Spring Pruning Time

Split-Leaf Philodendron Leaf ~ End of Cut Stalk

My daughter, Kelli, and her husband, JC, decided to prune everything in their landscaping yesterday.  Kelli doesn’t trust anybody else to do the job.  I did not participate.  I did show up to record the massacre.  They removed a large wax myrtle and a pygmy date palm.  Both were dead or dying.  I had a good time photographing these cuttings.  I almost fell and broke a hip climbing around in those piles, but it was fun.  😉   I hope you enjoy them.

 

Fan Palm Frond with Oak Leaves

Fan Palm Frond with Oak Leaves

 

Split-Leaf Philodendron Leaf ~ End of Cut Stalk

Split-Leaf Philodendron Leaf ~ End of Cut Stalk

 

Pile of Fan Palm Leaves

Pile of Fan Palm Leaves

 

Bark of a Dead Palm Tree

Bark of a Dead Palm Tree With a Fly!

 

Pygmy Date Palm Tree Stump

Pygmy Date Palm Tree Stump

 

Top of Pygmy Date Palm

Top of Pygmy Date Palm

 

Wax Myrtle Limbs

Wax Myrtle Limbs

 

Mountain Laurel Old Bloom

Mountain Laurel Old Blossom

 

Mountain Laurel Seed Pod~Several Years Old

Mountain Laurel Seed Pod~Several Years Old

 

Mountain Laurel Blossom

Mountain Laurel Blossom

 

Wax Myrtle Limb

Wax Myrtle Limb

 

Tree Limb

Tree Limb ~ Ripped Bark

These photographs were shot with a Nikkor Macro lens.  They were post-processed using fill light, highlight, and shadows.  The bright green algae on the limbs is due to the shade and to the amount of water these plantings receive.   If you want to view a larger size photo, click on it.  

21 Comments on “Spring Pruning Time

  1. WOW! Some of these are very well taken photographs, i must say. What camera did you say you were using? 🙂

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  2. I’m a huge fan of palms….any variety. I love the unique looks you present here. And yes, dear George, avoiding getting unnecessarily involved with work of any type is an admirable skill!

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  3. It’s sad to see all the dead bodies but I suppose that we do need to prune from time to time. I like Bark of a Dead Palm Tree With Fly. Nothing to do with the Fly which blends in, but the colours and textures, I think.

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  4. Only you could find something to photograph in the midst of pruning! I am sure you had fun even in the sun! I have to have sun-loving plants in my yard.

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  5. WOW! You captured such a beautiful images dear George. I loved your compositions… They are all so impressive. Palm design hits. Thank you, with my love, nia

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  6. Beautiful photos! And I agree, the design on the wax myrtle limb would make a beautiful fabric design. Fabric for a dress….that I could wear on vacation, which I could really use about now!

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    Ha, I just realized it was the palm leaves and the exotic looking purple laurel that made me think of a tropical island and vacation paradise!

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    • Oh, Dear… Now, you will be flying off to paradise leaving us to the doldrums. You are a photographer. How did I get this much color with only fill light, highlight, and shadow manipulation….and not much of that? Maybe the 85mm Macro lens? Or the sunlight? It was late afternoon. I usually photograph at night. I’m unaccustomed to dealing with color that’s already there! 🙂

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    • I love fan palms too. They were lying precisely like that. I didn’t move anything out there. Thanks for the encouragement. I am having a good time with my new lens! 🙂

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  7. Everything looks so mysterious like a botany lab in Cuba that hasn’t been updated since 1962. The one shot of the purple flowers suggests hope but also that it may be fleeting. Dark post my friend

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    • Oh, Michael!! You are supposed to tell me how wonderful my photography is with my new lens! Dark? What is “dark” anyway? I am a nocturnal hermit. Those colors look absolutely Pollyanna-ish, sun-shiny to me! Honestly, I like dark colors and textures, I suppose. I do not have smiley faces pasted on anything that I can think of at the moment. 😉

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      • surely you know that dark was a metaphor for mood rather than a comment on your lighting…
        I like dark moods and dark spaces even where there must be light even a Chlorophyll junkie needs some dark and crusty edges sometimes. You know I am being playful George, I just dont play by rules discernible in the light

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        • I was teasing. I knew perfectly well what you meant. I smiled at the thought. If I ever knew anything about botany, it’s stuck in 1962 with Castro’s lab.

          I thought your analogy was perfect. I should have thought of it myself, but of course I am not as clever as you are! I saw instantly that you were correct.

          I am a pessimist at heart. I was born that way, I think. No wonder I am a nocturnal hermit…as I said. Ha! I love the dark, quiet night when nobody is afoot.

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  8. Very nice!! I wish they’d come to our yard! I thought the wax myrtle limb with green algae would be a beautiful fabric design in silk or something….just my kind of colors, etc.

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    • Now that you mention it, my colors too! Those colors would be wonderful in silk! Kelli and JC are taking out a bunch of stuff in the back and replacing it with shade-loving plants, I think.

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