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June 28, 2010

What’s Blooming – June Edition

Filed under: What's Blooming — Karma @ 4:45 pm
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I decided to try something different for this month’s edition of “What’s Blooming.”  I’d seen several people using WordPress’s new slideshow feature, so I thought I’d give it a try.  It turned out to be fairly easy, although I don’t know if I’d use it all the time.  It seemed I had to upload these images directly from my computer’s hard drive; there may be a way to do it using Flickr, but if so, I haven’t quite figured that out.  If you have figured this out, could you kindly let me know how to do it too? Isn’t there some sort of space limitations here on WordPress if you upload media directly to your blog rather than using a hosting site like Flickr?  This newbie blogger welcomes any WordPress tips you’d like to pass along.

I hope you will let me know what you think of seeing this edition of What’s Blooming, slideshow style.  I have captions written on each of the shots, and I believe you can use pause, play, forward and back controls on the slideshow by hovering your mouse over it.

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  1. Aw, Karma, you are makin’ this too easy! The ‘mystery’ flowers are Torenia. I love these little annuals and have several pots of them scattered about (in all the colors you have!) The slideshow is a neat idea! Looks like your hydrangeas are doing well, too! 🙂

    Comment by milkayphoto — June 28, 2010 @ 6:35 pm | Reply

    • Thanks again for the bail out on the flower name!
      The hydrangea may appear to be doing well, but they actually have very few flowers. That blue one is the only bloom on two giant bushes. The purple is the first time that one ever bloomed, so I’m happy I got the little bit that I did.

      Comment by karma — June 29, 2010 @ 3:57 pm | Reply

  2. Beautiful photos! Your hydrangea is beautiful! Mine blooms every year and I just love it. I laughed at the Mother’s Day bribe from your daughter’s boyfriend. Well, laughed sympathetically since I have a daughter too and will be in your shoes some day.

    Comment by Andrea — June 28, 2010 @ 9:31 pm | Reply

    • I wish the hydrangea really did look good Andrea – its flowers are few! But thanks!

      Comment by karma — June 29, 2010 @ 3:58 pm | Reply

  3. Nice slideshow! Heh heh.

    I don’t know if you can create one from photos on Flickr or not–I tried to experiment and then remembered that the Flickr account for the Writing Studio and Bait Shop belongs to Miss Sadie, First Dog, and not to me, Inkstained Wretch.

    Even if you have to upload to WordPress, the space allowed is quite generous. I upload everything, and haven’t come anywhere close to reaching the limit in 2 1/2 years of blogging. On the other hand, my photos aren’t as high resolution–or as good!–as yours, so you might eat it up faster. On the third hand, you can try it and see how you like it and if it thrills you to pieces and you hit the limit, you can buy more space very inexpensively.

    They really are lovely hydrangeas.

    Comment by Gerry — June 28, 2010 @ 10:49 pm | Reply

    • The third hand, huh? Is Miss Sadie sticking a paw in there for you? 😉
      Good to know about the upload space.

      Comment by karma — June 29, 2010 @ 3:59 pm | Reply

  4. You have so many pretty flowers in your yard! The slideshow feature is cool, I haven’t noticed that yet, just that my new template has some kind of slideshow feature for the home page, but the photos get stretched too much and look awful.

    As far as uploading directly to WP, you get 3GB. I always resize my pictures first (pixel size and resolution), so that 3GB should last me a looong time.

    Comment by thedailyclick — June 29, 2010 @ 7:57 am | Reply

    • The slideshow feature isn’t obvious by any means on the WP dashboard; I had seen Gerry and some other blogs use it, so I looked for directions on how to do it. You have to create a gallery using the “add image” button in the dashboard, then it gives you an option to add the slideshow after you’ve made the gallery.

      Comment by karma — June 29, 2010 @ 4:00 pm | Reply

  5. Quite the variety of colorful flowers, Karen.

    Have you tried using the Sun portrait mode (or something like that) on your camera for bright sunlit flowers. It should pop the flash for fill.

    I’ve been experimenting with a new WordPress theme which features a slideshow and the only photos it would use were ones I uploaded to WordPress. It ignored any linked in photos. That is not surprising but would have been more useful to me if you could do that.

    Comment by Scott Thomas Photography — June 29, 2010 @ 11:13 am | Reply

  6. I don’t think I have that particular setting; at least not obviously in my “scene selection” mode. There are so many functions burried in various menus in this camera, its no wonder I’ve owned it for 2 years and still don’t know where everything is!

    Comment by karma — June 29, 2010 @ 4:04 pm | Reply

  7. They all look pretty floral to me… but then you’d not expect anything less I guess.. lol.. The slideshow worked well here though… I didn’t even know you could link to flickr, and always upload mine direct, so I’m of absolutely no use there either… Yet another surprise… lol… Glad to be of assistance… 😉

    Comment by FS Photography — July 1, 2010 @ 11:52 am | Reply

    • Thanks Brian! 🙂

      I think using Flickr to host your photos is a very easy way to share on your blog, especially if you are uploading there anyway. If you are interested, here’s what you do:
      When you are in your dashboard writing a new post go to the HTML tab. On Flickr, click “all sizes” of the photo you want. I select “medium” because it fits my blog format nicely. Copy where it says “copy and paste this HTML into your webpage.” On the HTML tab in your dashboard, paste what you just copied. You’ll see your photo appear when you switch back to the Visual tab.

      Comment by Karma — July 1, 2010 @ 6:55 pm | Reply

  8. Beautiful flowers! I have hydrangea envy. lol! Mine are not doing so well this year due to a warm-up followed by an almost-deep freeze.

    I haven’t tried the slideshow feature on WP yet. I’ve done slideshows elsewhere and put them on my blog. WP gives quite a bit of free space for uploading photos. I shrink mine down a bit so they don’t take up too much space.

    Comment by Robin — July 1, 2010 @ 6:12 pm | Reply

    • Don’t envy my hydrangeas too much Robin! On the blue one, that is the ONLY bloom on two huge bushes. On the purple, it is one of three or four small blossom clumps.

      Comment by Karma — July 1, 2010 @ 6:56 pm | Reply

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