Petal to the Metal

I think I take pictures of flowers because they can’t run or hide. It’s easy to walk around them and take as many pictures as you want. They don’t complain about posing or itch their nose at the wrong time. Once in a while a bee will appear out of one and let me know I’m disturbing his work and should buzz off.

I took a walk through the Greensboro, NC Arboretum the other day and cornered some of these not-elusive subjects and took a few pictures. A factoid about Greensboro is that this is the place where Union General William T. Sherman negotiated the surrender of General Joseph E. Johnston’s Confederate troops at the end of the Civil War. The terms Sherman gave were considered too lenient in Washington and were nullified.

  1. May 21, 2010, 3:15 pm

    Beautiful flowers! Seems like a lovely arboretum. I agree it’s nice to have photographic subjects that don’t move at times. I never have any willing human photo subjects it seems πŸ˜€

  2. May 21, 2010, 3:16 pm

    Those orange-yellow ones are really neat!
    Me, I’d rather dodge geese than bees.

  3. TAO
    May 21, 2010, 3:26 pm

    Ryan: Geese are evil…bees are just doing their thing.
    Gentian: Does anyone sit for a portrait by you? That’s far worse than getting a picture taken since it takes much longer.

  4. May 21, 2010, 3:28 pm

    Reminds me that I should make a trip to Selby Gardens before it gets too hot, with the DSLR not the P&S. You’re right, plants and flowers are good subjects, pens are too.

  5. May 21, 2010, 3:33 pm

    the light in these photographs is utterly delight. As ever a lovely post πŸ™‚

  6. May 21, 2010, 4:47 pm

    Plus, flowers are pretty beautiful. At least I think so. πŸ™‚

  7. TAO
    May 21, 2010, 8:16 pm

    Julie: Don’t forget the Sunken Gardens is St. Petes. I loved taking photos there. πŸ˜€
    Kate: Thanks for the nice comment. You’re the pro when it comes to photos in my opinion.
    Stephanie: True, the beauty is the real reason for taking the pictures.

  8. May 22, 2010, 8:03 am

    Lovely photos! The wind chimes are minumental and beautiful – have never seen anything like it. Clever headline!

    1. TAO
      May 22, 2010, 9:11 am

      Yes, the chimes were big. There wasn’t any wind so I didn’t get to hear them. I don’t know if the headline was that clever or just a groan worthy pun. I think the latter.

  9. June 26, 2010, 12:48 pm

    Hi Thomas.

    Thanks for dropping by my blog, glad you liked it. Lovely pictures you got here. What a visual treat!

    Thanks and God Bless!

    1. TAO
      July 13, 2010, 12:08 pm

      Thanks for dropping by. I like your pictures too of a place so different than I am used to.

  10. July 1, 2010, 11:20 am

    Oh, so beautiful! I love how colorful everything is during spring and early summer (depending on where you live, of course).

    1. TAO
      July 13, 2010, 12:10 pm

      It’s sad when the flowers go away. πŸ™

  11. adelle
    July 2, 2010, 11:16 pm

    lovely pics! flowers — pictures or the real thing — always make me smile.

    1. TAO
      July 13, 2010, 12:08 pm

      Well, then I’m glad these could do that for you. Also, virtual flowers are easy to send and never need water.

  12. AJ
    July 8, 2010, 10:40 am

    Wonderful photos, TAO! You shoot flowers very well. πŸ™‚

    1. TAO
      July 13, 2010, 12:08 pm

      You are way too kind.

  13. TAO
    July 13, 2010, 12:07 pm

    Thanks for the super nice comments from near and afar. I think it’s not so hard to get good pictures of flowers (which I have) but great pictures are a challenge which I’m working on.