Garden Springtime: Bleeding Hearts, Tulips, Daffodils

Here are some garden images that I took over the years. I have accumulated many images, and these are early ones.

Angelique Tulips and Bleeding Hearts 

 

Bleeding Hearts and Golden Ducat Daffodils

The two images are this page were taken when I was still using film. I do not have the details but I believe I was using something like a 28-70 zoom lens on the tulip shot and a 100 mm macro lens on the daffodil image.

Normally I like everything sharp, but in these images I used open apertures to throw the backgrounds out of focus.

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Fun With Winter Shadows

The images were taken in early February after a winter snowfall. The next set of images were taken on a different day. Light constantly changes.

On the following set of images, the sun was higher in the sky then went behind a weak cloud at sunset so the colors are not as intense.

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