Sunday, February 19, 2012

The Texture of our Days

The weather has been uncharacteristically mild this winter. Here we are in the middle of February and there's been very little snow, and a fair bit of rain. Above freezing temperatures keep it feeling as if we're alternating between late November and late March, having skipped the three months in between.

“Small moments accumulate and transform the texture of our days”
~ Steven Monaco

I've posted images of texture before. It's a subject I like to explore with the camera lens every now and then. Like then. And like now...



February sunflower
This is what remains of the sunflower which was previously posted here and here.





sappy tree2
This pine tree has had its share of injuries. The sap which oozes from its wounds becomes colourful in the bright sunlight.





macro bark
A different tree. I'm likin' this lichen.





oak leaves in February
A couple of oak leaves think it might still be autumn. Who can blame them for clinging to the season?





ornamental cabbage
An ornamental cabbage - dry and withered in the cold but still beautiful in the sunshine.





inside a stem
This is a peek inside of a broken, hollow stem. Its colours and textures caught my eye and how could I not share?



That's it for this post. I'm still terribly behind with my blog visits but I'll make my way around to your posts eventually. Thanks for being so understanding and thanks always for stopping by with your kind comments. You're so appreciated.

55 comments:

Stephen Hayes said...

It's easy to see your love and appreciation for textures in these photos. I can't wait to see what you do with spring.

VM Sehy Photography said...

Nice shots Hilary. Love the cabbage. Our weather is very similar to yours. It's been very mild here, too. I have had a hard time shaking the feeling it is either spring or fall as well. Today it started snowing, so that'll be nice. Don't sweat being behind. I haven't been around to blogs for awhile either nor have I been good about updating my own blog. Way too busy.

Linda said...

All interesting and well photographed, but the oak leaves against the blue background are especially eye pleasing.

Madge Bloom said...

Interesting textures and colors... we've been mild too, except for that one snow and ice storm that lasted about 10 days...

ADRIAN said...

The oak leaves are special.

Anyes said...

I love the texture of your days Hilary. Your photographs always capture the prefect way to look at the beauty that surrounds you :-)

sage said...

Nice textures. We have had the same kind of winter.

SueAnn said...

Texture has been my theme this week as well. Love your photos!! That cabbage one is amazing.
Hugs
SueAnn

Brian Miller said...

wow that ornamental babbage pic is really cool...def some cool textures in this....

rosaria said...

Wonderful! Beauty everywhere.

Leah J. Utas said...

Lovely work.

Daryl Edelstein said...

I love photos like these ... life is not smooth and these are a reminder of how wonderful being not smooth can be

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

GORGEOUS!!! I love this type of photography,seeing beauty where others would pass on by.

Country Girl said...

I appreciate you, too. And your wonderful photos.

I'm also behind in my visits. xo

Susan in the Boonies said...

NICE! I can feel it!!!

Anvilcloud said...

This is a different look at the world.

Hilary said...

I like the ornamental cabbage the best......but yes, isn't it weird and interesting what the world looks like with a winter of NO SNOW.
Not sure I like it.

Out on the prairie said...

Some interesting choices, I get caught up with textures somedays also

TexWisGirl said...

i love the browns of winter - or in this case, non-winter. :)

chariskalee said...

Love the textures and the way you captured them. We've been through a similiar weather in Utah this winter (of course last night we finally had a snow storm that left a few inches behind). It has been so unusual. Anyway, thanks for sharing your talent with us!

laveta'splace said...

I love how you see things; how you see beauty in the simple things. That's the kind of photos I love.
We have been having mild days but the nights get down to 10 or 15 to remind us it's still winter.

Kerry said...

Oh wow, I wouldn't have recognized that sunflower. How fun to watch it through its changes, like Monet and his garden.

Barb said...

Hard to play favorites, but I do really like the oak leaves and the peek inside the stem. To look closely is its own reward. Thank you, Hilary!

Red said...

You show us all kinds of things we should be looking at. Come to think of it it's along time ago that I lay on my back and watched clouds!

Gary said...

I LOVE the title of this post! Your pictues are incredibly clear. I feel like I am dipping my face into water and seeing things in a new, quieter, privileged way. It's pretty amazing.

Gillian Olson said...

Beautiful colours and textures. Love the leaves against the deep blue background.

yaya said...

Our weather has been an up and down event all Winter. I'm not complaining, but I'll love it when it's more warm than cold and the sun is hanging around longer! Love the shots. The sunflower one made me think that someday I'll look like it and somebody will post a before and after shot! You have a great eye!

Reena Walkling said...

So mild here as well and I'm okay with that!

ds said...

Disconcerting, this lack of "winter." Makes me dread March. As for the photos, I truly "felt" each one. Me likey that lichen too ; )

Michael Manning said...

Your love of life and our environment is so evident, Hilary! lol!!! :)

Rob-bear said...

We're having a really weird winter, too. Snow one day; river in the streets two days later. No wonder this Bear cannot hibernate.

But your winter becomes an excuse for wonderful images. Thank you.

Rizalenio said...

Wow! Brilliant photos. I felt like looking at a new world. Felt like I turned into an insect and hopped into these beauties.

Thanks a lot for sharing these images. Very creative and poetic.

Dave said...

Interesting texture pics Hilary. I specially liked the one of the ornamental cabbage. It looked a bit like a big fluffy cloud - Dave

Barbara Shallue said...

Love seeing where your eye draws you!

LadyFi said...

Marvellous textures - I feel I can reach out and grab them!

Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell said...

You live in a place with so many treasures to find outdoors. Love these texture shots!

Dianne said...

the leaves hanging on are so wonderful
I loved all the reflections and Frank shots in the previous post

Mage said...

Everything says spring here. It's in the 40's at night and the sixties during the day. The only difference between now and a real spring is the light. It's a cold water sunlight today not the robust gold stuff I prefer.

CiCi said...

What is left of the sunflower does not even hint that it was a beautiful flower. But it does have a fascinating texture. Even the dried cabbage plant is gorgeous.

louciao said...

I'm a fool for texture myself, especially how it translates so well into paint or textile expressions. That dried up flowering cabbage is sumptuous. It would make a fabulous inspiration for a weeding gown.
;-)

Maggie May said...

Texture is lovely but colour makes more impact on me, anyway.
Maggie X

Nuts in May

Betty Manousos@ Cut and Dry said...

wow, hilary, your photos are like poetry!
these textures look heavenly!
very nicely done:)

thanks for brightening my day.:)

Joanna Jenkins said...

Very nice-- I especially like the cabbage shot-- the colors are so interesting. At first glance I thought it might be coral.

Beautiful. xo jj

Daniel said...

Tattered and weather beaten, the organic matter's fibers hold together and delight with newly exposed folds as captured in your images.

Beauty is much more!

Kerri said...

Oh I LOVE your textures!

Bob Bushell said...

This is the best, showing the trees, leaves and the lichen. Fantastic photos.

Sandi McBride said...

You are such a photographer/artist that I am always awed by what should be mundane and plain...the beauty is there if we would only look deeper...thank you for looking deeper and then sharing the wealth!
Sandi

Suldog said...

You find beauty in places most of us wouldn't look for it. You're blessed.

photowannabe said...

I wouldn't miss visiting your blog anytime Hilary.
Sometimes it takes me a few days but your photos are exceptional.
Adore the textures.
Post when you can, I will be here.

Karen (formerly kcinnova) said...

The ornamental cabbage is my favorite!
We've had a mild winter here, too. I'm suffering from envy when I look at blogs with plenty of snow.

Don't tell anyone, but after I looked at fresh photos from the park yesterday, I saw that under some pine needles there was new green grass. The groundhog must have been wrong.

Hilary said...

Thank you, everyone. You're more than kind to this mostly-absent blogger. I'll be around to visit during the upcoming few days. :)

Linda said...

I love your focus on the different textures. Nature provides so many interesting subjects. I've seen some trees that seem to refuse to let their leaves go.

Rita said...

Love your photos; they kind of speak to my soul; very relaxing here. I think i might just have to join you.
Rita

Sandra said...

I love every one of these -- big surprise. :)

Lisa RedWillow said...

wow.. Im in love with them all. Gorgeous. Just stunning.