There are clouds hanging low and moisture palpable in the air for the second straight day in a row but am I letting it get me down? No way. These conditions (as long as it's not drizzling or actually full-on raining) are a photographer's best friend. No need to worry about coping with harsh sunlight or shadows, everything is bathed in perfect light. Nothing could keep me from the garden on days like this, short of tying me down! Look how the salmon/pink poppy "shines" without the sun:
It's practically luminescent in some mysterious, magical way. and even better here with the antique gate in the background:
I've decided this spring (I think I've mentioned it before, I'm prone to repeating myself) that I like flowers in bud form. The poppies are just as pretty breaking out (if not prettier) as they are full blown, wouldn't you agree??. Something else breaking out are the Allium schubertii's. Here's a trio of them, just starting to bloom:
They have been true traffic stoppers. Anyone who walks by, wants to know what those "firework-looking thingies" are. It usually doesn't help much when I tell them but they like them anyway. So do I. I will definitely plant more this fall. Here's two with the lens moved in a little tighter:
I'm trying to figure out what else I photographed in the garden, between rain drops. Oh, Allium Moly Luteum, who is just beginning to open:
Maybe rainy days aren't absolutely perfect for photography afterall. See the moisture in the center of Moly Luteum? That causes reflections in itself that I'm still learning to overcome. Oh well, the odds are still significantly higher that you'll capture a better-than-average photo on an overcast day than on a bright, sunny one. So I'll keep after it.
Something else a rainy day is good for ~ cooking. I received the June 09 issue of Gardens Illustrated yesterday and one hour later, I was whipping up the yummy rhubarb walnut muffin recipe inside. But not until I looked up the metric conversions! Are we the only country that hasn't gone metric?? I have to tell you, the recipe is so good, that it was worth the extra time it took to make the conversions.
Yum. These were such a delightful blending of flavors that I have more rhubarb on my counter at this very minute to make another batch. Thank you Gardens Illustrated for that!