Friday, May 29, 2009

The Most Magnificent of Blooms

I admit it, I am such a sucker for Tulip Poplars. The moment the blooms open I run berserk with a camera, shooting pictures from every available angle, pulling the limbs to get self and digital into better positions and generally making quite the fool of myself.
I don't care. I planted this tree years ago when it was very small and waited and waited and waited......each spring checking to see if there was anything closely or even remotely resembling a flower bud. To no avail.
Last year and this year have been the first blooms. I am in heaven! The scent, the texture of the petals, the huge cone center, the amazing bright orange and greenish yellows they display---OH! Wonderful! I discovered last Fall the seedpods are quirky and sturdy enough to use in the box canvasses, coated with a heavy varnish and fluid acrylic if need (or want) be.
So here you are, stuck with no intellectual content; just the results of Anne and her camera doing something most likely resembling a Pagan Fertility Ritual around the poplar.
Well, look at the bright don't live next door to me.
And yes, I was dressed.
Hope you find something today to bring you the joy that these bring to me!
(And go make art!!!!)

(As an aside; you can actually cut the flowers and bring them in for a bouquet. They last a fairly decent time and are the most unusual thing to put into an otherwise common arrangement.)


Leslie said...

I can only imagine what your neighbors think. There she goes again. Lovely photos, thanks.

How did PT go?

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

PT went great--got to swim (or what I call swimming because God forbid I get my hair wet...).
Yes, living next to me must be....hmmmmm.....a trial? ;)Thankfully there is a large row of white pines as a screen and farm field to the south and back. I'm sort of turned loose in my own little acre of Eden!
And the pines are blooming, so I'll be out there shooting and wheezing.....what can I say? I love the outdoors and plants and trees and tracking the seasons with the camera.

Jan said...

I think my brother has some huge tulip trees in front of his house but I have never been there when they are blooming. I have picked up the seed pods to bring home. Maybe I will write and ask him if they are blooming right now. Need to check in on those baby birds too. Beautiful photos.

Steve said...

Gorgeous photos--I, too, love the Tulip poplar--whose wood is some of the most durable and often used in canvas frames! Talk about "circle of life" with your art!

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Jan, do ask about the blossoms. They are powdery sweet. But seems it is a certain time of day when they scent.
And yes, check on the little Budgies!

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...


Did not know that about the tulip poplars durability, though in our old home in Walton, a lot of the floors I sanded and refinished were heart poplar (from the Tulip perhaps? I'd not thought about that) and the prettiest shade of green until the finish went on. Amazing color!
Had not considered the circle of life with the seedpods in my art.....nice!
Cleaning the shed---please come kill me!!!! NOW! You're the closest! I'll even write a note to absolve you!!!! LOL!!!!!

Linda Moran said...

Gorgeous photos, Anne! I really like the one "in" the tree. Another reminder of why I miss spring and summer on the East. Maybe next year...

peggy gatto said...

Thanks for these pictures!!!!!!!! Love seeing flowers!!

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

I tell you girls, I could spend much more time than I already do with the camera, shooting flowers.....I love the digital age in that I shoot and upload! Instant gratification---instant beauty!

Tristan Robin Blakeman said...


I don't think we have those around us.

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Sometimes the blossoms hide inside...sometimes they are all the way in the top and you don't ever see them....just the spent petals that fall and look more like leaves.....

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