Sunday, May 6, 2012

Everything Old is New Again

Everything old is new again. At least that's what they say about whatever is fashionable. It's also true, of course, in nature.

If you poke around amid the spring-fresh greenery, you're bound to find a few things which refuse to let go of their rightful positions even though their time is done.


O-dry blossom
This dry blossom was probably a very early bloomer. I don't think I saw it in its prime but it sure has aged gracefully.




O-wood in sunshine
This old broken hunk of tree soaks up the late day sunlight.




O-last years blooms
I'm not sure if these are last year's blooms awaiting new growth or another early bloomer gone to seed.




O-trunk
This beautiful old tree trunk still has a lot of living left to do.




Now here's a mystery for me. In the following two photos, I'm not sure which is the old and which is the new. Maybe you can help.




catkin old-new
See how most of the tiny blooms on this catkin are tight and black to purple-ish? There are a couple of fresh pink flowers on the bottom left. Are the deep purple flowers the before stage or after? Do they open to reveal the fresh tiny pink flowers or is this how they appear after the flowers are spent?




catkin new-old
This photo shows pretty much the reverse. We have mostly pink flowers and just a few that are dark and closed-looking. Are those few done blooming or are they about to open and join the rest? This inquiring mind wants to know.




N-tulip in red
Since we've now crossed the threshold from old to new, here's a lovely spring tulip to greet you on the other side.




colourful new growth
Pink seems to be a predominant colour when everything is budding and flowering.




N-maple buds
See what I mean?




little wildeflower
Of course there are splashes of other hues just for good measure.




N-blossoms
But pink blossoms just make me want to breathe in deeply and say "ahhh."


Thanks for joining me on this walk between old and new. I'll have more photos for you in a few days.

47 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

lovely. gotta love nature's way of replenishing.

Indrani said...

Too good!
The browns are beautiful too.

Stephen Hayes said...

The little white flower with the yellow interior is stunning.

Linda said...

The tulip photo is exquisite. Love final picture, of the pink blossoms on the tree, too. As for the catkins, I think you're just going to have to do a photo documentary so that we all know the answer to the mystery.

ladyfi said...

Spring perfection! That first shot is magical.

Tabor said...

Spring is really beautiful where you live. I was working up a sweat outside yesterday, so it looks like summer is closer here!

Brian Miller said...

oo the yellow and white one is like a bit of sunshine...that dried flower right up front is really cool too hilary...

Country Girl said...

Wonderful! Yes, it's predominantly pink. We're well past that stage now and everything is lush and green.

DJan said...

I think the catkins are the earlier picture and the pink blossoms the later one, but that's just what I think, who knows? The pictures are as usual so lovely. I love the lighting.

JillsyGirl Studio said...

I can't answer your questions, but I have often asked the same to myself when I pass some odd bloom somewhere where I can't go back again to watch the progress. Mother Nature likes to play with us like that sometimes, just to make sure we're watching!

Dianne said...

I love discovering autumn leaves, still hanging out or carpeting corners of green grass

the tulip is perfection
as are all your shots

ZeldaMom said...

I love the comments you post with your beautiful photos.
:-)

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Both the old and the new have beauty. I do love seeing all that tender new growth.Even a simple leaf looks beautiful as it emerges.Have a wonderful day.

Diane Cayton-Hakey said...

I'll have a dozen of those gorgeous pink tulips please.... How wonderful! Our florals are disappearing and it's a very GREEN world outside my door this time of the year. Waiting for the next summer flowers to bloom.

Leah J. Utas said...

Lovely and relaxing.

messymimi said...

A lovely morning walk with you, thanks.

Sharon Wagner said...

My favorite is when the green cat tails start to overtake the brown at Wood Lake.

Mage said...

Magic stuff. We are deep into fog today....grey instead of spring. Thanks for bringing spring here.

MaggieGem said...

Another wonderful walk... love that tulip, great perspective!

Anvilcloud said...

I wish that some of my body parts could be made new again.

Red said...

You must have a topic generator or a theme suggester as you always come up with some very neat posts. Old to new in pictures yet.
A very enjoyable post.

Kerry said...

I like how you have taken a really close look at things here, especially the dried-up blossom that is still beautiful and fragile. Lovely.

missing moments said...

All comes to life once again ... gotta love it!

sage said...

The dying of the old and the birth of the new--great photos!

Glo said...

A Renaissance of Beauty as only you can capture it.

BTW I'm kinda old...how can I get new again? ;)

Michael Manning said...

Hilary: That last photo carries so much promise and Hope! :)

Dave said...

Nice macro-photos Hilary - Dave

Jane Gaston said...

Oh man, did you see that little fairy that just darted into the old tree trunk? So glad I saw that... thanks Hilary!!!

Shammickite said...

I absolutely adore those pink trees. Wish I had one in front of my house. I'd spend all day sitting on the front steps and gazing at it and never getting any work done.

Daryl Edelstein said...

love the light in each of these .. so lovely so very much in Ma Nature's spotlight!

Karen (formerly kcinnova) said...

I would guess that the dark gray-purple of the catkins is the sad result of early bloom before the final cold spell; however, my thumbs are definitely NOT green so don't take my word for it!

I do love the sepia tones in those first few photos. Such warmth!

photowannabe said...

Stunning tulip and the splashes of yellow on the white flower is simply gorgeous.
You are a master!

louciao said...

Always refreshing to stroll along with you and have the chance to admire details one might otherwise miss. The rough with the delicate, the colourful with the drab, all equally cherished.

Karen said...

Gosh, I don't know the answer to that. I would "think" that the pink flowers come after the black, but then maybe the flowers fall off and all that's left is the pink, but then....:P

Love the spring colors!

Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell said...

Nature is tricky, but it sure is glorious!

Kat said...

Wow! Breathtaking. You have such an eye!

Pauline said...

this whole post made me want to take a deep breath and say, "ahhhhhhhh." such beautiful photos!

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

Wow, just when I thought I had a favorite, I scrolled down and changed my mind. These are all superb!

Gillian Olson said...

So many great things to admire in nature, old and new. Great captures.

Bob Bushell said...

The old and new, it takes my breath away. Beautiful photos.

Shrinky said...

These would make a wonderful framed set to hang, your lens turns what at first glance may seem ordinary, into the most extraordinary of creations.

Kerri said...

So Pretty!

Mental P Mama said...

The beauty of Spring....

Clowncar said...

such gorgeous imagery. you make me happy to be back in blogland!

She Writes Here Now said...

I love the gnarled textures of that trunk. It reminds me of someone's grandfather I once knew. His face was holding a thousand lines of life. The trunk is beautiful. Age is.

Laura said...

amazing beauty Hilary!

CiCi said...

I like how you describe the older blossoms as aging gracefully. I happen to be at that stage in life and I can relate to the blossoms who bloomed early this year and now what do they do. Nice photos, Hilary, I too love pink blossoms.