Friday, April 18, 2008

Flowers, Flowers, Everywhere....
















I try to walk every day that weather and time permit. With each walk I enjoy the air, the sunlight, and views of hills and trees. Our neighborhood looks out at a harbor and Long Island Sound, as so many North Shore neighborhoods do, and the glint of water is never far away. I always come home feeling great, having imbibed in a bit of air and exercise, and lots of beauty.

What makes my walks really special is when I remember to take my camera along. Right now I have a SONY digital-SLR and it's a bit heavy. But it's worth the work of toting it in the hope of grabbing some good nature or garden shots as I go. Sometimes I take my monopod, but that gets in the way at least as often as it's helpful. I'm sure that one of these days I'll trip on it outright, and go flying down one of the steep hills here, camera still in hand. Be that as it may, every find of a beautiful object or scene is a gift, and if I manage to get a decent photo of it, the gift keeps giving. I feel very rich to have my passion fulfilled and the camera putting so much joy in my life, on a regular basis.

All the above shots except for the purple and white orchids were taken just in the past three days, as I labored up and down the hills of my small town, searching for window pots and hedgerows close enough to the street to photograph. I hope you enjoy them, as I'm enjoying sharing them with you!

All the above images are or will be available at Lynda Lehmann Painting and Photography or you can buy them framed at Imagekind, should you be interested in purchasing them.

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21 comments:

  1. Lynda:

    Simply overwhelming. A magnificently beautiful display of nature's finest.

    Great work as usual.

    have a wonderful day.

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  2. Hi Lyda,
    The trip was well worth it ,lovely shots and great colour.
    Sounds like a lovely place where you l;ive.

    Cheers Mark

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  3. Hey Linda,

    these pictures are simply gorgeous.. thanks for sharing, their beauty made my day!!

    Your photography is amazing, and always reminds me why I love photography so much. Though I'm not nearly as good as you, photography is such an inspiring way to fully grasp the beauty around you.. Hold back for a minute, enjoy the beauty, find the best way of photographing it, and sharing it...

    Thank you, and blessings to you!

    Ellen

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  4. Ooh and ahh - what gorgeous photos Lynda! I saw a beautiful magnolia in bloom the other day and was mesmerized by it ( and of course I did NOT have my camera ).

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  5. Hey Lynda, beautiful shots, can hardly wait for spring, just had a couple inches of snow overnight. :(

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  6. Wow! I love the simple straightforward composition of these flowers and the colors are so bright and clean.

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  7. Beautiful, as always! And the weather was perfect for that springtime walk, too! Hope you are doing well. I'm so busy I haven't stopped by here as often as I'd like. I am so glad I found time tonight to do so as I'm always inspired by your work. Blessings, Barbara

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  8. I love that first shot! I've added you to my blog roll, if that's okay. :)

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  9. great flowers collection. yes spring is everywhere

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  10. As life opens up the first view is beauty meant to attract, for continuation.
    It is almost overwhelming to see the life which was hidden just a month ago in only hope.
    Your photos have brightened my day, thanks.

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  11. Hi Lynda! The flowers are beautiful! Thank you for visiting my blog and yes, I would love to exchange links!

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  12. absolutely glorious images Lynda!!!
    the colours are stunning....
    sounds like spring is there to stay over your way ;) :)

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  13. I await the full bloom of flowers here. I wish orchids grew wild, and well, but that is not the case. Beautiful reminder that there is much to look to going forward with this season.

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  14. Amazing pics. Nice music here, too!

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  15. Lynda - I have been living and walking on the same road for over 25 years - still take the camera everytime - you never know! Thanks for the smile!

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  16. Lynda, have no doubts..much more than enjoying i am with all your wonderful pictures.

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  17. Lynda,

    My dear friend; such gorgeous flowers :D! The orchids are sublime: loved it!

    I walk everyday too (our weather here permits it, thank God); but do you walk for exercise sake or just for photo sake?

    Since tomorrow is bank holiday, my weekend starts earlier, so I wish you a blessed weekend, dear :D!

    Cheers

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  18. SWUBIRD, again you flatter me! Thank you for coming by and commenting! :)

    MARK, not as lovely as the place where you live. Seems as if you have plenty of open and wooded areas around you!

    ELLEN, thanks and I'm so glad you enjoyed the photos! Photography definitely brings the beauty home for us, where we can enjoy it again and again! Blessings to you, too!

    JANICE, it's always good to see you. I didn't know magnolias bloomed that far north. Thanks for coming by.

    BOB, I can't believe you are STILL having snow!

    DEBI, thanks for visiting my blog and for commenting. I'll be over to visit you soon. :)

    BARBARA, I've missed seeing you. How is the book discussion going?

    LANA, thanks so much for adding me to your blogroll. I think I added you, but my memory backfires, so I'll check...lol.

    EVLAHOS, how nice to see you. I'm due over at your blog for a viewing of your latest photos of European splendor!

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  19. GOATMAN, thank you!! It's a gift to brighten someone's day! :)

    RANDI, thank you as well! I'll add your link!

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  20. KIM, spring WAS here and now it's gone! Today is damp and raw, raining heavily at intervals, and only about 50 degrees! SIGH....

    COOPER, how nice to see you! You were one of the first friendly face I "met" on the blogosphere!

    I think orchids grow wild in the tropics, but not here! We're great at growing weeds, though! :)

    SINGING BEAR, thanks for stopping by my blog! I'll be over to visit you...

    KATHY, I've been walking daily, or at least five times a week, in my neighborhood, too! Sometimes I have to chuckle at our similarities. Last spring was my best season for good captures during my walks, and boy, did it ever add enjoyment to those outings! (AND lead to a lot of late dinners, much to my husband's chagrin--when I would come home from a walk and head straight for Photoshop!)

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  21. MERGING POINT, I enjoy your spirit of inquiry and very philosophical posts, as well!

    MAX, I walk for my spiritual growth (observing nature), for exercise, to control my poundage, AND for the photos! It's an all-purpose walk! Nice to see you, my dear.

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