Sunday, August 31, 2008

Green on Green

Plant hopper on Teasel


I'm drawn to color.
Bright yellow on tall stems, from within the dark of our woods. And the deep red of bee balm, its feet hugging the bank of our shallow creek, shady and cool, empty of water by late August.
Surrounded by green as I am in our many trees and broad fields, it is color that steals my eye.
While green becomes its backdrop.

Yet, if I look away, pry my sight from the blossoms and brilliance they possess, green on green is quite lovely.
The shapes, the textures rich.
With shadow, the subtle hues infinite.
I am guilty of looking too often past green.

Maple


Common Milkweed


Teasel


Teasel


Common Yellow Wood Sorrel


Lamb's Quarters


Sweet Gum


Virginia Creeper


Skunk Cabbage


Thistle



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28 comments:

Rose Connors said...

I absolutely LOVE the green! Thanks.

Pat - An Arkansas Stamper said...

I once tried to count and name the number of shades of green on a hillside. I ran out of descriptors. Nature is infinitely diverse.

Lovely post.

Lynne said...

Every one of those photos would look lovely hanging on the wall.

lostlandscape said...

Beautiful greens, beautiful images--Reminds me we need more words for all its various shades! The dark maple leaf against the lighter tones, in particular, is gorgeous. Love it!

bobbie said...

I think that most of us tend to "look past green" much of the time. but I recall sitting in a dentist's waiting room (of all places) one day, looking out of the picture window, trying to count the shades of green. Too many. I lost count.

nina said...

I so agree about number of shades--the shadows that hit a particular spot, too, and change what was one, to many.
I find that when I focus, literally on leaves, their shapes and textures are fun. (ok, maybe not tulips')

Anyone know the last one?
With the alternate large/small serrated?
Whatever it it--I LIKE it!

Lisa at Greenbow said...

All the beautiful hues of green. Very soothing post Nina. I really like the textures of all the leaves.

scienceguy288 said...

The symetry of these plants is amazing, no matter how common they are.

ellen b said...

your green on green shots are all so great. Beautiful photography...

RuneE said...

A very GREEN post - beautiful work.

Fat, frumpy and fifty... said...

G-reat G-reen post!!! Lovely images.

Reader Wil said...

This is the most beautiful collection of greens. So exquite!

Abraham Lincoln said...

You really have a lot of beautiful green things. I never even thought of green. Duh?

I only got one Grumpy Alien posted for "G." He is at Thunder Maker

gaz said...

this is a lovely collection for 'g' you have here... :-]

Kim from Hiraeth said...

I am beginning to anticipate opening your posts with great excitement. Every post is stunningly beautiful; this green offering in no exception.

You are a remarkable photographer.

Beverly said...

Good gawd, woman...is there no end to your creativity? This is a stunning post...as usual.

As much as I liked the blue (sky), the orange (woolly bear), and the beautiful purples...the 'green' is at once cool, mysterious, dark, bright, full of texture and soft as silk.

Yes, you are an awsome photographer with an artist's eye; but then, we knew that. Thanks for sharing!
Beverly

mrsnesbitt said...

Great Green Group!
nature simply delivers!

Thanks so much.
Dxx

babooshka said...

Green, the colour of nature and for that alone one of my favourites. Beautiful collection.

cestoady said...

Elegant post !! The first teasel is stunning and the lamb's quarters--a common weed -- is transformed in to a plant of uncommon, mysterious beauty under your lens.

I wonder if the color green has more shades in nature than any other color??

That last plant reminds me of Avens or something close to it -- see p. 136 of the Peterson Wildflower Guide.

photowannabe said...

Very lovely, very creative and very Green. Nice job.

leslie said...

Your photos are stunning! All the different shades and textures of green, my favourite colour! Lovely!

Rambling Woods said...

Very refreshing post with all the green...

Columbo said...

What awesome photos depicting green. I loved the shots, great posting for ABC Wednesday.

kouji said...

beautiful greens those. :) lovely shades, textures and patterns. and very refreshing for the eyes.

pineyflatwoodsgirl said...

lamb's quarters are so delicious!

Rinkly Rimes said...

Something I miss in Australia is 'green on green'. We find it in parks, but, in nature, the muted green of the gums takes over. Your pictures made me quite envious.

RuthieJ said...

Nina, your green pictures are fabulous! My favorite is the second one (maple leaf).

Daniel Spurgeon said...

I'm green with envy! Nice photos and great creativity at work!