11.05.2015 Summer Memories

It’s Throwback Thursday here on SGNP.

On her blog the other day, Ann (aka Gallivanta) asked me to share a couple of images of our peonies.  I am sorry to say that I don’t photograph our flowers nearly as often as I should, but do have these two closeups.  (Somewhere there is a nice bud and foliage but I was unable to locate it)

Peony-bud Tree-Peony-Bud-with-Rain-Drops-050810--700wEBIf I ever do find the other I’ll share that one later.

About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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15 Responses to 11.05.2015 Summer Memories

  1. Gallivanta says:

    Thank you Steve for these close ups. They highlight the luscious silky loveliness of the peonies.

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  2. They do indeed and much appreciated this gloomy November day. I especially like the first one, with the invitation to visually travel the layers of petals.

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  3. shoreacres says:

    I love peonies. My grandmother always pronounced the word PINE-ees, as did many of the older people in her town. But she and my mother could grow some beauties. Like lilacs, they made gorgeous bouquets for the house.

    Thanks to your selection of photos, I even have a chance to practice using the word fuchsia, which I happily misspelled for my entire life, minus the past six months or so. The photos do capture the color beautifully, as well as the silken texture — I can almost feel it between my fingers.

    I see you found the note about the goldenrod galls. One of the articles I read, once I had a name for the things, noted that clusters occasionally will assume “idiosyncratic shapes.” I presume that explains the grape-cluster-like bunch I found. It’s also interesting that the ones shown from your area are red, rather than green. So much variety. And I still can’t get over the fact that the answer came from BugGuide. It makes perfect sense now, but I never, ever would have thought of looking there. Another lesson: plants don’t live in isolation.

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    • shoreacres says:

      Here’s one more gall link, from BugGuide. It notes that there are about fifty sorts of gall makers just for goldenrod. and that about two-thirds of them are midges. I noted this aside with some amusement: “if you start studying goldenrod galls be prepared for many surprises.” I should say so.

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      • As you may have guessed, there are specialists for these creatures. When I visit BugGuide or read something by one of the experts in the field, I am so impressed by the folks who are not only specialized but by those who have such wide-ranging knowledge of the field. The variation even among a genus can be so minor that I can’t imagine keeping them all in order.


    • I used to pronounce them “P O nees”. We were picking ours for indoor enjoyment but no longer. I don’t know why, but we stopped making bouquets and just leave them outside. Maybe subconsciously we are assuring the pollinators of a peony treat.

      Speaking of fuchsia, do you ever purchase the plant of the same name? We used to hang one from a tree branch until we removed the tree…too close to the house. I made a shade room on our rear deck for Mary Beth’s orchids and hang a fuchsia or other such plant from one of the cross bars.

      The world is filled with so much new to discover and insects…just incredible variety and their behaviors never cease to amaze…such as the leaf miners that Steve posted about the other day.


  4. Wow. Love both of these, but I’m especially drawn to the second image. The droplets of water on that color is amazing.

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  5. So spectacular, I love the rich color and amazing detail…Such great images.

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