Burnside Photographic "The question is not what you look at, but what you see." – Henry David Thoreau

May 23, 2011

Structures Great and Small

Structure "Great"

One never quite knows what we’re going to encounter when we set off on one of our journeys around the region in search of exploration.  Most of the time, I find a modicum of nature, and Phil can always find something that fits his liking.  Today was unusual – new territory, and unexpected themes.

We found ourselves in Harford, home of the famed Harford Fair, although we weren’t quite sure exactly where that takes place.  What we did find was an odd and pleasing juxtaposition of a grand mansion directly across the street from the smallest Post Office I have ever seen.  The rest of the journey offered images complementary to the theme.

May 17, 2011

Variations on a Calla Lily

Seeking to effect a long-overdue upgrade to a small tarrace in back of the house (which gets the morning sun), I ventured off to acquire a few bushes – 3 azaleas (pink) and a small white rhodie.  Normally, while in purchase mode, I do no think of the image-making properties of a plant, but I was drawn to a reddish-orange calla lily (Zantedeschia ‘Captain Ibeza’), and succumbed.

The bushes went to the back, but the lily took up a place of honor in the front garden, in the hope that it’s prominence would give it extra incentive to survive.  All of this took place a few days ago, when, in a rare occurrence of precision timing, all new acquisitions were in the ground approximately 12 hours prior to the arrival of the low front in which we are still  entrapped.

Today, the rain retreated for a few minutes of late afternoon sunshine, which was, as you will see, rewarding.

May 14, 2011

Macroflora of the Week

Tulip Jewels

When conditions are right, there is magic right outside my front door.  My guess is that this is true for most people’s front door, but they’re always in too much of a hurry going out (late for work) or in (hungry!) to notice.

A few weeks ago, my buddy Phil commented on one of my posts with a quote from Thoreau, for which I am most grateful and is worth repeating now and then:

Nature will bear the closest inspection. She invites us to lay our eye level with her smallest leaf, and take an insect view of its plain.
– Henry David Thoreau


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