The main theme of this blog has been and still is about growing the fruit and veggie crops that add amazing flavors and nutrients to our food supply. Raising food plants has been at the core of our gardening focus, but there’s more to the garden; there are the flowers.
Flowers are food for the soul; what would life be without them? Through the summer I capture digital images of the blooms for no other reason than that they are there and colorful and interesting. And not just photogenic, but they are ideal subjects for photography. They don’t act camera shy nor do they stick out their tongues at that critical nano second before the shutter clicks. The most that happens is a bee crawling out of the middle of a flower as the picture is being taken.
What is not caught in the click of the camera, or in bytes, however you want to think of it, never shows up in the picture and is left to the imagination. There are the aromatics, the scents- most notably those that of the roses. And there is often the shy slither of garden snake hidden in the vinca, the melodic voices of birds, and the loud and constant buzzing of bees. As you squat down to get a better angle on a bloom you see that Mr. toad is wiggling his behind into the dirt, and you find that a garden spider has been busy because your hair is getting full of sticky strands of web. And you hear the indistinguishable whir of hummingbird zooming by. There’s lots going on there, and the mere image of a bloom is far from the whole picture.
I like to look at the flower photos in the middle of the chilly season. I can see how beautiful the flowers were, and more than that, the images spark memories of the constant hum of activity all around them. I can almost smell the roses. -jmm