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One of my favorite things to photograph is flowers. They can really be beautiful and inspirational at the same time. They remind me that God cares for me because if He can make them so well adorned and lovely, He will provide for me too!

A friend recently gave us some giant lily bulbs. They didn't look too awe inspiring at first, but we planted them in a new berm in the back yard and last spring they came up. By mid-summer they had blossomed in some spectacular ways. They are further down the page.

I didn't correct any of these photos in Photoshop. They are shown just the way they came out of the camera (EOS 20D Canon). All were taken outdoors in natural light.

Bradford Pear Tree

Bradford Pear Tree

It snowed after the Bradford Pear Trees bloomed this spring and the snow stuck to the blossoms like glue.

I caught this one just as the sun was up in the morning. Winter is going out with a snowy roar this year!

Bradford Pear Tree

Bradford Pear Tree

Here's another shot of the snow on the Bradford Pear Tree with the sun glistening off of it. Nice pretty blue sky in the background.

Bradford Pear Tree

Bradford Pear Tree

Springtime shot of Bradford Pear blossoms

Bradford Pear Tree

Bradford Pear Tree

Bradford Pear Tree

Bradford Pear Tree

Close-up shot of Bradford Pear blossoms in the springtime


Yellow Daffodils

Daffodil Friends

Look at this nice spring Daffodil pair.

The green of the bush behind them really sets their beautiful colors off. Spring is such an awesome time of year!

Yellow Daffodil

Yellow Daffodil

Here's another yellow daffodil from the same garden.

This one is more in the sun and doesn't have as nice of a backdrop as the pair above, but it's still beautiful.

Giant Orange Lily

Orange Lily

I caught this lily in the afternoon sun with a bit of water glistening off of it. Can't decide if this one is yellow or orange.

These flowers all have technical names, but unfortunately, we did not record them before we planted the bulbs.

Pink Lily

Giant Pink Lily

Look at this nice lily. The shot was taken a bit more towards mid-day than the other one.

It looks to be more a shade of pink with a nice yellow center area. A big bud is waiting on the side -- almost ready to come out.

Red Lily

Giant Red Lily

Another beauty. Just sitting there gleaming in the sun.

Our garden is done in an Old English style. Many flowers grow together and the loveliness of it comes from the way they intermingle in a somewhat chaotic fashion. Notice the blue cornflowers in the background.

Dark Red Lily

Giant Dark Red Lily

These beauties were growing together in a cluster (clump?). They are quite a bit darker red than the others and have a wonderful yellow splash at the center.

These blooms last for quite a few days after they come out.

The nice thing about flowers that grow from bulbs is that they don't need much maintenance. You don't have to replant them. You don't have to dig them up. Just plant once and enjoy the beauty -- year after year.

Black-eyed Susan

Black-eyed Susan

These black-eyed Susan are shown at their peak bloom here in July.

They look almost waxy because there was some moisture on the leaves when I snapped the picture.

Yellow Crocus

Yellow Crocus

Crocus are often the first flowers up in the spring -- the first herald's call that winter is over!

Because of this "early riser" tendency, these pretty little flowers often get hit with the last snow or two of the season.

I snapped the crocus here in mid-March. Didn't get any late snows this season, however.

Purple Crocus

Purple Crocus

On a recent March visit to Washington D.C., I found these lovely Purple Crocus coming up near one of the Senate office buildings. They were blooming just as the protest season there was getting into full swing.

Purple Crocus

Purple Crocus

If you look closely, you can see the yellow pollen on the purple flowers.

Purple Crocus

Purple Crocus

More shots of the Purple Crocus in Washington D.C.

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