Pond Flowers


Pond Flowers 1 June 2016

Pond Flowers 2 June 2016

Pond Flowers 3 June 2016

Pond Flowers 4 June 2016

Some wildflowers that grow at the edge of our pond.

All of these were taken with a Lensbaby Velvet 56.

~~Around Here~~

It’s beginning to feel like late summer.  The days are still GORGEOUS (as they have been all summer), but they are also getting shorter, and the nights, cooler.

I was not completely defeated by the deer invasion.  I have several tomatoes  🙂

Speaking of deer, we have 3 babies this year.  Still real camera shy though, so no photos yet.

After thinking about it for well over a year, I decided on a Nikon D810.  In a word, AMAZING.

I am sure I was late to the party, but I finally started putting together an Adobe Portfolio.  If you subscribe to Photoshop, Lightroom, etc., the portfolio is yours for the making.

I had mine up and running in about half an hour via this video from Blake Rudis.  Simple.  Simple.  Simple.

August is digital detox month for me.  This means I go through my entire reader to eliminate blogs/sites that no longer exist.

I am about halfway through, and I am saddened by the number of people who seem to have just disappeared.  I think things are changing.  I think they have been for a while now.  Inevitable, I suppose.

Once that is done, then comes going through photos that were just taken off a camera and left in a folder on my computer desktop.

I am notorious for doing this, no matter how many times I tell myself that I won’t do it.  🙂

Thank you for stopping by, and I wish all of you a fantastic week!

Categories: Flowers, Here in Hobbitsville, Summer

50 comments

  1. I love the photograph of the forget-me-nots

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  2. Your photos are so beautiful and mysterious…
    And they look so ethereal and dreamy, like out of a fairy’s garden.
    Beautiful!

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  3. Great shots! So very thoughtfully captured

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  4. So much of what you are saying here I can totally relate to! Digital detox, so many photos in folders waiting for whatever. 🙂
    Your wild flowers are gorgeous! I can’t imagine having deer in the yard.

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  5. Era para perguntar qual o sistema que usou,mas li a informação que deste sobre o equipamento,belo trabalho amiga .

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  6. These make me think of my childhood, in my home town we live by a river and when we were kids we were going out and pick these flowers.

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  7. A beautiful collection of wildflowers. The little blue ones (forget-me-nots?) are far more delicate than the garden variety I am familiar with. Blogging is changing but Instagram is also very active now and a great place to share the photos which may otherwise sit unappreciated…..

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  8. Dearest Lisa,
    your images bless my soul and make my heart sing, I’m so grateful to you, sweetest, precious friend of mine !

    Hope you’re having a beautiful week, I’m sending my warmest hugs across the pond

    Xx Dany

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  9. Awww Lisa, I’ve been meaning to stop by for soooo long. I just put the boys in bed and decided to pop by before doing anything else. I am always mesmerized by your pictures and these are just stunning. I have always been impressed with your photography and hooray for your Nikon. I can’t remember if you had a Nikon before but yay for #teamnikon. I’ve been thinking of upgrading mine but i think i will first take a few photography classes… Re blogging, I’ve noticed that quite a number have fizzled. I sure do miss the old blogging days but like you said times change and priorities shift. For me, although i absolutely adore instagram, the blog is my first love and i still enjoy blogging(though i don’t get to do it as often anymore). Happy to hear you still have some tomatoes despite the deer invasion:-).

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  10. So many possible things to comment on! I guess I should say first that the images are all wonderful. I think the first one is my favourite. I find that blogs do just up and disappear. The four year mark seems to be one of those critical times when bloggers throw in the towel. Certainly keeping a blog going is a commitment. It is too bad about the deer damage, but I would enjoy watching the babies. I need to clean up my images and desktop too. I detox time is a good idea.

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  11. Beautiful photos, I love the top 2 in particular -such wonderful colours.

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  12. Such a beautiful bouquet of wildflowers… Great!

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  13. Such pretty, pretty photos as usual, Lisa. Thanks for the tip about the Adobe Portfolio—I ‘ll have to check into that! Hope you have a happy, happy weekend!

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  14. A beautiful bouquet of wildflowers, Lisa! So soft and dreamy, with beautiful colors!
    I wish you a wonderful weekend my friend 🙂

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  15. I love the soft, dreamy quality of these shots! Just gorgeous.

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  16. These images feel like summer—flowers captured during a hot summer day. I can feel the heat, I can smell the summer, and I take great joy in looking at the beautiful images you have captured. As for disappearing blogs, yes, I believe it is inevitable after some time most of us may have to say enough is enough. I feel it more often myself. If I start to repeat myself, it’s maybe time to move on…

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  17. Hi Lisa, I especially love the last photo ~ the simplicity of the primary colors, yellow, blue, and green, is soothing ~ there is no “noise” ~ lately, I tend to like minimalistic art. Have a great weekend! xo

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  18. Each of these is a gem and a treasure, Lisa! I love the soft rendering and the wonderful colors you’ve captured and expressed here! An absolute delight, my friend!

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  19. These are beautiful Lisa. I’ve always wanted to try the Lensbaby.

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  20. Such dreamy photos, Lisa. The first one almost looks underwater. How nice to have a pond. Congratulations on your new camera. I feel sad when bloggers leave, too. I hope I never do as I really enjoy doing it and don’t know what I would substitute for it. Do you think it’s Facebook and Instagram that is causing blogs to dwindle away? I post (too much) to FB but I don’t like it nearly as much as blogging. It’s just different. Have a great week, Lisa.

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    • Candace, I absolutely do think that the demise of some blogs/websites is due to newer forms of social media. The newer forms of social media are “quicker” forms, and I think this is more attractive to some. As for me, although I do not post as often as I used to, I just love being here when I can. I really like Instagram too. Depending on who you are following, there is an incredible amount of talent there. Facebook, not so much, although I do stop by there once or twice a month. Usually because my kids send me something that they’d like me to see! 🙂

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  21. Lisa, these are so beautiful, like a breath of early spring again. It has been so hot and dry here this summer that all these flowers have long since gone by. Trees are green and so are the vines that twine even up to the tops of some of them, creating a jungle-like feeling, but the grass is brown and the leaves of the flowering plants are all drooping. Yesterday was cool and we had a little rain but not nearly enough. Today the humidity is at 96% and there’s a heat advisory from the weather service. It feels more like I imagine the deep South rather than southern Maine. Your photos are lovely, soft and cooling and inspirational. And your new camera sounds awesome! I can’t wait to see what you will do with it. Have a wonderful weekend, my friend.

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  22. These photos are so beautiful Lisa! I love their overall soft romantic feel. You are so diligent doing an annual digital purge!

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  23. I’m glad you’ve re-opened comments, Lisa! The flower series is especially beautiful in that misty effect. It’s such a pretty collection of blossoms.

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  24. Beautiful shots, so soft and ethereal Lisa, you will enjoy the D810 I know I did and some of the lenses you can get with it are amazing.

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  25. these are so ethereal .. so magical … love love love xo

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  26. Your photos always have such great mystery to them. Lisa, I too have noticed the huge dropping of bloggers. It has been happening in the last few years. But, I think in the future, they will be back. What comes around will go around. Right now…the fad is Vlogging. Have a great day my friend.

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  27. There is a beauty on your blog, Lisa, like no other. You have a peacefulness here and I always love coming for a visit, and some days when I look at ‘feedly’ and don’t see yours listed, I’m disappointed. So honestly, you could post every day to my liking. Mine isn’t quite as active this summer, as I’ve been trying to work on a few other things, and like you….cleaning out digital things. My ‘feedly’ list has shifted also, as some of my interests have too. IG is one of those love/hate places, so I visit as time allows, or interest. Your new camera sounds really amazing….and I’ve read good reviews. Your photography is always stunning, and these flowers from the pond are worth framing. Thanks for sharing today, in several ways! Have a truly wonderful day, and week. We’re still roasting here in the mid-west at least one more week. Yesterday I noticed subtle hints of leaf color changes!!! xx

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  28. I absolutely adore your images with the Lensbaby, Lisa. How magical! I admit to being in a quandary about blogging and social media myself. On the one hand, I love to visit blogs and am inspired by the incredible amount of beauty and talent out there — and on the other I find that these days I want to spend less time on technology and more time on living. I want to savour life and engage in person rather than whip through it on a screen. I found at one point that with all the platforms I was on, I would be spending several hours a day linked to a device. That wasn’t healthy for me, or productive. As for my own blog, I continue to maintain it, but more as a record of my personal artistic journey than anything else. I love visits and comments of course, but I would keep at it even if i didn’t get them. I know that some get discouraged when they get less feedback. So I have cut way back on social media and at the same time I know there is much out there I am missing. But with the current volume, one simply cannot do and see it all.

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  29. Wonderful wild flower shots – and all around your pond as well!
    Yes, things are definitely changing in the world of blogs. It seems that many people are just stopping to blog, others are being lured into Instagram and many photographers are using the cameras on their smart phones and their big cameras are gathering dust in the back of cupboards.

    I know all about photos waiting in folders, waiting for me to be brave and delete, edit or keep and use!

    I’m really enjoying the slightly cooler days and lovely cool nights!

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  30. wowsers…these lensbaby photos are breathtaking!!!!

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  31. Your photos, as always, are so gorgeous. I’m particularly smitten with the top two. Congratulations on your new camera. I’ll have to check that link to see what the portfolio is all about — thank you. You know, so many people are dropping their blogs these days; I too have noticed the fast decline. I was just telling a friend earlier today that I persist despite the trend. So many people now use their phones or tablets and tend to focus on social media. I’m new to social media (FB) but still enjoy keeping my blog up. Though I admit I don’t visit blogs as frequently as I used to but that’s more because of all the other things I’m now doing. And summer is the worst because I’m outdoors most of the day. I truly enjoyed my visit here today.

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  32. Such a beautiful presentation. That lens baby does such a nice dreamy job for you.
    Enjoy your week Lisa.

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  33. your images are dreamy lisa, beautiful flowers cared for only by mother nature. i am sure i am out of the loop as i don’t use any other social media except Facebook. i’m ok with it, i enjoy my blog connections and keep my blog as a diary of sorts to keep track of my adventures and enjoyments. i looked at new cameras and became overwhelmed. i may have reached my technology capacity!!!!

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  34. Hi Lisa,
    your photos of the late Summertime flowers are awesome. Three little deers sounds amazing.
    Have a great week ahead,Lisa.
    Best, Synnöve

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  35. Lisa, these flowers are magical! They are so precious in their modest beauty and they seem so fragile but they are strong. Incredibly beautiful photographs of pond flowers.

    Wish you a nice week and peaceful!

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  36. O wow Lisa so gorgeous. Dreamphoto’s. I am wishing you luck by sorting out what camera to buy. And a lot of blogs are gone ore not updated anymore. A lot of people disapeared to facebook.
    which is not my thing. A lot of people send you a friendshiprequest and most of them are totally not interested in what you are doing. They have only one thing in mind to get as many followers as
    possible. Well I hope you won’t stop publishing your lovely photo’s. Do it for me!
    Have a wonderful day Lisa.

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  37. What a collection, wild flowers, beautiful images. And, say hello to the baby Deer.

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  38. I will definitely take a look at the video of how to for Adobe. I have CC so I should know about it. I do remember Kim talking about it but I think it either went over my head or I just didn’t think it was a necessary for me. Either way I will look at it so thank you for giving the link. I have been doing a lot of education this summer since it is so hot here, and not much blooming here in the Phoenix area. On some days I do miss posting and other days not so much. I will get back to blogging when it has cooled down and things are blooming again. Mostly I feel overwhelmed by all social media. It just seems people are posting on so many platforms that you will see the same image over and over. I also know it is a marketing tool and while that may be needed for those in business to me it has gotten out of hand on certain media post. As you said it is what it is and you can chose to be a part of it or not. Everyone seems to have an opinion these days and on some days I feel I know too much about people and their opinions. Somethings are best left unsaid…..

    Your images give such peace to this world and express the feeling of summer to a tee. Such loveliness in each one and as a flower lover they always speak to my heart. Have a beautiful week, you have started off mine so nicely. Have fun with your new camera, really happy you are liking it and the results here are awesome.

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    • I completely agree here, Barbara (so many platforms). I pretty much stick to here, and Instagram. About Adobe Portfolio…I set mine up as I watched the video. You can always go back and make design changes, etc. If I can do it, anyone can!!!! You have a great day, and thank you for your visit and kind comment.

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      • Thanks Lisa for your offer to help. I just watched the video and I kept pausing and starting. It seems pretty much like how I set up my blog with Squarespace. I have a portfolio there so not sure if I need one with Adobe. But I bookmarked the tutorial just in case I want to do it later. It is a nice idea and thought it looked professional. I do love “itallaboutpurple’s” comment about maybe she was at her technology limit. That just may be me also! 🙂 I spent the last couple of days with Squarespace support trying to figure out why I was not able to post a comment to another Squarespace user. It still isn’t resolved and I just maybe at my limit!

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  39. Okay, first… what gorgeous flowers! We have very few blooming around here. Still too hot and dry! Second, thanks for the recommendation of the Nikon D810. It may be another year for me, but I’m going to need a new one before too long and the choices are dizzying. And third, what is Adobe Portfolio? I guess I’ll watch the video. If it’s an organizational system for photos, I need it! I also have photos that I take off my camera and do nothing with, and it’s really bad if it’s of someone’s wedding or special event that I never share with them! Thanks for the encouragement!

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    • Barbara, I think you could use Adobe Portfolio for whatever might suit you best. I never thought about it, but it might be a great way to share, say a group of family photos with members of your family. You can actually password protect individual groups of photos. In general, I think people are using it as a portfolio (kind of like a photo gallery of your favorites/best work, by category). Do take a look at the video, as I’m not sure I’m explaining it well to you here. Let me know how it goes for you, if you try it! Thank you so much for your visit and kind comment. You have a great day!

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  40. These are gorgeous Lisa – a really ethereal feel to them and the colours on the first, in particular, are just sumptuous.

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  41. The soft embrace of wild flowers are a delight to these eyes.

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  42. Lisa – these are lovely! And I like the treatment that you have given them – dreamy and soft, accentuating the beauty of the plants themselves. 🙂

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  43. It sounds like you are busy, with the new babies and all. Great camera choice with the D810. You’ve reminded me I should put a portfolio together at some stage. Always other things to do though. 🙂

    That’s a lovely palette of pastels in your photos. Love the soft ambience of the shots. Have a great week ahead, Lisa.

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