Tony’s Daylily

Tony's Daylily
Tony’s Daylily

Today’s flower is one with special memories for me. It is a rich dark purple, a lovely colour and was given to us by my dear stepfather, Tony. He was visiting us in the spring years ago and bought it for us as a gift. During the visit he remarked that actually he should have visited us that fall, but he had got the various visits he made to family mixed up. I was really glad he had, as he had a bicycle accident in the late summer and died shortly after that. We had that special time with him and now we have this beautiful daylily. Every time it blooms I have fond memories of our times with him. So this flower is one that brings happiness to me in my memories. I hope it brings you the same moment of happiness in your day today.

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New Dahlia

New Dahlia
Dahlia not quite open

We are back home with this flower photograph, a dahlia which is not quite open. I loved the patterns in it and the slightly curled unfurling petals edged with pink. Steven loves to grow dahlias and we have quite a few now. There was a risk of the first frost last night when I was preparing this post and I knew that by the morning we might well have lost them for this year, so I wanted to share this, a memory of the warmth of summer which is fast fading. I hope it cheers all who see it today!

Update: As I post this this morning, I see that the dahlias, all close to the house are safe, though the frost did come. So we have more beauty from them to enjoy for a short while at least.

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Hydrangea Serrata “Bluebird”

This was one of those times when I was so happy to have had my camera with me! We had stopped in to a hardware store and I decided to wander around outside at first. It was terribly windy, very overcast and I didn’t hold out much hope that I would find anything of interest. There seemed to be just a line of green leafy bushes against the bricks. Then I saw these, nestled against the building and almost hidden among the leaves. The plant is a hydrangea Serrata “Bluebird”. The flowers were so light and airy and seemed to be flying around in the breeze. I hope they make you as happy today as I was to see them. Have a lovely Saturday or whatever day you see this on. I send my love out to all my friends with this Bluebird!

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Pink Radish Flowers and Friday Bonus

Pink Radish Flowers
Pink Radish Flowers

Today’s happiness flower is a spray of pink radish blooms which makes me think of a Japanese painting for some reason. Their airy delicacy really appeals to me and I hope it gives a little lift today to any who feel in need of a bit of bright pink along slender green stems.

And today there is a bonus image as it is Friday and I feel like treating everyone to a photograph I took early on in my project. I have not gone far for this one, as it also is in the vegetable garden.

Dill flower
Dill flower

I have planted dill wherever it would be a good companion plant and this spray is just beside the tomatoes. I wish everyone a lovely day or evening!

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Grass-leaved Goldenrod

Grass leaved goldenrod
Grass leaved goldenrod

Good day everyone! Today’s flower to help cheer your morning (or evening) is a wild one, a member of the Aster family. At first glance it doesn’t seem to be very interesting, but when you look closely it has an intricate tiny beauty in each little flower. It is known as Grass leaved Goldenrod or Goldentops, grows around us profusely and its nectar is a favourite of monarch butterflies. I love the tiny golden florettes that sit above those spiky leaves. This was photographed along the edge of the path that runs beside a wood next to us. The Flower a Day Gallery as it is up to now is below. Each day a new photo will be added.

Rose of Sharon

Rose of Sharon
Rose of Sharon

Today’s flower to bring a smile is a Rose of Sharon I found in a store. I was so glad that I had my camera with me as these blooms were so beautiful nestled in the dark leaves with their soft blue colour. They seemed almost out of place in that bustling masked distanced environment. I wish now that I had bought the plant, but maybe another time. Have a lovely day or evening wherever you are in the world.

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Now where was I?

Before we were so rudely interrupted…

Marigolds in our vegetable garden

Where was I and where were we? In a different world, it seems. So much has changed in the past year, for us personally and for us collectively around the world. My last post seemed to say that flowers can bring the sun back into our lives and strangely, that theme continues after all this time with this post and the ones to follow.

Like many of us, I know, Steven and I have had periods of feeling isolated (that’s what isolation does to people!) and also of feeling a little low in spirits. Back in July I decided to start a project in an attempt to cheer myself on a daily basis and perhaps bring some cheer to my friends and family who felt like we do.

Queen Anne's Lace by the woods
Queen Anne’s Lace by the woods

I decided to take my camera out and dust it off and find flowers in the immediate environment of my home, in the woods and fields beside us and on the roadsides outside our house. Some would be ones I had planted or were in our garden, most would be wild, grasses, usually known as weeds. I also (mostly) limited myself to using my vintage Helios 44-2 lens, which requires the discipline of setting the camera to manual adjustments. I have taken too many photographs on my phone over the past year. I needed to get back to the challenge and pleasures of using my camera to capture the beauty in my home environment. I was hoping this would lift my spirits and I have found that it has. Here I begin sharing these with my website viewers on a daily basis. I hope each day you will enjoy seeing a new flower.

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Rainy Birches

Rainy Birches - Ellie Kennard 2012
Rainy Birches – Ellie Kennard 2012

This gentle black and white photograph with its splashes of dark zigzags is another find from my 366 photo a day project in 2012.

original post: November 14, 2012 – 319/366 – Rainy Birches

Today was a day of rain and I spent some of it sitting in an industrial park while my car was being repaired. I stood outside with the highway traffic thundering over my head and thought I would photograph these birches with their few yellow leaves, planted in the embankment below the road. They seemed to be a pen and ink wash drawing

Leaf Jam

Leaf Jam - Ellie Kennard 2012
Leaf Jam – Ellie Kennard 2012

This photo is a favourite of mine as it was taken at the end of a long hike when I was still almost too sick to undertake such a walk. I was working on a project called “Thankful” with a small group of friends. This is why I really appreciated finding the image and post again as I have almost forgotten what it means to have balance issues and to be so unwell.

We rested when we arrived at these falls and as we were sitting on the rocks (and it wasn’t all that warm, I seem to remember) I saw this bundle of leaves hanging on for dear life. I am so glad to have recovered this post, rather like a mini diary entry as it (and the photo) reminds me of days that I am so glad to have left behind me. Thankful indeed!

Original Post: October 28, 2012 – 301/366 – Leaf Jam – or “The Intrepid Travellers Find the Falls 

Today we decided to do a trek to a place that we have only just heard about, Crystal Falls. We only had very scanty directions (rather sweet ones, given by Google Maps that start off by saying: “Let’s start at Tim Hortons” – Tim Hortons is a chain of coffee shops, for those unfamiliar with this Canadian icon). Eventually, after asking directions twice, we found the rough track that we hoped led to this place, deep in the woods (we were told to be careful of coyotes, which lent an air of excitement to our trek). We trudged along a rocky dirt road that climbed up and up and up a hillside until we came to a rather ugly set of power lines. At the bottom of the hill just under these power lines, we could see the falls.

The descent was steep and tricky and for myself, with balance issues and carrying camera and lenses the trip down was fraught with danger. I made it to the bottom where we then made our way through swampy terrain until we reached the edge of the pool. The falls were there before us and were lovely even though not spectacular. Although I took many photographs of the falls and will no doubt go back and take more, today’s feature is of a leaf jam that took my fancy with the water spraying up from it. 

We saw a couple approaching us from the opposite bank and when we could make our way within hearing distance they told us that the real way back to the road was on their side, much easier and a very pretty walk along the river. To get there we had to jump across slippery rocks, balance across logs wedged between heavy boulders in the rushing stream (remember the balance issues) and eventually be helped up the bank. 

So we were intrepid travellers today.