Oh, I am thankful for S-P-R-I-N-G. After a long, colorless winter, the pops of pink and purple and yellow are exciting. I take my camera everywhere this time of year.
With the uncertainty of the honey bees in our world today, I am so thrilled when they arrive at my little farmette in Sherwood, Oregon. I have buzz-zilions of the little darlings going to work in my cherry trees. And then, my California lilacs. And then, my herbs. And then, my lawn. I always joke that if you want honey bees, leave some weeds. You’ll never find a patch of clover without a honey bee in it. My lawn has just a little bit of clover. Hey, it’s for the bees!
These photos were taken with my 70-200mm lens with the 2x extension. A mighty lens combo to wield at a little bee. But, I love the pink bokeh and the honey bees backlit fuzz.
Absolutely love my Akebia vines. They are beautiful, always healthy and can ferociously take over a trellis.
Try planting two, cross-pollinating varieties in your yard. Your vines could produce giant, neon-purple potato-sized fruit. I was lucky enough for this to happen just one year. I’m so hoping I see it again.
The Akebia vine’s Spring blossoms are teeny tiny but fascinating to behold…especially with my new 100mm macro lens. I’m having so much fun with this close-up-larger-than-life photography. I feel like a little kid pretending to be a scientist. I creep around the yard, discovering an amazing miniature world with a magnifying glass.
Plant a tree, start composting, recycle EVERYTHING, grow a garden, help remove invasive plants…
If you are in Sherwood, a fun way to get started is to attend the annual Raindrops to Refuge Spaghetti Dinner and Silent Auction this Friday, April 20th at the Rebekah Lodge.
Raindrops to Refuge is a small non-profit organization dedicated to helping local citizens learn how to be responsible citizens of their watershed. They restore impaired wetlands and waterways; and they protect our watershed from the hazards of pollution from our everyday practices and from rapid development.
You can keep it simple and just join this fabulous group for a fun meal and to bid on some great auction items (including a canvas of my Red Currant image). Or, you can find out how to be a part of some of the great planting and clean up projects that are sure to be scheduled in the coming months.
I feel great after a morning planting. And I feel even better when I go back a year or two later to see the transformation. In fact, a Stella Olsen Park planting is what inspired my new “Native is Beautiful” photo series.