When Flowers Fade

Yesterday I came across these never-before-seen-the-light-of-day images that I shot last year.

I had done a series of still life photos with fresh tulips and narcissus, and then had put the flowers aside and basically forgot about them for a week or two.

When I was tidying up, I “rediscovered” them and was amazed at how the petals had dried to resemble fine, tissue-thin, watered silk, with the most gorgeous iridescent sheen and glow.

So, of course, I had to photograph them again.

I also loved how, in drying, the flowers took on such interesting “poses” which gave them such character and individual personality.

The one below reminds me of a dancer, pirouetting, arms ups, skirts twirling around. :)

I finished my big project yesterday! And since some of you were kind to inquire, I just sent to one of our international photo reps 2,000 new horticultural and garden images, each captioned with Latin and common names, key worded (tagged), proofread, exported, loaded up on disc, spread-sheeted and mailed. Yay!
And, for another feat, I am attempting to take today OFF. We’ll see how that goes!
Have a lovely one yourselves.
– g

In a Bluebell Wood

A fine and subtle spirit dwells
In every little flower,
Each one its own sweet feeling breathes
With more or less of power.
There is a silent eloquence
In every wild bluebell
That fills my softened heart with bliss
That words could never tell.
Anne Brontë

Most of these were taken on our property; a few are from the arboretum. I even braved our “scary woods” (scary to me, because of spiders – I am very allergic to them) to photograph the vacant hillside behind us.

Grateful thanks to each of you who stops by, and to the lovely new followers here. I know who each of you are! It still amazes me that you take the time from your busy lives to wander here. You are all fine spirits and I wish you a week of sunshine and hearts filled with bliss.

(Soon I will be writing more here, finishing a huge project now at which point I shall take a deep, deep breath and gather up all the threads of communication which have unravelled somewhat in recent weeks.)
– g

Apple Blossom Time

I believe the blossoms to be more beautiful and abundant this year than I have ever seen here.

They’ve inspired (er, compelled) me to take abundant photographs.

All to the good of our stock image library!

And for your listening pleasure, a special Sunday morning musical accompaniment – an extra long, May Day recording of our dawn chorus, which is growing each day in volume and personnel! (This one recorded at 5:15 this morning.)


GPW is for Garden Photo World, our horticultural stock photo library. I’m trying to be efficient and watermark the images so I can use the same ones here and on our business blog, instead of having two versions for the two blogs. D has been away most of the last two months and now is on his long-postponed visit to his family in Chile, so every second of my day counts! :)

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