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August 3, 2011

Flowers of Linden Hill

Gorgeous arrangement #1
On Saturday of my weekend in Pennsylvania for Big Summer Potluck, we were taken to a place called Linden Hill Gardens.  This was where all the main events of the day took place.

My first shots were of the lovely flower arrangements placed in the windows of the barn.

Gorgeous arrangement #2

When we had the chance to tour the grounds, I was fascinated by the jumbo-sized flowers on huge lily pads at the pond:
Giant Lily pad flower

They were enormous, and had these unusual centers that reminded me of shower heads:

Strange centers too!

It is hard to see the scale of these flowers in these shots.  The closest I got to showing their size is in this shot with my sister in the background:
Jennifer and lily pad flowers

I should have taken a picture with Jennifer’s head right next to a bloom, because that is about how big they were!

This next shot isn’t a flower, or perfectly focused (autofocus was arguing with me again about where to focus, so I shut him off) but I love the sparkle of the dragonfly’s wings:
Dragonfly visitor

Black-eyed susans provided a great opportunity for a fill-the-frame shot:
Endless Black-Eyed Susans

After dinner, I took an chance to slip back down toward the pond for a few more pictures in early evening light:
Dahlias in the evening

Lilac-y hydrangeas?

And one more of those unusual lily pad flowers, this time a bud:
Lily pad flower bud

but a bud the size of a large man’s fist!

A few more shots that I took of the flowers are posted in this set on Flicker.

I loved having the opportunity to take these photos, especially since the recent harsh weather in this area has done a number on my plants.  In addition to the damage done to my veggie garden that I showed you in this post, my hanging baskets of flowers are not looking very healthy either 😦 .  Sadly I will not have lots of lush flowers decorating my deck for Sarah’s birthday party this weekend.  We had another hail storm this past Monday (thankfully no power outage this time around) and I just don’t know if the flowers will be able to recover this time.  Thank goodness the tomatoes are relatively unharmed!

ETA: Michaela of The Daily Click correctly identified those lily pad flowers as lotus!  Thanks Michaela!


  1. Great pictures. I love nature and you have captured it well.


    Comment by timkeen40 — August 3, 2011 @ 9:08 pm | Reply

    • Thanks Tim, and thanks for stopping by.

      Comment by Karma — August 4, 2011 @ 9:03 am | Reply

  2. I too was fascinated by those flowers. Gorgeous photos!

    Comment by Tracy — August 3, 2011 @ 9:56 pm | Reply

  3. Your photos are beautiful! I especially love the “early evening” shots… Beautiful light!

    Comment by Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction — August 3, 2011 @ 10:55 pm | Reply

    • Thanks Jen – so nice of you to stop by and say so!

      Comment by Karma — August 4, 2011 @ 9:04 am | Reply

  4. Love these pictures –especially the dragon fly! What a stunning place! Really nice to meet you!

    Comment by Jackie Gordon Singing Chef — August 4, 2011 @ 6:58 am | Reply

    • Nice to meet you to Jackie! Thanks for stopping by my blog!

      Comment by Karma — August 4, 2011 @ 9:04 am | Reply

  5. They’re beautiful! I especially like the two bouquets.
    I think those huge pink flowers might be lotus?

    Comment by thedailyclick — August 4, 2011 @ 7:07 am | Reply

    • I couldn’t stop looking at the bouquets and the way the light was hitting them. Thank you.
      Lotus? Interesting – I should have asked someone from the gardens. I’ll do a little googling today!

      Comment by Karma — August 4, 2011 @ 9:05 am | Reply

  6. Karen – lovely photos. I particularly like the one first evening one with the pink flowers. Stunning! It was so much fun meeting you this weekend. I look forward to seeing you again next year.

    Comment by Nancy @SensitivePantry — August 4, 2011 @ 7:10 am | Reply

    • Thank you Nancy – nice meeting you too. I enjoyed chatting with you and Rachel at dinner.

      Comment by Karma — August 4, 2011 @ 9:07 am | Reply

  7. Great capture with the dragonfly! You have some really pretty shots here. I might have to use yours instead of mine for those enlargements I want! 🙂

    Comment by JenniferA — August 4, 2011 @ 7:12 am | Reply

    • Oh, what size enlargements would you like? Which ones? Would you like some framed enlargements for a certain birthday that’s coming up?

      Comment by Karma — August 4, 2011 @ 9:08 am | Reply

  8. Beautiful photos! Especially love the dragonfly…amazing.

    Comment by Amy Kim — August 4, 2011 @ 7:27 am | Reply

    • Thank you so much Amy. The dragonfly took a couple takes, but I was happy to finally get it!

      Comment by Karma — August 4, 2011 @ 9:09 am | Reply

  9. Wow – those are gorgeous! The flowers in the evening light are especially beautiful – the soft light is very flattering to them, especially with the soft pink color. What a great place for photos! 🙂

    Comment by Photo By Holly — August 4, 2011 @ 8:38 am | Reply

    • Thanks Holly. It is interesting because right before we went on our tour of the grounds, Penny de los Santos, the pro-photog, had just gotten done saying how the light outside would be bad at the time of day we were going out – too harsh. Then she joked around a bit so we wouldn’t feel bad saying there was no such thing as bad light. The light in the windows at the time, however, was perfect for those bouquets. I was glad I went back for a few more shots after dinner.

      Comment by Karma — August 4, 2011 @ 9:12 am | Reply

  10. The shower head photos are amazing. Never seen anything like that. Too bad there were no bees around those flowers. Good idea to have your sister pose with them. Next time!

    Trouble with AF? Have you tried using spot focus and then moving the point of focus to the area you want to focus on? I do that often when photographing something as specific as a small insect like this.

    Comment by Scott Thomas Photography — August 4, 2011 @ 10:06 am | Reply

    • The shower head lotus things were pretty cool. They look even stranger when the petals fall off – I have a few shots of that too. Thanks, Scott.
      You are going to send me scurrying back to my manual again, aren’t you? I don’t remember how to change the focus point, but I do remember reading that it is possible. Dang it, where did I put it this time? 😉

      Comment by Karma — August 4, 2011 @ 2:32 pm | Reply

  11. Stunning shot of the Lotus! I’ve seen Lotus pods with that ‘shower head-looking’ thingy but haven’t seen the flower. They would be so very nice in my garden!

    Comment by milkayphoto — August 4, 2011 @ 1:39 pm | Reply

    • Thanks Tracy! They were quite the sight to see! Do you have a pond somewhere in your garden? It appears you would need one, and it looks like they could take it over pretty quickly by the size of them!

      Comment by Karma — August 4, 2011 @ 2:33 pm | Reply

  12. Wow, what a collection of beautiful flowers!! I am so jealous. 🙂

    Comment by tedgriffith — August 4, 2011 @ 4:56 pm | Reply

    • Thanks Ted .. they were really something!

      Comment by Karma — August 5, 2011 @ 9:53 am | Reply

  13. Love your flower shots, Karma. So beautiful! I can’t even begin to choose my favorite. You have captured so many views so well. And look at your photographic dedication going out to capture them again in evening light. If you lived here, you would be so welcome to put some of your flower photos in our local art show in a couple weeks. The theme is “Flowers”. Want to move here? Never mind, I’ll bet there is some place in your community where you could show your photography.

    Comment by Kathy — August 6, 2011 @ 6:03 pm | Reply

    • Thank you Kathy – so kind for you to say so. Even if there was somewhere to show my photos (can’t think of anywhere local), I don’t think I’d have the confidence.

      Comment by Karma — August 7, 2011 @ 9:51 am | Reply

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  17. So happy to have met you that weekend. I have a soft spot for dragonflies and that shot totally took my breath away!

    Comment by Adryon — August 16, 2011 @ 3:03 pm | Reply

    • Thanks so much Adryon – very kind of you to say! It was nice to meet you too!

      Comment by Karma — August 21, 2011 @ 3:00 pm | Reply

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