Friday, June 26, 2009

Respite From The World

Sometimes on days when I cannot get my mind in order for art, or am processing other things going on around me that require much thought and consideration (and not a temper tantrum) I will walk around the yard and either enjoy the gardens or shoot pictures.

One of my favorite roses; I thought I lost it last year but it came back from the root stock. An old fashioned variety, so it is still true to form and color.

A line of poppies, all neat and in a row, caught in a moment when the breeze was not swaying them back and forth........

A Turkscap Lily opening. These used to be found in the ditches of this state before the ridiculous *need* to mow along the roads. I remember digging my first up as the mowing crew waited, patiently or otherwise--I was getting the lily doomed for the mower blades. They said nothing; just watched. I wonder if any of them understood? This particular specimen is taller than I am, or right at around 5' 10".

A luscious hybrid iris that passes too quickly, with petals delicate as silk satin and an aroma tart, sweet and distinct. One heavy rain and they literally melt.

And again, my favorites, the poppies dancing in the wind. Grabbing a quick shot, holding your breath that the camera was fast enough to freeze their motion. What a slender stem for such a huge flower head! A bit of back lighting showing the fine, fragile hair on each stem......
The brain calms, the senses return to normal, ideas begin to perk and life is again on the right path.
So here is a small virtual garden for you to walk, and may it calm you and bring you visual delight and inspiration!


Val May said...

Anne,these flowers pics are particularly beautiful, the lighting, beads of moisture, the lanky quality of the lily, etc. Especially pleasing!

Tristan Robin Blakeman said...

gorgeous photos - your photos get more and more intriguing all the time!

(my validation word is "granky" - it fits my mood today LOL)

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Hey Val---I do have to admit I have a lot of fun taking them, but have to be careful with *the hip* as I almost fell flat over on me arse while shooting the back lit poppies!!!!
They are nice inspirations for winters work, painting, cloth, whatever. The poppies could easily be an abstract....... :)

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Hey Trist---I'm a little on the "granky" side too!!!!
I love being out there with the camera as it is my way of saving the Summer into the dark of Winter.
have missed you--hope you're okay!


teri said...

thank you for the lovely photo post
the poppies ... so wonderful
using my photos to teach in my watercolor workshop tomorrow
take care

Jan said...

Your yard must be so gorgeous and full of colorful life. Thanks for sharing.

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Hey Girls,

Thanks for the nice comments! In actuality, my yard is a mess this year and I just know how to shoot and crop well!
But it is a lot of fun.....!!!

peggy gatto said...

Thank you!
gorgeous photos!!!

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