Photographing My Yard

Hello friends!

I don’t have quite the same photo opportunities now that I live in the town rather than on a farm – no fields surrounding my house or woods and creeks to explore nearby. But if you’ve been following me for a while, you know I’m a firm believer that you can find beauty anywhere. So the other day I decided to take some pictures in my little yard after a rain shower to see if I could capture some pretty nature in our corner of the neighborhood.

Enjoy these peaceful pictures!

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My parents gave me hanging baskets for my birthday, but sadly the two small ones didn’t get enough water and are having a rough time of it. One of them still grows cute white flowers though. I love the bokeh and the cinematic feel of this one.

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Shiny basil leaves make me happy – they’re so lush and fragrant, and wonderful to cook with too. I’m enjoying my little “herb garden” on our front porch.

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The landlord had already planted some canna lilies behind the house. While only a few are blooming, their bright flaming orange color makes quite the statement.

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Waterdrops on colorful flowers are so fun to photograph.

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A silvery drop on a dark canna lily leaf. I took this picture and the other super close-up shots in this post using my favorite macro extension tubes – an inexpensive way to try out macro photography.

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Isn’t the texture of this bud or stem so unique? It looks like some sea creature.

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The extension tubes are great for isolating one tiny subject and providing a soft blur for the background.

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This color is so lusciously brilliant it almost looks tasty. πŸ˜› I’m usually not a big fan of orange, but it looks beautiful in these pictures!

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I think this is a weed… but it made for a pretty picture regardless so I’ll call it a flower.

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I like the contrast on this one. We have so many tiny tree saplings growing in the corners and flowerbeds.

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Another tree sapling photo. Still using the macro tubes here. I discovered they’re a great way to take pretty, nature-y photos when you don’t have majestic landscapes to photograph or anything.

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I was going to photograph the ferns along the base of the house, but they had been weedeated. 😦 So here are a few hiding under the deck instead.

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Dogwood flowers turn to interesting little berries in the summer. I remember wanting to eat them in the fall when I was little… but refraining, don’t worry. πŸ˜‰

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We’ll end with a dewy butterfly bush bloom. On sunny days I go out to water my herbs and get to enjoy the butterflies happily visiting these flowers.

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I don’t have much of a garden or landscaping or woods to photograph now, but it was still fun to capture details of the nature I do have. And maybe one day I’ll figure out how to keep the deer away enough to have a garden here.

Do you have a big yard, small yard, or no yard where you live?

Thanks so much for reading, my friends, and have a lovely day!

***Allison***

P. S. Photos taken with my Nikon D7200 and a 35mm lens + macro extension tubes. Edited with Lightroom.

34 thoughts on “Photographing My Yard

  1. I’d never heard of macro extension tubes. I see that there are also some for Canon EOS cameras. I’m gonna try them! Thank you. And lovely pictures. Yes, there is much beauty to be found, even in a suburban yard.

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