Fruits of our Labour

My parents have a large garden in their backyard. Over the years, as they got older it got a little smaller in size. It’s still a large garden but we don’t have as many different things growing. One of my favourite things is our tomato patch, usually consisting of 3 different varieties including the grape tomato.

Grape Tomatoes

Grape Tomatoes

And these yummy tomatoes are finally starting to ripen. Too slowly for me, but I am still snatching them off the vine as they turn so I can instantly pop them in my mouth and enjoy, After grabbing a small handful, I headed out for my neighbourhood walk.

Rosehips

Rose hips

On the Dogwood rose bush I discovered these gorgeous red rose hips growing. These red jewels are full of vitamin C when consumed fresh, (just don’t eat its seeds) and when dried can be brewed in your cup of tea. I will be leaving theses ones for the local squirrels, rabbits and birds to enjoy.

White Aster

White Aster

I came across this cluster of White Asters. Only one flower has opened so far in this bunch. Did you know that each flower is actually a group of flowers? The white petals are ray flowers that surround the centre disk flowers, which are yellow. And here I thought it was just one single flower. I’m learning so many new things on these walks, I wonder what tomorrow will bring?

The End of the Day

After a couple of days of some dramatic star shots, it’s back to my neighbourhood walk. I headed out towards the end of the day to get some better light.

Dahlia

Dahlia

Now, these yellow flowers I think are dahlias. I could not find anything that looked close enough. If any of you know what they are please let me know in the comments. It’s been driving me nuts.

Vine Covered Fence

Vine Covered Fence

The path to the right of this vine-covered fence leads to the beat up track that goes around the unused football field. Back when I was in high school here we did not have a football team. We did, however, have an amazing basketball team. So, although the grass gets cut and the track gets graded in the spring, no one really uses it as it was intended. It makes me a little sad, but at the same time, things like these vines of morning glories growing on the fence, are left to their own devices. This makes the photographer in me very happy. 

Sun Streak

Sun Streak

And so does this light. Look at that great sun streak coming in! It’s summer evenings like this that really make my day.

Patterns

On today’s installment of my neighborhood walk, I decided to look for groupings and patterns in nature. My first grouping of flowers is these fluffy little puffballs that have obviously moved onto their next stage of life. I have no idea what they might be but they are soft to the touch.

Fluffy Balls

Fluffy Balls

I guess that they may have been a type of thistle or something.

I then came across this Queen’s Anne Lace whose pattern was broken by a little petal from the sumac.

Sumac petal on Queen Anne's Lace

Sumac petal on Queen Anne’s Lace

I don’t know if they call this little nub a petal or not but I’m going to refer to it that way.

Zuchinni leaf

Zucchini leaf

Walking back home, I noticed these leaves poking out from a backyard fence into the creek area. I think they either belong to the zucchini plant or possibly a cucumber plant. Either way, I was intrigued by the veining in the leaf. I created a black and white image to accentuate the contrast between the veins and the rest of the leaf.

There are a lot of patterns in nature, and when you make an effort to look for it, you’ll find it everywhere.

Creepy Critters

The old high school track behind my house has become overgrown in some areas. This is great for me because it means I have more to photograph. Native plants have started to grow on the edges of the track, like these Red Clover and Butter & Eggs flowers.

Clover

Clover

Letting everything go wild definitely has its advantages. One being things look so much nicer with all the wildflowers and two, there are more insects like this blue damselfly around.

Blue Damselfly

Blue Damselfly

This blue damselfly rested on the blade of grass for quite a long time. I was trying to figure out if he planned on claiming this blade to sleep on or just needed a break from catching all those pesky small insects.

As I was walking home I noticed a few webs along one side of the bridge that crosses over the creek. When I looked closer, I noticed these creepy faces staring out at me.

Hidey Hole

Hidey Hole

There were three of them poking out of their adopted holes, waiting patiently for something to land in their webs. I didn’t stick around to see if they were successful, but I’m sure they would be.

Bunches of Love

Some days I don’t stray too far away from home for my photos. My mother has some beautiful plants in her garden, and one of them is the dahlia plant that is currently blooming in our front yard. They are like little bunches of love.

Purple Dahlias

Purple Dahlias

Our front yard garden is small with only a few plants, but in our backyard, we have a large bush of fall phlox. We have other plants around the house, but these two are my favourites.

Fall Phlox

Fall Phlox

I still went out for my walk and I found a couple of things to photograph, even though I didn’t feel as inspired to take many photos. One thing that caught my eye was this trio of yellow flowers. 

Elecampane

Elecampane

I found this vine, from either a cucumber or zucchini-type plant, that is struggling to escape the backyard it’s meant to be in.

Vines and Fence

Vines and Fence

The textures of the leaves against the texture of the wood fence intrigued me. By taking away the colours it made the textures more pronounced. I guess in the end, I still found things to be inspired by on my walk.

Feeling Nostalgic

I’m back to my regular neighbourhood walks and today I’ve come across a vintage car. It’s not something you see very often in my neck of the woods and so it must be documented. I’m feeling nostalgic seeing this and wishing for simpler, stress-free days.

Old Car

Old Car

I gave this photo an old-time feel when I processed it. I wanted the photo to feel like it was taken with an old film camera.

With nothing much else happening on the street I headed down to the creek path to find some macro goodies.

Sqaurrose Knapweed

Squarrose Knapweed

This gorgeous Knapweed flower is blooming all along the creek. I still can’t get over how many flowers are purple. It’s so strange that I never really noticed this before. 

Vines

Vines

Heading further down the path, into a more overgrown area, I spotted these vines blocking part of the path. I’ve definitely come across this same set of vines before. I guess when they cut the grass in this area they don’t bother with the things that can attack from above. Which I am very happy about as I wouldn’t get a shot like this otherwise.