Sunday, May 19, 2013

I Must Have Flowers

Earth laughs in flowers.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

dandy
The spring's first dandelion shows its trustful face.
~ Walt Whitman




blue flowers
Where fall the tears of love the rose appears, And where the ground is bright with friendship's tears, Forget-me-not, and violets, heavenly blue, Spring glittering with the cheerful drops like dew.
~ William Cullen Bryant




daffy twins
She turned to the sunlight
And shook her yellow head,
And whispered to her neighbor:
"Winter is dead."
~ A.A. Milne



flowers everywhre
You cannot forget if you would those golden kisses all over the cheeks of the meadow, queerly called dandelions.
~ Henry Ward Beecher
 



red tulip3
Each flower is a soul opening out to nature.
~ Gerard De Nerval





yellow tulips
Oh, tiptoe from the garden
By the garden of the willow tree
And tiptoe through the tulips with me
~ Al Dubin




grape hyacynth
Blue thou art, intensely blue; Flower, whence came thy dazzling hue?
~ James Montgomery

I must have flowers, always, and always.
~ Claude Monet

At Jill's request, I have linked this post with her Weekend Garden Party page. You might want to give her and her other posters a visit for some fine spring greenery. 'Tis the season, after all. Jill's beautiful photography can be seen regularly at She Who Carries Camera.

At Laura's request, I have also linked this post to her I Heart Macro page. Laura's blog is a lovely, peaceful oasis. You'll enjoy her photography immensely and marvel how she so often find heart shapes in nature. This post is about macro photography though. Head on over to Shine the Divine.

63 comments:

ADRIAN said...

Beautiful Hilary. Brightened up my breakfast.

Stacey Dawn said...

The beauty of Spring is almost gone ... heading into beautiful summer now. Lovely images!!! ;o)

Elizabeth Grimes said...

Hilary, it's been TOO long since I've seen your lovely photos and ready your thoughtful quotes that go so well with each one! I'm excited to begin posting again and catching up on all the wonderful ones I've missed!

SueAnn Lommler said...

These are amazing Hilary....your photo skills are outstanding!! Loved them all
Hugs
SueAnn

Brian Miller said...

wow...what is that white tree in the field of dandelions...that is cool....i love the contrast.....

DJan said...

How wonderful! I just love that tree in bloom and the dandelions below. It's the personification of spring! :-)

Deanna said...

some beautiful macros here, but I love the shot of the golden field of dandelions!!

She Who Carries Camera said...

Awesome macros! And, please do, share these delights with this weekend's garden party...they are so colorful!

TexWisGirl said...

'golden kisses all over the cheeks of the meadows'. liked that. :)

Pauline said...

Huge, contented sigh.

Anvilcloud said...

I see you've got that macro lens working overtime. Ya dun gud.

Red said...

I am always impressed with the quotes you use. Maybe because I like the older poets. Fantastic photos make this a great post for a rainy dull Sunday morning.

Grayquill said...

You must have flowers...I think that's a good thing. Good job!

Linda said...

I've never seen a more interesting perspective of a dandelion. That's just a beautiful capture. That one of the white lilacs amid a field of dandelions is awesome, too. I'm afraid I can never hear the phrase, "Tiptoe Through the Tulips," though, without thinking of Tiny Tim.

Bob Bushell said...

Lovely flowers and quotes, love 'em.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

I love the angle from which you took the dandelion picture. All pictures are beautiful.

Rita said...

These are gorgeous! I love that first quote!! :)

CiCi said...

Nice series of flowers. I would have to say that I must have flowers and music.

Frank Baron said...

I'm sure enjoying the splashes of colour we can see now. (After months of white, grey and brown.)

Stephen Hayes said...

These are among your most stunning photographs, and I never tire of hearing that line from Emerson---Earth laughs with flowers.

yaya said...

Your pics and quotes are perfect for each other! You have given the lowly dandelion..hated by so many gardeners and lawn perfectionists..a new status! They look lovely in the first pic and the one with the beautiful tree! Happy Spring!

Maggie May said...

The pictures are beautiful and that one with the blossoming tree with a myriad of dandelions underneath is maybe my favourite.
Maggie x

Nuts in May

Steve Gravano said...

Wow, I love that first one!!

Sandy Carlson said...

These are great. I especially love the daffodils--my favorites. You are amazing.

chariskalee said...

Oh so pretty and inspiring. Thanks for sharing Hilary! :)

Out on the prairie said...

I always think of bringing handfulls of the dandies to my mother who had a small vase in the kitchen for them.Flowers of love

Mage said...

Just what I needed. Thank you. I laugh with those flowers. :)

ladyfi said...

Oh, what gorgeously luscious photos!

Lisa Gordon said...

Hilary, these are truly beautiful.
I especially love the grape hyacinth.
Wishing you a fantastic Monday!

Leah J. Utas said...

Bright, lovely, and just what I needed to see.

Dianne said...

you compose symphonies!!

ellen abbott said...

oh, Hilary, these are gorgeous! especially that first one!

lime said...

just gorgeous. i'm so glad you included dandelions too.

a world without dandelions is a world without mommy bouquets ~lime

Gayle said...

Such eye candy, your talents! You choose such great quotes, too. I think dandelions are little nuggets of gold and I love seeing them. Thank you, thank you.
{{{}}}

photowannabe said...

OOOooooo.....ahhhhh!!

Simply gorgeous!

The macros and colors are spectacular Hilary.

You are an artist.

photowannabe said...

OOOooooo.....ahhhhh!!

Simply gorgeous!

The macros and colors are spectacular Hilary.

You are an artist.

Rob-bear said...

Hilary: flower power lady. Yes!!

Blessings and Bear hugs!
Bears Noting
Life in the Urban Forest (poetry)

A Cuban In London said...

Well, if you must, so will I. But only if they appear in your photos! :-)

Greetings from London.

Michael Manning said...

Hilary: These photos are quite dramatic. Spring is definitely here and this is beautiful work! Thanks for sharing!! :)

Barbara said...

These are gorgeous and as always, I love the quotes, too!

:.tossan© said...

Fabulous outlook, and I thank all the images. hug

Jackie said...

You are an impressive photographer...your capture of colors is superb. I love the vantage point you chose for the macros...and you know that I love the quotations you selected to accompany each photograph. Thoughtfully and perfectly chosen.
This blog brought me happiness!
Hugs,
Jackie

Anita said...

Stunning! You have outdone yourself in this post, Hilary.

Dave said...

It looks like you have finally received spring Hilary? We are close to winter now but our temperatures are still quite mild for the end of autumn. Enjoy your summer - Dave

Crabby McSlacker said...

Lovely!!! It's hard to be grumpy around all those cheery blossoms, thank you!

Pearl said...

She turned to the sunlight
And shook her yellow head,
And whispered to her neighbor:
"Winter is dead."
~ A.A. Milne

YES.

Pearl

Karen (formerly kcinnova) said...

**breathing deeply**

Gorgeous! And that Ralph Waldo Emerson quote made my day!

Laura Delegal - Leroy Photography said...

Goodness, your images and words are perfection.

Linda said...

Lovely! You make even dandelions pretty!

Sharon Wagner said...

I never knew a dandelion could be so stunning like in the top photo. Wow.

Laura said...

oh Hilary... please, please PLEASE participate in I Heart Macro tomorrow evening... what a joy for even more bloggers to view the world up close through your discerning eyes!

~ a Beauty seeker said...

Always gorgeous and a pleasure to stop. Your detail is perfection. Have a great weekend.

Suldog said...

I've just been sort of strolling through blogs while the Bruins play the Rangers, and then I saw the RED of that flower here and it was like an alarm going off. Woke me right up! :-) I am now ready for the third period. Thank you, Hilary!

Bone said...

I don't really feel qualified to comment all that intelligently on photography :) But I did enjoy these very much -- the pictures and the accompanying words. Striking.

Linda said...

So so pretty! Nice job on varying the types of pics too.

Leave It To Davis said...

And these are exactly what I'm talking about that I have been missing!!! What breath-taking photography!!!! And, by the way, love the pictures of the little girls sharing water....wonderful!

Laura said...

aww, Hilary you are a dear... thank you for not only sharing the love up-close with followers of my blog, but for your kind and supportive words too;-)

SquirrelQueen said...

All of your flower shots are beautiful but I adore the first one.

Lavender Cottage said...

You have eloquently shown spring in all her beauty with your gorgeous photos and quotes.

Gunilla Bäck said...

Gorgeous flowers! I can't imagine a world without flowers.

Karen said...

Such stunning images! Love the dandelion!

Timur said...

Wow...amazing photos !! Like it !

Greetings from Germany

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