A lovely Fragrant Cloud

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Fragrant Cloud Rose

I started out this year taking a lot more photos than I did last year, but something happened along the way and I’ve barely taken any pictures this summer at all. Honest, I was just searching through my rather large stock of photos and I really didn’t take very many postable photos in July or August. I guess I’ll have to make up for that this month.

So … This lovely flower is the beautiful Fragrant Cloud Rose. It blooms on and off throughout the season and it does have a lovely scent just as it’s name advertises. I grow a number of roses in my garden but the scented ones and the full petaled ones are definitely my favorites.

Do you enjoy roses? Do you love the smell of roses? I mean true rose fragrance, not the kind that you get in the florist shop these days.

Oh, in other news, I’ve just finished updating this site. Do you like the new look of The Breath of Life Photo Blog? It now has an interactive front page where I can have featured photos, and a blog page, a nicely laid out archive page and just better functionality over all. I hope you like it.





A swim in the Lake at Sunset

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We often take our dog to a special area in the Toronto beaches, called Cherry Beach, where dogs are allowed to roam off leash and play in the water.

Earlier this summer we took Midnight to the beach where she made several dog friends and as you can see from the photo above, had a great time swimming in the lake with her new friends.

I love that I was able to capture her and her pal swimming out into Lake Ontario beneath a fiery sky as the sun set. Lovely. What do you think of this picture?

Blooming Purple Balloon Flower

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My Balloon flowers are happy this summer – at the least the deep blue/ purple ones are anyways! They’re taller than normal and blooming like crazy!

They’re such interesting flowers. They’re called Balloon flowers because as the flower buds develop they look like balloons (yes the buds are hollow and the petals unfold when they bloom). The flowers only last a day or so, but there’s always new ones to take their place.

I have some Balloon flowers growing in my front garden bed and admirers walking by my house often as about these unusual flowers. I think I’ll be dividing some of the plants this fall to give away to friends!

Just about Perfect

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This climbing Iceberg rose, caught blooming in my garden in late June, is just about perfect.

Too bad they didn’t stay that way! Shortly after I took this photo we had a lot of rain and the rain drops caused the petals to get pink dots on them. Pretty … but I believe it’s a form of Botrytis. Odd that a fungal problem can cause such pretty spots on the rose petals isn’t it?