A collection of distilled sarcastic wisdom, numerous photographs, discussions of books and stuff to learn and more stuff to think about from a retired economics professor turned blogger and photographer.
I know this photo is out of season but we need something in January to perk us up a bit and remind us that after the winter doldrums are over, the iris and everything else will bloom again. So it doesn't hurt to have a few reminders, does it?
The original photo above was extremely dark and I guess I thought at the time it wasn't worth saving. But like many photos, a bit of touching up and removing the dark stuff results in an interesting and colorful photo.
I read somewhere that flowers will cure the January blahs. Or any other blahs for that matter. So here are a couple of pink carnations for your January cure today.
In the Curmudgeonly Professor's 2015 Do List, we have assigned the task of planting a flower. Since that task was assigned, I brought home a red and white azalea which lasted a month and a bouquet of pink carnations. Then I ordered an amaryllis and a paper white which should be here any day now. Plus I am printing and hanging up on the walls a new batch of flower photos. We might as well be immersed in flowers from every possible source in every possible form. Here is the picture that I just hung in my den today replacing a very drab and humdrum photo of a bee in a cactus blossom that has bored me for 10 years:
See, now isn't this picture a whole lot more inspiring and enlightening than a ten year old picture of a single bee? Now I'll continue and plaster our walls with a whole new array of flower photos to help us get through the challenges we face each day. I hope you will think of as many things that you might do to bring flowers in any form into your daily life--photos, bulbs, plans for spring gardens, whatever.
You can still find stuff to photograph in January but you have to make allowance for the fact that the trees are leafless, most perennial plants are dormant, and everyone and everything is waiting for spring when the roses bloom and the trees leaf out again. Not all plants are beautiful all the time nor do they have on their best adornment. But all plants are interesting and complicated all year around and they deserve to be photographed in their less showy season.