Envelope Of Hope

May 14, 2019.  Some days distractions interrupt, spinning me off into wonderment.  Today has been one of those, thanks to V.J. Knutson’s post of her poem “Bleeding Edges” @ https://vjknutson.org/2019/05/13/bleeding-edges/

The phrase “envelope of hope” just kept tugging at me.  Where better to look for such an envelope than amidst blooming poppies?  These blooms are from last month, collaged with a metaphoric envelope.

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Persistence

March 31, 2018.  March blows Spring into Central Texas – bringing wildflowers and fresh leaves.  And in the garden, poppies!  We planted seeds once and now we collect seeds to give away – our poppies keep popping back year to year.  They are a mix of red and pink, big and small, and they are prolific.  But each bloom is brief.  And each worthy a portrait, my excuse to frequently indulge my photography urges.

I lucked onto one “about to pop” and caught the sequence.  Apart from borders and the  stand-in downward bud, all images are of the same poppy.  All but the full bloom, in the span of about 5 minutes.  The fully opened bloom is an hour or so later.

A delight to watch the unfolding!

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Sponging

March 12, 2016.  After too long without rain, when it finally began falling a sense of elation rose.  Ground like a sponge, and it seemed the trees were plumping up.  I find it hard to stay indoors during such elemental transition, and our Labrador easily persuaded me, ushered me to the back porch, covered but letting damp air gently blow through.  I stood out there until the rain let up enough for a few pics of dripping-wet poppies.  The image below is a collage of poppies – each poppy a collage of raindrops. PostSignaturePost_2016-03-12_Image_SpongingPoppies

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