Lily Kind of Day

Lily’s don’t seem to grow here in the summer.  I don’t know if that is normal, or it is just the lack of water they get in my garden.  They seem to die off and then come back when the hot weather goes away.  They now remind me of cold days, so I thought they would be perfect for my post today.

Single LilyThe lilies were taken many months ago and I went through what I had to see what I could use today.  They aren’t the best ones, you have already seen those.

Lily TrioThat day I also did some of them together.  Not really sure I like them and I suspect I have over processed them somewhat.  I was lost and I didn’t know what to do.  I need to start playing more I think.


I have been nominated for so many awards by so many wonderful people and I have not done anything to acknowledge them, so please be prepared for a long list.

The Blog of the Year

Reality Blog Award

Very Inspiring Blogger Award

One Lovely Blog Award

Liebster Blog Award

The Versatile Blogger Award

Super SweetOne Lovely Blog

Sunshine Award

Addictive Blog Award

titaniumphoto has also honoured me on their blogroll.

Thank you to everyone, and I hope everyone else will go and visit their blogs.


  1. Your lilies are perfection! Just what I needed after a long cold winter’s day. Congratulations on your many awards, you deserve each and every one!


  2. I like these very much. I really like the trio of blossoms. Calla lilies are my favorites. If the lilies get too much direct, hot sun, they don’t do well. If it is dry, they don’t do well either. I had a huge clump of them at the old house. They got morning sun, but no direct mid-day or afternoon sun. Of course, I fed them bulb food and they were planted in soft, well-drained soil. I think these are lovely. Congratulations on the awards. You do a great service in your blog. So much information and such carefully written and illustrated tutorials. Have a great 2013 with much professional success, Leanne!

  3. I like your photos, but the watermarks are sure distracting. That’s just me though.

  4. Wow …. congratulations to all your awards, so well deserved – I’m also far behind with mine … this week coming. Calla lily is one of my favorite flowers – but is seen as a funeral flower – but in the 1920-40 was it quite a few royal brides that had them in their bouquet. Stunning and majestic flower – you have really done it justice with your camera.

  5. Absolutely beautiful and striking pictures, Leanne – let’s have more like these!

    I especially like the textures on the left hand side of the bloom in the top picture – but having said that the blooms in the lower photo lack such textures and work very well indeed!

    I think you need to start playing more too >>> just do it!!!

    Gorgeous images! Adrian

  6. sjophotography says

    Thanks for the mention Leanne and beautiful photos of the flowers.

  7. Congrats on the awards, well deserved. I love those lillies, they remind me of Capetown as when I was there there were growing wild in the ditches along the side of the road, just gorgeous.

  8. We’ve got some arum lilies in our garden – the ones in the shade are taller and sturdier (and closer to water-logged ground) than their exposed, less-well-watered buddies. We’ve decided to relocate them all to the shadier spot :)

  9. Leanne, You deserved each and every one of those awards! Your work is outstanding! Happy New Year!

  10. Congratulations with all your awards. We are fortunately many who appreciate your photo work. – And your lilies ;-)

  11. fabulous photos…each is lovely in its own way, the contrast in colours is striking! I’ve never been much of a gardener so I’m afraid I can’t help you there…
    congratulations on all your awards…very well deserved!!!

    I will be playing a bit myself…I just downloaded GIMP so I’m going to see what I can do with it…I’ve checked out some of your tutorials…I’m sure they will help along the way.

  12. I think these are lovely. Playing around is a very cool way to spend your time – I’ve begun to follow your example and have been doing a lot of experimental tweaking – great fun so thanks for that, Leanne.

  13. Diana says

    Dig the square format. (My favorite camera is a vintage 6×6. ) Beautiful.

  14. These two are very nicely done.

    And, the awards keep coming. Definitely a tribute to your quality photowork. Nicely done as well!

  15. I see a lot of texture in the single flower…but I love the three together, that really is nice!

  16. Suzanne says

    Beautiful. I love the three flowers grouped together.

  17. petit4chocolatier says

    The lilies are elegant on every level possible. Beautiful pictures.

    I hope you don’t mind if I reblog your link on my reblog page?

  18. Congratulations on your huge award haul you’ve received Leanne !
    These photos are glorious. The color, the softness, the perfect lighting and background. Gorgeous!

  19. The Callas are lovely, Leanne…the starkness of black bkgd and the colors you brought out are really quite spectacular, so stop ‘dissing’ yourself on these! They are marvelous, and I, for one, can see them as very LARGE, on a dove gray wall with very thin, black frames!

  20. Leanne, I love photographing lillies, too. Ours seem to grow best in the wettest areas, some sun and some shade. I do find, however, that they need a lot of blemish-correction in my final photos because of speckles and spots.

    Congrats on your accolades and your immense following. Happy 2013! ~ Jason

  21. These are stunning!! I love the lighting on them, very creative! :) I have a whole great bunch of these growing in my front and back garden, really giant ones. This time of year, especially if we have frost or snow, the leaves go sloppy, almost look like cooked spinach on the ground! But in summer they never fail to recover and bloom huge tropical flowers – they always make me smile. They are like a strong and beautiful woman, determined to shine no matter what life throws at them!
    Suzy :D

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