Bleeding Hearts © 2017 Patty Hankins

Hearts in the Garden

With Valentine’s Day just a few days away, I thought I’d share some of my favorite photos of heart shaped flowers I’ve taken over the years.           Two of the bleeding hearts photos are available as matted prints in my store at http://beautifulflowerpictures.com/store/bleeding-hearts-2/  if you’d like some heart-shaped flowers to brighten up your home or office.

Pink Dogwood - cornus florida © 2016 Patty Hankins

Spring Morning at Greenspring Gardens

In mid-April, I spent a wonderful morning photographing at Green Spring Gardens in Alexandria, Virginia. Like most of the gardens, Green Spring has flowers and plants to photograph most of the year. In the spring – Green Spring really shines. Mid-April through Mid-May is my favorite time of year to visit this lovely garden. Here’s what I found to photograph…

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Working the Scene: This Time with Flowers

A few months ago I shared an article about Working the Scene where I talked about trying different compositions when you’re in the field photographing the landscape. Since then, I’ve gotten a few questions asking if I do the same thing when photographing flowers. And the answer is yes. I do the same three things photographing a flower at a…

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Yellow Trillium - trillium luteum © 2015 Patty Hankins

A Few Smoky Mountain Wildflowers

As I was looking through the huge (and I do mean huge) pile of photos that I haven’t weeded, much less edited or shared on my hard drive – I found some of my wildflower photos from my trip to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park from last spring. One of the challenges of taking lots of photos – is…

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bleeding hearts along a fence with cat shaped fence posts

New Photo: Along the Fence

  I’ve recently added a new photo – Along the Fence – to my BeautifulFlowerPictures.com website. Bleeding hearts (one of my favorite spring flowers) and cats – of course I’m going to photograph them together. When I saw this spectacular scene in the Children’s Garden at the Coastal Maine Botanical Garden I know I had to photograph it. At the time – I…

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Bleeding Hearts © 2014 Patty Hankins

Bleeding Hearts, Squirrel Corn and Dutchman’s Breeches

I am so looking forward to spring and for the wildflowers to start blooming. Three of my favorite early spring wildflowers – Bleeding Hearts, Squirrel Corn and Dutchman’s Breeches – are all members of the Poppy Family. They bloom in the early spring before the leaves are on the trees putting the woods into shade Dutchman’s Breeches – Dicentra Cucullaria…

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Connecting the Generations with Flowers

Bleeding Hearts © 2013 Patty Hankins Bleeding Hearts are one of the flowers that always make me smile when I see them. Here in the DC area, they bloom in April – adding a wonderful splash of bright splash of color to the local gardens. What I didn’t realize when I started photographing the bleeding hearts was how many people…

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New Photo: Bleeding Hearts

  Bleeding Hearts © 2013 Patty Hankins I’ve recently added a new photo – Bleeding Hearts – to my Beautifulflowerpictures.com website. Bleeding Hearts (Dicentra spectabilis) are one of my favorite spring flowers. I love seeing the heart-shaped splashes of pink and white against the greens of the garden. The heart shaped varieties seen in gardens originated in Japan. They were…

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Bleeding Hearts

Some of my favorite spring flowers are the various varieties of bleeding hearts – and Green Spring Gardens in Alexandria Virginia is my favorite place to photograph them. Bleeding hearts are members of the Fumariaceae family – native to Asia and North America. Each flower has two sepals and four petals. The outer two petals are spurred – while the inner…

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Spectacular Southern Appalachian Wildflowers (And Where to Find Them)

I spent an incredible 2 1/2 weeks in April photographing Southern Appalachian wildflowers. I spent some time in places I’ve visited before – and discovered some wonderful new places to photograph. I thought I’d share some of them with you in case you’d like to check some of them out for yourself. I visited two Botanical Gardens this trip – the…

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