Posts Tagged ‘flower’

We have a Magnolia tree in our backyard. I know nothing about them except that I treasure the grace and elegance of the flowers it produces.

The Magnolia isn’t like the bold crocus or the slightly more timid tulip which are signals that the back of winter has been broken in this part of Wisconsin. The Magnolia arrives on nature’s stage only after the opening acts have performed. When it does there is almost a whoosh as our tree fills with blossoms. While there is a lot to treasure about the permanence of a special object, the promise of the annual return of this sultry beauty is my entry for the Weekly Photo Challenge: Treasure.

Nature's Treasure - October 07, 2013 - 1-2


I have had this blog for less than one year and recently I posted my 365th post so I decided to memorialize the occasion. has been pretty difficult for me. I suffer from a chronic disease that makes it hard to concentrate and to stay focused and I am often in pain and quite tired (thus the “fog”). When I started this blog I had no idea how much energy it would take and what a challenge it was going to be (thus the “war”).

I started this photo blog in part because the writing that used to come so easily to me now comes slowly and messily like the last bits of toothpaste squeezed out of the tube. Until relatively recently, I was able to work at least part-time in the career I had long pursued (I was an attorney working with intellectual property and technology law). That work is no longer available to me because it requires more energy, a better memory, and greater nimbleness of mind than I currently possess. I tell my friends that I am not dumber, but I am slower.

During the early days of my illness, boredom was a constant companion. Then, a few years ago, my wife bought me a new camera. While I had always enjoyed photography, suddenly I had a lot of time available in which to pursue it. So off I went on a photo binge. Many of my photos are taken of things very close to home – typically in our yard or neighborhood; indeed I have a category in my blog for “Photos Taken within 100 Meters of Our Home.” Many others are taken on the way to visit or at my in-laws. (My wife has a great family!)

As the years went by and the shutter clicked, hundreds and then thousands of images filled up space on my hard drive(s) and I began to think about sharing my photos. I am and always will be an amateur photographer. I do not have the energy nor do I have the desire to sell any of my work (although I do donate my work to non-profit auctions and the like).  Eventually I decided to try blogging and started start

Keeping up with this blog has been difficult for me. What has made this easier is that many of you who have visited this blog have been extraordinarily generous with your thoughts about my photos. I am not too proud to admit that when someone says a photo of mine is “stunning” or “wonderful” or “amazing” it makes me feel good. That isn’t the sole reason for the blog, but it sure doesn’t hurt! More important for someone who had spent all too much time just sitting at home is that my blog brought me into a community of people from around the world whose blogging about their lives and travels has made boredom impossible and made frustration, fatigue and pain more bearable. While it is still so very much more difficult to write than it used to be, I have all of the time I want to do it and so it is okay.

This post contains some of my favorite photos from my first 365 posts. When I was looking through the posts to put together this collection, my biggest thought was how thankful I am that I have had this opportunity. Mostly I thank all of the people who have visited my blog. I also want to give a shout out to WordPress because I really doubt I would have had a “Post 366” had I not been blogging with WordPress, which has made setting it up my blog and keeping it going so much easier for me than would otherwise have been the case.

I hope you enjoy this collection.

Going Going Gone - 265 - September 20, 2013

This photo show three stages in the final life of a flower in the Cherokee Marsh.

Okay. It is true. I don’t own anything pink and it isn’t even remotely close to my favorite color. So as usual the photo challenge — this time to think pink — is challenging (smile).

Magnolia Blossom - May 09, 2013 - 0088Magnolia Blossom - May 09, 2013 - 0088 - Magnolia

Fortunately we have a magnolia tree in our back yard and it has beautiful pink blossoms. This spring after a rain shower I photographed the blossoms. Here are two of the photos for the “pink” challenge.

Backyard Flowers - May 09, 2013 - 0089 (Magnolia Blossom) - Magnolia

Side View - The flower of the Columbine

Just thought I’d post a slightly different view of the flower of the Columbine plant.

Top Down View - A Columbine

The Columbine is a great plant for the partially shaded area of a yard. Many of my photos are taken very close to home, like this one taken less than an hour ago in the backyard. I love the elegant arch of the stem that holds each flower as well as the beautiful curve of the lower leaves of the flower. The twisted upper leaves that end in those unusual balls is a nifty touch.

Daffodil - May 06, 2013 - 0005-Edit

Although I have made my preference for bleeding hearts clear in earlier posts, I want to state for the record 🙂 that I hold no prejudice toward the daffodil. It is a truly beautiful flower, which I am displaying here for your viewing pleasure.