In certain gardens…

…it seems Summer lingers on…

...as Gardenias continue to bud...

…as Gardenias continue to bud…

...and slowly transform...

…and slowly transform…

...into full blossoms, perfuming the air...

…into full, creamy blossoms, perfuming the air…

...while orangey Hibiscus display as singles...

…while orangey Hibiscus display themselves as singles…

...or surprise the gardener as doubles!

…or surprise the gardener as brilliant, showy doubles!

Though the temperatures are still warm…

Fallen Ivy leaves

Fallen Ivy leaves

…Autumn is truly in the air–and in the quality of light.

After catching that chill on Labor Day, I felt really out of sorts health-wise…and the news of the past few days has been even more chilling and very depressing, what with all the ‘war chatter’!

Perhaps a little beauty can brighten our mood?

This is the best macro I've ever gotten of Hibiscus...the light was just right!

This is the best macro I’ve ever gotten of Hibiscus…the light was just right!

Adding the Diffuse Glow filter, using pure white as the glow color, seems to give this deep Pink a much ‘dreamier’ look.

Deep Pink Hibiscus XCU Diffuse Glow

There have been only a few flowers still growing, mostly Marigolds and other annuals…I’ll miss these beautiful Hibiscus, but of course, I’ll always have the images!

It’s been a beauty of a Summer so far…

…and Autumn is just a month from today, on September 22nd at 9:29 PM (CDT), so I thought, because my computer was down for so long, I’d show a few flowers from the neighborhood.

Creamy white Gladioli

Creamy white Gladioli

 

Heidi's mother's yellow Rose

Heidi’s mother’s yellow Rose, with a Diffuse Glow treatment

 

Deep red Hibiscus, from the Emil Bach House parkway just up the street

Watercolor treatment of a deep red Hibiscus, from the Emil Bach House parkway just up the street

 

A huge Sunflower at a corner planting a few blocks away

A huge Sunflower at a corner planting a few blocks away

 

The back view of that same Sunflower, which is very interesting too, don't you think?

The back view of that same Sunflower, which is very interesting too, don’t you think?