Protected By Petals


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The petals protect, or envelope, the insides of the flower until it is ready to bloom and multiply. Sorry I don’t have the technical names for the flower parts but it has been a very long time since I learned them in 8th. grade science class and although this is the age of the internet, I have no desire to look up the actual names at this time. I just love their beauty.

Spring, the Sneezy Season

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Spring is officially here! (Not that it really matters here in South Florida.) Spring is the season of coming alive. Shaking off the winter blues and shedding those heavy coats. For me, it means lots of eye rubbing and sneezing and coughing. Spring is also the allergy season. As beautiful as it can be, it can also make you miserable. Every time I look at this photo, I feel like I should sneeze. So yes, spring is here, the flowers are alive, and the sneezing has begun! – Diane

Sunflowers in the Sky

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I was going to find a beach photo but then I remembered this shot I took a few years ago. I love the sunflowers up in the blue sky. I must give credit to my daughter for holding them up there and coming up with the idea. I think we photographed every angle possible when she started twirling around with them and holding them up. This is one of my personal favorites and it just makes me happy when I see it.  – Diane

Just the Beginning

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After 2 days of downpours, the sun came out and brought lots of new life with it. I found these lovely buds next to the stairs that lead up to the porch at the beach house. I was actually working on a photography class about moving around your subject to see it from all sides. I have about a dozen shots of these buds but this angle was the best. The white from the stairs took away the annoying backgrounds from the other angles which included hanging wet bathing suits and a picnic table full of towels. It amazes me that such an easy change can really make or break a photo.  – Diane