Don’t get upset with me. It’s not what you think. I’m all for Tina’s interesting challenge this week called “Odds and Ends.” It’s just that I’ve been totally self-absorbed in something else — something I’ve written about before. Something that makes me grab my camera and head outside my back door several times during several days EVERY spring: the much-anticipated spring blooms on our White Star White Magnolia tree.
Every spring is the only spring, a perpetual astonishment.Ellis Peters
Say what you wish, but I’m totally into this tree. First, because I love all stages of the tender, short-lived delicate blossoms. But second, because I get to practice photography.
I’m not much of a technical photographer. I just love snapping pictures. But this year, I’ve tried to use Manual settings only, adjusting the light and focus to yield better photos.
Beginning with the little buds, I focused sometimes on the fuzzy gray calyx.
And sometimes it was the blush at the stem end of each petal.
Blossom by blossom the spring begins.Algernon Charles Swinburne
But sometimes on the second or third day of visiting these blossoms, I’m able to stand on tip-toe and look directly into their open “faces.” I’m not sure if this is odds or ends, but it’s a treat to see the various poses. Some flowers look upward, some sideways.
In a way, I feel I’m intruding on their privacy by getting into their faces! (Now that’s odd, for sure.)
Sometimes, I don’t just look for the positions of these flowers. I also look for variations in light. If I face my screened porch, the dark background contrasts with the creamy petals
Sometimes, blue sky forms the backdrop that enhances the simplicity of the blooms.
In many ways, there aren’t any “bad” pictures of these lovely gifts from Mother Nature.
Even in inclement weather, a light spring rain adds another dimension.
Blossoms fold over on themselves for protection, providing another layer of secrecy from nosy photographers like me.
A flower blossoms for its own joy.Oscar Wilde
So, let me know how you like these odds and ends, and then forgive me for stretching the topic. After all, if you ask my husband what I’ve been doing for the past few days, he’d tell you that I’ve been pretty useless. I just reply that I’m doing important work: taking photos of our White Star White Magnolia!
And then, move in closer to view the flowers you love. The reward will be worth it.
Travel in your garden sometime,
Rusha and Bert