July 27, 2011

Among my favorite early summer blooms is the peony. I took this shot in my flower bed on June 28, 2011. Gorgeous scent.

Rebel XSI, Lens Canon 18mm – 55mm
South of Sherwood Park Alberta, Canada


Peony or paeony is a name for plants in the genus Paeonia, the only genus in the flowering plant family Paeoniaceae. They are native to Asia, southern Europe and western North America. Boundaries between species are not clear and estimates of the number of species range from 25 1 to 40.2

Most are herbaceous perennial plants 0.5–1.5 metres tall, but some resemble trees up to 1.5–3 metres tall. They have compound, deeply lobed leaves, and large, often fragrant flowers, ranging from red to white or yellow, in late spring and early summer.


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I am an amateur photographer from Sherwood Park, Alberta Canada.
Love scenery, wildlife and anything that catches my eye as being unique. Have a Canon Rebel XSI with a 100mm – 400mm Lens that allows me to get some wonderful captures!

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  • mrcoradour
    mrcoradourabout 3 years ago

    Wow yong Leslie this is a brilliant shot of this bloom a favorite

  • Thank you very much Malcolm. Thanks also for the fave. Both are appreciated my friend. Hugsss :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • Sean Jansen
    Sean Jansenabout 3 years ago

    Lovely capture of this pretty flower. Looks gorgeous !

  • Thank you for stopping in and leaving such a lovely comment Sean. Especially at that hour of the night LOL ! :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • Michaela1991
    Michaela1991about 3 years ago

  • Michaela, Thank you for accepting this into Natures Paintbrush. :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • shortshooter-Al
    shortshooter-Alabout 3 years ago

    A beautiful shot Leslie. I thought a peony was a small heorse. Soory Mate. I’m just being stupid.

  • Heh my friend never apologize for your your humor ! Don’t change a thing I love it. Many thanks for your great comment. I loved it plus got a good laugh as well. Two for the price of one. :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • Jan Siemucha
    Jan Siemuchaabout 3 years ago

    Lovely capture, congrats on the feature.
    Beautiful peony.

  • Jan thanks for coming by and leaving such a lovely comment. So appreciated. :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • trish725
    trish725about 3 years ago

  • Such a lovely banner this is Trish. Thank you very much. :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • Vickie Emms
    Vickie Emmsabout 3 years ago

    lovely sis, I did get some of mine by the time I got back from Alberta. I was happy this year

  • I’m glad you got some shots Sis. I got the pinks but the whites were just destroyed in the heavy rains as they bloomed and not one nice one to be had. Such a waste. Thanks for the comment. :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • RickDavis
    RickDavisabout 3 years ago

    You have heard the saying ‘Pretty in Pink’ well this is a perfect example of what that means and the deep dark colortones of the plant are just right to feature this beauty,,,Rick

  • What a wonderful comment this is Rick and so very appreciated. Many thanks. :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • Mary Sedici
    Mary Sediciabout 3 years ago

    JULY 29th, 2011
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  • Oh Mary, what a pleasure it is to receive this Feature and Banner. Thank You So Very Much. :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • sundawg7
    sundawg7about 3 years ago

    Wonderful capture of this beautiful Peony specimen Leslie and congratulations on the worthy features. Hugs, ♥Ron♥

  • Ron, I always really appreciated your comments and Faves. You have a knack for making a person feel really happy you have visited. Thank you. :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

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