Sunday, November 21, 2010

Smoke Bush/ Today's Flowers

Hoar frost on purple smoke bush (Cotinus Coggygria)

This purple-green smoke bush is actually a lower branch on a seedling a friend gave me a few years ago. It has grown fast! Earlier this year it had purple-pink plumes that look sort of like smoke, hence the bush's name.  Unfortunately, I did not think to take photos of them at the time so hopefully I will remember next year!

Beads  of water on purple smoke bush

I love the way water beats up on the leaves.

If you love flowers -- and who doesn't - check out Today's Flowers at http://flowersfromtoday.blogspot.com/

25 comments:

Farmchick said...

Nice macro shots with the frost.

eileeninmd said...

Beautiful images!

Leif Hagen said...

Lovely, artsy, wintery!

Birdman said...

Outstanding image.

Rajesh said...

Very beautiful.

Janie said...

I love the hoarfrost on the leaves. Great photos!

Limar said...

These are great shots, love the frost :)

Francisca said...

That smoke bush is so pretty in purple with the hoar frost. I'll look forward to seeing it later with the plumes.

[I don't really know the first thing about flowers, but that yellow one I posted, if blogger Lui is correct, is a periwinkle (although I can find no reference to a yellow colored one), which is considered a weed. I don't even know why one flower is a weed and another one not. I do know it was not purposely planted in our garden, and that is my rough definition of a weed. :-D ]

Carver said...

These are both gorgeous shots. I love frost and water in macros.

Jacob said...

The frost I can do without...but I like the bush. Smokin'!

Kathy said...

Love the patterns of the ice crystals!

Paulie said...

Spectacular!

Dejemonos sorprender said...

Waw, these pictures are gorgeous.. i love how it looks.. you have beautiful pictures here..
felicitaciones.. Saludos..

LC said...

Really wonderful photos... I love hoar frost and the wonderful tracery it provides! L

Paulie said...

Back to tell you that I love to shovel snow! I do it for three households that are older than me each time it snows.

Paz said...

I like the name and it looks extra special with the touches of frost.

Paz

Sara Chapman said...

You know, we have a purple smoke bush (I've also been entranced by the water drops on it earlier this year) but I only hope that if we get frost it looks this good on the leaves. Just gorgeous, and beautifully composed.

Small City Scenes said...

Excellent Ms. Macro Maestro. the droplets are exquisite and the hoarfrost perfect.
We had a touch of snow this morning and as it disappeared the day turned out fine. Temps in the low 30sF and now 10PM 29F. but dry and the sky is clear. Beautiful full moon too. MB

Randi said...

Lovely frost-photos! I´m still waiting for the frost to come...

Kerri said...

These are lovely .... that last shot just takes my breath away! WOW! A work of ART!

Judy said...

Wow!! I love that second shot, with the water/ice droplets! Good luck with photographing the smoke! I have never gotten a photo of it that I like, so I am looking forward to your efforts!

NatureFootstep said...

a nice frosty bush. We now have lots of wet snow. :(

mARTy said...

gorgous shots- cold weather over there!

Viola said...

So very wonderful photos! And I just am admiring the last photo with the macro drops!! :)

Míriam Luiza said...

Dá pra ver os cristais de gelo sobre a folha!!!
Parabéns pela foto!

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