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Sunday, March 22, 2009

When You Stop to Look...

Spring sprang in Southern Louisiana at least a month ago now, but only recently have I had time to take another, slow, deliberate wander through my yard, marvelling at all of the tiny flowers and other plants growing in my own lawn.

These white violets are prolific in the back corner.

Our fetterbush has grown quite a bit since last year.

Here are some mystery flowers. Any help with IDs is always appreciated. Keep in mind that these are macro photos of very tiny flowers.



We have TONS of white clover all over the yard (and a little bit of red, as well.) Although I've always appreciated it (as have the local rabbits,) only this weekend did I fall completely in love with their fractal-like structure, at the beauty of details seen only when blown up large-sized (feel free to click for larger images.) Charles aptly noted that they're like snowflakes.



Lately, I'm all about clover photography.

In other news, the recent art show went well. Unfortunately one of my paintings was scratched somehow. I tried to fix it tonight, but I think it's going to need a bit more tweaking. Tomorrow I'm sending out submissions for a show of local artists in New Orleans & I'll be dropping off a painting for STAA's "Spring for Art" show. I'm still working on the BLAC webpage & a painting I started a while back still sits against the wall, unfinished.

(Update, 3/23/09; The New Orleans gallery I sent submissions to is out of business & the STAA wasn't open. I dropped off 2 works at STAA the next day.)

18 comments:

Marvin said...

Cool shots of your wildflowers. The clover also reminds me of a kaleidoscopic image -- in addition to snowflake and fractal.

debra said...

The photos of the flowers warm my heart, Lana. We're not there quite yet, here in NE Ohio, but there are promises of Spring.

Chrissy said...

It is lovely to see the Spring, great photographs. You made me laugh, you tell me to slow down and here I am on your blog reading about a 1001 things that you are up too. Me I have just been out and about taking photographs of deer and I haven't even posted them yet. I hope you managed to get your nature break in....
I love the title here, "when you stop to look", says it all...the clover shots are fantastic :-)

Lauren said...

You've had spring for a month!? Wow, I really need to move further south!

ivan@creativewriting.ca said...

Glad the white violets are out.

Over here in Central Ontario the crocuses came up, there was frost and the poor babies croaked.
But crocuses are like robins.
Never give up, even if you have cold feet. They are back this morning.

And good morning!--at least by the time you read this.

Doson said...

Lovely, Fresh & Precious.
It is Spring.
Happy Spring Skippy

earthtoholly said...

Beautiful photos Lana! I especially like that white violet...so creamy! We have small purple violets but I don't remember seeing white ones here...

You know, when you smell individual clover blooms they seem scentless, but I remember driving by a median filled with clover and it smelled delicious! Any yes, they look just like snowflakes...happy spring! :o)

Miladysa said...

Gorgeous!

Shame about the painting - I hope you can fix it.

Travis said...

Love those close ups of the flowers. Great job!

I've got my eyes on the watch for signs of spring. They are a bit slow to show themselves at the moment.

Rick said...

Lovely work as always, Lana! I'm on my way to Atlanta where I'll hopefully see some elements of spring myself.

Steve Malley said...

Man, you take a good picture!

Helps to distract me from the fact that your spring is my autumn. Same as you're getting flowers, I'm getting crisp days, those first cheery harbingers of the icy hell to come...

Donnetta Lee said...

I LOVE the white clover. We're in for a winter storm tonight and tomorrow into Saturday! The weatherman says "blizzard." I'm thinking of calling in sick tomorrow and just staying home bundled up. Sounds good to me! D

Lana Gramlich said...

Marvin; Thanks much! I never realized that clover's so intricately beautiful, y'know?

debra; I hear you. I know what S. Ontario's like this time of year (icky.) Glad the flowers helped you out. ;)

Chrissy; That's why I can tell you to slow down, though...Because I know FIRST HAND how bad overdoing it is! *L* I'll have to pop over & see if those deer are up yet--thanks for the heads up! (I haven't had a sufficient nature break in a while now, to be honest.)

Lauren; Darned tootin'. ;) Just keep in mind that Summers are total, agonizing HELL, even if there are no threats of a hurricane, tornado, etc. It's a trade off, like anything else. I still have no regrets about making the trade (even after Hurricane Katrina & all of that.)

Ivan; I do miss crocuses. We don't have them here--that I've ever seen, anyway. <:(

Skippy; Happy Spring to you, too, Skippy! What a wonderful time of year it is. :) I liked your impromptu poem!

holly; Thanks! I hear you on the clover. In Canada farmers grow huge fields of them & I just wanted to lay down in those fields & daydream the days away!

Miladysa; You're too kind. :) I've fixed the painting--to some extent. I can see where the scratch was, stil. I suspect that regardless how well I do any repairs, I'll always see where it was. I think I'm going to need Charles' input on this...

Travis; Thanks! I'll have a margarita on my deck in your honor today...Deal? ;)

Rick; Thank you kindly! Have a good trip & best of luck!

Steve; Thanks. I know where you're at, mentally. When I lived in Canada, that time of year felt like climbing the steps to the gallows. Ugh. <:(

Donnetta; We've had wicked thunderstorms for days now (& they're continuing through tomorrow, too.) I'm completely flooded into my neighborhood this morning--I had to call in to work 'cuz I can't get out of here! 3/4 of my backyard's under water & we've had to feed the birds on the deck today. It's kind of like when Hurricane Gustav went through last year, but at least we still have power this time!

Mark said...

We are waiting anxiously for our flowers to start popping up here in Michigan!

Good observation from Charles - they do look like snowflakes!

Lana Gramlich said...

Mark; Flowers are timed so perfectly in the grand scheme of things. At the end of a long, dark, cold period of yuckiness there's this explosion of color, scent & life. So wonderful.

Anonymous said...

Dont know If anyone has said this but the flower thats yellow 2 above the clover, I think that is where the little blowing things come from (makes little sense) they r like seeds and u pick them and blow and the go everywhere sorry i cant remember the name

Lana Gramlich said...

Anonymous; If you mean a dandelions, these are definitely not. Thanks, though. ;)

Nina-chan said...

Hi! Those are really beautiful pictures! I think your 2nd mystery flower has a scientific name of Cyanthillium cinereum. Althought I'm not sure since the Cyanthilliums I know have pink, purple and white flowers. I've never seen yellow ones before.

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