A Study in White

White Rose taken May 13, 2012

 

Snugly curly whorls,

Outer petals yaw open;

Purity revealed.

 

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Note:  Dug this one from my archives….in May of 2012 I was having some fun with my camera and this single white rose.  I tried different placements and angles and finally lucked into this one using a black background, thereby having the rose’s creamy whiteness jump out even more.

I was pleased with the effect!

Always learning.   😀

 

 

 

 

 

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An Artistic Centrepiece

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Soft, white cushion base;

Random bursts of purple “stars,”

Elegance in glass.

 

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Sometimes after wedding reception parties are done, the bride or the bride’s mother will ask to have the floral centrepieces given to them, or else they are given to guests to take home. And sometimes there are a handful of centrepieces that are simply left behind.

On such occasions, we are given the opportunity to take home a centrepiece to extend the enjoyment of these beautifully arranged pieces.

See the pretty one that was given to me from yesterday’s wedding?

Wonderful white hydrangea blooms with those lovely blue/purple flowers popped in here and there.  And I just found out that these lovely purple flowers are orchids!

I admire the simplicity and elegance in this design – kudos to the florist who made them!

The glass vase I will eventually return to my workplace; however, in the meantime I have something lovely to look at for a few days.

 

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“Anything Rural”

This week’s theme for the photography assignment was “Anything Rural,” and so today was my opportunity to go for my walk.

I know from occasional comments on some earlier posts that focused on my walks that some of you enjoy joining me, so I welcome you along again.

I didn’t have anything specific in mind, other than I just knew that I’d find something to fit that theme.  Which meant there’d be all sorts of surprises!

 

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Photo #1

There they stand in line,

Square and rounded mailboxes;

Just a motley crew.

 

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Taken in the early evening…..I’ve always found the “jumbled” look of a collection of rural mailboxes fun to look at. They look like a group of old cronies hanging out, just “shooting the breeze” – some leaning forward, some leaning back, some slanted. Different mailboxes have different bases – with cement or just wooden poles – creating that uneven look. And sometimes that jumbled look is caused by a touch of vandalism. Every once in a long while, someone gets the “bright” idea to go waling at innocent mailboxes with a baseball bat…..you get the idea.
The somewhat faded maple leaf pattern on the one mailbox gives a hint as to this country…. 🙂

 

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Photo #2

Shimmering waters,

Some clusters of green brushes;

Home to ducks and frogs.

 

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This spot is a lovely little triangular shaped bit of land and pond – between two country roads and at the bottom end of where I live. It’s a fun little pond which, when the water is at its highest, joins up with the bigger pond on the other side of that dirt road (the one I’m standing on), leading to the dairy farm there….and that part of the road can get a bit “soggy.”
Primarily, this pond is the home of several duck families….and a host of loud and delightfully raucous peeper frogs, singing with heart and soul in the evenings until dusk and into dark.
I love this little wildlife habitat.

 

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Photo #3

Setting sun shadows,

Endless rows of sprouting greens;

The cycle renews.

 

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Since I was walking with the approaching sunset, the lighting has some things jump out more. In this case, I was enjoying the sight of the newly sprouted bright green plantings in another nearby farm field. I love looking at the even rows throughout the field and then a bit of criss-crossing with the oblique lines from the tractor tire tracks.

 

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Photo #4

Three pure white petals

Combined with deepest green leaves;

T’is the Trillium!

 

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Again, for my last submission, I pick my most favie of the bunch….a flower. And a special one at that. The trillium; the provincial flower of Ontario. It only grows in wooded areas, and this one I spotted in a small woods adjacent to a small bungalow, along the main country road where I walk. It’s actually that small wooded area on the left side in my #3 photo. The trillium is a protected flower, in order to prevent overpicking and so that we and future generations may always enjoy seeing its lovely, white, three petalled beauty in the month of May.

 

 

 

 

Snow Sparkles!

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Morning light on snow,

White with black shadow patterns;

Twinkelings galore!

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One morning about two weeks ago I went outside, to take out the recycling at the front of our lane way, and noticed how the snow was smiling and twinkling at me……everywhere I looked it was glistening on the smooth snowy surface.

Along with my favourite sound….the crisp and crunchiness of my steps on the hardened snow.

I was itching to get all the recycling out – fast!

You can imagine the fiddling I did with my camera settings so that I could capture those twinkles!  So much fun!  And it was worth it!

I hope it has you smiling.  🙂

 

 

A Winter Moon

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Bright orb…with halo

Suspended in the dark sky;

Quietly glowing.

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This winter’s moon is shining so brightly tonight!  And with that halo, it also adds a feeling of spookiness.

I enjoy looking up at the sky during daylight hours for pretty clouds and sunrises and sunsets, as well as, on occasion late at night, looking at the moon and  stars…..

Just now, a little after 3 a.m. I took out the garbage to the edge of the driveway (for pick-up later today), and as I was walking towards the far side of the house, I kept looking up to the sky, because tonight the moon is full and has this magnificent bright halo all around it with no clouds obscuring it from my sight.  So, after putting the garbage in its spot, I ran back to the house and grabbed my camera and shot through the silhouetted black, spindly branches to capture that glowing moon orb.
What a neat effect!

A Rose by another Colour

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What’s this?   Some roses

Clustered; and smelling lovely,

White, yes….and purple!

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It is still so early in the new year, and already there are weddings and receptions happening!  The first one for my co-workers and I occurred this past Saturday.  It was a fun and memorable event.  On the smaller size in terms of guests…..with a first-time hot chocolate display table (in addition to our usual coffee/tea/water displays), as well as a live band providing both ambient background music during the meal service and later on the livelier dancing music.  Most of the time DJs are hired to provide the wedding and dance music, so this was a pleasant change.

When all the guests had left, a few things were left behind….intentionally, as only so much could be taken away again…..and in this case there were a few vases filled with beautiful arrangements of greenery and roses of only two colours – white……and surprise, surprise…..purple!   That’s the first time I’ve seen purple roses.  And so, I couldn’t resist taking a whiff, as sometimes pretty-coloured roses don’t always come with a scent.  But these purple – and white – ones definitely delivered a delightful rosey smell.

 

 

 

 

Cat in Winter

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What is this white stuff?

Soft, fluffy, cool….it leaves tracks

And sticks to my fur.

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Hemingway was still a little kitten last winter so we kept her inside, although we could tell she was intrigued by the white blanket outside as she looked out the windows.

So….this is her “first” actual outdoor winter experience.

Once our area belatedly but finally got the usual amount of snowfalls for this time of year, we started letting her outside….including some fun “tosses” into the soft piles of snow.  Well, it seemed to leave her undecided; didn’t take a shine to it right away. Yesterday, though, when we opened the front door, she scooted on outside and went right INTO the snow blanket! Then she discovered the shovelled path – in the above photo – and totally thought THAT was cool.. 

I think she just needed the snow stuff to grow on her, because today….every time we open the door, she’s right there and wants to jump into the fluffy fun stuff…..that licks and tastes a lot like water….and is just everywhere!  Getting wet with water generally isn’t a big hit with her, but snow, on the other hand…..hmmm…..

Her nice shaggy coat is keeping her warm as well.

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Unclaimed beauty

 

 

Wedding Centrepiece;

Clusters of hydrangea blooms,

Sweet-smelling roses.

 

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At last week’s catering, there were some unclaimed floral centrepieces.  Some of the guests remembered to take theirs, and some were left behind.

They looked beautiful in square glass vases at the centre of each dining table.

I was offered an unclaimed bouquet to take home as a present…..but without the glass vase. The vases belong to the restaurant.  I found a new, clear plastic bag that was big enough to hold a bouquet gently in its folds without squeezing a petal.

When I arrived back home, I pulled out the bouquet from the plastic bag and found a suitable glass vase for it.  Filled almost to the top with fresh water, I placed the bouquet in the formation it seemed to want to stay.  Monochromatic beauty.  White hydrangeas with five good-sized, cream-coloured, gently sweet-scented roses tucked in as well.

Inhaled deeply and slowly.  Ahhhh…….the whisper of a joyful wedding wish.

 

 

Little White Orbs

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November raindrops

Run down bare fingers of trees;

Cling briefly….then fall.

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When I looked out the window this morning, at first I saw the grey sky.  Then as my eyes glanced around, they focused on these branches just outside my bedroom window and immediately were absorbed with those pretty raindrop orbs hanging onto the thinnest twigs.

So, I quickly grabbed my camera, because raindrops are endlessly fun!

And for your amusement, I am adding on the photo that came right after the first one….and see if you can find the raindrop (roughly in the middle) that was there in the one and is gone in the next.  🙂

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Happy November Day to You!!

Sunset over a Pond

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A mixture of clouds,

Held in the sky and captured

Below in the pond.

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There is a dairy farm down the road from us, and throughout the summer there is a good-sized pond along the one side of the pasture field where the cows spend the majority of their time grazing.

Last week as I was walking along, it was initially the setting sun that caught my eye and then how the sky “painting” was looking equally beautiful in the pond water reflection.

There are such different clouds in the sky, too – from a large bluish one on the right and then some wispy white ones toward the left, along with some bigger whiter ones that look as if they are “painted” with strokes going almost perpendicular to the blue one.  With those dark tree silhouettes, I was so impressed with this spectacular view.