Sunday, December 14, 2008

Today's Flowers #19

My friends Luiz, Denise and Pupo run the Today's Flowers Meme, check it out. Come and join with your flower photos. Sunday at 7 GMT is the post time.

Two notes to start:
1: My wife is doing well after her surgery on Friday. She will be healing for a while.
2: It's my 65Th birthday today which is definitely one of the big ones. I will be retiring this Spring, the economy is shutting our local plant but this will will not effect me during the transition. I will be gone before it finally closes.

Today's Flower will be the Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta). My library has these in their flower bed. They are a prolific flower with lots of blooms.
I think they put on a good show during the summer and fall. The common name comes from the dark center.
This one was captured with a few Morning Glories in the area. I think this made for an interesting double show.
I was able to get a single bloom for the effect.
The final photo is of one that had two guest to add to the beauty. The moth and the hopper made it of interest, I was at a wedding in Columbus when I saw this.
Be sure to visit some other beautiful flower through the world.


Anonymous said...

Happy birthday. Hope your wife recovers quickly.
Your photos are beautiful and warm.

Melita said...

What a beautiful yellow and a butterfly like a piece of jewellery !

Pietro said...

Happy Birthday! I enjoyed this bright flowers sequence.
Glad your wife is going well, I hope she completely recovers very soon.

Luiz Santilli Jr said...

My friend Fishing,

Happy birthday today and for every days of your life!
Marvelous flowers!
Next week I would like to see your Christmas decoration, if you want, of course!


Warren Baker said...

Just caught up with your posts FG. Sorry to hear about your wife, lets hope it's all healed by Xmas. give her a big hug from me. ;-)

RuneE said...

First: Happy birthday - and I hope for a speedy recovery for your wife!

Second - or the last picture - a gem!

Luiz Ramos said...

Happy birthday to you, my friend.
I wish your wife be better.
Beautiful 65 aged as I am!!
Crisis will go away...We´ll survive!!
Beautiful shots.
Merry Christmas.
Health, Peace!!

Denise BC said...

Hi, Fishing
I think this flower of black kernels incredible, very different, and you have captured a beautiful visitor, very good!
hugs, Denise BC

Arija said...

Firstly, Happy birthday and many more o them!

I hope your wife mends as quickly as the situation allows.

Your Rudbeckias are splendid.

kayleen said...

Happy Birthday! I'm sure the fact that your wife is recuperating nicely is the best birthday present of all. Lovely black-eyed susans.

Day4plus said...

A bright and cheery flower. Happy Birthday to you!!! Good thoughts on your wife's recovery. MB

George said...

I'm glad your wife is doing better. Also, happy birthday -- you're right you're having a big one. The Black-eyed Susans are beautiful. I especially like the one with the two guests.

Glennis said...

Happy Birthday.
Black eyed Susan's are so nice and cheerful they brighten up a dull corner in the garden very easily.

Napaboaniya said...

Happy Birthday to you and wishing your lady a fast recovery :)

Lovely flowers, love the capture of the butterfly on it.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Happy Birthday.Good to hear that your wife is doing as well as can be expected.Love the flowers,I needed that during today's cold weather.

Shellmo said...

Beautiful friendly flowers! Hope your wife recovers nicely and congrats on your soon to be retirement. There must be more fishing in your future! :-)

Rocky Mtn. Girl said...

Happy Birthday, my friend!! I wish the best for many more to come!
And then I want to say that I am sending warm healing thoughts your way to your wife so that she heals as quick as time allows. I will say extra prayers each and every day.

I love your flowers and the Rudbeckia always been in my gardens when I used to have one. I love how tall and proud it stood and swayed in the warm summer sun.

Take care...

People with Cameras said...

Black eye susans are so happy looking! Great photos. I really like that last one. :)

Happy B-day and I'm glad your wife is doing well.

Gill - That British Woman said...

A happy 65th birthday, yes it is a big birthday......

Great flowers also.

Gill in Canada

Marcos Santos said...

Olá Fish!

Ótimas fotos dessa flor interessante.
Aí está nevando?
Deve ser difícil conseguir flores nessa época do ano.

Um forte abraço

Betsy from Tennessee said...

FG----Neat pictures of the Black-Eyed Susans. They are such colorful flowers. Glad to hear that your wife is resting comfortably after her surgery. She is in my prayers

HAPPY BIRTHDAY... George and I are both 66--so we're a little ahead of you!

Congrats on your retirement.. You will find that you will be busier than ever before!!!!

ellen b said...

Beautiful examples of this flower!! I love the design on the moth :0)
Have a wonderful week...

Leora said...

That last one is a stunner. I love black-eyed susans; I have them from spring to fall! All a memory now.

Best wishes to your wife.

shutterhappyjenn said...

Beautiful flowers!

Happy birthday to you, and it's so great that your wife is healing well.

My Today's Flower is posted here. Please drop by if you have the time. Thanks!

Carletta said...

Great images FG!
I sure do miss the beauty of mine.

Happy Birthday!
Glad to hear your wife is doing well.

Twisted Fencepost said...

Beautiful black-eyed susan!
I'm glad the company will hold on long enough for you. It is very questionable for a lot of other people.

Darla said...

First, Praise the Lord your wife is recovering well. Happy Birthday to you, sorry about the job, glad you are retiring in time. Great photos of the Susan's and the one with the morning glory's just beautiful!

Lilly said...

Beautiful pics, my favourite was the last one (I'm a big fan of insects). Our black-eyed Susans look very different here in Australia.

P.S Happy birthday, and hope your wife has a speedy recovery.

The Good Life in Virginia said...

first, happy birthday...and wishing your wife a quick recovery.

lovely series of shots of the blackeyed susans...i so like them.

take care.

spookydragonfly said...

Well wishes to your wife for a speedy recovery...very nice photo of her in your previous post! It's so nice to see the Black-Eyed Susans when everything now is bathed in white, brown and gray over the earth! You're a birthday boy?! Hope it's a good one!

Jo Castillo said...

Well, Happy Birthday! Best wishes to the wife and a speedy recovery. Love flowers and these are super.

Lilli & Nevada said...

Happy Birthday to you, glad to know that your wife is doing well. And i am also glad that you are not going to be effected by the closure since you are able to retire. It is so sad that so many people are losing there jobs. I hope the new yr will bring some great changes.
I love these flowers i used to have some but don't know why they didn't come back this yr.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Happy birthday Tom!! They do make a wonderful show in a garden. I just happened to be looking at some yesterday as I was driving around.

Shionge said...

Hey Happy Birthday FG :) Many many happy returns and what a delight to see your posting of flowers :)

Wishing speedy recovery to your wife too FG.

gina said...

well happy birthday to you!! and a speedy recovery for your wife. great job with the flowers.

Mary said...

Happy Birthday! And Happy retirement. Maybe this is a good time to get out of the work world. Glad your wife is doing well and hope she heals quickly and completely. These photos are lovely! Nice to see a touch of summer again.

Grammy said...

Happy Birthday!
As cold as it is here I so needed to see you wonderful blooms. Thanks.

Warren Baker said...

Happy birthday FG!! and a long and peaceful retirement.......more time for blogging!!

Ken Conger Photography said...

Well Happy (belated one day) Birthday. I like the double flower image the best. Blue Skies.

Leedra said...

Happy Birthday! Glad to hear your wife is doing better. Lovely flowers for your birthday post.

tipper said...

A big HAPPY BIRTHDAY to you-even if it is a little late. So glad to hear your wife is doing well too.

Love the flowers-so bright I can almost fee that summer heat!

nonizamboni said...

Ah, sweet remembrance of summer flowers! thanks for sharing--happy belated birthday. May the fish always be biting for you.

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday! I wish you all the very best.

I also send good thoughts to your wife for a speedy recover.

Beautiful black eye Susans!


Janet, said...

Happy Birthday! My husband turned 60 this fall. I love black-eyed Susan's.

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