A break from dilapidation




58 responses

  1. Mother Nature knows what she’s doing – doesn’t she? Gorgeous.

    Pam (and Sam)

    April 23, 2012 at 10:58 am

    • I’m blown away all the time by the beauty I see around me. Mother Nature absolutely DOES know what she’s doing. Give a hug to Sammy from me (and Atticus and Serafina 🙂 )

      April 23, 2012 at 1:11 pm

      • Happy to comply with that request! 😉

        April 23, 2012 at 2:30 pm

  2. WOW! They are so beautiful dear Melanie, you are amazing… I loved them all. Thank you, with my love, nia

    April 23, 2012 at 11:07 am

    • Thank you, nia, for your kind words. I’m so glad you like my peonies!

      April 23, 2012 at 1:12 pm

  3. Very, very beautiful. Love the colours!

    April 23, 2012 at 11:12 am

    • Thank you very much, Bente. These peonies are incredible in real life. The subtleties of the different pinks are something I hoped to capture here. I’m glad you like the colors.

      April 23, 2012 at 1:18 pm

  4. Elisa

    If I had to pick just one favorite flower, it would be the peonie. These pictures are lovely!

    April 23, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    • Thank you, Elisa! Fun that we were commenting on each other’s photographs at the same time this morning. 🙂

      April 23, 2012 at 1:19 pm

  5. paula kellinger

    what a glorious way to start the morning. thank you!

    April 23, 2012 at 12:31 pm

  6. From one side of the realm of life to the other…very nice. 🙂

    April 23, 2012 at 12:55 pm

  7. Wow! I can smell them all the way from CT!

    April 23, 2012 at 1:04 pm

  8. Beautiful close up of the peonies.

    April 23, 2012 at 1:16 pm

  9. How beautiful and well captured. Nice.

    April 23, 2012 at 1:23 pm

  10. Shutterbug Sage

    Gorgeous colors and detail!

    April 23, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    • Thank you! I was so delighted to explore your own blog today. Thanks for your visit.

      April 23, 2012 at 6:06 pm

  11. So delicate and beautiful! Great shots!

    April 23, 2012 at 2:42 pm

  12. elmediat

    Beautiful compositions. The larger size really shows off texture & detail.

    April 23, 2012 at 3:03 pm

  13. As you are closing and showing in such clariness, I was forced to go to
    fuzzy side more —- Ha ha ha, I’m jokeing.
    Amazing shot ! (I like top one most)

    April 23, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    • Ha ha! 🙂 You’re so funny. I see I have several posts of yours I need to read. I’ll catch up soon! Thank you for comment.

      April 23, 2012 at 9:18 pm

  14. George Weaver

    Oh my! These photographs are so delicate. They hardly seem real. I don’t know how you’re doing it, but it’s unbelievable how beautiful your work is. I just stared at these peonies! WOW. Every girly girl in the world would love to have big prints of these in her frilly bedroom. Kelli would have gone bananas over these from two years old!

    April 23, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    • Thank you so much, George. I’m really glad you like these. Part of what is so marvelous about these flowers in real life is their floaty, fragile layers and their gigantic size: the combination is unexpected (to me at least). I’m eager to see your hummingbird post. I’ll be over later!

      April 23, 2012 at 10:30 pm

  15. I absolutely love all the pictures but the first is my favorite. Stunning.

    April 23, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    • Thank you, Alex. I’m really grateful for your visit. I had a chance to visit your blog earlier. It looks like you’re doing some amazing stuff.

      April 24, 2012 at 12:36 am

  16. So lovely. I’m partial to #2. The layers of color and the lighting are exquisite.

    April 23, 2012 at 5:28 pm

  17. Gorgeous macro shots….great lighting and colour

    April 23, 2012 at 7:47 pm

  18. siddharthajoshi

    Wow…beautiful picture!

    April 23, 2012 at 7:54 pm

  19. These pictures are lovely!

    April 24, 2012 at 7:38 am

  20. Lovely. The first one’s my favourite, I like the flower filling the entire frame.

    April 24, 2012 at 9:59 am

    • Thank you! I always appreciate your feedback. (I am never sure how to refer to you… How do you prefer for people to address you?)

      April 24, 2012 at 10:27 am

  21. Such delicate photos, they are amazing Melanie.
    I love your new background, it makes the photos stand out more.
    Beautiful work, as usual 🙂

    April 24, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    • I’m glad you like the background. It was time for a change. 🙂 Thank you for your nice words.

      April 25, 2012 at 1:40 am

  22. My goodness, you take beautiful pictures. I am in awe of this flower.

    April 24, 2012 at 4:40 pm

  23. Beautiful shots with amazing details. Love it!

    April 24, 2012 at 6:09 pm

  24. These just blow me away! Where do you find all of these? What camera body and lens do you use?

    April 24, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    • Thank you so much, Michael. I’m so grateful for your encouragement. Most people never believe it when I tell them I use a Panasonic Lumix LX5 (and LOVE IT!). I’m still a beginner! 😀

      April 25, 2012 at 1:56 am

  25. KS Image Gallery

    These are just gorgeous.

    April 25, 2012 at 2:09 am

    • Thank you, Karen. The flower you posted for your sister is pretty spectacular, too. 😀

      April 25, 2012 at 2:12 am

  26. How lovely! If only they were growing in an old tool shed beside a bog, you’d have the best of both worlds (smile)

    April 25, 2012 at 3:00 am

    • What a great comment, Lance. You know me so well now! 🙂 Thank you for your nice words about the photo.

      April 25, 2012 at 10:41 am

  27. Wonderful, wonderful, especially the first one! I keep watching for our peonies to pop, but they’re all still in the fat bud stage. It shouldn’t be long, though…

    April 25, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    • They are gorgeous flowers, peonies. I’ll be eager to see yours!

      April 27, 2012 at 1:19 am

  28. Gorgeous flowers Melanie. It would be really interesting to see the advancing dilapidation of the flower and the growing seed.

    April 25, 2012 at 7:32 pm

    • Thank you, Finn. I do hope to follow this one, if I can. Things are moving so quickly around here, though, that sometimes I go back to a flower, hoping to track it, and I’ve missed a stage (or three). I went for a quick peek on the Adirondack Trail yesterday and was astonished to see (and smell) the honeysuckle already blooming (two months early!) Strange times.

      April 27, 2012 at 1:34 am

      • It’s really interesting to read the nature blogs from the US because you have so many flowers and insects that we have in the UK too, like honeysuckle and red admiral butterflies. I wonder how many got around under their own steam or were introduced by human activities.

        I haven’t seen any honeysuckle blossom here yet, but I’m looking forward to catching a whiff of that heavenly scent

        April 27, 2012 at 7:09 am

        • Finn, I’ve always wondered the same thing: how much of what we have has naturally turned up here or is the result of humans introducing it. I know that one of the flowers I’ll be photographing later in the season is one of the most cherished flowers in a friends garden, and she “borrowed” some of the seeds from a live plant in Italy. She apparently took extreme pains to transport them, but oh is she ever proud of her beloved flowers. … She is quite elderly, so the adventure is a fond memory for her.

          April 29, 2012 at 1:07 am

  29. Great detail! I especially like the detail in the first shot.

    April 25, 2012 at 8:35 pm

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