Phavorite Photos from 2015 – Part 1 of 2

During the winter, my writing muse goes to warmer weather, abandoning me when I need her most. I try to plan for the ‘off season’ by taking photos of stuff during the season for later, leaving ideas in my drafts folder and even doing cheesy things like Monday Memories and Phriday Photo Phavorites. I think this summer I will try to take more photos of trees and write an informative post per tree. As of now (February) I’m scrounging pretty hard to come up with subjects. I was even able to pull off 5 posts a week in 2015 to my 3 now. Oh well, I’m still posting!

Last year, I did a 6 part Priday Photo Phavorites that covered both 2013 & 2014. This time, for 2015, I will squeeze it into 2 parts.


Sunflowers are one of my favorite subjects to photograph. I don’t need to bend over, as they are usually head height, they have many textures and are around for longer than a day.

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We visited Anderson Japanese Garden in the fall and it was absolutely stunning. It was nearly impossible to take a bad photo there.

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Breck, my main man! I know I’m his paw-rent, however I think he would be a great ‘dog treat’ spokesdog!

This creek was somewhere near Colorado Springs, so sparkling! It was also 3F that day, interesting to see water running.

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We went back to the Nicholas Conservancy & Gardens and again had some fun with the plant kaleidoscope.

The photo of Oreo is one of only 3 monotone images I have done. Just not a big fan of it. Ironically, the original really doesn’t look far off from the B/W version.

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Just a couple of my favorite flowers. Clematis ‘Bee’s Jubilee’ and Sanguinaria canadensis or Bloodroot.

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Another fav or favs, Dicentra spectabilis – Bleeding hearts. The next piece is a collage I made in MS Word. Who knew it was a graphic program?!?

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The Pink-legged Tiger Moth, or the Red-legged Diacrisia (Spilosoma latipennis) was resting with her antenna down. I got a bit closer and must have been breathing warm air on her. She suddenly raised her face up, smiled at me and made her way to the flowers.

This leucistic house finch has visited me a few times last season. She is really a pretty dusty white.

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To this day, I have not been able to name this variety of plant. It was taken at Illinois State Beach Park. The rock stackings were also done on the same trip. A fav campground of mine.

Next Friday will be the conclusion of the Phavorites!!

Copyright – Ilex Farrell

31 thoughts on “Phavorite Photos from 2015 – Part 1 of 2

  1. Love sunflowers, have grown them a lot. Thanks for this great post. Enjoyed your dogs, the flowers, scenery from Fall and Summer. Winter is a dreary time to find anything to photograph.
    You have some very nice photos in this post – truly enjoyed this. Thanks


  2. Do not fear! Warmer weather is just around the corner. The day-star was out in Seattle today. We all had to dip ourselves in zinc-oxide to avoid losing our pale (which we work on all winter). Crocuses (or should that be “croci”?) are popping up and daffodils have already started blooming.


  3. Great pictures! You do have a good eye for photography. Love the bleeding hearts. I love knowing flowers and plants too. I guessed them right. 😉 I’m also in the midwest.

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