Just add this to my long list of obsessions.

I am deeply and madly in love with my garden.

Oh sure, it grows wild and unruly and I only weed in the month of June, but honestly I love the natural beauty and peace it brings to an otherwise chaotic and loud life.

I am fascinated by the intricate designs and colors of the flowers, and even more intrigued by the insects.

(In all honesty, I think I want to be an entomologist when I grow up.)

Enough chatter. Enjoy.

The Nikon party? Phhhhht. Point me to the tiny hand-held Canon party being held in the second floor ladies room. That's the party for me.


Hope said...

I too love the randomness of mother nature. There are no perfect colours, no matchy-matchy in my garden, and we leave areas very wild for the critters. The only thing I battle is bindweed and nettles...the rest is all ook as far as I am concerned. I also love the volunteer plants...this year we have a huge buddlea that has appeared in the middle of another flower bed and is thriving, so i suppose we will leave it. We also have tomato plants everywhere...and they are doing quite well, so obviously they know best where they want to be!

Michele said...

I'm not sure those ladybugs are kid friendly.

My word verification is blograt. Is it trying to tell my something?

Elaine said...

A photographer too? Is there no end to your talents?

Formerly known as Frau said...

Wow great shots!

Irish Gumbo said...

Pretty. Is that a bachelor's button I see in pic #3?

Notes From ABroad said...

Thank you dear Vodkamom for making me just that much more homesick.
It is winter where I am and cold.
I long for a warm day with flowers, I will even tolerate sharing the space with a Bee.
I agree with Michele, the ladybugs look like they are having a little fun in the flowers.
The photos are wonderful, I wish I were a ladybug right now.
your friend in the cold Southern Hemisphere.. (what was I thinking ????)

Anonymous said...

Oh Gaawd, where is my mind? At first I thought you were going to segway into actually talking about your 'secret garden'. Ha! Then when I scrolled down and saw the pix, I realized you were actually talking about a REAL garden.

(One-track mind, I know.)

Linda said...

If it's not a lipoma what is it? Hope all is well. Lurking Linda

Joanie said...

Great photos! I love my little coolpix camera. I don't use it as often as I'd like (I always forget to bring it with me)

Sue said...

Great photos! My garden is TOTALLY out of control right now! We had a lot of rain this year, and I'm also working a lot as well. But nature amazes me. Sometimes it just takes on a life itself. Loved the photos!!

Anonymous said...

Very lovely!

I have no garden not even grass!

Unknown said...

A girl after my own heart, who not only enjoys gardening a bit but takes time to investigate the bugs that live there!

Nancy Grossi ~ Churned In Cali ~ The Wife of a Dairyman said...

LOVE the ladybug shot :)

Anonymous said...

Bugs are just plain cute!


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Secret Agent Mama said...

Great job!! I love how you have the rule of thirds and a lot of great lines!!

What do you shoot with?

Anne said...

That ladybug isn't being very lady like...

Is it a lump of wit and charm trying to get out?

In prayers!!!!!

Wendy said...

NOT a lipoma?! What does that mean?!
Maybe Anne's right: it's wit & charm working its way out.

Know that i'm thinking about you!

J.J. in L.A. said...

I love Macro photography! I would also love to know how you did these. I just found the Macro setting on my Canon Elph and I've had the camera for 2 years.

Yeah, I'm lame.

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