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“First White Peony”

“First White Peony”

“She was pure, it was true, as he had never dreamed of purity; but cherries stained her lips.”
― Jack London

In this year’s theme of ‘firsts’, here’s yet another. The first white peony made its appearance in  my gardens this morning. These white peonies hold a special place in our family, having been passed do from my wife’s grandmother.

It’s an interesting blossom, being a beautiful pure white, with a tiny red fringe on the inside petals. I have yet to discover the particular variety. We also have another variant, similar to this one, but with splashes of red in the interior petals rather than the fine fringe.

I love these heritage peonies for a number of reasons: they are extremely hardy, once established, they have an intense wonderful fragrance, which fills the morning air, the blossoms are long lasting and make beautiful floral arrangements for indoors. Finally, once flowers are shed, the foliage is lush and green and changes to a deep crimson in the fall.

Late spring and early summer is a great time of anticipation in the garden. Watching blossoms going from bud to flower overnight is almost magical. Knowing our family ancestors have also experienced these moments makes it even more special. Common expressions among my family generally have a theme like, “Oh, look! Grandma Fretz’s peony is blooming, just in time for Fathers Day.”

Nikon D800
Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 (272ENII)@90mm
2.0 sec, f/32.0 ISO 100

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“First Clematis of the Season”

“First Clematis of the Season”

“Firsts are best because they are beginnings.”
― Jenny Han

The firsts keep coming. This time the first Clematis blossom, from our front flower bed. The first bloom has usually occurred around prom/graduation time, and has been prominent in many photos of our kids as they prepared for these events.

Graduations and proms are becoming not so distant memories and now the first flower is simply there for us to enjoy and evoke memories.

I’m sure as our children move through their lives, there will be many more firsts, some matching the blooming of a certain flowers and others, not. Nonetheless, I celebrate firsts much more than lasts. Though those too, are inevitable.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 (272ENII)@90mm
1/80 sec, f/10.0 ISO 100

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“First Red Admiral of the Season”

“First Red Admiral of the Season”

“If you feel lost, disappointed, hesitant, or weak, return to yourself, to who you are, here and now and when you get there, you will discover yourself, like a lotus flower in full bloom, even in a muddy pond, beautiful and strong.”
― Masaru Emoto

This week seems to be a day of firsts. Earlier, I posted an image of the first Bloodroot blossom of the year. This image, of a Red Admiral butterfly was made a few yards away from the flower photo.

This is what I love about spring, it’s a time of firsts, or rather, a time of returns. The return of those familiar things associated with each season, the things that mark that season and location as unique in our recall.

What makes this photo special to me is not just the beauty of the butterfly, but the small signs of green around last year’s dead leaves. A sign to me, that life is returning, as it always has, to the forests around me. And with that, new wonders, new plants, and new images to make and share.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD @ 200 mm
1/160 sec, f/7.1 ISO 200

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“Chicory”

“Chicory”

“Coming out of your comfort zone is tough in the beginning, chaotic in the middle, and awesome in the end…because in the end, it shows you a whole new world !!
Make an attempt..”
― Manoj Arora

This was, in fact, the first wildflower I photographed, five years ago, when I got my first DSLR. Not this actual plant, but a chicory blossom. It was also the beginning of my journey into serious photography, which like the quote above, has not always been easy, but I’m sure glad I stuck with it.

Chicory has always had a natural attraction for me. The plant itself is rugged and seems to grow in the worst soils, in dry clay and along stony roadsides. It resists the heat of mid August and brightens my walks. There is also something about the colour blue in nature. Aside from the sky, blue is not a common colour, so it stands out for me as something unique. The blossoms, despite the tough stalk they grow on, are quite delicate.

This summer’s drought has been tough on even the hardy chicory and good specimens have been tough to find but this one will have to suffice, for now.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD
 @ 160 mm
1/5 sec, f/22.0, ISO 200

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