Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.
Last week my daughter and I visited the U.S. National Arboretum in Washington, DC. An overcast sky hung overhead. It was the day after a heavy rain and many of the flowers were laboring under the weight of residual raindrops. Hopefully they were able to spring back up once the sun came out.
In the meantime I took advantage…as it’s one of my favorite subjects – Water on Flowers. A fleeting photo opportunity before those drops disappeared!
Spring is a macro photographer’s paradise. The woods…trees…plants…path…provide the stage. Buds…leaves…flowers…debut as actors. This new leaf posed for me during a recent late afternoon walk. The stage lighting was perfect.
I really think it called out, highlighted in the sun as it was. Look at me!
Mother’s Day is odd at this stage in my life. I think of my two adult children…my 2 adventures in motherhood. They live 500 miles away, so an in-person celebration rarely happens…pandemic or no pandemic. A quiet day at home with phone calls will be what I look forward to. Having children of my own made this a holiday to enjoy. Now it’s a long distance joy.
These beautiful flowers arrived from my daughter and her family with a sweet message of love and gratitude. Their lovely card arrived yesterday. I am very happy with that…along with memories of so many Mother’s Days gone by. I can see in my mind’s eye all the hugs, handmade cards, thoughtful gifts, breakfast in bed (complete with a printed menu one year), traditional photos in front of the forsythia (if it was blooming!) in the side yard. My in-laws, who only lived 30 minutes away, would come over to share in the celebration. “Here’s your Mother’s Day!” my mother-in-law once announced upon arrival…handing me a gorgeous hanging fuchsia plant to display on our deck. I always got a kick out of her – she got right to the point. I smile thinking back on it.
I noticed this flower arrangement includes my favorite “fun flowers” – snapdragons! Even now, I just can’t resist pinching one and seeing it “talk.” Smiles there too.
My potted hibiscus has remained dormant through most of the winter months, resting comfortably in front of a large (often sunny) picture window. It surprised us recently though, when we noticed blooms bursting out…one after another. I am most grateful for this splash of color as we wait for Spring to arrive.
This lively group of 10 tulips really wanted to be featured during the April 2021 bright squares challenge, but didn’t make the cut once they completely opened up.
In hindsight, it is obvious they would have been kinda perfect for past squares themes…such as flowers or circles or top or perspectives (who looks at tulips from above?). This month it’s way pasttime for their turn.
A vase of flowers on my dining room table recently stood in the way of the late afternoon sun. The tallest bloom resembled a small sunflower. Perhaps there is such a thing as a “miniature sunflower” (?).
Nameless or not, I had to capture all that bright yellow! (and…for those who are curious, the image is rotated clockwise one turn)
I was delighted to discover this flower (?name) on display during a recent visit to the Strawberry Banke Museum in Portsmouth, NH. It was a hot sunny day – no breeze! – a perfect opportunity for a macro shot.
I was grateful to see the sun yesterday…and apparently so was my hibiscus. It rests/grows in a pot in front of a large picture window and if I’m lucky I catch the big reveal – one bud at a time. I have learned it is a live-in-the-moment blooming plant; as the flowers show off their colors for maybe a day or two before starting to wilt. Obviously my Sunday to-do list needed to wait. Several buds had burst open overnight…and the light was just right. How could I resist?