I've been stalking flowers in Ryan's yard for weeks now, not being able to get enough of the ever-changing show. I actually think flowers on the wane are more interesting. Maybe I relate to them as I'm getting further away from my youth every day, deluding myself that maybe my looks, like one of a fading flower are just as lovely as when I was a dewy-faced 20-year-old because they are more interesting. Yeah, that's it.
Oscar Wilde said, " 35 is a very attractive age. London society is full of women of the very highest birth who have, of their own free choice, remained 35 for years,"
and Christian Dior said, "Women are most fascinating between the ages of 35 and 40 after they have won a few races and know how to pace themselves. Since few women ever pass 40, maximum fascination can continue indefinitely."
I'm with them, and honestly being oh, 35ish, is awesome. I'm old enough to have some perspective and experience but young enough to really make the most of it. I like it. I highly recommend the 30s and plan to stay here for a good long time.
Back to flowers, new ones and aging ones, I thought I knew where they all were, but I found renegade purple columbines growing unnoticed in the back corner by the fence.
They grow native in Utah, so just scattering seeds will yield gorgeous results. Every time I encounter a columbine flower while on a hike in the mountains I am amazed at their complex beauty.
(And now that I look at these flowers some more, I'm not sure they ARE columbines.)
Last week I spent some time at my parents' house and before the light completely went, walked around their yard and took pictures. My dad was so disturbed that I was photographing wilted and dying flowers he ran ahead of me, deadheading them before I could shoot them. Then both my parents kept telling me I needed to come back in a week when the roses would be blooming.
Oh I'll be back, and the week after that and the week after that. This show is going to last a long time.
I'm not remotely sick of flowers, so I hope you're not either. However, the beautiful thing is I am shooting whatever I want just for the sheer enjoyment of it. It's a gorgeous feeling.
If you like my pictures too, well, then, I'm always posting more of them on my flickr.