Sunflowers = Smiles

imageEvery year I look forward to the sunflower field that is planted at Pope Farm Park Conservancy.  It usually happens the first part of August.  It is glorious and it’s so fun to watch all the families, artists and  photographers come out and about enjoying it in their special way. This time I took over a 100 photos and downloaded maybe 15.  Honestly I don’t really know what I’m doing, but I always seem to capture something worthwhile to save and share. I sincerely hope that if your anywhere close by to Pope Farm to please go out and see this beautiful field of  sunflowers. It’s in full bloom this week and with the cooler temperatures I’m hoping they will still be looking good through the weekend. Enjoy the start of August, fall is right around the corner and happy birding everyone!!




Summertime and Sunflowers!!


Nothing says summer like beautiful sunflowers. This year Bruce and I went out to Pope Farm Park to view their sunflowers in full bloom. There is nothing quite like it. We went early on a Sunday morning around 8 am and couldn’t believe all the photographers and artists already there setting up to paint, draw and take photographs. I didn’t make it out last year and from what I heard was that last years drought took a toll on this sunflower field. I’m happy to say, it was gorgeous when we went to view it this year. If anyone viewing this lives locally around the Madison, Middleton, and Verona area please drive out and take a look, I promise you won’t be disappointed! 

Columbine, a Favorite!

This beautiful Columbine was given to us from our neighbor and fits right into our wild backyard sanctuary. It is sometimes mistaken for Honeysuckle because when biting off it’s long spurs you can suck out the nectar. It’s a favorite for hummingbirds and long-tongued moths.  I love the coloring of this plant and I’ll look forward to it coming back many springs in the future.

Pink, Pink, Pink Crabapple Trees

Another beautiful tree in the UW Arboretum. They have so many different varieties of  Crabapple trees and colors. Shown here is a wonderful shade of pink. Again, I encourage those who live close by to go and enjoy the beauty of the Arboretum right now before all of these blossoms are done blooming.

More Lilacs

I love the contrast between the white and the lavender lilacs in the background. I’ll be taking another trip out to the UW Arboretum with my cousin this morning. I guess I can’t get enough of these lovely blossoms. Tonight, our temperatures will be getting down into the mid 20’s and I’m not sure how well these plants will hold up to that. I hope these beautiful bushes will be spared, along with all of the other blossoms on the many varieties of shrubbery and trees that the Arboretum holds.

Lilacs in the Arboretum

It’s time people! The lilacs are in full bloom at the UW Arboretum in Madison.  Every few days I find myself drawn back there to see and smell the many new blossoms coming out.  This time of year is so beautiful in the Arb. Hopefully, if you live close to this beautiful spot you’ll take advantage of the trails and gardens of this very special place.

More from the UW Arboretum

I wish I had taken the time to find out what kind of bush this was when I was visiting the Arboretum Saturday morning. I just love the color of this plant and I know I’ll be back again to see it when the lilacs go into full bloom.  It happen to be a cold, dreary day when this photo was taken, but sometimes I like how these photos come out when the sun isn’t shining. Hope you get as much enjoyment out of this photo as I do.

Spring Pink Blossoms

When you live in Wisconsin, or any other Northern State for that matter, Spring is always such a rebirth of new growth. It’s always exciting to wake up and see what else is new and blossoming. These pretty pink blossoms are no exception. It maybe a dreary day today, but headed back to the UW Arboretum to see what else has broken from it’s winter dormancy.

Arboretum Magnolias

These trees are so beautiful when in full bloom. I was lucky enough to capture early blossoms and full blossums. There are some more trees to come into bloom and I hope to make it back out and photograph them. The yellow variety is just beautiful, but wasn’t quite ready on this past trip. Hoping to get back this week, if the weather cooperates.

Spring in the UW Arboretum

I went to the UW Arboretum today as the Magnolia blossoms are out and while walking around in the gardens I came across this beautiful bed of daffodils. It smelled so sweet in the Arb today and it won’t be long before the lilacs are in full bloom. From what I hear, it’s was 17 years ago that the Magnolias blossomed this early in the season. It’s been an amazing Spring so far.

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