BackYard Flowers…Daisy

Here is a look at another variety of flowers that I grew in my backyard this year with the intention of using for photography, and this time it’s the Daisy, a very common yet beautiful perennial that is easy to grow and just as easy to photograph.

I am definitely not the best of gardeners and have killed my share of blooming plants in my garden, but this is one that not even I can destroy, I think these little beauties will be here long after the apocalypses along with the cockroaches !!

These lovely perennials have a structure very close to that of the coneflower but of a different color, and because of that color difference I used coneflowers and bee-balm as a background color for the daisies. With the white petals of the daisy set against the vivid colors of the perennials I was able to come up with a very cool color contrast. I planted these just for that reason and for once things turned out like I planned, that usually doesn’t happen very often lol !!

So I hope you enjoy me images and click on the image for best viewing ,thanks for stopping by !!

                                                                                                                                                                   daisy 2 2013

daisy 1 2013

daisy 11 2013


Backyard Flowers…Coneflower

Here are some images from my backyard flowers series and today’s subject is Coneflowers. These beautiful flowers have always been one my favorites to photograph they have a great photographic quality to them that lends to many hours of photography.

I really like the structure of the flower , from the erect posture of the flower itself to the long flowing petals in the bloom as well as the seed head that forms later. There are so many different ways to photograph this plant and they seem to last longer than any of my other flowering plants in my garden.

And then there is that incredibly vivid color that every plant has, truly one of the coolest blooms on any of all the cultivated flowers.

So if your looking for something to plant in your garden for looks and photographic quality you can’t go wrong with the coneflower. Thanks for stopping by and taking a look and as always click on the images for best viewing !!



                                                                                                                                                                    coneflower 2 2013


                                                                                                                                                                           coneflower 1 2013

coneflower 1 2013

BackYard Flowers…Forget-Me-Knot

I spend hour after hour and travel many miles to bring you my photographs of the array of wonderful wildflowers that I capture, but now I think I will just sit back and share the easy ones, the ones from my yard.

I am not the worlds best gardener and I don’t have the time to treat them like I should but I do have a pretty good assortment of flowers that I am growing in my yard just for the days when I can just slide out the back yard and knock of a couple of images and slide right back into the comfort of my own home for a change !!

I try to stick to perennials like coneflower, black-eyed Susan and bee-balm. But this year I also went with a cool little annual I found at the nursery and I love the profusion of blooms these little jewels produce. Forget-Me-Knots seem to be an easy flower to care for and they produce vivid blue colors in their bloom that make for incredible images.

So if you are looking for a great flower for your garden and or as a photography subject  you might try this great little plant I think you will be glad you did. Thanks for stopping by and taking a look !!



                                                                                                                                                                   forgetmenot 1 2013


                                                                                                                                                                             forget me not 1 2013


Coneflower Abstract

Coneflower Abstract by Bernie Kasper
Coneflower Abstract, a photo by Bernie Kasper on Flickr.

Loved this burst of color in this cone flower that I shot in my home in Madison Indiana.

“Madison Indiana Flowers”

Well with the heat wave finally broken and it doesn’t send me into a heat stroke just to travel out into my back yard I thought I might share some work from right outside my backdoor. I tried growing flowers with the express purpose of photographing them and the butterflies that they might attract, but this year that kinda flew by the wayside, I don’t think I could have watered then enough to keep them looking good so I just gave up and will have to work with what is left….Coneflowers !!

These little beauties seemed to be drought resistant and looked great all thru the heatwave, I shared some in an earlier post that looked great and this time I am going to share one of a different color, Yellow !!

For years I have only photographed the striking purple coneflowers but this year I planted the red, white and yellow varieties and the yellows really took off. This flower variety has always been one of my favorites to photograph not only because of hardiness but also ease in shooting them from different positions.

So I was able to get some nice subjects photographed and came up with some nice work..this is one of my favorites.

So if you get a chance and need a easy and beautiful subject to work try out the many different varieties of the coneflower, thanks for stopping by and taking a look !!




“A Walk Thru The Woods”

I just returned from a quick weekend trip to The Great Smoky Mountain National Park (GSMNP). We met up with family members and spent time hiking  a few of the many trails that wind their way up and over the many beautiful mountains and canyons that make this place so special. The weather was perfect for hiking but not photography,windy and bright, but I was able to capture a few images of this wonderful area.

I took a small hike along the road to Clingmans Dome, and came away with a few nice wildflower images to add to my portfolio. The scenery was beautiful as always but what impressed me the most was the magnificent odor of the vegetation and the lush environment that I was able to experience. The area has a mystical quality that looks like it came straight out of a  Lewis Carroll novel, the ground is soft from the moss and spruce needles that line the trails and the area was very quiet even with cars traveling the road below me.

I came across a wonderful  stand of Turk’s Cap Lilies that were swaying slowly with the wind, it may have made for a beautiful scene but it was terrible if your are trying to capture an image, but with persistence and a large diffuser I was finally ably to get a couple decent images from these wonderful wildflowers. The mountain roads and trails were also covered with an abundance of Bee-Balm and Green Headed – Coneflower that a made a stunning contrast to each other and a butterfly oasis, but the wind made any shots just about impossible for any butterfly images.

The hike was a wonderful experience and I was able to come away with a few nice wildflower images , I was also able to spend some time in the many streams that dissect the Park and I will post a few of them later. We also made a side trip to Burgess Falls and came away with a new appreciation of waterfalls, if you get a chance it is a place you have to hike sometime it is definitely worth the trip.

Turks Cap Lily 1 2009

Turk’s Cap Lily

Bee Balm and Green-Headed Coneflower 1 2009

Bee Balm and Green-Headed Coneflower

How about a little music to set the mood for this post …

“Purple Haze”

Okay so the title is a little lame and I am not feeling real creative today so here you go three images of coneflowers from my backyard. I guess I can so a little more than that, I actually shot all of these in my backyard, which is pretty good since my green thumb fell off years ago and anything that grows and is not a weed is amazing for me.

Echinacea or Coneflower are a beautiful and easily photographed perennial that are very hardy and self spreading flower that are wonderful to plant in just about any spot in your yard.  In my yard at least they grow well in shade or full sunlight don’t take much water and seem to be popping up everywhere. They are also beautiful as a cut flower to give to your wife when you are in trouble or just to decorate your home with.

Coneflower’s can cover all your bases, when you are in trouble, need a subject to shoot or just to make your yard a little more colorful so if you are looking for something to plant next year try Coneflowers   😉

coneflower 1 2009

coneflower 3 2009

coneflower 2 2009

Some music to enjoy while you read..