The full strawberry moon was spectacular over the lake this month. Although it was rather red as it first rose, that's not why it is called the strawberry moon. The full moon in the month of June is called the strawberry moon because it signals the time for harvesting wild strawberries. Strawberries are not quite ready in Maine, but they will be soon.
This lovely clematis flower bloomed in my yard yesterday. There are several blooms partially open this morning waiting for the sun.
Clematis flowers grow on a perennial vine and bloom from late spring until fall.
Today's photo art is Million Bells (Calbrachoa). They look like miniature petunias and make stunning subjects for photography and digital art.
Today's image is of a red tulip in my garden bed. It has been digitally edited to give it a light glow and add some softness to the background.
Today's image is a macro photo of water drops on the window pane. I love the silvery color as it reminds me of metal. Sometimes, water drops produce reflections of the surrounding area or pick up interesting colors from the background. These drops where photographed early in the morning before the sun was fully up. They reflect a gray or colorless sky on the other side of the window.
Today's image is a composite of two photos. I extracted the deer from a stock photo and then edited it to look like an illustration. I then created two layers from my photo of roses, which had also been edited to look more like an illustration or painting, and added the deer. While I may not have captured this lovely little deer amid the roses with my camera, the combination of the two photos illustrates the beauty of nature.
Today's photo is of a colorful halo around the moon. These halos are created when the light from the moon refracts through tiny ice crystals in the air. They are usually a sign that a storm is nearby.
This image was created by combining two photos in a composite. One photo was taken with the focus on the moon to get the details of the moon, while the second shot was focused on the halo.
Today's photo is a frozen soap bubble. I love the way it looks like a starry winter night complete with a starburst at the top. The starburst is from the rays of the sun behind the bubble. This shot was taken with a macro lens in the late afternoon as the sun began to drop behind the trees.
To take photos of frozen bubbles, temperatures must be below freezing. I like to shoot them with temps in the teens. Colder temperatures will work, but the crystals form quickly. With slightly warmer temperatures you have more time to focus and get the shot you want. It is also important that there is no breeze as wind will pop the bubble.
If you have difficulty getting the bubble to stay put, try daubing a bit of your bubble solution on the spot where you want the bubble to sit. Let it freeze slightly and then use a straw to blow a bubble on the spot. I find that holding the straw so that it is nearly vertical works best, as the bubble mixture will drip out of the straw if it is held horizontal.
Go ahead and have some fun. Each bubble is different. You may see ferns, stars or other shapes as the crystals form.
Today's photo is the view of Mt. Katahdin taken on Oct. 6, 2018. I believe this shot was taken in Dyer Brook, Maine as we traveled up Rt. 2 to Smyrna and it was taken along the way. Photos cannot do justice to the awe-inspiring views of the mountain from Aroostook County.
Today's photo is a stargazer lily in full bloom. These oriental lilies were introduced in 1974. You may be surprised to learn that the name stargazer has nothing to do with the heavenly color or the dreamy speckles that you may have imagined resembled the night stars. Its name has a less romantic origin. It was given the name stargazer because the open lilies face the sky as though gazing at the heavens.
Regardless of how they got their name, I like to think of the stargazer lily as a little piece of the heavens growing peacefully in my flower bed.