September 2014

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Idle Tears

I’ve been playing around with my leaves again today and decided to wet them and try to take pictures of them dripping. It was fun. I didn’t get to shoot for very long as I wanted to use window light and it was raining and grey when I started. I’ve also included a couple of images taken this summer that I had not uploaded and shown anyone yet so I hope you enjoy them.

The title Idle Tears is taken from a poem by Tennyson within his series of Princess Songs. It reminded me of it, because the soft colors of one the images with the wet crystalline leaf made me think of very princessy colors and of the songs.

Tears, idle tears, I know not what they mean,
Tears from the depth of some divine despair
Rise in the heart, and gather to the eyes,
In looking on the happy autumn-fields,
And thinking of the days that are no more.

Fresh as the first beam glittering on a sail,
That brings our friends up from the underworld,
Sad as the last which reddens over one
That sinks with all we love below the verge;
So sad, so fresh, the days that are no more.

Ah, sad and strange as in dark summer dawns
The earliest pipe of half-awaken’d birds
To dying ears, when unto dying eyes
The casement slowly grows a glimmering square;
So sad, so strange, the days that are no more.

Dear as remembered kisses after death,
And sweet as those by hopeless fancy feign’d
On lips that are for others; deep as love,
Deep as first love, and wild with all regret;
O Death in Life, the days that are no more!

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These Few Leaves

I had decided to post some photos today taken earlier this summer but was so inspired by these few leaves that I took pictures of them instead.  I’ve been wanting to do this type of shoot for a long time and today was the day. Done quickly but with intent. I hope to do several shoots with them as I simply find them so ethereal and fragile and beautiful.  Hope you don’t all get sick of them; I’ll try to not do the same thing each time. :-D

Just a quick note that some of my images when clicked on may be even a bit larger. There will be a cross-arrow in the upper right to indicate it if you want to see them a little bigger.

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End of Summer

Can you believe it? It is the end of summer.  Once my birthday has come and gone, I know that autumn is nipping at my heels and it usually isn’t very long before snow flakes are falling and we are shoveling just to get out of the house. We have such long winters that I really dread that time of year. Especially this year, with summer being almost monsoon-like in fashion instead of the

blazing heat which we are more used to. Ah, sigh… I can’t help it; Canadians are programmed to complain about the weather! LOL.

I’ve decided to show you a photo taken a couple days ago (pin cherries or chokecherries depending on where you live) and then a couple of black and white roses from this summer. The roses are called Thérèse Bugnet. They are very cool because they have been grafted on hardier roots and have very little thorns. I’m not a great lover of the more formal roses that people get sent by the dozen because they are too prim and proper. They don’t even smell that much. These however as soft and luscious and very crinkly and lovely and smell divine. I decided to make them in black and white as I wanted to focus on their form and texture and not on the color.  I hope you enjoy!

:-)

 

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Floral Conversation

Wow, it’s really been a long time since I’ve posted here.  Let’s just say it has not been a great year. I’ve continued to do my photography but not as much as before but slowly getting back into the swing of things. I had a lot of things happening.  Last fall I had an issue where something happened in my eye and I was seeing double for about 3 months. Then my cat was very ill and had an operation and as they say, everything comes in 3s, well, then this year, I was having dizzy spells and after losing consciousness and waking up a couple of inches from the side of the bathtub and  realizing that I could have cracked my skull open, I became very hesitant about going out shooting in the woods by myself.  I’m feeling much better now, but still have that hesitancy of going out to shoot on my own.

I thought I’d come by every  once in a while and try to catch you all up on the images I have been taking.

Here are a couple: