Sunday, May 9, 2010

The Blue Hour

What is the Blue Hour?

Well, it refers to the period of twilight each morning and evening where there is neither full daylight nor complete darkness. This is such a special time because of the quality of the light at this time of day.

The magic of this is that the blue hour isn't visible to the naked eye.
You can't really see it...but the camera can.

So how do you catch the blue hour in your photography since you can't see it with the naked eye? Knowing the time of day and also having another light source as in the candles on the table or a street light or the glow of city lights.
To learn more about this phenomenon, go to, and it will tell you the short period of time each morning and each evening in your area, when you should take photographs to get great blue hour pics. Here in south Atlanta area, the evening blue hour starts at 8:45-9:18 PM.

Special thanks to Susan at
for sharing this special magic of our day with us.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Just Peachy in Georgia!!

I absolutely love the German bearded Iris when it blooms.

Being here in Georgia for nine years has allowed me to plant with the expectation that I would be able to enjoy them. That was something that I missed as we moved while my husband was in the Air Force.

The Beverly Sills bearded iris blooms in "Late Spring" .

This variety is supposed to be a "rebloomer".....let's hope it is!

I was telling my sister in Birmingham how easy they are to grow. After we had returned to our house in Oklahoma after renting it for 17 years, I discovered behind the house an iris blooming that one of our tenants had dug up and thrown away. It is amazing that they live with little....or in that care at all.

Happy Digging,