Rhodo Detail

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April, my rhododendrons are starting to flower which gives me an opportunity to explore the power of using a macro lens with the Nikon camera. This image shows the precise focal plane of the lens…blurring the areas closer and further away into a softness in pastels. I liked the effect.

Magnolia

Magnolia © Patricia Haugen

We can now say it is really spring here on the west coast but we have to admit we have had spring and sunshine here since mid January.  The magnolia in our front garden has never had so many flowers. Our weather has not been normal…very little rain which will be a problem for our forests and especially the cedar trees come summer. Of course it may rain all summer!

Nootka Rose

Nootka Rose © Patricia Haugen  297The Nootka Rose is a welcome reminder it is June on Vancouver Island.  Summer is definitely here with the scent from this wild rose in the air around us.  I was lucky to be in the right place at the right time plus camera ready to capture the perfect light on this one flower.