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“Strawberry Blossoms”

“Strawberry Blossoms”

“The early dew-falls that did a pristine coating,
over the woods with its finest transparency,
glazed as like its wet white-glassy earrings that hung on the ears of wild flowers—unlatched my fancy.”
― Nithin Purple

The spring flowers continue, including fresh strawberry blossoms in the backyard. The plants are volunteers, likely from seeds deposited by a bird. The plants have spread throughout a corner of the garden and have in past years produced sparse fruit, which is quickly eaten by birds.

I was out yesterday morning after a brief shower had passed, leaving the leaves bejewelled with droplets of mist. The composition was just ready for a quick snap. It leaves me with an impression of freshness.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 (272ENII)@90mm
1/50 sec, f/14.0 ISO 100

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“Forget-Me-Not”

“Forget-Me-Not”

“Forget-me-nots… She loved those flowers more than any other in their big beautiful garden or in the whole wide world for that matter. They were sky blue, just like his eyes, they held a promise… Forget me not.”
― Melanie Sargsian

Well, here I am, back to living flowers. It can be partially attributed to the rain finally letting off, for today at least. It’s been terribly wet this spring, and even as I write, sun streaming in my window, dark clouds loom to the west, so it may be a short-lived reprieve.

I did take the opportunity this morning to step into the yard and snap a few photos of my early bloomers. Amongst the planted flowers, I keep getting clumps of Forget-Me-Nots. “Volunteers” from a previous neighbour, I usually weed them out quickly after their first blooming, lest they take over. Such a beautiful, delicate little flower, yet prolific in seeds.

Since the morning light was soft and indirect, I was able to keep the background a bit more muted. Along the theme of my studio work, I like to be able to isolate the blossoms, so that I can focus on them alone, without visual distractions in the background. In this  case, I believe it also compliments the image and adds a bit of mood to the scene.

Of course, shooting outdoors, with even a very slight breeze, required a faster shutter speed and wider aperture to keep the image crisp.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 (272ENII)@90mm
1/100 sec, f/9.0 ISO 100

High Resolution image on 500px

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“Nod to the Endless Night”

“Nod to the Endless Night”

“At the temple there is a poem called “Loss” carved into the stone. It has three words, but the poet has scratched them out. You cannot read loss, only feel it.”
― Arthur Golden

The title for this image came to me right away, though I’m not sure I fully understand it yet. The ‘nodding’ of the fading blossoms invokes images of weariness, not death. This is the stark contrast I find when photographing these blossoms. They are tired looking, yet often brighter than they were in their prime.

It is inevitable, what comes next, the endless night, a passing from this world. Yet, there is the final brightness, which for some reason, I have become keenly aware of lately. As in the quote above, it has become more of a feeling than something that can be expressed effectively in words. It leaves me pondering the image and the multiple feelings it’s invoking for me.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 (272ENII)@90mm
2.0 sec, f/36.0 ISO 100

High Resolution image on 500px

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“Fade into You”

“Fade into You”

“I want to hold the hand inside you
I want to take a breath that’s true
I look to you and I see nothing
I look to you to see the truth
You live your life
You go in shadows
You’ll come apart and you’ll go blind
Some kind of night into your darkness
Colors your eyes with what’s not there.
– Mazzy Star

My recent fascination with the colour, texture, and form of dead or dying flowers continues. It seems strange, at this time of year, with all the new growth, that I am struck by another form of beauty. Perhaps it’s the brevity of these blossoms that has me wanting to document them as they wither? There is a real beauty, and stunningly vibrancy to the colours, which seem to intensify as the petals dry out.

The drying process also causes them to open up and reveal previously hidden structures.

As I considered this lovely purple tulip the song “Fade Into You”, by Mazzy Star, with its haunting melody, came to mind. Once more, I’m not sure why, but that seems to be the way of things lately. I’m hoping some day these connections will be revealed and it will all make sense.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 (272ENII)@90mm
2.0 sec, f/29.0 ISO 100

High Resolution image on 500px

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“Late May Lilacs”

“Late May Lilacs”

“The lilac branches are bowed under the weight of the flowers: blooming is hard, and the most important thing is – to bloom.”
― Yevgeny Zamyatin

It’s hard to believe that May is almost over. It seemed a long time coming and has passed all too quickly. I also tend to measure time in familiar events. An example is tied directly to lilacs. When my wife and I married twenty-six years ago, we waited anxiously, hoping that the lilacs and lily of the valley would be blooming. Plans had been made to incorporate white lilacs from her family’s home farm into our decorations, as well as her bouquet. So, we waited, as a cooler than normal spring passed and finally warmed, producing both lilacs and lily of the valley, just in time for our wedding.

This year followed a very similar pattern, and on our anniversary date, a few hearty lilacs where blooming, as well as a lesser number of lily of the valley. I can also recall the roadsides virtually festooned with lilacs as we drove south to Vermont for our honeymoon. It brings a smile to my face as I see the roads once more adorned with these beautiful, fragrant bushes and think back fondly to when  we started out on this journey together. All is as it should be and every year brings a promise renewed.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 (272ENII)@90mm
2.0 sec, f/36.0 ISO 100

High Resolution image on 500px

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“Finale”

“Finale”

“To only see ‘death’ in death is to somehow assume that death itself is a barrier so abrupt that God Himself is halted by it. To see ‘life’ in death is to understand that death is a sprawling horizon to a new beginning that God created long before death ever thought to show up.”
― Craig D. Lounsbrough

Finale, is the only word that came to mind as I viewed this final image of the garden tulip I have been photographing for the past few days. Every time I think it is done, it hangs on another day, its form altered, yet still beautiful, even in its passing.

For me, this is the final flourish, bright colours and textures intensified through the distortion of the wilting petals. And so, this blossom takes its final bow and I’m reminded of the joy it’s brief beauty brought to our home, now also remembered through a simple image.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 (272ENII)@90mm
2.0 sec, f/36.0 ISO 100

High Resolution image on 500px

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“Garlic Mustard”

“Garlic Mustard” - Alliara petiolata

Alliara petiolata

What at first glance looks like a scraggly weed, growing in profusion along railway tracks, turns out to be a beautiful, interesting plant close up. I find myself guilty, of late, of not taking the time to look at some of the more mundane plants that grow in my area, north of Markham, Ontario.

This is a prime example. I’ve seen vast patches of Garlic Mustard but never taken the time to really look at it.  I’m learning daily to appreciate the little things, which surprise me, when given time.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 (272ENII)@90mm
1/400 sec, f/16.0 ISO 400

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