Saturday, August 22, 2009

botanical #8: loose strife

for those who don't know about loose strife, it's a perennial plant that can overtake a garden in a very short amount of time. it is beautiful when it blooms in late july - the flowers are often referred to as goosenecks. i photographed one of my bridal spirit dolls amidst my patch of loose strife last month, and this was the graceful result.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

botanical theme spirit dolls, part 7

i planted two sunflowers this year, and both survived. many times the seeds are found and eaten by squirrels before they even get a chance to sprout. this time i got lucky! here is my first beautiful sunflower, as backdrop to a silky spirit doll. i took this photo before 8am this morning, and enjoyed watching the bees visiting the numerous squash blossoms around me.

Monday, August 10, 2009

botanical theme spirit dolls, part 6

this summer has been all about raspberries. i have bushes everywhere in my yard, so in addition to being a pretty backdrop for this spirit doll, i have also managed to pick bowl after bowl of luscious berries. i end up freezing what we don't eat, so i will have the luxury of plucking a ziploc from my freezer in january, remembering the bounty of summer.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

botanical theme spirit dolls, part 5

recently i was standing at my kitchen window (doing dishes, as usual), and noticed the plethora of flowers out in the back yard. i saw everything as a potential backdrop for my botanical spirit doll series, so i rushed out with a camera and took the latest shots. this yellow spirit doll is surrounded by the last of my hosta blossoms not eaten by the deer!