At Home Among the Flowers

When asked, “Where do you belong,”  I can’t help but think among the flowers.  Spring is my favorite time of year… a time of renewal and rebirth.  There’s just something about it that speaks to me, perhaps because I feel that winter is a time for more internal, quiet, contemplation.  Spring is, well… possibility.

 

I’d love to say I always held a camera in my hand, or perhaps that I’ve had some training or years of practice.  It’s strange to think that I haven’t always had a camera… but truthfully I only acquired the desire for photography after having a smartphone with an excellent camera.  Perhaps then, I realized, I could share the way I always looked at things.  It’s not a straight forward stare, but a turning over, an examination, an appreciation.  I don’t always know if that comes across in my photos… but that is where my love for photography stems from.

 

It’s not so much… how can I make this look beautiful or more beautiful, but it is a “wow, that is gorgeous or interesting or peculiar” and I want to capture it in its natural pose, no filters, no alteration, and definitely no cleaning up.  I believe my eyes have always seen that way, but perhaps holding the camera to my eye allows me to be more attuned to that viewpoint.  I now find myself paying more attention… and I have absolutely no desire to make excuses, to make apologies, or defend the solitude that stands between me and the subject, no matter how long I stand there gazing.  I know the rest of the world rushes past, barely noticing… but I have no desire to follow suit.  I seriously need to take the time as surely as I need to take another breath.

 

So yes, were you to find me in my element, it would definitely be among the flowers somewhere, no matter if it is at the gardens, in a wide open field, or growing wild in the mountain pathways.

 

(c) Sumyanna 2018

 

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Submitted for The Daily Post Photography Challenge: Place in the World

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13 Comments Add yours

  1. leigha66 says:

    Another amazing group of pictures! I especially love the orange flower, so delicate!

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  2. Pete Hillman says:

    These are trully stunning, Sumyanna!

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    1. Sumyanna says:

      Thank you so very much Pete. So incredibly sorry that I haven’t been around much this year. It has been incredibly busy with the two younger ones going up in grades but also my oldest is going to be a senior next year. I’ve been looking at scholarships, testing, colleges, etc. I am so glad it is finally summer and I can breathe!

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      1. Pete Hillman says:

        You are welcome Sumyanna, and no need for apologies. After all, Time is the most precious thing we have, and we have to use it wisely 🙂 Breathe, relax and enjoy the summer! 🙂

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  3. Beyond exquisite, Sumyanna! just WOW!

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    1. Sumyanna says:

      So glad yo like them. I’ve been a bit more “adventurous” lately. I usually would stand or crouch to take photos and anymore… I just don’t care. I will plop right in front of flowers and take as many pictures as I like. It’s a new thing with me, but I really do feel it matters to take things slower when you try to capture the essence of the gardens. How are you , by the way? I hope you are enjoying sunshiny days!

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      1. Its cool and we’ve had rain off and on, but the suns shining and spring has sprung.

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        1. Sumyanna says:

          Sorry it has taken a while to respond. See what happens when you try to disappear?!? You get behind on things 😉 How is summer where you are? Here it is rather hot… much hotter than normal for us. We somehow manage to have at least one day that is good enough to go to the gardens though.

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          1. The first two years here were so hot we were 80 and 90 and 100 F and both summers we sweltered (having come from a rainforest) this year however, we had 2 days of 80 F and now its quite cold and raining off and on. We’ll see. I lived here 36 years ago and we had summers such as this, so it’s not entirely unexpected but it is in a way too lol. I’ve got to get acclimated again

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          2. Sumyanna says:

            Where in the rainforest did you live? I think I might have missed that conversation. Sounds lovely, but I don’t know about all the humidity. We lived in Arkansas and I thought that was terrible 🙂 This year the weather is in the 90s up to 100s. Fortunately, it has not gone much past that. Last year it was more of the 80s up to the 90s.

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          3. I lived on the tip of Vancouver Island. Because of the amount of rainfall, it’s considered a rainforest. Literally, one year, it rained 365 days. I know, I walked to work every day and had to pack a change of clothing because I was soaked through by the time I got there. Amazing now we’re mid -island and the weather is so different.

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          4. Sumyanna says:

            I guess that must have been one of the places we did not visit. I know the name… obviously… but not that part of Canada is considered a rain forest. You learn something new every day! Oh, I could not imagine rain for 365 days. My mood seriously changes when I’m stuck in gloomy weather for too long 🙂 So glad to see you live in a more suitable climate!

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