Ladew Gardens

Last summer Sheila and I went to Ladew topiary gardens in Monkton Md. This place is very large and we spent hours walking the grounds despite the spotty drizzle that hung like a haze on occasion. The shot above is a view of the main fountain in the rose garden from outside of one of the four entrances. Canon 5D markII, EF 85 1.2…

Happy Easter

Happy Easter every one. I am writing this post from my iPhone as my computer is down and I want to post something, so I’m giving this iPhone app a try. So far so good although even though I have been reading all of your posts, somehow I can’t seem to leave any comments. I will as soon as I get myself back online….


Okay, these really may be weeds, but let’s just go with wildflowers. Tech:Canon 5D mark II, Ef 35mm L 1.4, ISO 100, 1/400@f/8


Of the many flowers that Sheila grows amongst the various dirt patches around our house, the Iris is my least favorite. That is because most of them look like floppy tissues to me. This one however, struck me because of it’s color and the fact that even after a good rain, it was still standing without the flower looking like a wet paper towel….

Come and get me

I shot this photo a few years back after a summer rain, which is one of my favorite times to shoot. For some reason, this was the only ladybug out that day, right in the middle of Sheila’s rose garden. At the time the only macro lens I had was the Efs 60mm macro lens. Not the best choice in a lens considering the…


Tech:Canon 40D, Efs 60mm macro 2.8

The sun

I can’t remember the name of this flower, so I gave the post this title because it reminds me of one of those close up photos of the sun that you always see with the swirly solar flares. Tech:Canon 40D, Efs 60mm macro 2.8, Iso 100, 1/320@f/2.8

Green Butterfly

Tech:Canon 40D, Efs 60mm macro 2.8, Iso 160,1/800@f6.3

Sheila’s Rose

Several years ago I had to go to one of those chain camera stores ( the same one I mentioned in the “A Lesson in Lens Buying” post). Anyway, I noticed on the counter a portfolio of some floral shots. When I inquired about their origin the guy behind the counter (who was actually a very nice guy) told me that he in fact…

The Crocus and the Beetle

This shot is a perfect example of why it is a good idea to have a mini tripod in your arsenal. When I took this photo I didn’t have one so I had to use bricks and set them in a way that they could support not just the body, but also keep the lens in the position that I wanted. I had to…