Last year, I found an old pack of “variety” seeds in the garage amongst my grandmother’s belongings. It was old and the packaging had turned brown but I thought, “What the heck?”, and tossed them in one of my plant beds in the back yard. I was surprised when one seed popped a fragile green sprout through the soil and steadily transformed into a large, beautiful, swirling display of flowery fireworks. I later learned this majestic beauty was called a “Cleome”. I enjoyed it and its cascading fuchsia blooms for several months.
A few weeks go, I noticed little seedlings popping up in that same bed and all along the back of the house. I recognized the leaf instantly and excitedly began to anticipate dozens of these beautiful things blessing my back yard with their beauty. One of them, the largest of the bunch, began to pop open its blooms a few days ago. #giddy
“Cleome Pop”, Fujifilm X-T1, ISO 320, f/5.6 at 1/250th sec., 104.2 mm
“We need to return to harmony with Nature and with each other, to become what humans were destined to be, builders of gardens and Shires, hobbits (if you will), not Masters over creatures great and small.”
― Steve Bivans, Be a Hobbit, Save the Earth: the Guide to Sustainable Shire Living
“A Walk in the Garden (Bok Tower Gardens)”, Nikon D700, ISO 200, f/2.8 at 1/200th sec., 70mm
Dogwood trees are really beautiful, but for me, that beauty comes with a heavy price: severe allergies. I was traveling in the area of Dalton, Georgia a couple weeks ago, when some really beautiful light caught my eye. I also caught a really nasty attack of sinusitis and upper respiratory issues. Yes, we sometimes suffer for our art… and hope that every so often it’s actually worth it.
“Dalton Dogwood”, Nikon D800, ISO 100, f/2.8 at 1/320th sec., 180mm
“Never allow anyone to rain on your parade and thus cast a pall of gloom and defeat on the entire day. Remember that no talent, no self-denial, no brains, no character, are required to set up in the fault-finding business. Nothing external can have any power over you unless you permit it. Your time is too precious to be sacrificed in wasted days combating the menial forces of hate, jealously, and envy. Guard your fragile life carefully. Only God can shape a flower, but any foolish child can pull it to pieces.”
— Og Mandino
“Echinacea Monochromis”, Nikon D800, ISO 500, f/5.3 at 1/30 sec., 92 mm
“There are some things your mind has been hiding from you.”
― Obert Skye, Leven Thumps and the Gateway to Foo
I captured this photo at the same time I got the one used in my post on August 18th. The onset of the rising sun is more pronounced here, as are the hues and tones I exploited in post production. I hope you enjoy these soothing shadows.
“Soothing Shadows”, Nikon D800, ISO 250, f/13 at 1/80sec., 28mm