Happy Birthday, Mom

People do not die for us immediately, but remain bathed in a sort of aura of life which bears no relation to true immortality but through which they continue to occupy our thoughts in the same way as when they were alive.  It is as though they were traveling abroad.

~ Marcel Proust


June Blooms

(Rainy Day Rose)

The NaBloPoMo theme for June is “Now.”  It has interesting possibilities as far as photography goes but I suspect I would end up flailing about within a few days in the same way I did with the “haunted” theme last year.  So, no NaBloPoMo for me this month.  Just as well.  Summer looks like it may be a fairly busy time for us.

What I plan to do instead of NaBloPoMo is post some of the flower shots I’ve taken over the past month or two.  I feel like I’ve been saving them for a special occasion although the main reason I haven’t posted many of them has more to do with the “Look Up” theme than it does with hoarding or saving.  I did come up with a few ideas in which flowers could be applied to “Look Up” but decided not to pursue it since I had plenty of other fodder for the theme.

All three photos above are the same shot.  I took this photo of a rose at the Cleveland Botanical Gardens after it rained.  The first two have been altered in Photoshop.  The last is “almost as is” so to speak with the exception of a little tweak to sharpen it (which it might not have needed but I did it anyway).

To see more flowers and other garden photos, join me over at Bountiful Healing.  I have so many that I’m going to spread them between the two blogs.