Tuesday, April 19, 2011

A glow from within

The theme of Gardening Gone Wild's April "Picture This" contest is "Let's Talk About Light" and the challenge is to match the subject with the light.  Rob Cardillo, the judge, offers wonderful advise and some samples of his work in the post about the contest here.  In reading it I realized something about my own attempts to match the light to the subject:  I've been nearly ignoring the subject and trying to capture the light.  The light is what mesmerizes me, especially in the Fall and Spring, but all year long in the early morning and late afternoon.  
It's impossible, of course, to capture the light.  And in reality its the mood that the light evokes that I want to freeze in time and save.
Early morning on my beloved Lake Norman


The color of the Japanese Maple as it comes to life

The unfolding of the clematis bloom


The dogwoods at their peak
There are countless images stored on my computer of these scenes - the lake, the maple and dogwood, and the clematis.  But I won't be entering any of them in the contest.  Instead I'll be entering this photo of an iris.  I can't tell you the name of the iris,  just that I dug it and several more like it from my mother-in-law's garden after she died five years ago.  They were the first bulbs I planted in my new garden.  They bloomed nicely the first and second years, but not at all the third.  Last year I had one bloom.  And so I dug them up (they had multiplied several times over) and moved them - giving them more room and more sun.  This week they began blooming - all of them - tall and happy and reaching for the sky.  I go out every morning to admire them and remember my mother-in-law.  They seem a little shy, as she was, but when the morning sun shines on them just right they glow from within, just like she did.

13 comments:

Karen said...

What a lovely way to be remembered, I'm sure your mother-in-law would be honored! How nice.

Aerie-el said...

Beautiful! Is that clematis 'Nelly Moser'? Good luck with your entry!

Sue said...

Beautiful photos-I think you made a lovely choice. Best of luck!

Karin / Southern Meadows said...

What a lovely way to remember your MIL! Beautiful photo...best of luck!

Mac_fromAustralia said...

I'm glad to see your post. When I couldn't find you on GBBD I was a little worried, especially as I had seen your part of the world in the news because of the storms. I hope you will have a lovely spring. Your maples and dogwoods are gorgeous!

HolleyGarden said...

Beautiful photos, all. Good luck on the contest. I enjoyed hearing about your MIL and your comparison to her irises.

Southern Lady said...

Your pictures are gorgeous. I love the light coming through the dogwood bloom. I think that your final choice was a good one. The glow from within the bloom is beautiful. Carla

PlantPostings said...

Oh, Ginny. What a beautiful story! And the lake looks so inviting. It sounds like it's a very special place for you. I'm glad your Irises are blooming this year!

Casa Mariposa said...

All the photos are beautiful but the iris is my favorite. I like the story, too!

Donna said...

beautiful pics but I love the one you chose for the best reason!!

scottweberpdx said...

Those shots of the Maple leaves are really lovely!

gardenwalkgardentalk.com said...

Good luck Ginny on your submission. I saw it on GGW and it is very beautiful, but the remembrance is beautiful as well.

Alistair said...

Beautiful pictures and a truly touching story to go with them.