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“Lilac Dreams”

“Lilac Dreams”

“Love softens the hardest edges of life’s tumult.”
― Bryant McGill

Along the dirt road that leads to one of my favourite hiking trails, are huge clumps of lilacs. There are many varieties, ranging from deep purples to the purest of whites. Their fragrance fills the air, even in the rain.

They certainly aren’t native to the location, likely planted as ornamental shrubs by the property owners many years ago. And, their beauty continues to please those who pass by to this day.

These lilacs are also very hardy, blooming long after most of the lilacs in town have faded. As I was passing, I stopped to make a few quick shots, enjoying the colours, textures, and of course, the fragrance of the lush and plentiful blossoms.

Since I was shooting with my macro lens, and there was a bit of a breeze, the images came out a bit soft, which bothered me at first. But, the more I looked at them, the more I began to like the soft, dream-like appearance. Perhaps, a bit of softness is alright on occasion?

Nikon D800
Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 (272ENII)@90mm
1/250 sec, f/9.0 ISO 800

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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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“It begins…”

"It Begins..."

“And suddenly you know: It’s time to start something new and trust the magic of beginnings.”
― Meister Eckhart

The feeling is there, the air warms, and bird song permeates the mornings. Spring is afoot and new growth begins to show signs of the forest stirring from its long slumber.

On a walk this past weekend, triggered by nicer weather and seeing the Coltsfoot blooming in roadside ditches, my eye was keen to see signs of new growth. The forest was still quite gray, seeming dormant, but it did not take long to see that it was shifting. A few small green plants showed among the dull leaves, grasses seemed to be perking up, and then I came across this small shrub, the first delicate leaves unfurling like fingers offering their gift, from the protective bud, and hints of pink or purple flowers showing within.

I’m not a botanist, so I don’t really know what variety of bush it might be, perhaps a lilac? This would be a strange place for a lilac, amidst the fairly thick forest, but nature has offered me many surprise in the past. I’ll have to check back in a few days, when it has leafed out more, to have a better idea on that.

For now, I’m happy to see the promise of another new season.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 (272ENII)@90mm

1/200 sec, f/5.0, ISO 800

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