A Word a Week Photography Challenge: Flower

Avid gardeners perk up when the subject of heirloom is broached – this peony bush has been in the garden for longer than most of us can remember; its larger than generous dinner-plate sized blooms last but a few short days and it is only then that we know that summer is not long behind.

A Word in your Ear has opened up a whole world of blossoms with the Word A Week Photo Challenge – Flower.  Follow the link to view more…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette

to new ideas…

The learning curve has been a little steeper than usual this week.  Here, all things tech are absorbed at a pretty much need-to-know speed, manuals and instruction books a luxury for those few minutes when there are no deadlines or last minute tasks.  iphone, ipad, laptop, the computer itself with all its magic programs, the big camera (or “my baby” as Miss Z covetously likes to call it), each has its own universe of creative possibilities but also the caveat that you have to figure out how to get there.  This week’s Photo Challenge: Silhouette arrived in the middle of a work-related road trip to the wilds of Ontario. Yahoo! No archives to consult, a tight schedule and wi-fi became the borders to cross.

Out of the city and into the trees

Silhouette is not an easy challenge – it is a way of seeing we often bypass in favour of close inspection of the thing itself.  It is the shadow, the outline, the impression left by complex forms that sometimes says more.  Toying around with the iphone proved artistic salvation. Who knew one could get quite lovely results through the window of a fast-moving car in less than ideal conditions or just by pointing at the sky and hoping for the best?

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: One Single Flower

Not just a bunch of little flowers…

Hydrangeas used to be in that class of flowers grown in grandmother’s gardens – not any more! With a head over a foot in diameter, this variety is the perfect candidate for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: A Single Flower. More than four species of this bushy plant and enough shades to rival a watercolourist’s palette give gardeners a wide range to choose from.  They can be temperamental, the colour deepening or fading with the ph balance of the soil they are in. Having a less than green thumb, I buy them, plant them and hope that they will reappear the next year…

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Contrasting Colours

Where have they gone?

It is a common occurrence in our house that searching for one thing leads to something completely different. It was on a such a mission, in the quest for material for a current project, that a long-forgotten archive popped up and presented exactly the right pic for Cee’s Foto Fun Challenge: Contrasting Colours. Taken in the garden quite some time ago, numerous photos of glorious blooms brought to mind the nagging question “Where did they go?” Not as in, all those lovely flowers are dead and where did they go, but rather that many of those very same perennials have not been seen in those specific locations in at least the last two years. Is it us who have been too busy to notice, otherwise occupied in trying to lay ground cover, removing tenacious weeds or concentrating on beautifying other areas of the garden? Did they flower at the exact moment we were on vacation?  It is a mystery – one that will not be solved until spring rolls around next year when we wait for those blossoms to peak out from the damp earth.  Or, as is more likely the case, we will forget and rediscover our photos next fall…