Monday, April 28, 2008

Earth Day!

I know I'm late for earth day - but I wanted to share the new tree we planted. It was a gift from my in-laws for our anniversary and a perfect addition to our yard.

It's a Japanese Red Maple - I have always loved the rich red of these trees.

New Red Maple

The leaves are gorgeous vibrant red all year.

Red Maple


Red Maple

Red Maple


This week I am also playing with a new lens we rented for my Nikon - from Rentglass.com. It's a 105mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S VR Micro.

I love it - check out some pics I took with it...

Lace Leaf Japanese Maple



Iris

Phlox


Peony

Tulip

My neighbors having a water fight!

Water Fight!

I love this lens!!

18 comments:

Large Marge said...

Wow woman! it's not just the lens. It helps that you know what to do with it!

Trillian42 said...

I love the red maple. They are one of my favorites, too.

And WOW those are some gorgeous pictures. Nice work!

Lolly said...

Gorgeous photos!!! I love the idea of giving a tree. That maple is perfect!

danielle said...

Those are amazing pictures! So vibrant! And the depth of field is really effective.

tinkknitz said...

I have two Dwarf Japanese Reds and I know why you love them. I love what you do with that lens too. What an eye!

Amy O'Neill Houck said...

What a great tree! Where you renting the lens to try it out before buying? That's a neat idea!

Lucy said...

I love the shot of the iris. Gorgeous!

CiCi and CAJtalk said...

OUTSTANDING.... You can really work that camera. thanks

maitai said...

i love the tree! we have one in our front yard as well. also, that lens!? totally awesome!

peacockchic said...

wow!! Great photos Java!

Rachael Rabbit said...

We have a lovely Japanese maple in our garden too - its perfect for putting a hammock underneath it - dappled sunshine for snoozing!

Zonda said...

Love the red maple! Gorgeous pictures!!!

MeaganMonster said...

Wow those are really amazing photos. I'm jealous of your camera.

Is the other tree a honey locust by the way? it's hard to tell but Oh so pretty.

MeaganMonster said...

Oh now I see... a Lace Leaf Japanese Maple, my mistake... but wow is it nice!

Diane D. said...

Fabulous pics! Our Japanese Maple is a gift that keeps on giving - the fall color is unbelievable.

Lynn said...

Your pictures are beautiful!!! So is the tree!

Ruth said...

Stunning pictures!

Stitchify said...

Wow! Great PICS! Those kids are adorable!
How was the Festival!?!?! Did you meet Jen? =)!