Wednesday, March 14, 2012

A Spring Assignment

Officially the first day of Spring will be March 20th.

Even though we certainly didn't have a rough winter; (we only had to shovel about 3 times) I am so anxious for the coming of Spring and those lovely flowers that always beckon us to photograph them. (Did you know that the most photographed objects, aside from faces, are flowers?) Yep it's true, or so Wikipedia tells us. :)

Our local grocery has great flower offerings and so I couldn't resist my favorite flowers, tulips. And I tossed on one of Kim Klassen's textures.

We are going to try something new here... It's an assignment... here we go.

For the next two weeks be on the look out for any inkling of Spring. Baby buds on trees, brave crocus breaking through the hard cold ground or maybe in your area you have full blooms on flowers. Try shooting them from a new vantage point. Then... on March 28th (my next post) I will put up Mr. Linky and have you link your grand photo  for all to see.

Of course you can link it back to your personal blog OR simply to your post on our Flickr Pool. (the Link is on our right side bar, you can't miss it :)  But please title it "Spring assignment". I am looking forward to your Spring offerings.


By A.E. Stallings

The tulips make me want to paint,
Something about the way they drop
Their petals on the tabletop
And do not wilt so much as faint,

Something about their burnt-out hearts,
Something about their pallid stems
Wearing decay like diadems,
Parading finishes like starts,

Something about the way they twist
As if to catch the last applause,
And drink the moment through long straws,
And how, tomorrow, they’ll be missed.

The way they’re somehow getting clearer,
The tulips make me want to see—
The tulips make the other me
(The backwards one who’s in the mirror,

The one who can’t tell left from right),
Glance now over the wrong shoulder
To watch them get a little older
And give themselves up to the light.



Dotti said...

Beautiful! Looks like you painted it, the texture is absolutely perfect. And the "assignment" - oh, my! What fun for all of us. I hope many readers will join in here ... this can be fun for all of us! I love seeing what others create, it's great inspiration, as is this photo. Running out to get tulips today since ours aren't up quite yet. Thanks, Claudia!

terriporter said...

Great idea for an assignment, Claudia! Spring is in full swing here so my weekly purchase of flowers will stop while I focus on the new spring blooms all around me. Just LOVE the light in your photo and the texture is wonderful!

Karen Harvey Cox said...

What glorious tulips, and your textures are perfect. Claudia, I love this assignment. I must confess, I am a total Linky Party addict, and enjoy the grown up version of show and tell. Although our weather has been unseasonably warm, our branches are still spelling winter here in Massachusetts. Fingers crossed I will find bits of Spring to share.


Carol's View said...

I really love the pic. It's much more "painterly" than most painted photos and it works. It almost looks like pastels.
I really like the spring poem too.

Linda said...

Fun! I love a good linky party! I am ready and shooting spring sights!


Anonymous said...

Great idea Claudia!

Fairfield House said...


I can't express how much 'seeing' you makes me smile. Love this new project and I will be pleased to participate in your Spring Assignment!


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