My previous blog, Help Me Decide, had photos with a horizontal format I’m turning into Happiness Cards. Here are the vertical ones I’m considering. Again, I’d appreciate your feedback.. I found your comments on my previous shots very helpful.

Dutch Iris                                                                            Iris #1

Orange Zinnia                                                                      Gerbera Daisy

Cherry Blossoms WP                                                                   Cherry Blossoms

Sweet Peas, Wild                                                                            Vetch

Blue & Gold Iris WP                                                                             Iris #2

Purple Tulips WP                                                                          Tulips

Sweet Peas WP                                                                      Sweet Pea

Asiatic Lilies 1                                                                       Day Lilies

Dahlias                                                                   Assorted Dahlias

Leaves WP                                                                          Leaves


I’m ready to order another 5,000 Happiness Cards, having given away and sold close to 40,000 by now. Here are 10 photos I’m thinking of using in the new edition. They are here for your enjoyment but also your comments. Which ones do you like or don’t like?

BG3-2                                                                          Columbine

Iris                                                                              Iris

Banana Leaves                                                      Leaves of a Banana Tree

Begonia Close up                                                                Orange Begonia

Azaleas_                                                                          Azaleas

Begonias                                                                   Just Begonias

Dahlia Close Up                                                                  Dahlia Close Up

Rhododendrons                                                                  Rhododendrons

Pink Begonias                                                                    Pink Begonias

Hydrangea                                                                     Hydrangea

I’m open to suggestions for positive quotations, too. Thanks for your help.


Peachy Iris I planted a couple of bearded iris bulbs in the fall last year. They were in pots outside my kitchen window where I was able to watch the first leaves peek out of the soil, and weeks later, four buds began to appear on a long stem among the leaves. Nothing seemed to change for a long time. When the first bud showed a little color I took a few shots and I kept closer watch. Finally one morning as I was washing dishes I noticed that the first petal was slowly unfurling. I grabbed my camera and tripod to record the birth of the blossom. By the end of the day the beautiful peach colored iris was fully open. I enjoyed it outside until it became obvious that I needed to cut it and bring it inside for some studio work before it faded away. In the final two photos you can see that all the petals have drooped but its beauty is as evident at the end as it was at the beginning. See the slideshow below for the visuals: