Wednesday, May 15, 2013

A Blush of Scarlet & Posts of the Week

I stepped outside one April morning to find that some of the fallen buds from my neighbour's tree to the left of me had landed on the hood of the car belonging to the neighbour to my right. It caught my eye. I grabbed my camera and voila.. instant blog post!

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"Sunshine steeps your boughs

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and tints the buds

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and swells the leaves within."  ~ William C. Bryant

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"Thought is the blossom;

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language the bud;

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action the fruit behind it."  ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

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"When April winds grew soft,

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the maple burst into a flush of scarlet flowers."  ~ William Cullen Bryant

And now, without further delay, here are the Posts of the Week. The icon below is yours for the taking if if your blog post is named as a POTW.



For Mama
by Pauline
at Writing Down the Words

For Mother's Day
by Stacey Dawn
at Dawning Inspiratio



Button Can Memories
by Sandi
at Holding Patterns

Mother's Day Promises
by Gary
at Gary's Third Pottery Blog



One Step at a Time
by Joanna
at The Fifty Factor



Just Pictures
by Keith
at Holding Moments

Deep in Thought
by Lisa
at Lisa Gordon Photography

Battle of the Birds
by Gail
at Louisiana Belle

The State House, Vermont
by Steve
at Take a Look Around

A Spa Visit
by Reena
at Missing Moments


Please drop by their blogs for a visit and leave a kind comment if you have the time. Also, please feel free to add your own choices (for any blog except this one) for a specific blog post in the comments section below, where others can see them.

Thank you


Barbara said...

Isn't it funny where we get inspiration? You have a gift for seeing, and then helping us see, the beauty in the ordinary. Thank you! And congrats to the POTW!

Jackie said...

Brilliant photographer, you are...and you know your literary works of art.
Wonderful, my friend!

Maggie May said...

At first, I thought the blossom was breakfast cereal!
Maybe I need to get a fresh eye test.
The pictures had delicate colouring and it is surprising how a good photo can be made out of tiny things.

Maggie x

Nuts in May

Brian Miller said...

some great choices this week hilary...congrats everyone....pretty cool pictures as well...the car makes for a good backdrop to the buds....

Steve Gravano said...

Thank you Hilary.

holdingmoments said...

Some excellent focus on these Hilary.

And thanks for the inclusion in the roll call :-)

TexWisGirl said...

love your impromptu photo shoot. :)

every one of the potw photog sites are ones i follow and love! :) great taste, hilary!

Sharon Wagner said...

You never know when inspiration will strike! I'm glad you didn't nip it in the bud...

Reena said...

Lovely images and words, as always! Thanks for the POTW Hilary!

Red said...

You can certainly see things that would make a good photo. My car was covered with green ash blossoms this morning but I never thought of a photo. Nice post.

CiCi said...

It reminds me of popcorn, but can't imagine why popcorn would be all over the car, so i return to reality and remind myself they are fallen buds from trees. Such great work with the camera.

Gail Dixon said...

Wonderful images and quotes. All flowed so beautifully together. Thank you so much for the POTW award! Congrats to all the other winners as well. You are so generous, Hilary. :)

Sandi McBride said...

thank you sweet girl for this if you could teach me a few photography dos and don'ts!

Betty Manousos said...

ooh, how i love these!
such lovely images and thoughts dear hilary.

and congrats to all the winners!

wishing you a great day!

big hugs~

Gary's third pottery blog said...

bud + car = LANDSCAPE!!!! and HEY! that is ME thank YOU, POTW!

Gillian Olson said...

Great images and thoughts, thanks for POW.

Lisa Gordon said...

I have pollen all over my car!! :-(

Thank you truly, for the POTW, Hilary.

Anita said...

Those beautiful buds are quite the travelers. :)

I just read one of the POTW. You DO know how to pick'em!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful! And thank you for listing some great blogs.

Joanna Jenkins said...

Ha! When I saw your photos, at first I thought they were cranberry cereal crumbs on my counter!

Thanks a million for the shout-out. I really appreciate.

I've found so many awesome blogs from your POTW and I'm happy to be included.

xo jj

stephen Hayes said...

The buds in your pictures look edible.

Rita said...

They really make a plain old car look ready for the dance! :)

Lynne with an e said...

So simple and yet so visually delightful! But you forgot to say "This bud's for you!" (quoting a well-known beer ad).

Anonymous said...

Those fallen blossoms make lovely art!

Thanks for the Posts of the Week!

Pauline said...

Thank you Hilary!

Suldog said...

I guess I fall in the same category as Maggie May, CiCi, Joanna, and Steven. It looks like something really good to eat.

Mental P Mama said...

Those buds are pretty until your dog tracks them all over the house! Going to go visit the POTW!

Russell said...

Often the most simple things are the most complex (does that make sense?).

But it takes a true photographer to see such things and capture them on film. You have done that.

Most impressive!

Kat said...

I would love to see life through your eyes sometime. What we all see everyday you take and turn it into a beautiful picture. So good. :)

photowannabe said...

Delightful photos of such an everyday thing. I love the compositions and angles.
I always look forward to your POWs. Good stuff.
Have a wonderful rest of the week Hilary.

Bob Bushell said...

How lovely they have falling on the car. It is time to drive off and spread their blossoms.

EG CameraGirl said...

Your photos prove you never know where your next fun shots will come from!

My Cactus Dress said...

How beautiful is that. The last picture looked like bacon. ^^

Anvilcloud said...

You could probably compose a photographic ode to a fallen cornflake. :)

sage said...

Interesting shots--maybe I should shoot a photo of the pollen on my truck!

Cloudia said...

I love the red celebration

ALOHA from Waikiki
Comfort Spiral
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Karen (formerly kcinnova) said...

You find the most wonderful subjects to photograph -- and the prose takes me to a higher level. Thank you for that, Hilary.

I've seen a few of these excellent posts already... now off to read some more POTWs!

Indrani said...

Excellent shots! Words fail me!
Love the focus.

Dawning Inspiration said...

Hilary - thank you for the post of the week recognition. The comments left by your blogging friends have humbled me and encouraged me. I love your images....and I thank you again. SD

Rick Watson said...

You've got a great eye Hillary. Nice photos.

SandyCarlson said...

Your photos are just plain amazing. Beautiful.

Thanks for highlighting these posts.

SandyCarlson said...

Your photos are just plain amazing. Beautiful.

Thanks for highlighting these posts.

Unknown said...

it's great to have nice neighbors. My mom's neighbors get upset if leaves from her yard blow into their own! The buds on the car are wonderful reminders of the season upon us! :)