Friday, May 25, 2012

Chasing Flowers + Have a Flowery Weekend!



These are a few flowers from my little garden...
Absolutely loved seeing those beautiful bubbles of light from the sunshine in some of these photos.
It's late spring already. Things have been ridiculously hectic around here. I've just been extremely busy lately, folks.
In fact, working eight hour days at the office, then another two when I get back home in the evening and yet another one hour before breakfast.
Hopefully it will ease off soon...
So, as spring blooms typically last until late spring or early summer, today I finally had the pleasure of hanging around the back yard, carrying out some deep breathing and enjoying spring while it lasts...
I think I deserve it!

What are you up to this weekend? I will be spending time with family and outside of the house, enjoying the beautiful spring days...(you should be, too!).

Eating fresh, juicy strawberries in the back yard.
Enjoying the fabulous, crisp weather outdoors. Oh, and I was so thankful to get to see these beautiful  poppies!
Strolling through meadows of wildflowers. 
Spring flowers always bring me joy with their bright colours and lovely fragrances.
The late afternoon sun makes for a lot of light and shadow-just nice! 
Chasing spring flowers to cheer myself up; enjoying spring while it lasts...
And remember, if we focus less on ourselves and more on the beauty around us, is the best way to rid ourselves of gloom, dejection, and moodiness. Don't you think? 

Hope you have a wonderful long weekend! (And a Happy Memorial Day!) xx

Sharing with Today's Flowers , and  Macro Monday.

109 comments:

moni said...

Dear Betty,
thank you so much for so many wonderful pictures of flowers and your great thoughts about spring ♥
Wish you a fantastic weekend with your family, with sun, with smile, with all what you make happy ☺
hugs
moni

Κωστής Τζαγκαράκης said...

I love your beautiful flowers Betty.
Have a beautiful weekend too.
Costas

....Petty Witter said...

Beautiful. Wishing you a flowery weekend also.

黄清华 Wong Ching Wah said...

Beautiful flower series

Robert Nicolaescu said...

Beutiful colors, beautiful post:). I wish you a great weekend!

Liz said...

Gorgeous flowers betty! I had chosen a favourite and then I kept scrolling... so much beauty!!
And then I came to one af my favourite fruits... strawberries... YUM!!!
I love the bokeh in the very first shot!
Have a lovely weekend.

ladyfi said...

Such delicious splashes of colour. Enjoy the weekend.

✿ chica said...

São todas lindas!!Ótimo descanso e fim de semana! beijos,chica

Pat said...

Those flowers are so beautiful. Are the yellow and orange ones called lantanas?

Those strawberries look delicious and actually made my mouth water!

Have a great weekend! Both my kids are coming over for dinner, along with my wonderful little granddaughter. We will all be together in my new home for the first time. I'm so happy!

Lynn said...

Is that Lantana there at the top? All beautiful shots.

I'm heading to the mountains to sit beside the river.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Betty, Love spring flowers. Love all of those colors. And those strawberries look yummy...

Have a great Memorial Day weekend--and stay cool (going to be almost 90 here).. Yipes!!!
Hugs,
Betsy

George said...

You've got a very beautiful garden. I hope your schedules eases so you can enjoy all that beauty more often. Of course, you'll also want to enjoy more of those delicious-looking strawberries.

Have a great weekend.

Leovi said...

Very good compositions, I love the light that you get with these delicate shades. Delicious flowers. Have a lovely garden. Excellent pictures, My favorite flowers are poppies. A hug.

HOOTIN ANNI said...

Absolutely stunning images!!! [and your chasing softness blog on your other site...incredible!]

We have a huge Lantana Bush in our back yard...and as with your photo shares of its blossoms today, the are just beautifully photographical. [is there such a word?]

Kelly said...

Your flowers are gorgeous, Betty!! They just seemed to get better and better (if possible) as I scrolled down. And those strawberries - such perfect specimens!!

FiSh. ohFISHiee said...

wow i can see how enjoyable it is to watch the flowers while biting on strawberries :)

-FiSh
@ ohfishiee.blogspot.com

Crissi said...

Oh so beautiful flowers and lovely colors!
Nice weekend
Crissi

Pastor Dennis said...

Are the strawberries in the garden "from the garden"? The flowers are one small reminder of a world of blessings that are completely independent of us. They are not our doing. They are grace, and they surround us every day.

Sandra said...

i always pick a favorite, today I have to say no way can i do that, these are each and every one my favorite. all are just beautiful and bright and make me feel happy

Sylvia K said...

Oh, I do love all of your beautiful flowers, Betty! And what wonderful, colorful captures! Such a delightful way to begin my day! Spring is definitely my favorite time of year and you've caught the beauty of the season so perfectly! Wishing you a lovely weekend!

Sylvia

marijke said...

Beautiful to see all this great colored flowers. I can't tell you how greatfull I am that at last we have springtemperature's since the last few days. Clear blue sky, the light the sun brings and feeling the warmth of the sun on the skin, what more do we need. Have a great weekend
my friend.
Big hugs
marijke

TexWisGirl said...

i hope your world slows down soon! thanks for sharing all this loveliness with us!

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

I really love how the first few flowers have layers of color to them - very pretty!

Maple Lane said...

Hi Betty, I love your Lantana photos. The hummingbirds always loved our Lantana plants at the old house/garden. Definitely, I think you deserve some relaxing time in the garden and maybe dip some of those pretty strawberries in chocolate! Blessings to you this weekend.

Anaximandro said...

¡Vaya explosión de vida y color!Muy acertados los desenfoques para resaltar el primer plano.
Un abrazo.

Rui Pires - Olhar d'Ouro said...

Fantastic this pictures, thei have amazing colors.
Have a nice weekend

Journaling Woman said...

What a beautiful garden you must have. I would love to stroll through it! Awesome photos too.

I will be enjoying my weekend with my family, I think.

Have a great one!

T

Bitch said...

So many hours working?

Well, you truly deserve a relaxed weekend...

Enjoy Spring.
Love your flowers pictures and strawberries!!!

Hugs from
Monika

Blond Duck said...

Have a great weekend!

Diane AZ said...

The strawberries look delicious and flowers so lovely and magical. I'm glad you found at least a few moments to walk around the garden and enjoy the sunshine and beauty all around and share it with us!

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Gorgeous images. We really do need to take time to enjoy the flowers while they are here. Have a fabulous weekend.

It's me said...

Have a nice weekend....love Ria...xxx..

ΑΘΗΝΑ said...

The nature gives to the flowers nice colours!
I will spend this weekend with my family.
The summer is close.
Have a relaxing weekend!

Ms. A said...

Your photos are always so amazing and enjoyable and I LOVE the bokeh effect!

Have a lovely weekend!

Bob Bushell said...

Brilliant images, the flowers and the strawberries, I am busy drooling.............

cloudia charters said...

what lovely flowers you hang around with!



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Filip and Kristel said...

Excellent pictures, surprising with the strawberries.

Greetings,
Filip

Anonymous said...

Your blog is so beautiful and I want to follow, do you have twitter or facebook?

tinajo said...

Lovely pics! I´m not sure, but we may go away somewhere. :-)

michael said...

Oh, those colors are beautiful!!!

Have a good weekend.

BlueShell said...

I have no adjectives to say what I think about those photos...I just want to stay here...staring!
thank you dear...
BShell

χρυσάνθη said...

Γέμισες την ψυχή μου χρώματα και αρώματα!!!Καταπληκτικές φωτό!!!Μούλειψες!!Καλό και μυρωδάτο ΣΚ!!!

Craver Vii said...

I like those little bubbles of light from the sunshine. I haven't figured out how to do that yet.

I plan on grilling some food on the deck this weekend. It's going to be very hot here, so I'll be constantly drinking water as well.

Robert Geiss said...

Thank you for these beautiful pictures ! Yes, the week did fly by. Please have a kind weekend ahead.

rainfield61 said...

A flower stays the whole day fresh, under the sun, seeing interesting and beautiful happening.

Wish a flowery Weekend.

Nancy said...

Lovely captures by a beautiful friend.

Have a great long weekend Betty!

Chatty Crone said...

YOUR GARDEN IS FANTASTIC - it is sooooooooooo pretty. I hope you have a wonderful weekend with family and friends.

Happy Memorial Day weekend!
sandie ♥

anilkurup said...

Beautiful is an understatement. And look at the colours Nature has in her repository.

dianne said...

Yes, you certainly do deserve a rest Betty dear ... your flower images are so beautiful, I especially love the yellow flowers.
Have a great weekend!
besos
xoxoxo ♡

SquirrelQueen said...

All of your beautiful spring flowers made me smile Betty. It has been raining here all week but the weekend looks like nice weather. I may take a day this weekend and chase some of those spring flowers myself.

Happy Weekend!

Georgia said...

So lovely, beautiful shots!!!

Have a great weekend!
Hugs.:)

Cezar and Léia said...

Lovely flowers and I like a lot your artwork effect in some of the pictures!Very well done!
Hugs and a nice weekend,
Léia

MA FERREIRA said...

Beth...que lindo jardim você tem!!!
Um paraiso de flores..lindas!!

Um beijo..

Magia da Inês said...

°`°º♫°♫♫♪¸
Belo post. Adoro flores.
Bom sábado!
Bom fim de semana!
Beijinhos.
Brasil.
º♫°♫♫♪¸

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

As a kid, I was always fascinated with those flowers in the first pictures. They are like a hundred mini-flowers in one. Pretty memories. Thanks, Betty.

xoRobyn

teca said...

Loved!!!! Wonderful shots!!!! So sweet images...

Hugs and a nice weekend.

imac said...

A bundle of colour

a happy little life said...

your lantana is beautiful! it's one of my all time favorites. i'm always amazed how the colors keep changing. have a wonderful day :)

eileeninmd said...

Hi Betty, it would be nice to work a little less and enjoy these flowers a little more. The Lantana and the poppies are my favorites. I have the same lantana on my deck. Lovely colors and the strawberries look YUMMY. I hope you enjoy your long weekend and family time. Have a great time!

Fer said...

Precioso el colorido de todas estas tomas, muy primaverales, un saludo...

Marias Teater said...

Great pleasure to see flowers at your photos

Betty Manousos said...

pat, yes, those are called lantanas. they're so beautiful, aren't they?

Debbie said...

gorgeous layers of color, all so beautiful!!

i hope things slow down a bit, so you have time to stop and smell the roses!!

have an extra strawberry or two, they are sure it make you feel like staying in the chair and relaxing a little longer!!

lina@women said...

Lots of lovely blooms here :)

Giga said...

Po tak ciężkim tygodniu pracy z pewnością zasłużyłaś na odpoczynek z rodziną wśród pięknych kwiatów, które i nam pokazałaś. Pozdrawiam.
After such a hard week of work certainly deserve the rest of the family among the beautiful flowers that you showed for us. Yours.

Catherine said...

Gosh ~ it is so pretty over here! Such lovely flowers. It's been too cold and rainy to plant anything yet so I am happy when there are beautiful flowers to see in blogland.

Happy Sunday! :)

FiSh. ohFISHiee said...

i actually love your soft flower photography on another blog, but i dont know why i cant leave any comment there.. :) anyway lovely pictures you have. Keep it up!

ritsa said...

Pretty flowers!

Hope you're enjoying your weekend.

NatureFootstep said...

hi Betty, I´m still here. Thanks for asking. :)

You have lots of flowers. Enough for a whole week I think.

And strawberries. Jummy. I´ve seen them in the store but they are too expensive now. I hopw you had a great weekend. Here has been too hot.

chubskulit said...

Your have a beautiful garden full of beauties!

My Flowers
Have a blessed Sunday!

Hilary said...

Oh Betty, these blooms are so cheery and beautiful. Truly gorgeous.

ANRAFERA said...

Preciosas fotografías Betty, muy visuales.
Que tengas una feliz semana.
Cordial saludo.
Ramón

Annmarie Pipa said...

beautiful! flowers make everything a little happier and prettier.

Rick said...

Some things take so long
But how do i explain
When not too many people
Can see we're all the same
And because of all their tears
Your eyes can't hope to see
The beauty that surrounds them
Now, isn't it a pity

Your beautiful photos and post brought George Harrison's song to mind.

Have a great (and slower) week Betty.

Faylinn said...

Beautiful images..the flowers nad the colors are beauty...

Fernando Santos (Chana) said...

Excelentes fotografias....
Cumprimentos

Georgia said...

What an amazing diversity of lovely colors!!

Thank you.;)

Blond Duck said...

Hope you had a great Memorial Day!

Lee Ann L. said...

The strawberry shots are wonderful. But then, I'm craving to grow my own. We are closing on the house soon (I hope). I am hoping to plant some this fall as it's a little too late right now to plant some for Spring/Summer.

The last two pictures are awesome! In fact, I love them all. :-)

Snapper II said...

I loove the flowers. But I can taste the Strawberries.

Deb Crecelius said...

Such a variety of flowers!
(and all gorgeous photos)
The strawberries looked delicious.
Hope you did have a !wonderful! weekend.

ashok said...

amazing snaps...when I have time, i will paint some of them with your permission!

Birgitta said...

Wow! What a wonderful photo serie!

Carletta said...

A beautiful series of shots Betty!
I love the bubbles of bokeh in that third shot!

Thanks so much for your visit. Hope you've had a wonderful weekend.

Amarie said...

Hope you're enjoying the wonderful weather! Thanks for your visit! If you have a moment, please stop by and take a look at my very first guest blogger & her post on taking self-portraits!

Rajesh said...

Exceptionally beautiful.

Ellie said...

Oh my beautiful blooms you have there. You must have a gorgeous garden.
I think it sounds as if you need some relaxing time after all your hard work. Enjoy!!!

A Cuban In London said...

You, too, have a flowery and fruity week! :-)

Greetings from London.

Míriam Luiza said...

Quantas flores bonitas você tem aqui!
Amei tudo!!!

Jesús said...

Una entrada llena de color, bonitas fotos florales y buenos desenfoques.

Saludos.

EG CameraGirl said...

Beautiful photos, Betty!

Cathy H. said...

Gorgeous images!! Such beautiful colors!

Cathy H. said...

Gorgeous images!! Such beautiful colors!

Eden said...

Beautiful photos. Your flowers are lovely.

diane b said...

The lovely bubbles of light is called bokeh. You did a great job at creating a bokeh background. You have a good philosophy for cheering oneself by smelling the flowers and appreciating their beauty. Lantana has a pretty flower but we are not allowed to grow it as it has become a noxious weed here in our country. When birds drop its seeds in our forests it takes over and prevents the native plants from growing.

Rizalenio said...

I admire the depth of fields in your photos.

Lovely flower images. Have a nice day. :)

Chatty Crone said...

I love to view flowers - beautiful. sandie

lisa. said...

How beautiful each of these are, and the strawberries are especially wonderful. You have captured so much detail in them.

El rincón de Ceditas said...

Unas fotos preciosas!!! Me han alegrado el día.. Graciasssss
Saludos

Pat Tillett said...

Many pretty photos in this post! I know what you mean about being busy!
It's always a good thing to take some time to smell (and/or photograph) the flowers...

Sandy said...

Beautiful. For me, nature always brings me a sense of calm.

SandyCarlson said...

Such marvelous color. Thank you, my friend, for these gorgeous images.

vincibene said...

So gorgeous, wonderful flower pictures!

geetlee said...

WOW, fantastic shots! You have a lovely garden :)

subbu said...

wow! Gorgeous indeed! the strawberry was so delicious and yummy. My gf loves them a lot.

NixBlog said...

Wonderful series of photos capturing the essence of Spring, Betty!

I'm Antiques Lover said...

Your garden is like heavens with so many refreshing colorful flowers! In my country we seem to have lesser color variety for the same type of flowers like yours. The photo shots are great making the flowers so vivid and vibrant.

Antonio Carlos said...

Great images, fantastic. Have a nice week

sergio celle said...

...ciao, non ho parole...un paradiso di bellezza...non posso commentare quello che le tue foto dicono..non è facile...per ciò dico soltanto sei brava!..notte Sergio

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