From My Mother's Garden

Glissade with Wings

Daily Photo

I’m captured by the beauty of Columbines from the native oranges in yesterday’s photo to today’s pure white.

This one is from my mother’s garden



  • Since I grew up in Colorado, where the columbine is the state flower, I love columbines. It is so nice to see so many of so many different colors. Mostly they are blue in Colorado. You are getting some great close-up shots. What lens are you using?

  • I’m such a newbie at this. I think it is a VR Zoom-Nikkor 55-200mm. Is that what you want to know?

  • Amazing! So complex for a flower, it almost reminds me of an octopus!

  • It reminds me alot of a deep sea Squid. Wonderful zoom shot, you’ve got a great eye for composition.

  • Perfect!!

  • Yep, I got one of those lenses, too. I use it a lot. I also use the 18-55 wide-angle lens that came with the kit. Somebody mentioned getting a 300mm lens. My advice is don’t unless you are going to take long-distance pictures. I find it’s not that useful unless I am trying to take a picture of Mt. Rainier from the top of the Space Needle. For what you are doing, I would invest in a set of extension tubes for macro photography.

    I was using my 300mm lens to shoot some building detail from across the street, and found I got better results with the 55-200 mm lens. You can see what I was shooting here.

    BTW, from the information you posted from Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, it looks like this columbine is one that is pollinated by hawkmoths.

  • Thanks guys.

    Star, I like that building and I appreciate your advice on the camera.

  • That is another beautiful columbine!

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