Floating Flowers

Flowering Shrub

‘Lace-Cap’ Hydrangea

I’ve been more than a little pre-occupied with an extended visit from family, but all my company is leaving tomorrow. Tonight, while they are busy packing, I’m finally getting back to my camera and my computer. I missed my photography, definitely a habit by now, so I don’t think it will take me long to get back in the groove.

This photo is from one of my favorite places, the Olbrich Botanical Garden in Madison. I love to visit this place in every season of the year, but I think summer is hard to beat. There are flowers blooming along every path, but green is still the predominate color. Lawns, bushes, and trees are all lusciously green, evidence of the more than adequate rainfall we have had this spring.

I needed an ID on this flowering shrub, though I only photographed a few white flowers, and those seemingly floating in space. The bush is only 3 to 4 feet in height, full of clusters of tiny flowers and these flat petaled flowers. Uphilldowndale came in with the identification  while I slept, dreaming of the ‘nameless’ flowers.

Thanks, UHDD!

BTW, she has an awesome story and photo of a dairy bull on her newest post–an animal I should be well familiar with living in Wisconsin, but am not. Dairy herds usually use artificial insemination. Seemingly an easier alternative? Yuk!

I will give a nod to the organic dairy farmers in the area who keep more to traditional methods!

About Bo Mackison

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Comments

  1. I don’t know what they are, but they’re sure pretty. At first glance they reminded me of water lilies.

  2. I don’t know what they are, but they’re sure pretty. At first glance they reminded me of water lilies.

  3. I’d go for a ‘lace-cap’ hydrangea,
    http://www.hydrangeashydrangeas.com/lacecaps.html
    But maybe I’ve miss judged the scale, it might be an elderberry
    http://www.elderberries.com/

  4. I’d go for a ‘lace-cap’ hydrangea,
    http://www.hydrangeashydrangeas.com/lacecaps.html
    But maybe I’ve miss judged the scale, it might be an elderberry
    http://www.elderberries.com/

  5. That is a lovely affect.

  6. That is a lovely affect.

  7. suehenryphotography says:

    I have a hydrangea blooming in my courtyard. I need to hurry out and photograph it! I hope I can get a photo as nice as yours!

  8. suehenryphotography says:

    I have a hydrangea blooming in my courtyard. I need to hurry out and photograph it! I hope I can get a photo as nice as yours!

  9. Beautiful, soft shot. I’d love to see this one blown up.

  10. Beautiful, soft shot. I’d love to see this one blown up.

  11. Love the soft colors and processing. The blossoms appear to be floating in space. Beautiful!!

  12. Love the soft colors and processing. The blossoms appear to be floating in space. Beautiful!!

  13. *trying to get the idea of the ‘traditional method’ out of my head*

    Do love-lorn cows low at the full moon, I wonder.

  14. Gandalf says:

    Nice photo. I’m glad someone knew what it was (besides the helpful comment i’d make “pretty flower”).

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