Photo 365 #159

IMG_20140228_143517Winter, in all its monochrome glory, is now firmly entrenched in my backyard.  Since my current view is something like the image to the left, I find myself longing for a bit of color.

What?  There’s color in that there picture?  Well of course there is!  It’s just that it’s the color cast upon an ocean of snow by a setting sun, and it’s mostly blue.  And white.  And some sort of odd mixture of the two.  It’s monochrome.  And while it’s beautiful in its own way, it’s also boring.

I want color!  Color that pops off the page, or better yet, color that pops out of the dreary winter landscape.  I want color that makes my eyes sing and my heart soar, color that is so deep and rich and vibrant that it’s practically alive.

I’ve been trying to organize the scads of pictures that live on my computer and in so doing, I ran across these pretty, pretty pictures that I took last summer:

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I wish the flowers they depict lived in my yard, but alas, they don’t.  Actually, if they did, they probably wouldn’t be this beautiful because I’d have killed them all before they ever reached this glorious state.  But I digress.

The one thing they have in common (aside from a complete lack of retouching) is that they are all full of color.  Beautiful, vivid, eye-popping, heart-singing color.  Because anything that makes your heart sing is something you should have more of.

Also?  Spring is only ten weeks away.  Just ten more weeks until that beautiful color will be mine to enjoy all over again.

What do you miss in the dreary slog of winter?

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6 thoughts on “Photo 365 #159

    • Kay Kauffman says:

      I kill them one of two ways: Either I forget to water them and they die of thirst, or I water them too much and they drown. There’s no happy medium. The only plant I’ve managed not to kill is the philodendron my husband bought me three and a half years ago, and it’s only alive because A) they’re impossible to kill and B) I’m not in charge of watering it. 😀

      What are air plants?

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      • Jeanne says:

        Ooh! Air plants are also known as Tillandsias– they don’t require any dirt (mine sit in little ceramic and glass pots), and only need to be watered once a week or so– by soaking them in a pot of water for several hours. I forget to water them sometimes, and other times I leave them in the water for too long (I think they can stay soaked for ~a day), but they’re cute and spiky and kind of difficult to kill. 😀 They don’t really flower, but they definitely add a lot of character to a table or any other place you want to put them. Try it! Let me know how it goes!

        The orchid I have right now is in various stages of dying. Maybe flowers are not for me. Philodendrons are pretty hardy, huh. Maybe I’ll try my hand at those next.

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        • Kay Kauffman says:

          That sounds simple enough! I just Googled them and they look interesting. If I get any, I’ll definitely let you know how they turn out. 🙂

          Let me know what happens with your philodendrons! We have some where I work (in addition to the one that lives on my desk) and I think they’d have taken over the office by now if we hadn’t kept them trimmed back.

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    • Kay Kauffman says:

      Thanks, Donna! I was particularly happy with how those flowers came out. I had stopped to take a picture of a single red rose that had incredible coloring, and while I was shooting it, the homeowner stopped out to chat. He ended up taking me around his whole yard and letting me photograph all his flowers, and he had a bunch! It was really fun. 🙂

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