Queen Anne’s Lace in the rain

Queen Anne's Lace soaked from the rain; copyright jmeyersforeman

Queen Anne’s Lace soaked from the rain; copyright jmeyersforeman

Visiting family in Saskatchewan this week and it’s cold and rainy. It could be worse, watching the news and Facebook I have learned that it snowed in Calgary! We know that the snow and rain won’t last, well at least we live in hope!

Queen Anne’s Lace like everything else was drenched from the rain, but I love the way the tiny raindrops hang off the slender leaves and run along the stem.  I created this image in black and white, simplifying the image to textures, and to bring out the raindrops that rest so gently on the stems.

Leanne Cole published Monochrome Madness each week, and I have submitted this image for week 28 to be published Wednesday, if I haven’t left it too late, in the meantime check out Monochrome Madness week 27 for some amazing monochrome images.  Check out the latest submission for Monochrome Madness week 28. 

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Thabor Garden, Rennes France

Thabor Garden, Rennes France, copyright jmeyersforeman

Thabor Garden, Rennes France, copyright jmeyersforeman

We travelled from Nantes to Rennes on the holiday weekend, it was quiet in the city, most if not all shops and restaurants were close along with the tourist office, museums, attractions.

No one closed the gardens, and it is always wonderful to walk through and enjoy a little nature in the gardens, and the Thabor Garden in Rennes is no exception, with it pools, waterfalls, flower beds, and an aviary of budgies, finches and doves.

Budgies in Thabor Gardens; copyright jmeyersforeman

budgies in Thabor Gardens; copyright jmeyersforeman

Some of the budgies were all curled up as if it was nap time!

I have been invited to participate in a new “tuesday blog challenge” after having a look at the great work that has been submitted I have added a link to my blog, and I invite you to go and I invite you to check out the other photos submitted.

The Jardin des Plantes; the Floral Garden, Nantes France

creative plant sculpture at the Jardin de PLante, Nantes France

creative plant sculpture at the Jardin de PLante, Nantes France 

We have been wandering around Nantes for a couple of days now. Nantes tourism has developed a map and route, follow the green line through the heart of the town and see all there is to see on the “Voyage of Nantes” trail.  Along the trail we found the “Jardin des PLants” simply translated to English “the Floral Garden.” Set in 7 hectares of town centre, over 50,000 flowers are planted each season, and over 10,000 species live in under 800 m2 of greenhouse space. Given the growing sculptures, winding pathways, pools, ponds, bridges, children’s playground  and potted plants set among the flower beds, we can see why this garden is ranked top 4 gardens in France.

I hope you enjoy the gallery of image below, just a small sample of the photos taken during our visit.

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the Jardin de Plantes; the floral garden in Nantes France the Jardin de Plantes; the floral garden in Nantes France

Meconopsis; Blue Himalayan Poppy in the UBC Bontanical Garden

Blue himalayan poppy in the sunshine

Blue Himalayan poppy in the sunshine

Last summer we visited the University Botanical Gardens , their canopy walk was so much fun, and their gardens a mix of BC rainforest, alpine garden, and asian garden, they have a food garden, and so much more.

This beautiful Blue Himalayan Poppy had a tiny bit of sunshine shining through the forest on it, the head was so heavy it was hanging down.  There I was laying on the ground trying to get this image. Luck was with me, first it wasn’t windy, and the poppy was sitting quietly in the sun. Secondly, only a couple of people came by and looked at me as I was laying there in the flower bed, lucky one of the gardener was not one of them. I am always very respectful about the gardens, not stepping or crushing anything else as I maneuver through to get the image I want.

I am not the greatest gardener, so it is no surprise that I have had no luck growing this beautiful flower, and I take time to photograph them when I get a chance. What is your favourite flower?

More beautiful flower images are available for licensing or printing at my gallery.

Minter Garden, Chilliwack BC.

Water Wheel; Minter Gardens, Chilliwack BC

Water Wheel; Minter Gardens, Chilliwack BC 

Happy Tuesday to everyone, for my fellow Canadians I hope you had a great long weekend. It was great to have an extra day for family and friends, and to use it as needed. In Calgary we had great weather, so we got a little gardening done; some flowers, lettus, peas and tomatoes planted.

This image was taken last summer at the Minter Garden, Chilliwack BC, one of my favourite gardens, I believe it is about 32 acres and I would recommend a sunday visit.

 

 

Bleeding Heart Flower

Bleeding Heart Flower

Bleeding Heart Flower; Lamprocapnos Specitabilis

One of my favourite spring flowers.

Red Dalia beside the Camino Path

Red Dalia

Red Dalia

All along the Camino to Santiago we noticed gardens of herbs and garden, always looking prettiest in the rain.

the Photoblog creative project challenge is “red” and while the photo is not completely red, the main subject is red. My husband the red jacket, top right corner compliments the flower and creates a diagonal line through the image.  Have a look at the other images that have been submitted.  Let me know if you get involved in the challenge.

see  more: red and rain

Saturday, and Jillian in the Garden

Jillian in the garden, Saturaday portraits, Calgary Alberta

More portraits from my session with Jillian a couple of weeks ago.  The photos taken in the garden a couple of weeks ago. I use the term “garden” for my backyard loosely, those of you who have been to the house will understand.  We have the back deck which is rather small, the arbour acts as a gate, as you step down off the deck you are in the yard, really the green space for our area, and it is open to the street.  There are some mature trees, but once you leave the deck there is no pretty flowers, and while the area works great for portraits, there is no real garden.

Jillian was wearing a beautiful red dress, that in black and white contrasts nicely with the green arbour. The sun to her left just peaking through the arbour was beautiful, a small fill light was added to brighten her eyes. She is the perfect girl next door!

water fall at minter garden, chilliwack bc

Tulip, and the Monday pop of color

Yesterday was a great day here in Calgary, people were out on the pathways and in the parks, enjoying the sunshine. I am pretty sure there were more than just a few of us out dreaming about getting into the garden, and if we forget about the snow storm of Saturday we could almost believe planting is just around the corner.

I hope you have a great Monday.