The lone peony . . . looks a bit like the Sydney Opera House from this angle, doesn’t it? I had such fun photographing this beautiful specimen. Even though I had to contort myself into uncomfortable positions to get some of the shots . . . unlike in the studio, where I can just move the flower. Wasn’t moving this one, or taking it off the bush. It’s the only peony I’ve ever grown! And I want to enjoy it as long as possible!
Here is my entry to Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge. The theme this week is trees or tree parts. I took these first two last fall, during one of our super-fun periods of restrictions, when there wasn’t a whole lot to do, except walk around in the backyard and take photos. Luckily, our backyard is actually a farm.
This last picture is from a camping trip we took to the Okanagan-Shuswap in 2014. I absolutely love the Birch bark, and how it just curls off the trees. When I was a little girl and we lived in Ottawa, I remember peeling this stuff off the trees and attempting to write on it, because we’d learned something at school about the First Nations and how they used the natural materials around them for a variety of purposes. The idea of writing on Birch bark captured my 9-year-old imagination.
These Curly Sue tulips finally bloomed a couple of weeks ago . . . of the original two dozen, I’m down to four lonely tulips, so I guess I’ll be planting more this fall. With the wicked heat wave we’re having at the moment, it’s far too hot to go out and shoot fresh pictures of things in the garden. Although, I might cut some lilacs to bring inside, and photograph them – I have three different varieties.
Stay tuned and thanks for visiting! Hope you’re enjoying the start of summer – or winter if you’re in the Southern Hemisphere!!
The Mother’s Day bouquet had more than just Gerbera Daisies in it . . . there were these things – I think they’re Asters – plus ferns. So while I’m waiting for the 57 of 140 daffodil pictures to dry – in my virutal darkroom – I thought I’d share these lovelies with you.
Like the yellow of the Gerbera, the purple of the Asters translated very well into monochrome, and although I made it a bit dark, the texture of the fern is quite pleasing too. Just for fun, and reference, here’s the same shot in colour:
Thanks for visiting! Hope you enjoyed all the parts of my Mother’s Day Bouquet! Have a great weekend.