Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Flower

This post inspired by Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge. The topic: Flower of Any Kind



I’ll admit it was strange to view flowers in anything but color, but I decided to explore my favorite flower photos with an open mind. And eye.

I was intrigued to discover how much I was drawn to the black and white version of the two “tulip survivors” from our former home. The two that were still bursting through the hard packed side yard after more than 30 years.

It seemed fitting to give them an antique look…

Version 2


This post inspired by Lens-Artist Challenge #46

The prompt: Delicate


I can’t seem to stop taking photos of my Mother’s Day flowers. Hand delivered by my son last weekend. They are the hardiest roses I have ever received.

Perhaps, also, the most delicate. I am drawn to the detail. The subtle coloring. The mysterious greenery that is not baby’s breath.


2 roses


My eyes constantly drift over to their spot on the table across the room.

A few days later, I am at it again…


I also note how they are aging…gracefully. I refuse to throw any out, even as they lose their perfect delicacy. Their perfect color. Edges growing a bit more discolored every day.

Is beauty only in the new and fresh?…or can we also see beauty here…in the natural  curling at the edges…petals darkening…greenery fading.
As the short life cycle draws to a close.

aging roses

One week later…
Still delicate.
Still beautiful.



Photo a Week Challenge – Rule of Thirds

Nancy Merrill is hosting a photo challenge. The theme this week – Rule of Thirds

The rule of thirds is a standard photographers use to frame their images. You divide the frame into a grid of three across and three down, and then don’t put your subject in the middle square. It’s also best if you can put the focus of your image on one of the grid lines.



I look outside the second floor window of my condo.
And what do I see through the trees and power lines?
Cars & trucks speeding by – east and west – on a state highway.
A toddler would be mesmerized.
I am getting used to it.

I fondly remember looking out the dining room window of my former home…discovering Spring surprises that had seemingly sprouted overnight.  Peeking out amongst the rhododendrons…or along the side yard squeezing in between the ever-spreading irises.

There was never a good reason to pass on a photo opportunity….


lilies of the valley - rule of thirds



flowers rule of thirds