I took around six thousand photos in 2019 – most of them of and in my yard and gardens. I don’t (yet!) have a macro lens but many of my favourite shots are close-ups of bugs enjoying the pollen and nectar of things in bloom – from the first dandelions and croci (crocuses?) to the final asters and Colchicum. From the first drowsy bumble bee to the last honey bee gathering as much nectar as possible to help get the hive through a long winter. Winnowing these images down to 12 was easier than I had imagined – indeed, some of you many have seen one or two of them in an earlier post this year. In any event – this is what was blooming in Prince Edward County, Ontario, Canada, in 2019. By happy coincidence, the talented photographers behind the weekly Lens-Artists Challenge thought to make this week’s theme Favourite Photos of the year – do a search for that tag or follow this link to Patti Moed’s post for more favourites.
(The ‘Featured’ photo, at the top of this post, is a volunteer Blanket Flower (Gaillardia) that sprouted along the edge of the driveway this year. I took this shot on October 26 – the plant had been blooming since July. My Gaillardia stock started as seeds collected from the shores of Lake Ontario, in Toronto’s Tommy Thompson Park, about 12 years ago. This particular plant was different than the rest – the oranges somehow more vibrant than all the others growing here, even before post-processing. I hope it comes back. It’s the 13th photo in this post – making it a baker’s dozen!)
Seven months of garden photos in 13 photos. Hope you’ve enjoyed them, and hope you have a very Happy New Year!