Category Archives: Flower Photography

Quirky Artist Stories Nbr 3 – Five Crows Brick & Mortar

In these days when anyone can set up an online shop to sell photography, I am proud to be represented by an honest-to-goodness brick & mortar gallery, Five Crows. Owned by five dynamic women artists – aka The Crows – the gallery is a true gem, offering fine art photography, handmade jewelry, designer handbags and clothing, original paintings, scarves, stained glass, pottery and a slate of fascinating artist-taught classes. I’m honored to be one of the Featured Artists there this August, and to be in the company of accomplished photographers Beth Hoffer and Eric Roux.

Also, a quick thanks to the kind folks at Charles River Canoe & Kayak. Many of my Great Blue Heron and Egret photos were taken from the seat of a CRCK kayak.

Maybe this post could be filed under shameless self-promotion?

Great Blue Heron, Magnolia, Five Crows

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The Value of Kindness

The gear had been pounded with tons of water for almost an hour.” 

Earlier this month, photographer Michael Flaherty nearly went over a waterfall to rescue his camera gear.

What happened next was a remarkable act of generosity:  “This was her only DSLR, she didn’t know me very well, and she made the sacrifice.  That’s real kindness.”

Michael is a photographer of sensitive talent, and I especially appreciate his evocative shots from the Columbia River Gorge. I’m not a prolific re-blogger – you can count on one hand the posts I’ve reblogged – but wanted to share this heartwarming story. 

MJF Images

The first image made after the act of kindness, sunset along the Columbia near home. The first image made after the act of kindness, sunset along the Columbia near home.

Believe it or not this is a photography-related post.  I was recently surprised with a loaner camera!  A person I met through my photography club, someone who went to the same college as I but who I don’t know well at all, saw my situation and took pity on me.  She loaned me her Canon 60D because (she said) it wasn’t really being used.

Now I know plenty of other photographers who have cameras much better than that as backups (they shoot with top of the line cameras).  And I have spent time shooting with these people.  None of them were coming forward after learning of my recent misfortune, losing my camera gear over the waterfall.  This is despite the fact that it would not have disrupted their photography.  This was her only DSLR, she didn’t…

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The Bee’s Knees

“It’s like this,” Pooh said. “When you go after honey with a balloon, the great thing is not to let the bees know you’re coming. Now, if you have a green balloon, they might think you were only part of the tree, and not notice you, and if you have a blue balloon, they might think you were only part of the sky, and not notice you, and the question is: Which is most likely?”

“Wouldn’t they notice you underneath the balloon?” you asked.

“They might or they might not,” said Winnie-the-Pooh. “You never can tell with bees.” He thought for a moment and said: “I shall try to look like a small black cloud. That will deceive them.”

Winnie the Pooh
A. A. Milne

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Blue bee in the heart of a yellow lily.

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Blue bee flying out of a yellow lily

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Blue bee climbing about in the heart of the lily.

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This week, Josh has asked us to show family, and Ese to show buzz. What has more buzz than a family of bees? Even Winnie the Pooh would agree these three blue ones are the bee’s knees.

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Thanks to Josh R and WordPress for the Weekly Photo Challenge: Family.

Thanks to Ese for her Weekly Shoot & Quote Challenge: Buzz.

Thanks to Sue for her A Word a Week Photo Challenge: Yellow prompt.

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A selection of my heron and flower photos is now available at the Five Crows Gallery in Natick, MA. Drop in and see the work of the many wonderfully creative artists who show there when you’re in the area.

Five Crows is on FaceBook. To give the gallery a visit, please click here.

Remember: Walk softly and carry a long lens.™

The Tao of Feathers™

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Blue Bee, Lily

Macro Monday Magnolia

From Blossoms

There are days we live
as if death were nowhere
in the background; from joy
to joy to joy, from wing to wing,
from blossom to blossom to
impossible blossom, to sweet impossible blossom.

~ Li-Young Lee ~
From Blossoms (excerpt)
Rose (New Poets of America)

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Magnolia in B&W

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Thanks to the kind folks at NaBloPoMo for the National Blog Posting Month challenge this November.

Thanks once more to Ese for her Ese’s Weekly Shoot & Quote Challenge – Spread.

Thanks to Cee for her Black & White Challenge.

Thanks to Cee also for her Fun Foto Challenge. (There’s another subtle shadow for you, Cee.)

Thanks also to the kind folks at Macro Monday for the MacroMonday challenge.

Thanks as well to Laura who invited me to join I Heart Macro Week.

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Remember: Walk softly and carry a long lens.™

The Tao of Feathers™

(This took place April, 2004)

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Lilac Sunday for Thursday’s Special

In the dooryard fronting an old farm-house near the white-wash’d palings, 
Stands the lilac-bush tall-growing with heart-shaped leaves of rich green, 
With many a pointed blossom rising delicate, with the perfume strong I love, 
With every leaf a miracle — and from this bush in the dooryard, 
With delicate-color’d blossoms and heart-shaped leaves of rich green, 
A sprig with its flower I break.

Walt Whitman
When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d  (excerpt)
Leaves of Grass

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Two lilac sprigs.

Does the title of today’s post leave you scratching your head? It does me, and I wrote it. Smiles.

After all, why post about Lilac Sunday on a Thursday?

I blame the Muse. Muses pay no attention to the calendar. And so artists, composers, and writers can always get away with blaming the Muse. She loves it when we pay attention to her whims.

It isn’t Sunday here, nor is it Spring. It was a gorgeous early morning, though, with a warm front from the southwest that brought spring-like weather and a morning walk without a coat, house windows open wide. Delightful. It has moved on to rain now, but the taste of Spring lingers.

In the next couple of days, I will be delivering some Great Blue Heron and flower photos for showing at a local gallery. While preparing, I came across my favorite lilacs, above. That photo and today’s warm weather brought Lilac Sunday to mind.

Each May for the past 105 years, Boston has celebrated “Lilac Sunday” at the Arnold Arboretum. As their website says

With more than 380 lilac plants of 176 kinds, the Arboretum holds one of the premier lilac collections in North America.

Lilac Sunday is held for only one single day each year. That’s part of the mystique that makes it special.

The other part? The sight and scent of lilacs, hundreds and hundreds of lilacs.

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Thanks to Paula and WordPress for the Thursday’s Special Non-Challenge Challenge.

Thanks once more to Ese for her Ese’s Weekly Shoot & Quote Challenge – Intricate. (How intricate the gatherings of tiny lilac flowers on each stem, like a lavendar filigree.)

Thanks to Ailsa for the Weekly Travel Theme: Delicate. (How delicate the tiny lilac blossoms are.)

Thanks also to Sue for the Word a Week Challenge: Two. (Two lilac blossoms.)

Thanks again to the kind folks at NaBloPoMo for the National Blog Posting Month challenge this November.

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Remember: Walk softly and carry a long lens.™

(This took place May, 2004)

The Tao of Feathers™

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Is this Photo a Cliche?

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Without the turtle, would this photo be a cliché?

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Thanks to Wordless Wednesday for the Wordless Wednesday challenge.

Thanks again to the kind folks at NaBloPoMo for the National Blog Posting Month challenge this November.

Thanks also to Skinnywench for the Word a Week Challenge: Two. (Two lily blossoms.)

Thanks to Ailsa for the Weekly Travel Theme: Delicate. (How delicate the petals are.)

Thanks once more to Ese for her Ese’s Weekly Shoot & Quote Challenge – Intricate. (How intricate the heart of the flower.)

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Remember: Walk softly and carry a long lens.™

(This took place June, 2012)

The Tao of Feathers™

© 2013 Babsje. (https://babsjeheron.wordpress.com)

Magnolia Blossoms

Suddenly I realize
That if I stepped out of my body I would break
Into blossom.

James Wright
A Blessing (excerpt)
The Branch Will Not Break

Magnolias

Magnolias

Yes, I know they’re not herons.

However, the magnolia blossoms in my magnolia photo series were plucked from a branch on the same Sunday walk of the first great blue heron encounter I chronicled here. (Please click here to catch up if you missed that post.)

They say that scent has more power to elicit past memories and emotions than any of our other senses.

The scent of magnolia blossoms transports me back to that day of the heron, just as surely as a photograph would, and I am enraptured all over again.

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Thanks to the kind folks at NaBloPoMo for the National Blog Posting Month challenge this November.

Thanks to Ailsa for the Weekly Travel Theme: Delicate.

Thanks also to Skinnywench for the Word a Week Challenge: Two. (Two blossoms of my favorite flower.)

Thanks to Cee also for her Fun Foto Challenge. (There’s that subtle shadow again for you, Cee.)

Thanks once more to Ese for her Ese’s Weekly Shoot & Quote Challenge – Allure.

Thanks also to the kind folks at Macro Monday for the MacroMonday challenge.

Thanks as well to Laura who invited me to join I Heart Macro Week.

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Remember: Walk softly and carry a long lens.

(This took place April, 2004)

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In a World Without Color…

Magnolia in B+W

In a world without color, is the scent as sweet?

To view in full color, please click here.

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Thanks to Wordless Wednesday for the Wordless Wednesday challenge.

Thanks to Cee for her Black & White Challenge.

Thanks once more to Ese for her Ese’s Weekly Shoot & Quote Challenge – Allure.

Thanks also to Skinnywench for the Word a Week Challenge: Favorite. (My favorite flower.)

Thanks to Cee also for her Fun Foto Challenge. (Fun finding the subtle shadow for this one!)

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Remember: Walk softly and carry a long lens.

(This photo was taken April, 2004)

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I Have Always Trusted Pink

Magnolia

“I have always trusted pink,” Audrey Hepburn

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Thanks to Cheri Lucas Rowlands and WordPress for the Weekly Photo Challenge: Hue prompt.

Thanks to Wordless Wednesday for the Wordless Wednesday challenge.

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(This took place April, 2004)

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