Spring!

** Beginning this Friday, I'm going to experiment with "Photography Friday" for a few weeks and see how it goes.  For those of you interested in photography (beginners included!), I hope you'll stop by as we discuss questions/suggestions/tips you've sent in.  **

I carved out a few moments in my backyard with my camera late Saturday afternoon.  It was the first day of spring and I needed a few minutes away from the baseball fields.  (Which, by the way, I got very sunburned at earlier in the day.)

I didn't have to go far to make some great captures.

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The lavender is beginning to bloom.  I love lavender.

By the way, why doesn't the lady bug have many spots?

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There were signs of spring everywhere I looked.

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Yellow … I love yellow.

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There's just prettiness everywhere right now.

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And lavender.

Did I mention the lavender?

I really love lavender.

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45 Responses to “Spring!”

  1. di

    Great photos today, Suzanne. And, here’s the answer to your question:
    Q. Do the spots tell you how old they are?
    A. No. Different ladybugs have different numbers of spots. Some have no spots while some have as many as twenty four. Ladybugs generally complete their life cycle within one year. The spots are with them all their life. They don’t get more spots as they get older, nor do they lose spots.
    Q. Does the number of spots tell you what kind of ladybug it is?
    A. Yes and No. An entomologist can use the spots as a guide in determining what kind of ladybug it is, but it is not the only piece of information gathered. For an average person the spots can greatly help, but the shape and coloration are going to be just as important. Some different types of ladybugs may have the same number of spots.
    Di
    The Blue Ridge Gal

  2. di

    Great photos today, Suzanne. And, here’s the answer to your question:
    Q. Do the spots tell you how old they are?
    A. No. Different ladybugs have different numbers of spots. Some have no spots while some have as many as twenty four. Ladybugs generally complete their life cycle within one year. The spots are with them all their life. They don’t get more spots as they get older, nor do they lose spots.
    Q. Does the number of spots tell you what kind of ladybug it is?
    A. Yes and No. An entomologist can use the spots as a guide in determining what kind of ladybug it is, but it is not the only piece of information gathered. For an average person the spots can greatly help, but the shape and coloration are going to be just as important. Some different types of ladybugs may have the same number of spots.
    Di
    The Blue Ridge Gal

  3. di

    Great photos today, Suzanne. And, here’s the answer to your question:
    Q. Do the spots tell you how old they are?
    A. No. Different ladybugs have different numbers of spots. Some have no spots while some have as many as twenty four. Ladybugs generally complete their life cycle within one year. The spots are with them all their life. They don’t get more spots as they get older, nor do they lose spots.
    Q. Does the number of spots tell you what kind of ladybug it is?
    A. Yes and No. An entomologist can use the spots as a guide in determining what kind of ladybug it is, but it is not the only piece of information gathered. For an average person the spots can greatly help, but the shape and coloration are going to be just as important. Some different types of ladybugs may have the same number of spots.
    Di
    The Blue Ridge Gal

  4. Mo

    Gosh that poor lady bug (or ladybird as we call them) does have very few spots. I hope she doesn’t have an inferiority complex. You should have painted a few on for her.

  5. Mo

    Gosh that poor lady bug (or ladybird as we call them) does have very few spots. I hope she doesn’t have an inferiority complex. You should have painted a few on for her.

  6. Mo

    Gosh that poor lady bug (or ladybird as we call them) does have very few spots. I hope she doesn’t have an inferiority complex. You should have painted a few on for her.

  7. Jan

    Lookin’ good with that macro, girl! I’m so jealous – NOTHING is blooming yet here. However, the pussywillow in our backyard is on the verge, Beloved just planted some pansies (and it’s raining here – go figure), and the crocus, daffodils and tulips are beginning to at least sprout.
    I took pictures of broccoli yesterday. And bacon.
    I’ll be happy to join you on your Photography Friday thing!

  8. Jan

    Lookin’ good with that macro, girl! I’m so jealous – NOTHING is blooming yet here. However, the pussywillow in our backyard is on the verge, Beloved just planted some pansies (and it’s raining here – go figure), and the crocus, daffodils and tulips are beginning to at least sprout.
    I took pictures of broccoli yesterday. And bacon.
    I’ll be happy to join you on your Photography Friday thing!

  9. Jan

    Lookin’ good with that macro, girl! I’m so jealous – NOTHING is blooming yet here. However, the pussywillow in our backyard is on the verge, Beloved just planted some pansies (and it’s raining here – go figure), and the crocus, daffodils and tulips are beginning to at least sprout.
    I took pictures of broccoli yesterday. And bacon.
    I’ll be happy to join you on your Photography Friday thing!

  10. Kelly

    Love all the photos but especially the very first one with the ladybug on the lavender. So pretty!

  11. Kelly

    Love all the photos but especially the very first one with the ladybug on the lavender. So pretty!

  12. Kelly

    Love all the photos but especially the very first one with the ladybug on the lavender. So pretty!

  13. Michelle Pixie

    Oh my now it is going to be impossible for me to wait until all of my flowers start to bloom! I love lavender too!! What kind of lavender do you have? I love the English lavender but I don’t think you can go wrong with any of it! 😉 Thanks for sharing your beautiful pix!!

  14. Michelle Pixie

    Oh my now it is going to be impossible for me to wait until all of my flowers start to bloom! I love lavender too!! What kind of lavender do you have? I love the English lavender but I don’t think you can go wrong with any of it! 😉 Thanks for sharing your beautiful pix!!

  15. Michelle Pixie

    Oh my now it is going to be impossible for me to wait until all of my flowers start to bloom! I love lavender too!! What kind of lavender do you have? I love the English lavender but I don’t think you can go wrong with any of it! 😉 Thanks for sharing your beautiful pix!!

  16. stacy

    Lovely photos Suzanne. I don’t know if you have heard of Groupon. They send you a daily email with different discounts and if enough people buy in you get the deal. For instance, I got 3 eyebrow threadings for 10 bucks and recently Legends in Ladera had a deal. Well, today there is a deal for photography classes. They are probably too easy for you but I if you want you can go to their site. http://www.groupon.com probably.

  17. stacy

    Lovely photos Suzanne. I don’t know if you have heard of Groupon. They send you a daily email with different discounts and if enough people buy in you get the deal. For instance, I got 3 eyebrow threadings for 10 bucks and recently Legends in Ladera had a deal. Well, today there is a deal for photography classes. They are probably too easy for you but I if you want you can go to their site. http://www.groupon.com probably.

  18. stacy

    Lovely photos Suzanne. I don’t know if you have heard of Groupon. They send you a daily email with different discounts and if enough people buy in you get the deal. For instance, I got 3 eyebrow threadings for 10 bucks and recently Legends in Ladera had a deal. Well, today there is a deal for photography classes. They are probably too easy for you but I if you want you can go to their site. http://www.groupon.com probably.

  19. Jane

    What kind of a lens did you use for the ladybugs? LOVE those pictures. I’m a newbie photographer so I’m kinda interested in everything. I also love the bicycle pic. Did you use a filter on that one? Talent galore, girl!

  20. Jane

    What kind of a lens did you use for the ladybugs? LOVE those pictures. I’m a newbie photographer so I’m kinda interested in everything. I also love the bicycle pic. Did you use a filter on that one? Talent galore, girl!

  21. Jane

    What kind of a lens did you use for the ladybugs? LOVE those pictures. I’m a newbie photographer so I’m kinda interested in everything. I also love the bicycle pic. Did you use a filter on that one? Talent galore, girl!

  22. Joanne

    have you heard the new twitter ads? the ones that have a news guy reading the tweets?? I think of you everytime he says “A local woman is psyched now that flip flop weather is back!”

  23. Joanne

    have you heard the new twitter ads? the ones that have a news guy reading the tweets?? I think of you everytime he says “A local woman is psyched now that flip flop weather is back!”

  24. Joanne

    have you heard the new twitter ads? the ones that have a news guy reading the tweets?? I think of you everytime he says “A local woman is psyched now that flip flop weather is back!”

  25. Mad Woman

    Gorgeous pics! I love getting up close to a flower and capturing all that detail. Can’t wait for Friday!

  26. Mad Woman

    Gorgeous pics! I love getting up close to a flower and capturing all that detail. Can’t wait for Friday!

  27. Mad Woman

    Gorgeous pics! I love getting up close to a flower and capturing all that detail. Can’t wait for Friday!

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