Flowers—Lines—Ice

“Let the rain kiss you…” (Langston Hughes)

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A few of these images are not as crisp as I would like, but I took all of them without any sort of support (tripod, monopod, etc.) , holding an umbrella in one hand and my camera in the other.   If there is a hands-free umbrella (that flips up out of a back-back or something) made for photographers, I need to find it (or design it myself, if not), because I assume the most ridiculous postures trying to keep my camera lens dry in the rain. I was determined, though, to try to capture these beautiful little buds.  Perhaps someone can help me identify them.  These tiny light purple buds unfold into large clusters of pink tubes (rounded at the ends).  I feel like it’s quite a common vine flower, but the name is escaping me and my efforts to google it are coming up with all the wrong images.

49 responses

  1. I don’t think things always need to be in sharp focus. I find these rather lovely.

    April 24, 2012 at 10:06 am

    • I agree that things don’t always have to be in sharp focus, but these particular images I wish could have been clearer, given the details I was trying to capture. Thank you for your nice words.

      April 24, 2012 at 10:29 am

  2. Lovely – I have no idea what the vine is myself but it’s quite beautifully formed and no doubt when in total flower must be GORGEOUS. Like the new “look” on the blog too! Sets your photos off nicely.

    Pam (and Sam on my lap)

    April 24, 2012 at 10:12 am

    • Thank you! The flowers are really beautiful when they pop open. I did have some fun redesigning the blog yesterday (thanks for noticing!)

      April 24, 2012 at 10:31 am

  3. lovely shots! I love heading out into my garden, usually AFTER the rain, although there’s very little out there at the moment for me to get any decent photos of!

    April 24, 2012 at 10:40 am

    • Yes, after the rain is good, too. 🙂 Sometimes I just can’t wait, especially with buds bursting by the second around here. I’m afraid I’m going to miss something. Thank you for your visit!

      April 25, 2012 at 1:33 am

  4. You did a great job !! and I too love the new format ( it’s like mine 😉 )

    April 24, 2012 at 10:44 am

    • Thank you, Helen! I’m glad you like my new format. I think yours is a bit more customized, isn’t it? I love your blog!

      April 25, 2012 at 1:35 am

  5. Very nice photos. Like them a lot, Lemony!

    April 24, 2012 at 11:10 am

  6. Tracie Louise

    stunning!!!!

    April 24, 2012 at 11:21 am

  7. Elisa

    I like the soft focus in the rain. This pictures are so pretty, they sort of glow towards the end. You changed your background to dark, makes the pictures pop!

    April 24, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    • Thank you very much for your comment, Elisa. I’m glad you see the “glow”: it is exactly what I was hoping to capture!

      April 25, 2012 at 1:37 am

  8. Lovely macros.

    April 24, 2012 at 12:40 pm

  9. Long time ago, I designed and made a support pole for
    an umbrella, which was sttickng out on my shoulder from
    a harnes like carnival costume. (but not for rain but for
    flashlight diffuser) —- then I realized, it is utterly
    inpractical as it restrict my movement, stucking with and
    hitting everything. (indoor use was bad enough,
    not mention outdoor where lots of tree branch and
    the window is blowing.
    Better solution is to put your camera into pollythin bag
    and make a hole for the lens.
    And wearing big storaw hat. 🙂

    April 24, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    • I guess such an idea would be impractical, especially with trees and wind. I wasn’t surprised to read that you had already tried to come up with a design, even if for another purpose. I like your suggestion of putting it in a bag and making a hole. I’ll try it! And I’ll definitely where the hat, too. 😀

      April 25, 2012 at 11:26 am

  10. You make me laugh. I can just see you trying to balance that umbrella and the camera at the same time. Still you got some wonderful shots and I love the big water drop on the third image.

    April 24, 2012 at 12:44 pm

  11. Julie

    I love the quote from Hughes and the photos that accompany it.

    April 24, 2012 at 1:30 pm

  12. Lovely

    April 24, 2012 at 1:37 pm

  13. siddharthajoshi

    It is an interesting area to innovate…hands-free umbrella 🙂 Btw the pictures are lovely…not sure what the name is though…

    April 24, 2012 at 2:12 pm

  14. Beautiful!!

    April 24, 2012 at 3:55 pm

  15. Beautiful photos Melanie!
    They look better when enlarged; I think the focus is perfect, in all of them.

    April 24, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    • Pablo, I first loaded them in a large size, but then changed my mind, since there were so many of them. I figured people could click to enlarge if they wanted to see them in the larger size. Thank you for clicking and for your offering your feedback. I always appreciate your comments.

      April 25, 2012 at 1:39 am

  16. What is really nice to see with this series of photograph is how you work the subject. New angels, new perspectives, various distances. And the result is excellent. I like all of the shots but my favourite is number five from the top. For me it just has more depth and more intense lights than the others.

    April 24, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    • Thank you very much for your comment. I do really enjoy experimenting with different kinds of shots and these little buds lent themselves perfectly to this kind of work. The rain added even more fun to the challenge. I’m glad to know that you like number five and why. It’s very helpful feedback. Thank you again!

      April 25, 2012 at 1:45 am

  17. You might try looking up honeysuckle-I think that’s what you have. This website might help. http://www.all-creatures.org/pica/ftshl-honeysuckle-tar.html

    April 24, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    • First of all, thank you so much for visiting and for identifying my buds! When I first followed the link, I thought hmmm, this isn’t it, but then I looked around some more, at different images around the web, and realized that you are RIGHT!! I couldnt’ really find any images of the buds in this very early stage (some of the ones I photographed are just peeking up out of their leaves). What a fascinating life cycle they have! Now I want to get back to them as soon as I can to track their development. It’s amazing how many forms and colors these flowers take on throughout the course of their lives. Honeysuckle is actually my most favorite smell on the planet, so this is extra fun for me to see it in this form. I knew there was something familiar about this vine when I saw it, but I just didn’t recognize it so early in the season. Thank you again!

      April 25, 2012 at 1:55 am

      • You’re welcome. I worked around honeysuckle as a gardener for years so I was fairly certain that’s what it was. Of course, I had no way of knowing the variety, as they come out with new ones each year. Glad I could help-there’s nothing more frustrating than not being able to identify a plant!

        April 25, 2012 at 2:01 am

  18. Jumping in with everyone else to say that these are lovely photos. I think the soft treatment works very well for rainy day pictures.

    April 24, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    • I hadn’t really thought of it that way until you put it in those words (the association of soft treatment and rainy day), so thank you; it makes me consider the images in a different light.

      April 25, 2012 at 1:59 am

  19. So beautiful!! Excellent shots, as per usual 🙂

    April 24, 2012 at 8:34 pm

  20. You captured wonderful photographs… The light, the contrast and the colours are amazing, and also your compositions fascinated me too. Thank you dear Melanie, with my love, nia

    April 24, 2012 at 8:47 pm

    • Nia, I’m thrilled that you enjoyed the compositions. These little buds offered so many possibilities. And now that I know what they are (honeysuckle), I’m eager to go back for another visit, as they develop and change shapes!

      April 25, 2012 at 2:02 am

  21. I find the glow and colours of these images very fresh and eye-catching, Lemony. A most lovely post!

    April 25, 2012 at 1:10 am

    • Thank you very much, Karen. The glow was exactly what I was seeing that day. I’m so glad it comes through in the images.

      April 25, 2012 at 2:09 am

  22. Superbe, je suis fan (I’m fan!)
    Alain

    April 25, 2012 at 7:52 am

  23. George Weaver

    Oh, my… these are so pretty. They hardly look earthly. This is definitely a honeysuckle as the guy said. I am astonished again. I just can’t believe you do this time after time. And with ONE hand. Lord, you must be as steady as a rock. I think these are my very favorite flower photographs so far. There is just something magical about them. I do so enjoy your photographs, Lemony. 🙂

    April 25, 2012 at 8:58 am

    • There was something unearthly about the light that day, I’ll have to say. It’s one of the things that first drew me to the vine. And some of the delicate little buds were barely peeking out of their leaves. I do have a sort of way of calming my head before I click, and when my mind is quiet, my body is steady (it’s perhaps decades of yoga and some years of meditation practice that have helped with this). Thank you so much, again, for your support and words about my photographs.

      April 25, 2012 at 10:47 am

  24. George Weaver

    BTW, the new black theme really makes your photographs look good.

    April 25, 2012 at 8:59 am

  25. Great shots….for me the last one is a standout

    April 27, 2012 at 7:44 am

  26. Very lovely shoots of this beautiful flowers

    May 8, 2012 at 11:53 am

  27. Lovely images. I’ve always liked that Langston Hughes quote, too. 🙂

    June 2, 2012 at 7:48 pm

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