Two of the main reasons that I suck as a blogger are 1) I forget to always have my camera on my person (there are 20 awesome pictures I miss every day because I left my camera in the house when I go on a bike ride or a dog walk or to work in the garden) and 2) I see something great to photograph and then get distracted and the moment passes and the photo never gets taken.
Prime example number one, the peony blooms. By Wednesday of this week the peonies were in full beautiful bloom, and we have several varieties: white, white with pink striations, light pink, and dark raspberry sherbet pink. There are several dozen peonies throughout the homestead and they all looked maginificent. But I didn't have my camera on me, and by the time I got out there the next day, camera in hand on Thursday, the booming thunderstorms and super heavy downpours during the overnight hours left us with sad, droopy peonies, their blooms sagging on the ground.