Every photograph captures a fleeting moment, but some subjects are more temporary than others.
Flowers that put on a brief show are often celebrated (Cherry blossom time, for instance). The brevity of this floral show, however, is something to be thankful for – it’s spectacular to see, and the aroma is sensational, but not in a good way. The common name of “Dead Horse Lily” says it all!
I was trying to capture an image of the pollinators (assorted flies) but only managed to get one, as they are experts at being temporarily in one spot! I didn’t breathe much…
To provide a little balance to the spectacular and stinky lily, here is a rose – it will be lucky to last a day, as our weather has suddenly warmed up and things are wilting. Weather is temporary, too, so “this too shall pass”, and then we might get some rain, followed by more roses.
The main subject of a photo is generally front and centre, but for this challenge, we just offer a peek at it.
I’ve gone back to Seattle and 2011 for my images – I saw a flyer while we were there from a photographer offering to take visitors to the perfect spot to take their perfect pic of the Space Needle. I wasn’t remotely interested in doing that – may as well buy the postcard if you’re getting the same shot as everyone else!
Instead, I enjoyed taking photos of enticing glimpses of the icon.
I took more than these three…I didn’t go inside it, but I loved seeing it. The first pic is from our hotel window, the last is its reflection on a wall of the Experience Music Project.
We spent a lot of our time at the Seattle Center – we could walk there as it was close to our hotel, and there was plenty to do and see, even apart from the Taking Punk To The Masses Nirvana exhibition that was on at the time. We went to a kids Bandcamp concert, and a free show outdoors one afternoon. I had a peek at legendary Seattle photographer Charles Peterson who was there with family, and photographing the bands – a major highlight for me!
I do like a good grid, or a good angle, but there’s something innately pleasing about rounded shapes, especially in flowers. It’s spring “down under”, so there are plenty of flowers around my garden just now. The poppies and ranunculus are rounds of many colours, but the spring onion’s flower is (almost) a perfectly rounded globe. It’s quite big, too! There are some spectacular alliums grown for flowers rather than their tasty bulbs, and this flower head is making me think I should grow some of them.
Things that glow are enticing subjects for photographers – it’s a challenge to capture the effect of light, and of course we want to preserve it for posterity, or at least be able to say “Look at that!”.
Early morning and late afternoon are best for that certain slant of light, but artificial light can be rewarding too, as in the two pics here of glass vessels back-lit and seen through frosted glass.
With the red Sparaxis – an old variety given to my mother at least 50 years ago – the glow is all about the colour and texture in the petals, whereas the Mt Hood daffodil glows because the sun is shining through it’s crystalline whiteness.
The spectrum from a crystal in a window is glowing more than usual, because the textile is quite bright to start with. Look at that!
I’ve taken photos from aeroplane windows, but I went for a smaller Scale for this week’s challenge. I’ve always liked miniatures, so tiny trees are bound to appeal to me, along with fairies and other little creatures – including a very small dinosaur among the succulents. The fairy door has a solar panel, so that I can look out the kitchen window at night and see the neighbouring fairies have their light on. The proto-bonsai is a Juniper, which I had to have since that’s my grand daughter’s name. I now need plants called Matilda and Banjo…
I didn’t notice the insect on the blueberry bush until after I took the photo – just lucky there! The tiny Wiry Bluebell is a native plant that just appeared in our garden one year and now thrives uninvited (but welcome)in at least half of my pots. The poppy leaves give scale, so you can tell how tiny the flower is.
My response to this challenge is with no ordinary pedestrian …
Canberra is blessed with kilometres of pleasant walking/cycling tracks. Juniper is four years old and enjoys going for walks (with a playground or babychino at the end of it), but she also likes to go off-road (off-track?) and do some exploring. She is also fascinated by signs – especially ones that have warnings, as does the one she’s looking at. It has a graphic of a person being washed away in a flash flood, and needed close study. Pedestrians need to beware of that big concrete drain!
Windows provide a handy frame for looking out, or in, or for a photographer. They also provide a warm, sunny perch for sleepy cats – these three belong to my daughter. From top to bottom – Zelda, Maisie and Daisy. That’s Daisy again, doubling up in the mirror, and my grand daughter Juniper contemplating the view from the same window.
And because the eyes are the window of the soul, here is Juniper’s bright eyed, not-so-little, baby brother, Banjo.