Archive for the ‘Flowers’ Category

More of the shade garden in a gallery of impressions–light, movement, color, grace.

I talked with the daughter of a well-known painter a few years ago and she told me that once, when her father left for trip to South America, he did not pack any green paint because he wanted to be forced to paint the richness and variety of what he saw, rather than someone else’s narrow definition of green. Working with my shots of the past few days, that story kept popping up in my thoughts. Green? The possibilities are wonderfully infinite.

Taking a two week break (really? Didn’t you just take a couple of months off?) to visit my family in the south and, on the way there, a return visit to…drum roll, please…the Junkyard of My Dreams! 

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Lily of the Valley, after her morning shower. No flowers yet, but some tightly-held promises that she will grace us with delicate white blooms within the next few days.

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“For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone;

The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land;

The fig tree putteth forth her green figs, and the vines with the tender grape give a good smell. Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away.”

From The Song of Solomon, Book Two, Lines 11-13

Solomon’s Seal is up and ready to flower. Portraits taken Thursday morning. The blue flowers are borage.

 

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Some lovely late-blooming tulips:

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I’m more than a little pleased with my results. I was shooting with a 60mm lens, camera handheld, and with a bit of a breeze to make things interesting.

I think I have found my lens of choice for the next six weeks: the 60mm. Nothing else has been working for me for a few months now–I couldn’t shoot a good picture for the life of me– and frankly, I thought my Muse had permanently moved on to greener pastures. I’ve changed my mind on that–I don’t think my Muse has wandered off so much as she has been viewing the world through increasingly dirty windows. I’m having cataract surgery in mid-June and I’m pretty confident that once I have a cleaner view of the world, my Muse will shift into overdrive to make up for lost time.

Meanwhile, closeups with the 60mm seem to be working well–all I can produce with other lenses are flat, blurred or incorrectly exposed shots.

The last time I posted, I suggested that maybe once all the crazy at Chez Wabi Sabi had settled down, I would reward myself with a new lens. The implication there was camera lens. Honestly, new lenses for my eyeballs was not what I had in mind.

 I guess that when one speaks with the Universe, one needs to be specific as to plans and intent. 🙂

 

 

 

At least, that’s what this thistle plant looks like to me.

Five images, taken near Teal Pond after a morning rain.

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If you enlarge the first shot, you will see that our ninja is wearing a single diamond earring.

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Ah…but even tough guys have their softer sides.

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I do believe that an elegant match for Queen Anne has been discovered in the garden.

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Oh my gosh! I just realized that I could stage a production of “Wicked” right in my very own backyard using flowers instead of sock puppets! Quickly…begin humming “Defying Gravity” as you continue to read.

If you have not met before, or if you are not familiar with our glamorous subject for today’s post, may I present the delightful Miss Anethum Graveolens.

Dill, to her friends.

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Amazing, yes? If your familiarity with dill begins and ends with Kosher Dills, these shots of flowering dill should be a lovely surprise.

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As a bonus, today’s portraits were taken right after a storm, so Ms Graveolens appears appropriately bejeweled.

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If I might make technical small talk for a moment, these were shot with such a shallow depth of field that there is generally only one point that is in perfect focus, with the rest of the picture fading off into a soft blur. This might not be to everyone’s liking, particularly if you are someone who prefers a crisp clean edge-to-edge focus, but I like the resulting dreamy effect it produces with some flowers.

 

Right now, the fields and ditches, prairies and roadsides of Wisconsin are blanketed in waves of Queen Anne’s Lace, also known Daucus Carota, wild carrot, bird’s nest, and bishop’s lace. Whatever name she’s going by, she is an elegant white presence throughout my flower gardens and I am leaving her undisturbed since I find her to be easily as beautiful as any domesticated plant growing there.

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Queen Anne’s Lace is considered an invasive species, having been imported from Europe. What I just learned is that this flower is the forerunner of our domestic carrot and its taproot can be eaten because it is…wait for it…a wild carrot. Cool! Not only a beauty, but one that can feed us as well.

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The “bird’s nest” name comes because the flower gradually turns in on itself, forming a tight fist full of seeds.

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The fields behind my house are thick with the plants and the slightest breeze keeps them in constant motion.  Frankly, I can’t get enough. When I am done admiring them from my window or patio, I am forced to grab a camera and go to pay my respects, up close and personal.

More tomorrow.