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Nice drift of Iris 'Katharine Hodgkin' backlit by sinking sun.

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Shot with iPhone, as most of my shots this spring have been.

 

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Same clump that was in prevous post at dawn after a little overnight snow.

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Another clump of 'Katies' nearby.

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A couple days up in the 60s have pushed the early spring ephemerals along.

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Yes. I shoveled 3 feet of snow off this bed a couple weeks ago because I wanted to give the Eranthis and Iris 'Katharine Hodgkin' a head start.

 

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Kudos to Saxon Holt for reviving the Picture This photo competition at Gardening Gone Wild. I hesitate to call it a competition. I think of it more like a challenge to improve my own garden photography skills. And I've missed it dearly. It was great motivation to get out in the garden with a camera. I hope others join in so that the feature enjoys a long life. And I had the privilege to judge one of the early contests when Nan Ondra had the courage to challenge participants to try out scanning plant material, a technique that I've been known to fiddle around with.

I'll admit that my photography and scanning has been pretty paltry this year. I've been busy with a new granddaughter, weddings and work blogging at Cornell Horticulture and this fall a big push on the Cornell Titan Arum blog. Much of my creative efforts -- photography, video, time-lapse -- have been tied up in those efforts. But I vow that during the 2015 growing season, I'll do a better job documenting what goes on here in Ellis Hollow. Especially if I have a challenge from Picture This.

So I don't have a lot to choose from image-wise from 2014. But I did grab a decent shot of a new Turk's cap lily (Lily leichtlinii), though I'm having a hard time deciding which view is the most pleasing.

The portrait?

Or the landscape?

Or maybe the blue bottle shot.

Venture over to find out which.

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