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Posts tagged “flowers


I learned an important lesson early on in my marriage:  flowers are important, but not near as important as figuring out which flower was the flower.  My wife, Hilary, loves lilies.  She had Stargazers in her wedding bouquet, and she was drawn to a print of Diego Rivera’s “El Vendedor de Alcatraces”, that now hangs above our fireplace.

It’s one thing to buy flowers; it’s another to show up at the door with the flower.

Pentax K20D; Pentax DA 18-55mm AL II; f5.6; ISO 400; 1/180 sec.


This bloom is from a camellia that is growing in my backyard.  Whenever I see it blooming in Spring, I’m reminded of the girl who broke my wrist in 5th grade.  She was tall and gangly.  She was athletic and strong and did not break my wrist on purpose.  She pulled me off a low book shelf, where I was seated, and I landed on my wrist, so technically I broke my wrist, not her.  Then my teacher came in the classroom, my mom was called and I went to the hospital and had to have a needle shoved into my arm down to the bone to anesthetize it so the doctor could set it and cast it.  I got to have an A&W cheeseburger and fries that night.

Oh, and the girl, whose actions precipitated all of this, her name was Camellia.

Pentax K20D; Pentax M SMC 50mm; f1.7; ISO 100; 1/250 sec.


I was looking at the tulips in my front yard and this line by Gerard Manley Hopkins “sprang” to mind:

Nothing is so beautiful as Spring—
When weeds, in wheels, shoot long and lovely and lush
Thrush’s eggs look little low heavens, and thrush
Through the echoing timber does so rinse and wring
The ear, it strikes like lightning to hear him sing.


Hopkins was brilliant.  He could write amazing, inspirational lines expounding on the beauty of nature, and then descend into depressing, loathsome words running himself well into the ground for being less than a worm on a cosmic scale.  I love this guy.

Pentax K20D; Pentax M SMC 50mm; f1.7; ISO 100; 1/250 sec.


I love Spring flowers.  They burst out of the ground, live a shameless few days, maybe a week or two and then perish.  If I enjoy a few days in my lifetime as glorious as the life of a flower I’ll be pretty happy.

Pentax K20D; Sigma 70-210mm + extension tube; f?; ISO 100; 1/10 sec.; LED flashlight used for lighting