Sunday, December 12, 2010

Nice Play, Shakespeare!

foggy street
“Fair is foul, and foul is fair:
Hover through the fog and filthy air.”

one night before full moon
“O, swear not by the moon,
the fickle moon,
the inconstant moon..."
Romeo and Juliet

wet branches-sepia filter
“I must go seek some dew-drops here,
And hang a pearl in every cowslip's ear.”
A Midsummer Night's Dream

"Not a mouse Shall disturb this hallowed house.
I am sent, with broom, before,
To sweep the dust behind the door."
A Midsummer Night's Dream

pricklythings-wild cucumber-sepia
"If love be rough with you, be rough with love.
Prick love for pricking, and you beat love down."
Romeo and Juliet

"If you can look into the seeds of time,
and say which grain will grow and which will not,
speak then unto me."


Dawning Inspiration said...

Oh Hilary - there is such beauty in your images - I'm just marveling at them! Love them - and the quotes too!

Midlife Roadtripper said...

Okay, I can't decide which quote or which photo I like the best. Guess I will just have to love them all. Although that moon...

Anonymous said...

I love the way you have weaved Shakespeare in with your stunning photos!

Dave said...

I'm with Stacy. Your pictures and quotes are so well done. Your blog is a real pleasure. And the effort you put into it.... Thanks Hilary - Dave

Kristina P. said...

These are both gloomy yet alive!

hope and love said...

its really fantastic.. the images.. the quotes..

Sandra said...


Zuzana said...

Beautifully dramatic and theatrical in images and words...
The first image is so nostalgic and could make a stunning painting.
Have a lovely Sunday dear friend,

Sueann said...

The photos are fabulous and using Shakespeare is perfect. The words and pics go together so well. Well done!!

Moannie said...

Beautiful images, Hilary; I marvel at the clarity of your pictures.

I have not been very busy is blogland lately, time just seems to pour through my fingers and I am ashamed to say that I only noticed last night that you have given me a mention at POTW! How blooming marvellous is that? AND...wonder of have SPELLCHECK here in your comment box. No more excuses eh? Do we all have it now? Must go and write myself somethng.
Once again, thankyou. Oh,and the quotes, all so apt. You are good, you know.

Saz said...

beautiful in sepia...sunning images Hilary!

saz x

Merisi said...

These truly are images fit for Shakespeare!

A wonderful Sunday to you and yours!

Tabor said...

the photos are lovely with or without Bill.

Unknown said...

Gorgeous. Gorgeous.

I am in need of a photo walk... It's been awhile.

Phyllis E said...

How about a picture for my favourite animal quote from Macbeth: "Out, out damned Spot!" ;o)

Cuzzie P

Elizabeth Grimes said...

What a brilliant idea to pair each photo so perfectly with Shakespeare. Showing this one to my husband (who is NOT a blog reader, but a fan of Shakespeare!). :)

Out on the prairie said...

Lovely thoughts and verse. I liked the start with Macbeth, the forecast being laid out for his life.The next to last shot is real unique, and the last so delicate with the milkweed on the Queen Annes Lace.

Friko said...

Lovely photos as always. But quoting Shakespeare is surely new? No one says it better.

ds said...

Foggy street, the dew, that glorious (if fickle) moon. Your photos enchant, and Mr. Shakespeare only enhances them. Wonderful! Thank you.

Lori said...

Your photo's and words especially captured me this very cold Sunday morning...always a blessing to enjoy visiting here with my morning coffee...bless you Hilary...for seeing the beauty in our world and life and sharing it with us...for your kind words...for just being you. XX

She Who Carries Camera said...

Even in the dreariness of winter, beauty can still be found, and you've done just that!

Rosaria Williams said...

Each a lovely statement, to linger over for a while.

steviewren said...

Talk about a beautiful fog shot...yours is a doozy! The photo picturing water droplets on a tree branch is perfection too.

Love the quotes. They are perfect for your photo selections.

June said...


But I need to know: Did you have the quote in mind when you took the broom outdoors, or were you just out sweeping the fields?

What Karen Sees said...

Such a lovely series of images, so creative and artistically composed!


Nice,gorgeou s pictures and lines.

Anonymous said...

Awesome post, photography and quotations. I think YOU should receive the POTW to be honest.

Loved this.


Bossy Betty said...

Oh Hilary! You stole my heart with these pictures and the quotes. I love Shakespeare!!! Will you marry me?

ellen abbott said...

What a lovely set of photos. I especially like the sepia tones about them.

Dianne said...

here is magic and soft light and wonder in every single one of these photos
the first one is my favorite, what a street scene - I love fog, it's as though the plant is throwing on a light gauzy shawl just to soften things for a moment

you know, if Shakespeare had been lucky to have his books adorned by your photos he might have amounted to something

Russell said...

Whoa! You certainly know your Shakespeare!

Lots of good images but I like the first one best. Then again the last one is pretty nice ... and so is the one with the rain drops... and I like the broom ....!

They're all good! And the quotes are excellent.

Tammie Lee said...

gorgeous gorgeous post Hilary!

Anonymous said...

The gorgeous moon, and diamond dew-drops. Shakespeare has benefited from your photographs.

Country Girl said...

Your cleverness amazes me, Hilary! These quotes with the photos are wonderful. That first one is my fave.

Hilary said...

My favorite post....evah!!!!

Tabor said...

Hilary, we have had this pole feeder for over a decade and just now thinking of replacing it. If placed high enough it baffles the squirrels.

beth said...

i love that foggy photo....and what are those green prickly ball shaped things in that other photo ? we have them, too....but i have no idea what they are.

Reb said...

Well shot and quoted, Hilary.

Joanna Jenkins said...

Nice job! Your first pic is kinda spooky looking but the quote is perfect.
Happy weekend, jj

Linda at To Behold The Beauty said...

I love all of these Hilary. Might be the first time I've enjoyed reading Shakespeare. I especially liked the photo of the little prickly things, with the working of the light and shadows. But all are gorgeous.

Maggie May said...

Yes, you certainly got the feel of Shakespeare's plays in those pictures! Some of them were very ethereal!
Maggie X

Nuts in May

Unknown said...

Then of course there's "What's done is done". But I love what you've done here with words and images. lol! :)

Fragrant Liar said...

All good, and hard to choose from, but I think I'm going with pricking love as my favorite. Love has pricked me enough, and I must return the favor. Right?

Karen said...

Hilary, those are most beautiful and wonderfully artistic. I can't decide which one I like the best. And the quotes so appropriate!

messymimi said...

Midsummer Night's Dream is my favorite of all the Shakespeare canon, and you have made me fall in love with it, and the others, all over again.

Christine said...


Slamdunk said...

Great matches--your keen eye for photos and William's fine poetry.

Hilary said...

• SD, thanks very much. I'm so glad that you do. :)

• MJ, no need to decide. I'm just happy that you enjoyed the post. :)

• Lady Fi, many thanks. :)

• Dave, thank you so much. That's a very kind thing to say. :)

• Kristina, they do have kind of a gloomy feel, don't they? But still alive - that's good. Thank you. :)

• Thank you, Hope and Love. Much appreciated. :)

• Thanks, Sandra. :)

• Zuzana, I had a funny feeling you'd liken it to a potential painting. It's so like you! Thank you, my friend. :)

• Thank you kindly, SueAnn. I'm so glad that you think so. :)

• Thanks very much, Moannie. I'm so pleased that you enjoy them. No need to worry about your activity in the blog world. Real life is so much more important, and you have your Saz visiting. I'm so glad for the both of you. :) Your kind words always make me smile. Thank you for that. :)

• Saz, thank you kindly. Enjoy your visit with Moannie. I know you will. :)

• Thanks so much, Merisi. And right back at you! :)

• Thank you, Tabor. Just between you and me, I'm glad I had Willie's help. ;)

• Thank you, Deb. I know what you mean. We should try to head out somewhere together sometime, don't you think - next time we get together. :)

• Too funny, Phyl. I'm fresh out of doggie pics but I'll regift you with another quote in its place... Cry "Havoc!" and let slip the dogs of war. Thanks for stopping by, Cuzzie. :)

• Oh thank you, Elizabeth. I hope he liked it. I'm so pleased that you do. :)

• OOTP, thanks so much. I was quite fond of the last shot, myself. I loved how the seed was clinging to the spent blossom. I'm glad you like it too. Thanks for stopping by. :)

• Ha, Friko. Thanks but I'm thinking that maybe one or two have quoted the bard afore me. Perchance. ;) Thanks for the visit. :)

• DS, thank you so kindly. I so appreciate your warm comment. :)

• Lori, you're much too kind. You always manage to make me feel so wonderful with your warm words. You're truly a gem. :)

• Thank you, Jillsy. I'm so glad you think so. :)

• Thanks, Lakeviewer. William kind of knew how to write, eh? ;)

• Steviewren, thank you so much. that photo was taken looking up my street one morning. The fog lingered until early afternoon. Thanks very much for the kind words. They're so appreciated. :)

• Thanks, June. I saw the broom on my way home from a walk in the park. It was leaning against my neighbour's fence and it just asked to be captured in a photograph. How could I say "no?" I looked up the quotes to suit the images. ;)

Hilary said...

• Thanks kindly, Karen. :)

• Welcome, Jagdish and thanks for the kind words. :)

• Thank you, Di. So kind of you to say so. :)

• Betty, this is so sudden! I .. I need time.. oh, yes! Thanks for stopping by and for making me laugh. :)

• Thanks very much, Ellen. I'm glad you like them. :)

• Dianne, thank you kindly. The first and last photos are natural light and the others have been washed over with sepia tones to match.. sort of. You're so sweet to say such kind things. Thank you so much, my friend. You're a gem. :)

• Russell, I know my Google far better than Shakespeare. ;) I'm glad you enjoyed all of the photos. Your kind words are very much appreciated. :)

• Thanks kindly, Tammie. :)

• KC, such a nice thing to say. Thank you for that, my friend. :)

• Thanks very much, Kate. I'm so glad you like them. :)

• Thank you, my namesake pal. :)

• Thanks, Tabor. I'd like to find one of them before the ground seriously freezes. I'll keep on looking. :)

• Beth, they're wild cucumbers and I can't say that I've noticed them before this year, but they sure are everywhere. I'm glad you enjoyed the foggy shot. Thanks for stopping by. :)

• Thanks very much, Reb. :)

• Thank you, Joanna. It was actually a great morning. I love fog. Thanks for the visit. :)

• Thanks so much, Linda. I'm glad you enjoyed the post. The prickly things are wild cucumbers.. not of the edible variety. :)

• Thanks very much, Maggie May. Ethereal pleases me. :)

• Thanks very much, Michael. I'm so glad. :)

• FL, right! Yes, I understand the sentiment. Thanks for stopping by. :)

• Thanks very much, Karen. No need to decide. I'm just glad that you enjoyed them. :)

• MessyMimi, I'm glad I pulled one from your favourite. So nice to know that it pleased you. Thanks for letting me know. :)

• Thanks, Christine. :)

• Thanks kindly, Slamdunk. Much appreciated. :)

Frank Baron said...

I don't know if you were consciously aware of it but all these pics are either bi- or tri-chromatic. (If those aren't real words - they are now.) I like the effect. It takes me back to my darkroom days, fiddling with black, white and in-between.

Nice. :)

Cheryl Kohan said...

You are a genius. This is just a brilliant post, Hilary. Beautiful and thoughtful...I don't know which is my favorite.

Pauline said...

I've gone through this post a half dozen times and each time I am delighted - you have a wonderful camera eye and an equal talent connecting your images with appropriate quotes. Thanks for sharing with us!

CiCi said...

Shakespeare would be honored to see these photos with some of his quotes. I really like the eerie first photo.

Mental P Mama said...


Unknown said...

These photos are magical Hilary, just wonderful... even if I am late coming to the party!
Happy holidays dear one,

Leah J. Utas said...

Oh those are magnificent.

Gary's third pottery blog said...

AWESOME :) I am always wondering what those prickly things are....

sage said...

Wonderful photos and nice tags from the Bard!

Anvilcloud said...

I'm impressed. Great photos and well chosen text.

Daryl said...

Careful .. do not utter that name aloud .. and I was sure the first was The Tempest

Paul C said...

Your last picture of what I think is Queen Anne's Lace is something my wife and I commented on our walk yesterday. It's interesting to observe the spent weeds and flowers this time of year. They are bursting with seeds for birds and potential for next spring.

Cloudia said...

Dew Drops and macro make my day!

Aloha from Hawaii

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SandyCarlson said...

Absolutely astounding and delicate and ethereal.

Thanks for sharing these and the words that go with them.

Maria said...

Most enjoyable; I'm studying Macbeth for my English drama paper, trying somehow to graduate from uni at the age of 47, LOL.

Thanks for sharing, beautiful quotes and pics.

Dawn said...

Thank you Hilary! Needed this beauty in my day!
Beautiful captures....just breathtaking!

imbeingheldhostage said...

FanTAStic post Hilary, if I could nominate you for POTW, I would. WOW. Loved the feeling of each photo and so perfectly placed with Shakespeare!

Mother Theresa said...

Beautiful photos...and set to Shakespeare, even better!

Pat - Arkansas said...

Perfect pairings of words and images. Lovely, lovely, lovely!

Kerri Farley said...

Oh these are FABULOUS Hilary! And each quote matches perfectly.
You are soooooo Good at this!

Hilary said...

• Thanks, Frank. Yes, I'm aware of the colours (though not really limited to two or three in some cases) and even sepia-painted all but the first and last images to create that effect, as explained upstream in the comments. I'm surprised you didn't detect that, yourself. :)

• Thank you kindly, Cheryl. I'm so glad you like it. :)

• Pauline, thank you so much for your kind words. That means a lot to me. :)

• Thank you, TehcnoBabe. Such a kind comment. It's funny how I didn't feel the atmosphere as eerie in the first image - probably because I knew it was morning. I just enjoyed the fog. :)

• Thank you, MPM. :)

• Jane, thank you kindly. You're never late to the party as long as you do show up. It's ongoing. ;) Thanks for the kind words and right back at you. :)

• Thanks very much, Leah. :)

• Thank you, Gary. They're wild (inedible) cucumbers. They grow on vines in late summer to early/mid autumn. Thanks for stopping by. :)

• Thank you, Sage. Much appreciated. :)

• Anvilcloud, thank you kindly. :)

• Daryl the first was from that unutterable name.. of which I'll utter since I'm not in the theatre. ;) All Google searches on that quote lead to Macbeth. :)

• Paul, it is indeed Queen Anne's Lace and it think it's one of the few flowers which catches my eye and looks more beautiful once it dies than when it was alive. It has such drama to it. Thanks so much for stopping by. :)

• Thanks, Claudia. As do your comments. :)

• Sandy, thank you so kindly. Your visits and kind comments mean so much to me. :)

• Gaelikaa, thank you. So cool that you're studying Macbeth at this time. And most impressive that you're working on graduating university! Thanks for your always-kind words. :)

• Dawn, thank you so much for such kind words. They're so appreciated. :)

• IBHH, thank you so much. I'm so glad you enjoyed it. :)

• Mother Theresa, thanks kindly. :)

• Pat, so good to see you. Thank you so much. :)

• Thank you kindly, Kerri. Images and quotes seem to be your specialty so your kind words mean a lot to me. :)

Diane said...

Beautiful photographs and accompanying words of wisdom. :O)

Cricket said...

Wow. I don't know how I missed these. Those are gorgeous - individually and as a series. Really, it's the kind of thing that could be framed to go up a set of stairs, or something. Well done - I can't say which I like best, though possibly the milkweed? The sepia really works on these.

Hmmm. I don't know... I almost think a little Bob Dylan might suit me. Maybe Girl From The North Country?

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous photos and they go hand in hand with the quotes. Love it!

Hilary said...

• Thank you kindly, Diane. I'm glad you stopped by. :)

• Thanks so much, Cricket. I'm really glad you like them. One of these days, I will actually print some photos and do something with them. I really should. Thanks for the song selection. :)

• Barbara, thanks very much. Most appreciated. :)