I do not have the greenest thumb in the world so I was happy to see new growth on the poinsettia plant after I had repotted it.
The plant looked like this three months ago.
Posted in Branches, Inspiration, Kitchen Inspirations, Nature Notes, tagged colors, flowers, food, food photography, Inspiration, leaves, light, nasturtium, nature, nature photography, plants on January 22, 2013 | 7 Comments »
I do not know if I would have looked down upon this leaf as it lay on the ground and thought bird, but it does make me smile to know that a friend did think such a thing of this leaf and then went on to think that I might like to have it and so she safely tucked it away until she could give it to me as a gift. I took it home and placed it in a bowl with other leaves and stones. Every now and then I’d glance at it and squint and try to see through my friend’s eyes. Somehow it was this morning that I looked upon it and saw the bird in flight.
Posted in Inspiration, Nature Notes, tagged abstract, colors, creative writing, digital photography, fantasy, floral photography, flowers, Inspiration, leaves, nature, storytelling, transformation on November 28, 2012 | 5 Comments »
A story inspired by a 5-year old in love with “Once upon a time a little girl …”
Once upon a time a little girl picked a bouquet of flowers. She put them in a vase of water and placed the vase next to a window. Each flower upon its sturdy stem was beautiful in the sunlight. But then time passed and the flowers changed no matter how many times she added water. One morning she brushed her hand across the dying blooms and a whole flower fell to the table.
It broke revealing all its many parts that had made a single whole.
The girl gently touched the fragile pieces. While she admired their different shapes and colors and textures, she wanted her flower back as a single beautiful thing.
And so she picked up the stigma and stamen and petals and leaves and she tried to put the puzzle back together again. It was, of course, an impossible task. As she stood there at the window trying to decide if she should be very angry or very sad or just a little crabby, a ray of light touched a petal and the withering stems. “It’s still beautiful,” the girl realized with a smile, “Just in a different way.”
Posted in Inspiration, Nature Notes, On the Road, tagged colors, digital photography, home, Inspiration, landscape, leaves, light, nature, nature photography, Virginia on November 26, 2012 | 4 Comments »
When I return to Virginia, I am always surprised in a wondrous way by the beauty of the light falling upon the landscape. It is different than the light that inspires me here in New England. At some point I must sit and write about those lights, but until then I will simply share this picture taken while visiting with family. For those of you who celebrate Thanksgiving, I hope you had a good holiday.
Posted in Branches, Inspiration, Nature Notes, On the Road, tagged beauty, colors, Inspiration, landscape, leaves, light, Middlesex Fells, musings, nature, nature photography, trees, water on November 5, 2012 | 8 Comments »
covering the mostly naked branches of trees in the Middlesex Fells
mostly naked I say because up high leaves still bathed in the fading light
until even that light disappeared and all that remained was a transient glimmer of gold in the air
and a dusting of dark rose upon the land
… butterflies in a mobile that a friend gave to me several years ago,
dried flowers disintegrating at a wonderfully slow pace,
oak leaves shining like jewels in a coronet,
and water dissipating on a window pane.
Posted in Branches, Inspiration, Nature Notes, On the Road, tagged colors, dublin, Inspiration, ireland, landscape, leaves, nature, outdoors, Photography, st. stephen's green, travel on October 14, 2012 | 1 Comment »
While in Dublin, I visited great cathedrals and amazing galleries, and even attended an intimate music performance. The people were friendly and always willing to share a tale or two. Sometimes the accents were so thick I could not understand a word but I didn’t care because the flow of the words were like music as well.
In addition to music, Dublin is a city noted for its great literary heritage and perhaps that is why I did not often pull out my camera (along with the rain and wind and such). I was too busy listening, or even sitting down on occasion with pen and paper myself. When I did pull out my camera, I found myself less photographing churches and more trying to capture nature. And in particular I felt compelled to try capturing the leaves in Saint Stephen’s Green, a public park located near the hotel.
What called to me? I guess the colors and patterns …
… and emerging contrasts as autumn continues to unfold …
… and there was the glisten from intermittent rains.
In a city that has a lot of hustle and bustle, especially with Trinity College right there in the center, the park was a calm respite …
… and a joy to traverse even in the rain.
You can read more about Saint Stephen’s Green on Wikipedia via this link.
I couldn’t think of a title so I’ll just let the leaf speak for itself.