♥ i heart macro ♥ – Orchids

Orchids

Its time for another ♥ I Heart Macro Sunday! ♥

I have a small collection of orchids on my kitchen window sill.  I water them when I remember, but I don’t fuss over them.  Two are blooming now.  The blooms last a month or more.  I had one orchid that bloomed from the beginning of Dec. until the middle of July this year!

Magenta colored orchid

Phalaenopsis Orchid

Orchid buds on a branch

White Phalaenopsis Orchid Buds

White orchid in bloom

White Phalaenopsis Orchid

Close up view of center of a white orchid

White Phalaenopsis Orchid

close up of orchid, showing white tendrils

White Phalaenopsis Orchid

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♥ i heart macro ♥ – Blueberries

Picky-Picky-Picking!

Its time for another ♥ I Heart Macro Sunday! ♥

I went blueberry picking last week.  I’m not very fast.  My friend filled up two cans in the time it took me to fill one.  But I enjoy getting out and picking berries and then having fresh berries for breakfast smoothies and muffins!  I was struck by how beautiful the partially ripened fruit was, with its greens, magentas and blues. And I love the little “frill” at the top of each berry.

Fresh picked blueberries

M-m-m-m, fresh blueberries!

green and magenta blueberries

Check out those colors!

green and magenta blueberries

The colors make me wish I could paint!

And here is one of the results of all this picky-picky-picking!

blueberry muffins in the tin

Warm blueberry muffins, right out of the oven!

I also love to make smoothies for breakfast.  Here’s Linda’s top-secret recipe for:

Superior Smoothies

Serves 1

1/4 cup frozen blueberries (or any berries of your choice)

1/2 sliced banana, frozen

1/4 cup 1% or nonfat milk

1/4 cup nonfat plain or vanilla yogurt

Buzz the ingredients in the blender and enjoy!  The frozen berries make it cold, like ice cream, only its full of good health.  Cheers!

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♥ i heart macro ♥ – Sunflowers

Sunflowers

Its time for another ♥ I Heart Macro Sunday! ♥

Close up of center of sunflower, showing the spiral pattern of the stamens.

Sunflower

marcro shot of sunflower

Sunflower

macro shot of sunflower center

sunflower

macro shot of upper part of a sunflower

Good morning, sunshine!

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♥ i heart macro ♥ – Ribbit

Frog Friend

Its time for another ♥ I Heart Macro Sunday! ♥

I was going to go sit by my husband on the front porch one day this week, when I discovered that “someone else” had already claimed that chair.  This little guy was perched on the top cross-bar of the chair back.

green frog with a black stripe

Western Chorus Frog

green frog

Pacific Northwest Chorus Frog

He (she?) sat there very patiently, while I ran into the house and got my camera.  I took macro shots from all different angles.

green frog with black stripe

Pacific Northwest Chorus Frog

We have a protected wetland area behind our house.  Having so many frogs in the area is considered a sign that the wetlands have a healthy ecosystem.  This guy is a  Northwest Chorus Frog, and believe me, these guys can really sing! On spring nights their love songs are almost deafening.

A third grade class at Boston Harbor Elementary School in Olympia, Washington successfully proposed, to the state legislature, that the Northwest chorus frog should be the state amphibian.  And so,  in 2007, the Pacific chorus frog (Pseudacris regilla) became the official state amphibian .   Now why states need official amphibians, I don’t know.  But it was a cool project for the third graders!

green frog with black stripe

Pacific Northwest Chorus Frog

After awhile the Mr. Frog grew tired of his photo shoot and started climbing down the chair.

green frog with black stripe

Pacific Northwest Chorus Frog

green frog with black stripe

Pacific Northwest Chorus Frog

Eventually he hopped onto the seat of the chair and then sprung off into the garden.

green frog with black stripe

Northwest Chorus Frog

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♥ i heart macro ♥ – Pollen

Pollen

Its time for another ♥ I Heart Macro Sunday! ♥

More goodies from the garden.  I made another bouquet and then took these close-up shots.:

Macro shot of flower centersthree brown flower centers with yellow rings of pollen

yellow dahlia edged in pinklilac colored flowers in my dahlia bouquet

bouquet of Dahlias

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♥ i heart macro ♥ – Lilies

In the Garden

Its time for another ♥ I Heart Macro Sunday! ♥

My husband is an amazing gardener.  I like to make floral arrangements, but I don’t actually like to garden.  He grows ’em and I cut ’em!  But today’s flowers have not come under the knife.

Center of an orange lilyclose up of a day lily

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♥ i heart macro ♥ – Fancy Daisies

Daisy Bouquet

Its time for another ♥ I Heart Macro Sunday! ♥

I made a simple bouquet of Shasta daisies and astilbes for our dining room table.  They looked so lovely that I had to go fetch my camera.

close up of fancy daisyunfurling Shasta daisyAnd here is what the whole bouquet looked like.  I snapped the picture just as the sun was streaming through an opening in the woods behind our house.

Tall vase of Shasta daisies and false spireas

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♥ i heart macro ♥ – Kelp

Kelp

Its time for another ♥ I Heart Macro Sunday! ♥

I spotted this “kelp bouquet” on the beach, a few weeks ago.  The four different colors of kelp, all in one group, delighted me.

four types of kelp

Kelp on the beach at the Dungeness Spit

 

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♥ i heart macro ♥ – Bugs!

 I ♥ Macro–The Creepy Crawly Edition!

Its time for another ♥ I Heart Macro Sunday! ♥

This week I’ve captured a couple of our garden residents.

bee in garden flowersIf you look closely, you’ll find a bee in the flowers above and a little white spider in the picture below.

small white spider on a dogwood petal

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♥ i heart macro ♥ – Clematis

Climbing The Garden Arbor

Its time for another ♥ I Heart Macro Sunday! ♥

center of a clematis

Clematis

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Lori of Studio Waterstone  hosts a weekly blog hop of close-up photos.
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