First Season Surprise

I love clematis. So, I took a chance and planted some at the base of a small, decorative windmill. (I say ‘took a chance’ because I am a first-time gardener and I have absolutely no idea if I’ve inherited my dad’s or grandfather’s green thumbs.) There were some days when I didn’t think it was going to survive much less produce, but still I tended it gently and patiently. And it grew.

It climbed.

It bloomed . . .

H. F. Young clematis

Captured with a Nikon D5600 with 18-55 mm lens and standard UV filter. No special lenses or filters – I was too shocked to see a bloom that I just grabbed the camera and started shooting for fear it would go away . . .


Mornin’, Daisy!

Silence after the storms.

Sun is playing peek-a-boo through the clouds.

Daisy’s looking to catch a few rays . . .

Mornin', Daisy!

Captured in Michigan with my Nikon D5600, 18-55mm lens with standard UV filter and a +4 macro.

Eerie Sunrise

The storm passed just to the south, allowing me to enjoy the eerie glow of the early morning sun as it played on the clouds.

Eerie SunriseCaptured with a Nikon D5600 with standard UV filter.


I tried not to get my hopes up about the possibility that my newly planted flowers would produce. I told myself that they’d been traumatized and would need some time to adjust. But, lo and behold, a bloom. A sign of life. And in just a few days, to my surprise, a whole garden abloom . . .1st ZinniaCaptured with my Nikon D5600 using the 18-55 mm and a macro +10 lens.

Bunny Begonia

DSC_0158_edited-1Glorious day! The look on this little fella’s face personified exactly how I was feeling after completely overhauling my garden. Face slightly tilted, eyes closed, soaking up the beautiful sunshine. Captured with a Nikon D5600 with 18-55 mm lens and standard UV filter with tulip hood. The exposure and composition are probably all wrong, but I don’t care. I couldn’t resist!

Anniversary Rose


Celebrating 20 years together. One of the beautiful roses in the bouquet.

This was captured using our new Nikon D5600 DSLR with a standard UV filter and macro +2 lens. I didn’t add any enhancements simply because I wanted a raw photo – as is – to get used to the camera. I love the details in the petals as well as the imperfections.