The camera lens is a great garden tool…

 Last week I was taking pictures of all the lovely flowers that popped up after our wonderful rains.  I thought the cutting garden looked particularly nice with the clematis blooming.

But when I downloaded the pictures into iPhoto, this one looked odd. 

That’s when I realized that I needed another element in that hole between the jackmanii clematis and the pitcheri clematis.  Funny how I never saw that before with my naked eye.  That area used to be home to a zillion larkspur in the spring, but this year they simply didn’t come back. 

So I made a mental shopping list note and went to the nursery.  This is what followed me home in the trunk.

I’m quite pleased with myself, and now it looks complete. 

It’s interesting, isn’t it, the things that you can see through your camera lens?

Can I watch my artichoke bloom in the garden and eat it, too?

Ok. I know the answer to that.

Eat it or watch it bloom? That is the question.

First artichoke of the year and the answer was simple. Watch it bloom.

I’ve done it before, and loved looking at their amazing flowers.

But as I rounded the corner in the vegetable garden today, it literally took my breath away.

The color, the fuzz, the exotic quality, the intricate petals.

So this was the first test for my new DSLR camera – a Canon EOS Rebel T3i. My number one priority was a lightweight DSLR I can take with me on garden tours and to the annual Garden Bloggers Fling. I have a point and shoot, and my DH has a very high-end professional Nikon that’s heavy and I won’t travel with, but this is really what I need.

Looks like it takes pretty good photos, too. (Though you can’t really tell on Blogger because their photo quality is so low, you’ll have to click on the photo to get a good look.)

But then the artichoke bloom was a brilliant subject!