Two leaves found in our driveway.
Seen in one of the gardens run by the City of Vienna.
In summer they might be more vibrant - it is very late in the season.
This version is slightly updated, incorporating suggestions received via the Flickr group
Yes, palm trees grow in Vienna - at least in parks with the wonderful city gardeners taking care of them. One park has 'theme gardens' and this shot is from the Prehistoric Garden - and the trees are continually misted.
This shot shows 20% of our potential pear harvest this year. Some years more, this year fewer. The are an 'indigenous' variety, i.e. the tree was here before we were. They tend to be sweet and very firm, so are excellent for baking . [My favorite: pear slices, brie & Camembert wrapped in strudel dough, sprinkle caraway seeds on top and bake. ]
To answer Terry's question yesterday - the ivory egg tomatoes are sweet and firm. I like to cut them up into salads.
Three "Ivory Egg" tomatoes growing in our garden. Grown, half grown, not yet grown.
Thanks for ranking my squash picture under the top ten yesterday. Much appreciated.
Our first Hokkaido squash of the season - a sure sign that the summer is getting older.
Many thanks for the comments on yesterday's rose shot. I hadn't 'planned' on the bee (actually a wasp) at all - it was a bonus (a fuzzy bonus).
August Rose just before Sunset
As seen in our garden. The light was somewhat golden and very soft.
Re critiques: I ask for them and am always glad to get them. Yesterday's shot did have some problems - which fortunately I can blame on my five year old phone (first smartphone that HTC made) :)
Carpenter Bees on Clary Sage
A shot from our garden. We haven't seen any hummingbird moths this year on the sage, but the carpenter bees are around. Xylocopa violacea, the violet variety that is common in Europe.
Technical: I'll admit that this is a montage - that's only one bee - on approach and on the flower. But the shot looks a tad 'artificial' to me. The background is the hard plastic wall of raised beds about two metres away, so that can't be a shadow upper left. Maybe a different background would help.
It was a Rainbow
Yesterday the heat wave broke with thunderstorms. Just at sunset the clouds started to clear. There was a beautiful double rainbow - the whole semi-circle, visible from our patio. In the time it took me to go upstairs and get my camera, very little of the rainbow remained, but the clouds were glowing. One small arc can still be seen in this shot.
P.S. of course those are swallows in yesterday's POTD. I don't know why I wrote 'sparrows'.
Full array of Roses
A month ago I posted a shot of a single rose bud from our climbing rose (http://goo.gl/o00mh3). Those small buds have certainly spread out. The peak is now past and we are pruning the bush, but the yellow buds have become fluffy pink & white roses.
Seen in our garden.
Summer, Poppy, and Dragonfly
Summer, Poppy, and Dragonfly
Seen in our garden. Does a touch of poppy sap make a dragonfly calmer?
Another view is here: http://www.jerrybarton.eu/Nature/Our-garden/i-3sfcQqG/0/XL/20150610_4506-XL.jpg
The bush growing up our garden shed is in blossom. Here is a shot to brighten up a grey day. "slightly photoshopped" but I think it might make a good greeting/birthday card.
Take a shot of a poppy flower petal from a couple days ago, a rainy afternoon, and a bit of computer time ...
Many thanks for ranking my 'folly' shot under the top ten yesterday. Much appreciated.
European Starling in mating Plumage
Seen in a neighbor's tree. Back from the south for mating and summer.
Technically, a tight crop, enlarged with OnOne Perfect Resize.
"One Sparrow doesn't make a spring"
A German saying. But the first sparrow of the year (in our garden on a branch of the still leafless apple tree) is still special. [And well fed it is]
Early Spring in our Garden
Warm and sunny yesterday - the plants and insects were out and about. [Today is cold and wet, but oh well]
Cold December Morning
Cold December Morning
Two remaining leaves on our viburnum bush, touched by frost and morning sun and pp.
I did this shot just before getting a new lens in my left eye. Things are fuzzy now since I don't have new glasses yet. The right eye gets done in January.
Shades of green. An older shot, found in Vienna's botanical garden. I think the shot works better in landscape, rather than (the real) vertical.
I'm not sure how to translate this - probably "It is beginning to be autumn" ("Herbst" is the noun for autumn, turned into a verb with a diminutive 'l' stuck in there). Last year we have 40C temperatures in late August, this year we have 14C.
Not as widespread as in Provence, but we have lavender in Vienna as well. And sometimes I think it is impossible to take a picture of lavender at this time of year without a bee in the picture.
After the Storm
After the Storm
After about a month of dry weather, we had a storm. Not too bad, just heavy rain for an hour (other parts of Austria were harder hit). I like this flattened rose from our garden, especially with the striations behind.
Dizzy with Color
Seen at a garden show in Lower Austria.
Just another Tulip
Just another tulip
You were all so kind with my tulip shot last Saturday that I thought that another shot would be good. This is a flower growing in the same patch of our garden as Saturday's tulip.
It's just pretty
Our tulips are out. Just a shot from our garden. I had my telephoto on, looking for butterflies, so you get a close-up.
Our first Admiral butterfly in our garden today. About a month early due to the warm weather. On our viburnum bush.
Haven't been taking many pictures lately. Too busy with other tasks. Now out today to take pictures of statues for an upcoming church social evening.
The last days of a rose
2013-06-10 Just a rose from a climbing bush in our garden. After the rains, the sun was hitting it nicely, but it had lost some petals.
2013-05-12 And a Happy Mothers' Day to all who celebrate it. Instead of putting white paper behind (like yesterday's shot), I played with dof to get a shot that hid the fence and house beyond. My wife claims that she can see the wire fence here, but I can't. Have a blessed Sunday.
The last Tulip
2013-05-11 At least the last one in our garden. A white paper behind the flower cleared up the background.
Posting a bit late today - had to rush off to a "men's breakfast" early this morning. Many thanks for your comments on the caterpillar. Much appreciated.
Just lyin' around
2013-05-09 What plans to you have for this glorious day? This guy seems content to hide under the wisteria and watch the world go by. Today is a holiday in Austria (Corpus Christi) - which doesn't mean much to us retirees except that the stores are closed and the restaurants filled - and it is indeed a perfect spring day. Seen in front of a house nearby. Update: opps, make that Ascension instead of Corpus Christi.
2013-04-26 It is just so *nice* to see everything blooming and blossoming. This shot is from our garden. Peach, Pear, and Apple all at the same time.
Have a sunny day.
2013-03-20 We have a small young peach tree in the garden, against the shed wall where it is somewhat protected. There were no buds until a few days ago, and now it is in full bloom. I think Nature is trying to catch up.
Thanks for the kind comments on yesterday's hawk.
Here comes the Sun!
2013-03-05 Even the garden gnome in my neighbor's yard looks happy.
Thanks for the comments on the heron shot. I think you'll see more of them in my next shots.