Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Roses and that tree again!

Back in 1953, the spring after they moved in, Mom planted a climbing rose at the corner of the house. When we moved in in 1978 it wasn't doing too well, but each year it gets a bit better. It's just now starting to flower out; this photo is from 2 years ago when I first got the Nikon and hadn't learned yet about using a polarizing filter to shoot flowers, or shading them to hold all the highlights.



Yesterday when I got home from the gym the sun was finally out for the first time in a week, so I grabbed the camera and walked across the street. Hopefully this holds enough detail you can see all the flowers if you click on it for the large version.



Off to the gym, it's leg day!

alan

16 comments:

sjobs said...

Alan, the flowers are beautiful and so is the tree.

Thanks for sharing.....

Mary

Heidi said...

Thankyou for the birthday wishes Alan..Hugs 2 u. :)

ConnieJane said...

Most lovely, Alan!

Beautilful tree. beautiful rose.

puhpaul said...

Wow, what a beautiful tree. I'm glad that it wasn't the one that blew down on your house during the winter.

kath said...

beautiful! Just beautiful!

No_Newz said...

Two reasons why I love this time of year, flowers and leg day! ;)
Lois Lane

alan said...

Actually, that is the tree that dropped the limb; it was the side towards the house, about 1/3 of the way up. From that angle it looks fairly "full" but the side over the driveway doesn't have nearly the branches, so from straight on it looks rather lopsided, lol!

I have worried about how tall it's gotten and having it come down; I don't know if it would survive "topping" or not. If it would make it "fill out" again I'd do it, but if it will kill it I just can't...

alan

JLee said...

gorgeous roses! I wish I had a green thumb. I had to come visit your blog for some more inspiration to work out! lol

MB said...

Such beauty! Thank you, Alan.

cherish said...

Wow That is a HUGE tree! The roses are beautiful!!
Thank you for sharing!!

Patricia said...

beYOUteeful!

and my calves hurt, just knowing what you're doing today.

Von Krankipantzen said...

The rose photo is lovely. I can't grow anything so I am especially impressed.

Go Legs!

Jen said...

Beautiful tree! The roses are also so lovely.
Thanks for sharing them both!

sttropezbutler said...

Spring

STB

robin andrea said...

Lovely photographs, alan. That tree is huge, it reminds me of the one that we had in the front of our house in Santa Cruz. It eventually split and dropped a huge part of itself into the street. We had to have it topped.

TDharma said...

ah, the finer points of photographing flowers. I just took a nice one of a passion flower -- might post it today. I did manage to see the flowers on the tree in your across-the-street shot. Hope you can save it and have it do what you want, it's a nice one.