I’ve not taken any still life shots for a while so a rainy dull day seemed ideal to stay indoors and play. I do have a beautiful bouquet of flowers from our anniversary last week but I’m much more at home with decaying plants and flowers as I love the texture. A quick dash into the garden produced some sorry looking specimens but they make for amazing macro shots.
Wabi-sabi (侘寂) represents a comprehensive Japanese world view or aesthetic centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection (Wikipedia)
I love the idea that there is beauty in imperfection and in things that are transient. I have long been a lover of decaying flowers or nature as the textures and lines are often stunning. My garden at the minute looks, on first glance, to be past its best- not much life and just a few struggling flowers. On closer inspection however, there are some wonderful subjects! The poppy seed heads have so many shades of green and brown.
The flowers that are decaying are covered in fine cobwebs and have so much texture.
Don’t be in too much of a hurry to see what is in front of you.We all rush around so much. Take time for yourself and appreciate nature – it really is amazing. x
I was tidying some honesty in the garden this morning and came across a beautiful but totally decayed clematis flower. Its petals were curved but well preserved and I loved the lines. I took some images outside and some in front of an opaque perspex sheet in front of a window. Played for a while in Lightroom and these are the results.
In between working, editing and visiting I spent some time in the garden!
Following an assembly at a primary school in Sheffield http://www.janehewitt.blogspot.co.uk/2015/05/sometimes.html we called at Wentworth Garden centre for coffee and a quick wander round the gardens. It was actually very cold to say it’s May (frost on the car this morning). The trees were wonderful colours and the bluebells just appearing.
We have a pair of blackbirds building a nest in the clematis in the corner of our garden. It is amazing to watch them. The male keeps guard and the female flies in and out with resources!
These aren’t the best of images – poor light and I need to buy a decent zoom lens but I’ve enjoyed watching them so much
I don’t have much growing in the garden but I have three different shades of these ‘Christmas Roses’ as I’ve always known them. These have been put into a glass bottle from our local antique centre and then edited with 3 texture layers’
The calming force of nature!
Sometimes if I’m stressed or have things on my mind I will just sit with a coffee and watch the birds in the garden. We’ve been feeding them for several years now and some are quite tame. I love the colours and textures from the amazing multicoloured pheasants to the stunning brown and cream of the thrushes I am saving for a serious zoom lens but at the moment these will do!
I spent a lovely day at a local school yesterday taking photographs for their website and prospectus. Today therefore is an editing day so the photos are the birds again over morning coffee!