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Today we have a batch of lovely flower photos from Joe Routon. Joe’s captions and IDs are indented.

Early every morning I go on my social-distancing, mask-wearing, camera-carrying walk in our neighborhood in beautiful New Jersey, called the Garden State for a reason. Doing my part to help contain the contagion, it’s the only time I leave my house. All of these were taken on my daily walks.

Foxglove (Digitalis):

Daisy (Bellis perennis):

Hollyhock (Alcea):


Morning Glory:


Iris.  My grandmother, a horticulturist and artist, is credited with naming the Iris as the State Flower of Tennessee.
Needless to say, my morning walk is the highlight of my day.
Nikon D610, Nikon 28-300mm


  1. ThyroidPlanet
    Posted August 26, 2020 at 7:55 am | Permalink


    Why are purple morning glories so hard to get a good exposure of?

    There’s one near me and it’s akwa a challenge. Red is also difficult. That is, what specific lens factors should a buyer look for, to improve beyond, say, an iPhone 6?

  2. Lou Hendrickson
    Posted August 26, 2020 at 8:00 am | Permalink

    Beautiful photography!

  3. Posted August 26, 2020 at 8:10 am | Permalink

    Thanks Joe, for injecting some beauty into our lives, to counterbalance the ugliness that seems so stubbornly pervasive. You really have a knack for finding the obscure loveliness in people and nature that the rest of us seem to pass right by or take for granted. Lovely photos!

  4. Blue
    Posted August 26, 2020 at 8:24 am | Permalink

    These flowers, Mr Routon, are utterly welcomed, Sir.
    What a darling walk you have for your Self.

    The iris is particularly stunning. My first
    granddaughter, and after no one but for
    her own blooming Self, is aptly named
    Ms Iris Genevieve.

    Your grandmama ? Tennessee ? 100 exact
    years after today, 26 August ? An interestingly
    progressive state within the earliest years of
    the 20th Century. Yet not at all so much … …
    now. Sadly.


  5. daniaq
    Posted August 26, 2020 at 8:47 am | Permalink

    So pretty!!

  6. normwalsh
    Posted August 26, 2020 at 8:53 am | Permalink

    They are lovely Joe.

  7. Debra Coplan
    Posted August 26, 2020 at 8:58 am | Permalink

    A joy to see such lovely photos! Thank you!

  8. Posted August 26, 2020 at 9:15 am | Permalink

    Those are very nicely done. I really like the delicate play of light and shadows. Especially on the white daisies, which are really challenging.

  9. David Fuqua
    Posted August 26, 2020 at 9:31 am | Permalink

    Beautiful flowers. Thanks for sharing.

  10. merilee
    Posted August 26, 2020 at 9:40 am | Permalink


  11. Posted August 26, 2020 at 11:48 am | Permalink

    Wonderful photos; I really like the way you frame them.

  12. Jonathan Wallace
    Posted August 26, 2020 at 12:51 pm | Permalink

    Nice photos. I don’t think the daisies are Bellis perennis though. That is the European Lawn Daisy which is a low growing plant found in short turf which grows in rosettes and the flowering stems do not carry leaves in contrast to the ones in your picture. Bellis perennisis naturalised in the US though.

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