“Just This Moment” is intended to be a collection of those small moments in which you are truly present in your life - at just that moment. The images may not be frame-worthy, but are moments that fill you with joy, allow you to experience a moment of gratitude, make you smile, touch your heart, and/or make your soul sing. I encourage you to share your “moment” here with me, but I will get us started with this…Read More
Have you ever wondered how the shamrock symbol is related to Saint Patrick's Day? In case there's anyone who hasn't heard the reason before now, I'd like to share a story one of the tour guides in Ireland told us about Saint Patrick reaching down, plucking a clover leaf, to use as a visual aid to explain the concept of the Holy Trinity. This just struck me as such quick thinking, as well as a practical and visual way to explain a sometimes difficult concept. The lovely little shamrock symbols are plentiful in Ireland, and you can even find them atop the Dublin street lamp posts. Oh Ireland (SIGH inserted here). I'm coming back to visit some day. But, until I do, this one day in March will have to suffice.
In honor of Saint Patrick's Day, here's an Irish Blessing for you, my friends.
This weekend I stopped by the log cabins because they have a lot of white irises, commonly referred to as “White Cemetery Iris”, in bloom. These lovely white beauties last a short time in the spring, so you can’t procrastinate. How do I know this? Because that is precisely what I did last year and missed getting any photos. Anyway, there were these two purple irises that really stood out, so I of course I tried to capture them (see the white ones in the background). I really didn’t think much about it until I got home and uploaded my photos. As I was adding keywords, I did a quick search to make sure I was correctly identifying the flowers and found this on the Aggie Horticulture site:
“An often-repeated gardeners’ tale about White Cemetery iris is that they “take over” patches of purple iris until very quickly the purple blooms are gone for good. Even though this should not happen if iris don’t set seed, there are plenty of people who swear they have seen individual plants which began with purple flowers, then with purple and white, until finally only white remained.”
Could this patch be in the midst of a “take-over”? Have you seen any other “take-overs” in your area? Well, that’s it for useless trivia for now. Enjoy the irises because they don’t last long.
I’ve been having fun practicing my macro photo skills lately. It has become a good excuse to buy myself flowers every now and then.
I plan to compose some more creative shots, but the flowers aren’t lasting, and I haven’t taken the time to pull out all of my props to set up a more pleasing composition. I’m also trying to experiment with some high key looks, so that has taken priority over the staging. It shouldn’t be that hard but, I was trained back in the high-contrast world of black and white film photography, so it’s been a struggle to figure out the best way to achieve the look I have in mind. I think I’m having trouble achieving the high-key look, mostly because it all seems counter-intuitive to me. Added to the learning curve is the fact that I tend to research the research and, days later, I’m afraid I’m no further along in the knowledge/skills area. (Oh, if only “Grasshopper” had a personal photography mentor with all the answers …) The good news is that when it “clicks” for me, I’m going to OWN the knowledge and not just guess or hit a preset button. So, I’m considering these my warm-up exercises for those beautiful spring flowers that should be, hopefully, peeping out any day now.
It’s Veterans Day and as I was putting in keywords on some of my pictures of poppies, I was reminded of the red poppies that were sold and worn on the lapels of the older generation of my youth. I did a quick search and found that the red poppy’s symbol for Veterans Day is attributed, in part, to a poem by John McCrae which I found on Wikipedia. I included the poem below, along with my gratitude to all the Veterans, past and present.