Monday, June 30, 2008

Cosmos and Marigolds

After our bike ride last night, George and I went outside to visit my husband in his garden. I took my camera with me and put the macro lens on it to see what I could see. I had planted marigolds all around the front of the garden this year and we have morning glories that reseeded themselves that are beginning to climb up the garden arch my husband built several years ago.

I was lying down in the grass and I kept humming a tune and I wondered why I was thinking of inchworms, but then I realized why.
Inchworm, inchworm
Measuring the marigolds
You and your arithmetic
You'll probably go far.
Inchworm, inchworm
Measuring the marigolds
Seems to me you'd stop and see
How beautiful they are.
Apologies to those who get songs stuck in their heads as I do. I've been singing it every time I opened up a marigold picture in Photoshop. They really didn't need much done to them but a little cropping and a slight action I used called Boutwell's Magic Glasses. It's a very understated action that incorporates brightening, a slight sharpening and just a little pop. I downloaded it as a free sample from Totally Rad Actions. I used it on the last picture in this post.

Have a wonderful Monday, everyone!


Deb said...

Your photography is absolutely magnificent! I just love your flower shots. If you are wondering who I am, I am the one with the "quirks" from a friend's blog. And yes, today I had guests over for dinner and went absolutely nutso prior to getting dinner on the table! Anyway, I love your photos and will read more of your fun blog.

Country Girl said...

Oh, thank you Deb. I saw you over at Debra (aka Doris, Mimi)'s site and am glad to meet the person with the "quirks".

Join the club. I've heard tell that I have lots of issues. I don't mind in the least.

Pat - Arkansas said...

Yep! That did it! I'll be humming "Inchworm, Inchworm" for days now!

Gorgeous photos!

Anonymous said...

So beautifully captured. Just lovely, especially the bee.

Anonymous said...

I love your photos. I will have to try some photoshopping on my pictures. I have not done any yet. I take lots of macro pictures. Come over and visit my blog sometime.

Treasia Stepp said...

Gorgeous pictures as always Kate. I love your flower pics.

dlyn said...

So pretty Kate - marigolds are one of my favorite flowers. So simple and so lovely.

Hilary said...

You make a simple, common flower look absolutely exotic and stunning. Lovely.

Shimmy Mom said...

Happy Monday Kate! The flowers look lovely. I'm so jealous of your macro lens I can't put it into words.

Dr.John said...

I wish I had a macro lens. Your pictures are just beautiful.

Mary said...

OK, I've got macro envy, too! :) Beautiful, Kate!
btw, your husband cooks AND gardens? How cool is that?!

Debra (a/k/a Doris, Mimi) said...

Hi there, Kate. I must admit that you are a bad influence on my struggling finances. I have the Nikkor 150mm macro lens (love it!). But after reading back through your older postings, I read about your new Nikkor 60mm lens (good call on exchanging the mixer for the lens)and have had macro envy ever since. So, I just ordered the 60mm macro and hope to get it within the week. Now I have to download the Boutwell's Magic Glasses action. Thank goodness it's free! Thanks for the photography tips. If I follow all your recommendations, will I get to be as good as you? Hmmmm...sadly I think not. Your marigold is absolutely lovely, Kate! Happy Monday to you too:)

P.S. Thanks for visiting my blog!

Debra (a/k/a Doris, Mimi) said...

Hello again, Kate. I just read your comment on my blog. I'd be glad to help you with Flickr. The best way to reach me is at (instead of my personal e-mail because I don't check it often). You've helped me greatly with all your photgraphy tips. I'd love to return the favor!

Country Girl said...

Wow, thank you everyone. That macro lens is a Godsend. It takes nice pictures. But Debra, I don't know what you mean by being as good as me? Your photographs are astounding and if people want to see your site, they should go here to find out:

Click on the horse on Debra's blog.

~ C.G.

Jeannelle said...

Gorgeous garden photos!! I've never heard of that cute inchworm song before!

Egghead said...

There is that song thing again....drat! My marigolds will now be making me sing inchworm all the while killing the stinking slugs we get here. Ha ha!