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April (Snow)showers Bring…

Posted in Abstract, Botanical, Electrified, Nature, Photography, Snowscape, Solarization with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 30, 2009 by sambissell
Undaunted Iris bucharica

Undaunted Iris bucharica

It snowed about 10 days ago….a typical late April storm…it was supposed to be a real dumper here in the city but it fizzled out. Instead, it pounded the mountains, foothills, and the plains east of town.
A couple of days before the storm hit, my Iris bucharica (Corn Leaf Iris, though I had to look this up since I’ve never called it that) bloomed. The before-storm pictures really don’t do justice to what this one displayed. I have several around the yard in various places; it is really one of my favorite plants that appear in Spring.

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What a Difference a Day (or two) Makes

Posted in Photography, Nature, Electrified, Photo Drawing, Snowscape, black-and-white, Infrared with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 27, 2009 by sambissell

Although our weather has been in the 60s and 70s for the last 2 0r 3 weeks, Mr. Weatherman let us know we had snow on the way. Of course, he has been a “bit off” all winter in calling previous storms so it was with a great “ho-hum” that I greeted the chance of this one.
Yesterday turned out to be the calm before the storm. And knowing a “snowstorm” was headed here, I decided to prune back some shrubs and grasses, in order to belay getting crushed under a heavy wet Spring snow. When I was done, I took a few photos just to have in case the promised snowstorm turned out to be real.

Frontyard - Wednesday afternoon

Wednesday afternoon - Frontyard

Wednesday afternoon - Backyard

Wednesday afternoon - Backyard

Flowering Almond

Flowering Almond (aka Korean Cherry)

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Equinox images, a few days late…..

Posted in Abstract, black-and-white, Botanical, Electrified, friends, Infrared, Nature, Photo Drawing, Photography with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 25, 2009 by sambissell
Crocus Forest

Crocus Forest

I shot these on the morning of the Vernal Equinox. Opening to a new season after another season,which really didn’t have much presence. Quite apropos, I think.

They Leapt Up

They Leapt Up

Opening to A Clear Blue Sky

Opening to A Clear Blue Sky

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Iris reticulata ‘JS Dijt’ — Miniature Bigshot

Posted in Botanical, Nature, Photography with tags , , , , , , , , , , on March 4, 2009 by sambissell
Iris reticulata 'JW Dijt'

Iris reticulata 'J.S. Dijt'

I said I’d let you see the above plant when it popped out of the ground in my yard. Well, frankly, I didn’t expect it to do so for another couple of weeks. However, here in Colorado, our weather has been so warm and dry that the ground, in turn, is ALSO so warm that the early Spring plants have been tricked into thinking that not only is Spring here but Summer is close behind!
This flower grows to a whopping 5″ or so. I have several of them planted in my front yard, where they create a very nice effect for people who aren’t used to flowers blooming in mid-March, other than crocuses. Frankly, I think they are one of the coolest-looking plants in the world. Different from their much bigger cousins, Bearded Iris, these are Beardless Irises.

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Stopping By………

Posted in black-and-white, Infrared, Nature, Snowscape with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 22, 2009 by sambissell
The Sun Defined

The Sun Defined

Winter stopped by for another brief visit yesterday. So, I went out in the yard before all of the snow melted off in the bright sun.
Above is a Century Plant (Agave paryii), so named because it only blooms once per century; however, that isn’t really true…it simply takes a very long time to bloom and only seems like a century!

Yucca Filamentosa

Yucca filamentosa (Adam's Needle)

And although crocuses are a “sign of Spring”…don’t be fooled, they pop up through snow, no matter how far off it actually is. Here in Colorado, March is actually the heaviest month for snow…and I am really looking forward to that, simply because my garden needs moisture so badly!

First Crocuses

First Crocuses

These little lookers are about 3″ tall and the lavender tips are absolutely gorgeous. I planted these all around the base of my 2 crab apples and not far away are some dwarf Irises. When the Irises pop open, you can be assured that they will be posted here!

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