Thursday, December 27, 2012

My Favorite Images from 2012

Les with A Tidewater Gardener started a photography meme last year at this time sharing his favorite images of the year. I think it is great to look at the past years activities via ones photographs. Like someone said a picture is worth a thousand words.

I think of last winter and this image of Little Bluegrass, and how  I am blessed to live near the Flint Hills Tallgrass Praire, a rare and beautiful area of the world.

I was able to visit my mother in Wyoming and son in Colorado in June of this year. As many of you probably remember it was the year of the wildfire. This image was taken within an hour of the Waldo Canyon fire igniting.
While in the local micro brewery in Colorado Springs I think we discovered the secret ingrediant to their brew.
Off to Wyoming and a stop at the Cheyenne, Wyoming Botanical Gardens on the way to Casper. (Apache Plume)
Ephedera.
Indian paintbrush with Buffalograss.
On to Casper and Casper Mountain. Freeland Cemetery near Muddy Gap which was near a Mormon junction stop along the Wagon Trails. Notice the smoke in the background.
Loved the headstone and passage carved into this large slab of stone.
On Casper Mountain and Bear Trap Meadow where I spent many weekend and summer  days during my youth, picnicking with the family and also working for the county park system in a summer youth program
This image was taken at the Natrona County Extension office in Caper. And the one person who loves to go with me on garden tours? My mum. She even listens to my descriptions, likes, and botanical names.
On my way back to Kansas I stopped by Professor Roush's(Garden Musings) residence right in the middle of the Flint Hills near Manhattan, Kansas. Roses and more roses. Short and sweet visit, I wished I could have stayed longer.
A nice capture of Datura, moonflower.
The Kansas Native Plant Society meet in Winfield, my hometown, for their annual meeting. The images on my header came from those days. Also this Willowleaf Sunflower-Helianthus salicifolius.
 This digger bee was covered with pollen in this day three photo. (A little editing help on his image from Donna of Garden Walk, Garden Talk).
That's all folks! I leave you with the above image from the Snyder Ranch near Dexter, Kansas. That's what I call real xericsape. How many landscapes look like this during a major drought?
If you would like to look at last year choices, go here.



33 comments:

  1. What a great idea! I remember many of your images from visiting your blog during the past year, and they are stunning--especially the last one! Even during a drought! Happy Holidays and best wishes for the year ahead!

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    1. Thanks for the encouragement. And you have great new year!

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  2. Nice pictures Greggo, some I've never seen. I think that digger bee should be the mascot for your blog! And I really just have to try again to grow Indian Paintbrush in my buffalograss. Maybe with global warming.....

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    1. I've never tried to germinate Indian Paintbrush seed, I would imagine they need to be scarified in some way. The digger bee experience was unique, one of these days I'll write do a blog post on the subject.

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  3. Great photos! Good idea to look back on the year in photos.

    Have a Happy New Year!

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  4. Great photos, Greggo! And that digger bee is just awesome. How in the world did you capture that one so clearly and in flight?!!!

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    1. That image of the bee is one of a hundred. Sooner or later you get a good image. Have a great New year Cindy.

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  5. Beautiful photos...the first one set my heart a-flutter...love me some Little Bluestem...but the last image is sheer perfection...I could stare at that for hours!

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    1. Thanks Scott, does it take you back to Nebraska?

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  6. Hi Greggo and thanks for mentioning GWGT. Your images through the year are beautiful. My yearly photo wrap up will have to wait a bit longer, but it really is a great way to look back through a year of photo moments.

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    1. Donn, I look forward to seeing you review. I'm sure you will have a hard time deciding which images to use.

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  7. Stunning photos, Greg! One of my favorites would have to be the bee; another, the Indian paintbrush, and of course the last shot. Happy 2013!

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    1. Thanks, Beth. Great to hear from you.

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  8. The variety in the xericsape is great. Right down to the big rocks.
    I remember most of those photos from the year. It's always enjoyable to read your blog. I'm here often even if I don't comment.
    Here's to another year (hopefully with more rain).

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    1. Definitely need more precipitation, in rain not snow.

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  9. Thanks for playing along! I think my favorite shot is the Ephedra. Have a happy new year, one filled with many photo ops.

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    1. Thanks for providing a place to play.

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  10. Awesome photos Gregg and the stories are just as wonderful. I'll go with the Apache plume. I found one at Hill Country Gardens (used to be Schumacher's) and planted it last spring. Can't wait for it to bloom next fall.

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    1. I'll be interested how they do in San Antonio. The seed heads give that great pink color, the blooms are white.

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  11. Always an inspiration to see your photography. Even with the drought, you managed to find beauty. Happy New Year from Davo!
    David/:0)

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  12. I love your photos Greggo. The ephedera is spectacular! Hoping you have a joyous New Year!

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  13. My faves of these are the furled datura and that pollen-dusted bee -- great shots!

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  14. Great photos...and I love the stories behind each one. The one of the bee is amazing! Happy New Year to you!

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  15. These are wonderful pictures, Greg. I especially like the fence surrounding the graveyard. And that macro of the bee--wow.

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  16. Greggo, your pictures gets me thinking of purchasing a new camera, hmm not quite so sure if that's the answer.

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  17. Dear Greggo, A bit late visiting, but glad I did! The bee is my favorite, but all the pictures are stunning. Can't wait to see what you capture in 2013. P. x

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  18. Wow, those are some great images. I need to step up my game. I love that image of the datura. It looks like it's unfurling as before my eyes.

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  19. I am always being asked what to grow by my friends in drought- stricken Oklahoma. Your photos are inspiring and give me some idea! Thanks

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