Friday, July 18, 2008

Black Elephant Ear

Elephant Ear
Colocasia esculenta 'Black Magic'
(kol-oh-KAY-see-uh) (es-kew-LEN-tuh)
Synonyms: Taro, ‘Jet Black Wonder

This is actually the underside of the leaf with the sun shining through it. I have been trying a few foliage macros and these two were the best from yesterday. That is what I wanted to do with this blog from the start, take the picture the day before and then post it. That is only practical during the season and even then it is difficult.

The Elephant Ear is a great plant to have in the garden. I used several in containers this year and it is working out nicely. They are a little smaller than if they were growing in the ground but that is okay, they still have that gorgeous black color.

Lucky the sprinklers had just gone off before I tried to take a picture of this Hosta leaf providing the water drops. I don’t remember the variety off hand but it is a beauty. Large puckered leaves and bluish green color.


I will post a flower picture here just to keep us true to the name Digital Flower Pictures. This was one of the Daylilies at the big farm. They have a fairly large collection. The garden is doing beautifully over there. I worked almost the entire day in the rose garden just stopping to prune a few Viburnums and Lilacs. A lot of the roses needed to be deadheaded and cut back. The deadheading isn’t so bad because at least that way I knew there were a lot of flowers. The three best roses right now are ‘Showbiz’, ‘Strike it Rich’ and ‘Tropicana’. They were still blooming heavily while the other varieties have started to slow down.

6 comments:

Roses and Lilacs said...

Your taro shot is great. I learn so much about photo composition reading blogs like this on.

It took a few seconds to realize the second photo was a hosta leaf. The camera lets you see and study detail that isn't possible to do with the eye.

Great shots!
Marnie

SandyCarlson said...

That back-lit leaf is gorgeous. Sure does bring out the texture of the leaf. And the lily...Wow.

misti said...

We have a couple of ee's that I love to photograph up close and with water on them. They have such amazing texture that they photograph well.

*must comment here more!*

Blackswamp_Girl said...

Oh wow... I love BOTH of those leaf pictures. The foliage macros are really nice!

Digital Flower Pictures said...

Thanks everyone. It is fun to explore a little different area of botanical photography.

i beati said...

the colorings on these lilies phenomenall