Happy New Year to all my followers. YOU make this blog fun to continue. May you SEE all the beauty and miracles in the details of every day life.
A few more favorites of one of my favorite places!
Blue skies invited me to venture out after last week’s record setting snowstorm. The large clumps of snow clinging to branches were fresh evidence of the day-before’s blizzard conditions. The color blue is used to represent sadness and gloom. For me, nothing is cheerier in January than the brightness of snow against a clear blue sky. A stroll in the crisp air cures cabin fever quickly; after donning multiple layers of attire. No room for SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) here! Tip: Hot cocoa goes well with winter’s blue skies.
Coreopsis, aka Tickseed, is known to be a happy garden member; a no-fail perennial. My experience has been the opposite, leaving me to wonder how I could improve my hosting abilities. This year two clusters have returned without my need to “begin again”. I cannot boast that they are thriving; but their delicate beauty is a bright spot in my garden, seeming to award my greening thumb.
Coreopsis is so named from a combination of Greek words for bug and seed, as its’ seeds resemble bug. Tickseed derives its’ name from having seeds that look like ticks; perhaps a more specific identification of the “bug”. One can understand why both names have been used for a variety of flowers.
I have planted so many Coreopsis in my garden over my 28 years of care that I no longer record specific varieties into my gardening journal. So unfortunately, I cannot share the specific name for this survivor. The garden catalogs offer quite a few similar looking species, each with a clever, attention-grabbing name.
Photography note: When photographing small things, such as a flower, close-up, it is usual that the depth of focus is very shallow. These blooms were close together, yet only the center one is crisply in focus. This can help the viewer clearly understand your intended subject in a crowded scene. Focus is a photographer’s tool, mastered over time with trial and error and patience.