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.


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.


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.


Waterdrops on colorful flowers are so fun to photograph.


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.


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


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


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!


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


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


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.


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.


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˜‰


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.


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!


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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