01 February 2016
I. Taken in Hipstamatic and processed in Snapseed:
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Autumn’s final appearance is the culmination of its performance as well as the accumulation of spring and summer’s legacies. My gardens are overjoyed with the presence of mostly native plants—plants that convey the courage, mysteries, tenacity, and triumphs of Mother Nature’s progeny in my area of the universe. But I also have some other varieties that are foreign to it. Still, I work to recreate the wild of old in the present.
At the end of autumn I energetically observe flowers in their last hurrah, and leave some for the wildlife to enjoy. Others are brought inside to strut a new kind of eloquence. It’s a ritual that gives me such pleasure. To watch a flower in its best form, and then observe its gradual redefinition, is an even more intriguing path to follow.
Flowers and leaves may seem at their pinnacle in their initial blooming, but they have much to offer throughout their entire seasonal days and nights. Sometimes the last stage of existence becomes a most glorious visual display.
While the burst of coloration and other characteristics are a reason for praise, the lingering “spent” flowers and leaves may be another sort of lasting memory. While goldfinches pluck seeds of coneflowers, other leftover flowerheads are fanciful actors for the winter garden.
Some end of season annuals and perennials become burdened with weathering and fading into the background. Still, I find magic in their presence. And their next life becomes fodder for my compost bin to enrich next year’s crops.
It’s always surprising to watch glacial changes in the flowers brought inside to dry. Weeks of slow dehydration take away some of their charm, but rewards often are curious and even staggeringly unforeseen.
In the Lens section is an example of the results of a specimen of purple-red stock that enjoyed many weeks of sunning this past summer. In their dried state they lost much of their purplish hues, and found new bursts of red that appealed to me.
My thoughts raced to their painterly quality, to that place where the real is given an impressionistic interpretation. But also where the real stays in the past, and is replaced with a new yet discernible reality.
True, I did help Mother Nature with a bit of post processing. Nevertheless, a new appreciation can be given to an annual that now will continue to spread its legacy of delicate beauty and gentle eloquence, at least to me.
Tip of the Week:
My devotion to nature is a daily exercise in its literal and figurative forms. My stroll through printed books and online sources provides a myriad of information and news about the natural wonders of the planet. Last week I learned about Peter Wohlleben, who is a forest ranger in Hümmel, Germany, and now a celebrated writer who brings his enthusiasm about nature to the mainstream. In the article, “German Forest Ranger Finds That Trees Have Social Networks, Too” (29 January 2016 by Sally McGrane, The New York Times, click here to view it), I was intrigued by Wohlleben’s mission is to inform the general public about the mysteries and surprises that accompany life in the forest. His nonfiction approach tells the story of the social life of the trees. A huge success in Germany, his book will be published in English this year. Here is a sample from the article:
“PRESENTING scientific research and his own observations in highly anthropomorphic terms, the matter-of-fact Mr. Wohlleben has delighted readers and talk-show audiences alike with the news — long known to biologists — that trees in the forest are social beings. They can count, learn and remember; nurse sick neighbors; warn each other of danger by sending electrical signals across a fungal network known as the “Wood Wide Web”; and, for reasons unknown, keep the ancient stumps of long-felled companions alive for centuries by feeding them a sugar solution through their roots.”
******Just discovered that his book can be pre-ordered ($14.97, what a deal) on Amazon. Click here for the link.
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1st Monday: Nature.
2nd Monday: Macro.
3rd Monday: Black and White.
4th Monday Challenger’s Choice (Pick One: Abstraction, Animals, Architecture, Food Photography, Night Photography, Objects, Panorama, Portraiture, Still Life, Street Photography, and Travel).
5th Monday: Editing and Processing with Various Apps Using Themes from the Fourth Week.