Took some pictures in the gardens yesterday. These daisies combine with some lavender to create some deep textures.

The rubdeckia with a wide angle lens look like they're arching towards the prairie sky.

Amaranthus, otherwise known as pigweed, contrast with the dark-leaved castor bean.

Friend Bruce, a wildlife photographer, spent much of yesterday morning trying to capture hummingbirds with his camera. The pursuit is frustrating. Just when the hummingbird seems to sit still, it is off in another direction.

We discussed why it is difficult to photograph gardens. I don't enjoy garden photography as much as other sorts because the photos never turn out as nicely as the actual scene. When taking a winter scene, you can often pull out textures and patterns that people wouldn't otherwise notice. But with a gardens, you are constantly trying to recreate the actual scene and coming up short.