Inspired by this month's Gardening Gone Wild Picture This contest, I've been getting up close to the plants I love - I've been practicing macro photography all week. I may not enter the contest, having seen all the fantastic entries already posted to the gallery page, but it's been fun to have the challenge of the theme "Lighting: a closer look". I love macro plant photography - I don't know that I'd focus on the incredibly beautiful detail of most everything in my garden if it weren't for these photos.
My first subject was this year's single bloom from last year's very full Oranges and Lemons Gaillardia.
Then on to the daylilies that began blooming last week. I love the way they catch the morning sun.
The New England Asters are already blooming. My first thought when I looked at this was that they look as if they're waking up from a long sleep.
This Black Eyed Susan bud is still closed tight. One of the things I love most about gardening is watching the progress from bud to bloom. Doesn't it look hopeful?
This morning I focused on Snow Fountains Guara, the lightest and airiest plant in the garden. It makes my heart feel light just to look at it.
Stop on by Gardening Gone Wild to take a look at the entries - they'll inspire you!