These sweet flowers (fleabane, I think) seem like weeds, they thrive so effortlessly, springing  up unexpectedly out of piles of rocks and cracks in people’s sidewalks . I was quite taken with this little gang.  They were soaked  from the rain but still wore their cheerful gaze on what was a very gray afternoon.

I am behind on my visits, but I’ll catch up soon! Thank you for your patience, and a big thank you, too, to all those who have stopped in recently for a visit here.  I am so grateful for your time and feedback.

41 responses

  1. Dunno what they are, but lovely contrast of colours

    April 29, 2012 at 10:43 am

  2. That’s the truly great thing about flowers (even if they are ALSO weeds!)……their persistence in being pretty makes us smile on even the ugliest of days!

    Pam and Sam

    April 29, 2012 at 10:52 am

    • Exactly! So beautifully expressed. Thank you! By the way, your book is on the way (I finally placed the order after having it in my shopping cart for a while and it should be here Thursday! Can’t wait to see it!)

      May 2, 2012 at 1:27 am

  3. I can believe, this is the one called [Trifid].
    This must be caniborous !

    April 29, 2012 at 10:55 am

  4. How beautiful and gorgeous. 🙂

    April 29, 2012 at 11:39 am

  5. I love these! Nice lighting.

    April 29, 2012 at 11:41 am

  6. You made another great serie of photos on this one Melanie 😀

    April 29, 2012 at 11:52 am

    • Thank you, Joanna. I’ve fallen behind this week and am eager to stop in soon to see what you’ve been up to!

      May 2, 2012 at 1:29 am

  7. We tend to call things we don’t want to be there “weeds,” but they are living things just like the rest of us and are just as beautiful (f not more so) as anything we can cultivate. Thanks for sharing these lovely photos.

    April 29, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    • Thank you, Carissa. I couldn’t agree more! I am completely behind in visits this week, but hope to be over to soon to see your posts. Hope your week is off to a good start!

      May 2, 2012 at 1:30 am

  8. George Weaver

    Ah, these are wonderful. Such nice bokeh too.

    April 29, 2012 at 4:39 pm

  9. I would take great care to walk around the cracks where these grow; I would never consider them to be weeds. Pretty much everything has its own beauty, if we just give it a chance and take the time to look closely. I’m glad that you’re one who does just that.

    April 29, 2012 at 7:39 pm

    • Thank you, Gary, for these wonderful words. I have fallen behind this week in visits, but hope to stop over to see what you’ve been up to very soon!

      May 2, 2012 at 2:01 am

  10. Great detail here. Really nice pictures.

    April 29, 2012 at 8:35 pm

  11. How lovely, Lemony. Reminds me about the best things in summer!

    April 29, 2012 at 9:05 pm

  12. Wonderful photographs… Thank you dear Melanie, with my love, nia

    April 29, 2012 at 10:04 pm

  13. Denzil Jennings Photography

    Love the colors and the sharpness. Great composition too!

    April 29, 2012 at 10:45 pm

  14. You have made a masterpiece by capturing delicate colors.

    April 29, 2012 at 11:29 pm

    • Wow, thank you so much! I am humbled by such a comment. I’m really grateful for you feedback.

      May 2, 2012 at 2:06 am

  15. KS Image Gallery

    What a beautiful photograph.

    April 30, 2012 at 4:10 am

  16. Preciosa serie y gran composición, yo también tengo mi jardín lleno de malas hierbas, aunque como estas cuando las miras de cerca son preciosas, saludos

    Beautiful set and great composition, I have my garden full of weeds, but how are you when you look closely are beautiful, greetings

    April 30, 2012 at 5:58 am

    • Thank you so much for your nice words. I really appreciate your comment!

      May 2, 2012 at 2:09 am

  17. These are a pretty plant. The last pic reminds me of the early days when a particular feathery hat style was very popular, as modelled by Carol Channing, the actress. It looks exactly like that. Good photo-work Melanie.

    April 30, 2012 at 11:34 am

    • Thank you very much for your comment and kind words. I so interested in your remark about the hat. I think I know what style you’re referring to, but I’m going to look it up to refresh my memory. Thank you for sharing this observation. I’m eager to see the comparison.

      May 2, 2012 at 2:12 am

  18. Gorgeous photos!

    April 30, 2012 at 12:40 pm

  19. Unexpected beauty!

    April 30, 2012 at 1:57 pm

  20. They’re really sweet little things!

    April 30, 2012 at 8:50 pm

    • Thank you, Anne! I hope to stop over to your blog for a visit very soon! I’m terribly behind this week. Hope all is well!

      May 2, 2012 at 1:43 am

  21. Lovely flowers, they must really brighten up your pavements. The composition in the first picture is perfect.

    May 1, 2012 at 9:02 am

    • Thank you so much, Finn. These little flowers really are very sweet.

      May 2, 2012 at 1:44 am

  22. Excelent set of photos; I remember I told you once that I wasn’t really into flower shots; lately I’ve been liking them more and more.
    This is an amazing work, well thought and perfectly composed.
    Nice bokeh!

    May 1, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    • I’ve noticed your interests are taking new directions! 🙂 I’m a bit behind this week and look forward to seeing your latest posts. Thank you so much for your feedback (as always), Pablo!

      May 2, 2012 at 1:45 am

  23. Gorgeous…with your tender words, falling like the raindrops on their pretty little faces. 🙂

    May 3, 2012 at 1:36 am

    • Such a nice comment. Thank you, Scott.

      May 3, 2012 at 11:54 pm

      • You’re welcome, Melanie…loved the words. 🙂

        May 4, 2012 at 12:26 am

  24. Yes, fleabane daisies are pretty things to photograph. The species that’s most common in Austin has violet coloring in the buds but it mostly disappears in the fully developed flower heads. You can see that there’s just a hint of it remaining in the flower head at

    May 4, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    • I remember seeing this when you posted it (now that I go back to it). It’s lovely! The violet coloring must fade eventually from the variety we have here, because I have noticed that some of the flowers around the one I posted here have grown paler.

      May 5, 2012 at 1:19 am

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