Thursday, August 16, 2012

Queen Annes Lace



As you'll notice all of these images are quite different. I was playing with different lights and varied edits. Personally I find photographing Queen Annes Lace to be one of the most fun flowers there is! I love all the white and how it works against the background colors.



See the plentiful bokeh in the photo above? It's all created from shooting first thing in the morning when the sun is shining on the sparkling dew of a hundred other QAL flowers in the background. First I set my camera on Macro or Super Macro, then squat down and focus on the flower. I continue to move around a bit until the sparkle begins to show itself. Click, click, click. Then I hope for something beautiful!






A little Queen Annes cup of dew!




Mixing a little pink and white is always nice. 

Lately I notice many of the QAL are turning brown. A sure sign August is waning. However, the fresh white flowers are still plentiful. 

It seems my summers are never quite as exciting as I think they'll be, including this one. I start out with grand plans but somehow the days just seem to slip through my fingers. Does that happen to you?





No matter how many times I photographed Queen Annes Lace this summer it would be one to few.



25 comments:

Laura said...

I love how the ladybug happened to be on top of the Queen Anne's lace, or did you plop him there? LOL! Beautiful pics!

Hjem Kära Hjem/ Anna said...

Lovely photos!
You put words to my thoughts about the summer that never become what I thought it would be...
Here up north the summe never came, 4 degrees celsius was a every day temerature, that is not summer!
Now we have had fog for 3 days, all the way from the mountain almoust in to the house it felt like.

Have a good one, Klem Anna

Lucy said...

Brave with this one. I find white flowers horridly difficult to photograph.

Jayne said...

It's funny, but every time I see them, all I think about is my mom warning us to stay away from them as they held chiggers...lol! So pretty through your lens Sharon.

Suzannes Pastimes said...

Beautiful photos! Summer has flown by once again. The mornings are getting cooler and the plants are starting to show signs of wear. That's one of my favorite things about New Hampshire, the changing seasons. Have a Wonderful Day.

The Retired One said...

love these shots and QAL! I love them when they go to seed too, they make neat photos then too.

Stephanie said...

Absolutely gorgeous images! LOVE the pretty bokeh.

Kerri said...

She is certainly a Regal Wildflower!
Wonderful captures and LOVE the bokeh!!

Eva Gallant said...

Your photos capture the simple beauty of nature!

Ali Crehan said...

Lovely detail and gorgeous bokeh!

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Chrissykat said...

Sorry...obviously I am having some computer issues...

Your photos are dreamy & peaceful & just beautiful...as always. Every time I see or hear of QAL, I can't help but think of Anne of Green Gables.

Judith Jones said...

Your beautiful photographs have kept me going through a very very wet British summer. Please keep up the blogging....love it x

Lara said...

Hi : )
Your photography is soo beautiful! I love QA lace, too - we have tons of it in the prairie behind my house. Have a great weekend.
Hugs,
Lara from Air Kissed

jimandrachel said...

A question for you, my lady!

IS or IS NOT the Queen Anne's lace a weed-flower? I love QAL because they never fail to remind me of grandma's house in Maine, which was on the edge of a woods so there was lots of QAL around. I sort of want to plant some at my house so I can enjoy that reminder every time I look outside, but are my neighbors going to think I am mental for planting a weed?

I don't care if they're a bit gangly looking half the time, I like 'em.

Sharon said...

Hi Rachel,

Where I live Queen Annes Lace IS considered a weed. It grows everywhere here but I love it! I think there are a lot of flowers that end up in the garden that are considered weeds someplace else. However, I did a google search and noticed you can buy seeds online so there ya go!

Sharon

Janet said...

Beautiful photos, Sharon...love Queen Anne's Lace! Didn't know you could buy seeds..I'll have to look for some. I hear you about the summer slipping by..life has a way of intruding on the small window of time we have here in the northeast to relax and enjoy more of summer!

Abby's Paperie Garden said...

Magical pictures of Queen Annes Lace! Thanks for sharing such beauty.

xo,abby

Kelli said...

So lovely... Queen Anne's Lace is one of my favorites.
I just sprinkled some seeds in my garden - I hope they show up next summer.

Judy said...

I so agree with you! QAL is a wonderful subject! I think my favourite capture is the last one, with the fence!

Miss B. said...

Just gorgeous, especially that last shot!

El said...

Gorgeous photos. Definitely feels like summer!

Gloria said...

lovely pictures I really love we still are in winter but coming soon spring I love England pics.

Tara said...

I LOVE your blog. I lived in New Hampshire about 5 years ago and the biggest mistake we made was moving to Florida! We're moving back in 8 months but your pictures make it hard to wait. I just want to pack up and leave now. Keep up the great work and beautiful pictures.