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Cut Flowers. July 2, 2012

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Or, more precisely, flowers to be cut.

Down in Montague MA, at a field managed by Red Fire Farm, workers are tasked with harvesting cut flowers:

Elliot (my Canon 24mm TS-E II tilt-shift lens) managed the front-to-back focus, while a hand-held Singh-Ray graduated filter managed the top-to-bottom dynamic range.

I’m shamelessly naming names here, in the hope that these big companies which make my tools will someday send me schwag.  They do it for others, I depend on their products… sounds like a reasonable wish to me!  😉

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Another Perspective On The Bridge. June 19, 2012

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I’ve photographed Shelburne Falls’ Bridge of Flowers ad nauseum,  unless of course you love flowers and can’t get enough of them.

Yesterday, as I once again succumbed to the urge to park and walk and photograph, I thought I’d try something different.  I put Gizmo on the box, and where I more commonly take macro photos,  I looked at The Bridge from a telephoto perspective.

A cascade of roses, taken from the town’s central Steel Bridge:

Tourists, either ecstatic or antsy, depending on whose idea this excursion was:

Roses, a major player this time of year:

Many of The Usual Suspects formerly photographed with a macro lens, now viewed from a distance:

…and a gone-by allium set amidst roses:

It’s a different way of seeing, I guess, something which I’ve been looking at for years.

Hey, it’s cheaper than airline tickets, which is another way we get to see something new.

 

An Early Bloom… April 4, 2012

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…of Scilla,  or Squill, a bulbous relative of the hyacinth and distant relative of the Asparagus family (!):

Found in my homeopathist’s yard.  Reeled in by Elliot.

The Rest Of The Orchids… March 1, 2012

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…at the Amherst Orchid Show.

The images:

Well, that’s most of ’em.  The rest are either redundant or of lesser quality (!) so I won’t burden you with them.

My next flowers are likely to be the Smith and Mount Holyoke Bulb Shows, hopefully with something else in between for a breather.

When You Say “Bud…” February 13, 2011

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…I think of flowers.

Yeah, I know, I just got my ass kicked out of the Real Man’s Club, but ask me if I care!

Anyway, flowers float my boat.  Blame it on the testosterone, but I find them sensual, even sexual, in a way which I would never admit to a stranger.

Good thing we’re so close, eh?

Ahem.

Lest you doubt my view of the Flower World, I present as evidence these shots of the Amaryllis blooming in our kitchen.

Exhibit A, the red folds of a petal worthy of a kiss:

…Lips beckoning you to come inside:

…deep inside, surrounded by beauty:

This might just be proof that God is a man.   Or maybe a lesbian.

Hey, we report, you decide!

There’s more than one bud swelling here tonight…

…and one flower fully open:

These warranted a trip to the textile store for a few yards of black backdrop, which you’ll surely be seeing more of now that I have it.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to take a nice cold shower.

 

Ruby Tuesday – Spring is Springing! April 12, 2010

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Some redness from my week.

A covered bridge in Colrain:

Agrarian lawn art:

A maple catkin:

And a seasonal treat, forsythias surrounding a local barn:

For more rubiliciousness, visit Mary over at Work of the Poet.

The Smith College Greenhouses. January 31, 2010

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This time of year in Massachusetts can be pretty bleak.  We have days on end when the sun doesn’t actually make it through the clouds and the weather, and the palette is nothing but gray.

So it’s really cool that there are places like the Smith College greenhouses.  At this time of year they’re preparing for their spring “Bulb Show,” a lillie-fest that’s hard to beat.

But right now, their perennial collection goes on, and some of it is flowering as we speak.

Here are a few of the blossoms I passed as I wandered the 18 or so rooms of this beautiful subtropical oasis in a New England winter:

It’s a feast of primary colors, that one yellow, this one red:

And a blue one which I used to know the name of:

These were taken in the late afternoon, and as it was dependably gray, the light was pretty low and the (hand-held) exposures were long.  The resulting “softness” of these shots might be deemed poor technique, but if you think of them as “flower porn,” you’ll appreciate the softening of the harsh reality of this dehumanizing trade.

Ahem.  Just making fun of myself there.

And there were some more complicated flowers there too, both in form and in palette, like the orchids:

…some soft and gentle, others more assertive:

Pardon my anthropomorphism, but this is the most sexually explicit plant I have ever seen.  It has a scrotum, a vagina, lots of pink bits, some short black hairs, and just when you were starting to think it was hot,  a phalanx of warts of indeterminate origin.

Thankfully, the Greenhouse Credo constrains us to “Look, but don’t touch.”

Expect more photos from these greenhouses in the future; there’s a lot going on there, and it changes weekly.

This Is A Cool Yard. May 16, 2009

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Along the main road up in Savoy, a steep front yard has been terraced with stone walls laced with Spring flowers:

Savoy Terraces

Later in the season these terraces will be tall with tomatoes and draped in pumpkins.

It looks good like that.

The Weather. August 5, 2008

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Morning fog giving way to hazy sunshine:

Then becoming cloudy, with breaks of sun. Expect scattered storms, some possibly strong:

The local forests will love it. They’ll be thick and lush and heavy with the juices of the season:

And you’ll be up to your knees in weeds!

As Seen By Me. July 28, 2008

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Today’s flowers (yes, I know, I’m not treading any new ground here) began as fog-drenched roadside blossoms

and ended with a brief visit to Miz Lu’s dooryard, where wonders abound:

It’s always a pleasure to stop by the Rolling J Farm, whether for an anti-mosquito elixer or just for the flowers.