Thursday, 26 June 2014

Photographs I Thought I Had Lost!

Gentle Reader ~~~ a few years ago, when my much loved Papaver Orientalis "Coral Sea" {which you have seen often on my blog, for it is a particular favourite of mine} was new and gave me just five magnificent blooms in that first season, there was a promise of what was to come ~~~ I just happened to come out of my cottage at the most opportune of moments.  I honestly think if I had been an hour earlier or an hour later I would have missed what has become 'one of those moments' in my life. 

One of the great, big, green buds, about the size of a large Kiwi Fruit, and all covered in the finest and tiniest of fuzzy hairs, was in the process of opening and oh! what an opening it was ~~~ I rushed indoors to fetch my camera immediately!

I think the whole birth of this bloom took about three hours from the first tentative cracking open of the protective bud to the final emergence of the complete and perfect bloom, like a beautiful ballroom gown, fit for any waltz, or the skirt of a ballerina as she floats across a stage ~~~ layers and layers of tulle~like petals scrunched and folded into an otherwise uninteresting package ~~~ never, ever judge a book by it's cover!  Who would have realised such magic, such beauty, was about to emerge from such a boring bud ~~~

Just look at all the textures within each image ~~~ so amazing that it survived, so tightly packed, so delicate and fragile, a perfection of God's creative hand indeed ~~~ I was over the moon to think that I was chosen to witness this and to record it too ~~~ it is still one something that amazes, delights, and humbles me to this very day ~~~ Some of the images are very similar, and some are post edited, but I have included all for you to see, for each one holds it's own special merit ~~~ I haven't even talked about the colour!

Here, Gentle Reader, is the delicate texture of the crumpled bloom, held captive for so long as it grew encased inside the tight, green bud, finally breaking free of it's bonds, revealing such fragile petals, tightly packed, full of creases releasing, like the most expensive silk dress of a Princess emerging from her tiny, Cinderella carriage ~~~























While a Gardener's Work is Never Done, some days the rewards are more special than others ~~~



 ~~~A Gardener's Work Is Never Done~~~

8 comments:

  1. FABULOUS!!!!! The 9th photo absolutely glows!!

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    1. Thank you Darlene! Some are post edited, I must find the auto~preserved ones, they *must* be lurking somewhere. It was such a relief to find them. Waving ;)

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  2. Amazing! Weren't you lucky? I had no idea it was so quick.

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    1. I don't think it normally is that quick Cait. This year I noticed some of the buds took several days from the first tentative crack to the final grand opening. I remember the day of this one so very clearly though because it was also the first day I took Dad to respite day care. The bud was opening when I got home from dropping him off and it was fully open when I left to bring him home.

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  3. Just lovely, Debs! So happy that you were there to capture nature at its finest! I spent my day in the garden digging up perennials to move around and share with neighbors and friends. I think of you often! Have a happy weekend in The Shire! ♡

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    1. Thank you Dawn ~~ I always say it is moments sometimes {especially with sunsets!} and it is gone ~~ right place, right time :)

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  4. Just wonderful. So glad you found your photos again xxx

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