Finally, my favorite time of the year has arrived. I found some time a couple of weeks ago to photograph at a local garden.


 These first two images I used Focal Point by OnOne software to enhance the depth of field.



Due to some family issues I’ve haven’t had the time to post consistently as I would have liked.   However, I plan to continue as time warrants.






  1. Edith Levy March 22, 2014 at 1:58 pm #

    Wow…all so beautiful Phillip. It’s still so cold in Toronto. Spring can’t get here fast enough.

    • Phillip March 22, 2014 at 9:23 pm #

      Thank you Edith. I’m so sorry about your weather. I completely understand. No, I don’t, but I can imagine how cold it must be. May these pictures help warm your day. 🙂

  2. DaniLew March 22, 2014 at 2:23 pm #

    All the images are great, Phillip, but that third image with the large white petals and pink/orange center is stunning!

    • Phillip March 22, 2014 at 9:18 pm #

      Thanks Dani, not that I’m a botanist, but according to the rock beside the plant it is called a Magnolia × loebneri ‘Merrill’. It is a hybrid that was developed in Germany by Max Löbner, and first bloomed in 1917. This is probably way more information than you ever wanted to know, but now you do. 🙂

      • DaniLew March 23, 2014 at 7:39 am #

        I appreciate you digging up the information, Phillip. Hopefully, I’ll be able to spot one in the future and know what is. Thanks!

        • Phillip March 23, 2014 at 3:43 pm #

          Oh sure anything for you Dani! Seriously, I had just Googled that information earlier out of curiosity and seized the opportunity to share it.

  3. Farrell Kenimer March 23, 2014 at 9:45 am #

    The purple flowers are stunning but my attention was drawn to the mallard in the water with the ripples and reflections. I read about the top 10 places for retirement today in the USA and Birmingham was not one of them. It must be because they have not seen your photographic art pieces. There is no way that Portland, Oregon with their rose garden can match the scenes that I have seen here. Portland came up number 2 behind Phoenix as number 1. The judges just don’t have all the facts.

    • Phillip March 23, 2014 at 3:59 pm #

      You are too nice Farrell. Those of us who live here would probably agree that the judges don’t have all the facts. However, I learned long ago that we would be better off as a metro area to stop attempting to be something that we aren’t (aka Atlanta), and just be who we are.

  4. Denise Ippolito April 3, 2014 at 12:13 pm #

    The third image is stunning!

    • Phillip April 3, 2014 at 8:43 pm #

      Thanks Denise that is one of mine favorites too!

  5. Andrew April 5, 2014 at 11:29 am #

    Beautifully creative work, Phillip. The soft look and tones in the first three images is most seductive. The next two make for a striking contrast with their dazzling sharpness, and the last photo is delightful. Enjoy your spring…

    • Phillip April 5, 2014 at 8:12 pm #

      Thank you so much Andrew. By the way I still enjoy visiting your site. I love the gallery. I just miss the comments.

      • Andrew April 5, 2014 at 9:07 pm #

        Thanks, Phillip. You’re most welcome to leave comments on the Facebook posts concerning photos from my galleries, and l will certainly link back to your posts from there.

        • Phillip April 5, 2014 at 10:13 pm #

          Thanks, I’ll start doing that!

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