Peonies and Cee’s Black & White Challenge: Animals

Cee’s Black & White Challenge: Animals

Cee has posted many photos from different gardens in Oregon. Every time I saw those photos, I wish I could visit those gardens too. Then, one day, I thought to myself, “Maybe we have some gardens around here.” To my surprise, we do! 😉

We visited Aspelund Peony Gardens in Kenyon today. When we arrived, a friendly dog greeted us. How did he know that I needed an animal photo for Cee’s Black and White Challenge?


The garden is not big, but it is big enough. It has many flowers in different shapes and colors. And here are some of them…






By the time we left the place, we were content. I miss the dog though… a little bit.

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About Helen C

A retired computer programmer who loves writing and photographing, and has managed to publish a YA novel "Jin-Ling’s Two Left".
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35 Responses to Peonies and Cee’s Black & White Challenge: Animals

  1. treerabold says:

    All the flowers are pretty. I really like the angle of the last photo. As for the dog….cute!!!

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  2. Mabel Kwong says:

    The dog is so cute. It looks like it’s preening. Great BW shot…you make the dog look like it’s glowing. Who knows, if you go back, you might see the dog again. Beautiful flowers too. All very colourful, matching the mood of summer 🙂

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    • Helen C says:

      Thanks, Mabel. The dog barked when we arrived. I sent my husband out first to make sure the dog wouldn’t bite us 😉 It was a nice garden that has many different kinds of peonies. I think I may go back to take more photos one of these days.

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  3. neihtn2012 says:

    These photos are all superb, but I especially like the dog one, and the last of the peonies.

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    • Helen C says:

      Thanks, Hien. It was interesting that the first couple of times, whenever we tried to shoot the dog, he would just walk away. I think he finally got tired of the game 😉


  4. shoreacres says:

    When I think of peonies, I think of my grandmothers: white, pink, multi-ruffled. These are a complete revelation. I had no idea peonies could do that!

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  5. Amy says:

    Good morning, Helen. I love the dog capture.Beautiful in B&W. So very wonderful to enjoy the lovely dog photo and these beautiful peonies on a quiet Saturday morning. 🙂

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    • Helen C says:

      Thanks, Amy. The best part was we had a good weather on that day. It rained a lot lately and 50+ degrees is a little on the cold side for June. ;-(


  6. loisajay says:

    I would caption this ‘Regal: Dog in Black & White.’ What a great photo, Helen. The flowers are very pretty, but you know me–love the animals.

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  7. Cee Neuner says:

    Dogs definitely know what we need at times 🙂 Love your photo of him.
    Now your peonies are absolutely stunning. Each one is awesome for different reasons. I think I like the last one the best because you got such depth beyond the peonies.

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    • Helen C says:

      Thanks, Cee. It is a smaller garden, comparing to those you have visited, but it is a garden and I am grateful 😉 I plan to visit other gardens in MN, hoping there are some good ones 😉 You’ve inspired me, and thank you.


  8. Nancy Mehuys says:

    Very beautiful pictures !!!!! Lovely flowers ☺

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  9. I’m drawn to the monochromatic image of the dog. It’s expression seems so intent and serious, and the conversion helps to focus on that feature.

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    • Helen C says:

      Thanks, Sally. That was a nice dog. In the beginning, he (or she) didn’t want a photo taken and would walk away when we raised the camera. We worn him out, I guess. Ha.


  10. sunsetdragon says:

    sweet dog and beautiful garden.

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  11. restlessjo says:

    That first peony shot is absolutely blissful, Helen! Happy weekend 🙂

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    • Helen C says:

      Good morning, Jo. We were the only people in the garden that day, even the owner wasn’t there — I couldn’t believe our luck! (I thought it is an “open” garden.) After I came home, I visited their website and discovered that they open on Sat. and Sun. only and we were there on Fri. 😉 I learned a lesson: always double check what my husband tells me. 😉


  12. susaboet says:

    Lovely Pictures… I especially like the last photo…

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