Tuesday, March 23, 2010

The GGW Photo Contest I 'Almost' Entered On Time!

Spring has (most definitely) sprung in my neck of the woods!




In a matter of days the garden has gone through a wondous transformation.



Flowers open in what seems like just a blink of an eye.




I wish my budget had room for some time-lapse photography equipment!




It would be fantastic to watch the unfoldings in action. 





Nature is dynamic!







Our limited human perceptions keep us from catching the changes as they happen.



But that didn't stop me on Sunday, March 21st, from trying my best to capture a few of the changes during this busy blooming time.







I had been trying to find just the right 'miraculous moment' to capture a photo which demonstrates an 'awakening'...the topic for this months 'Picture This' photography contest at Gardening Gone Wild.  Unfortunately I was unable to go through my photos and make a post in time. The following photos would have been my 'finalists':









If I could have had a photo ready in time, it would have been one of the last four shots of the forsythia greens just literally popping out to greet the universe. Probably the very last one would have been my choice.  Which one would you have chosen, if you were me?

Oh well...I don't need a medal or award--as nice as that might be, someday. 'Awesome' doesn't begin to describe what I've been seeing around here these days!

*PS: If anyone would like to help me identify my daffodil varieties and three hellebore varieties, I'd be very appreciative;-) (The tags have disintegrated and/or gotten lost and I had not made a note of them). 

Happy Spring, my friends!

Today I am thankful that spring has finally arrived in my yard;-)



Words and photos ©Thanks For Today, by Jan Huston Doble

30 comments:

  1. Well, your pictures are just beautiful even if you did not make the deadline :-) I wish for time-lapse photography equipment as well...oh well.

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  2. You have done an awesome job even without the time-lapse equipment. I can imagine the patience required for such beautiful photographs to be shot in various stages of 'awakening'.

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  3. Hi Jan,

    A very Happy Spring to you too. Lovely shots! Loved them all. Cheers! Radhika

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  4. Beautiful photos...I 'believe' the first Daffs might be Ice Follies, and the solid gold ones that I have like that are called February Gold...I know nothing of the Hellebore.

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  5. Jan,
    Gorgeous photos. I'm pretty sure your double daff is 'Ice King'. :-)--Randy

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  6. *Sigh*, you are so far ahead of me, Jan. Lovely photo shoot! Happy spring gardening :)

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  7. Jan, you don't need a contest to know that your photos are beautiful -- what a lovely wash of Spring!

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  8. Exquisite, Jan! These are quite breathtaking. It isn't possible to choose one favorite, though. My penchant for daffodils leads me straight back to the top of your post as I can practically smell their sweet scent through the screen! I'm horrid on varieties, though. Good luck getting the info!

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  9. Your photos, flowers and buds are all fabulous!

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  10. Beautiful series of photographs, especially when viewed all together. You did a good job of time lapse even without the fancy equipment. Normally I'm not the biggest fan of double daffs, but your white and yellow double (triple?) is just *gorgeous*.

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  11. Hi Jan - you've really captured Spring! Great photos!

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  12. LOL, Timing has never been my strong suit. It's interesting how your weather is a few weeks ahead of ours in many ways--forsythias, daffodils, and hyacinth blooms are a while away, but in other things, we synch up, like hellebores, which seem to be on the same schedule.

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  13. Incredible pictures Jan, you really have captured the essence of growth and emerging. I love the 2nd picture in your finalists. Great post! :)

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  14. Good morning. Wouldn't it be fun to take time lapse photos:)

    I love the daffodil with the double center! And that dark hellebore is beautiful.
    Marnie

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  15. So beautiful, Jan. Your garden is really popping. Your macro shots are fantastic. I just love all your pictures, it would be hard to choose one.

    Happy Spring!

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  16. Morning Jan. Oh Spring has come to your house lady. Look at your Daffodils. I love the double blooms. I need some different varieties here. Can you believe I don't have one crocus? That is just being a good gardener is it? LOL! Your hyacinths are just about there. They are even pretty before they open I think. Love your hellebores. My babies are so sad looking.If I get a bloom I will be surprised. Enjoy the beautiful spring blooms.
    Lona

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  17. Awesome shots Jan! I do like that last one too. Can't help with your daffys although the white one looks kind of like Ice Follies. A good naturalizer. Not sure though.

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  18. Hi Jan~~ All of your photos are delightful but I must say your banner photo is ooh, la, la!!

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  19. Beautifully inspiring..wonderful!!
    Kiki~

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  20. I like your non-entries, especially the second daffodil. There is always next month.

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  21. They are all pretty, I would have a hard time choosing one. You have so many pretty Daffodils, I just have one type and need to try some of those doubles next year.

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  22. Wonderful photos, your daffodils are so cheerful. Happy spring!

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  23. All of them are pretty but I like the last one.

    Hopefully one of these days I'll be organized enough to enter the contest too.

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  24. Wow, what lovely blooms you have emerging Jan - it even makes me wish for spring again in my part of the world already!

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  25. Beautiful pics as always! I'm always late with things too! My timing is off all the time... well at least we try.

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  26. All of your photos made me smile! I was out in my garden this afternoon, after hours of rain (again!) and I was struck by how many plants are budding and opening up, even since two days ago. I think in a week, we will be in full force spring. It is wonderful!.

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  27. These are all winners in my book, Jan, even if you didn't meet the deadline. And if you scroll down quickly, it's as good as watching a series of time lapse photos. There's nothing like the first daffodils to say that spring is really here!

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  28. I don't know Jan....I think you did great with your own time lapse photos~~You don't need fancy equipment!! Your daffs blooming series is lovely...gail

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  29. Hi, Jan, You have won the contest as far as I am concerned. Fabulous photographs! Pam x

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Thanks so much for visiting and taking the time to comment! Please enjoy your TODAY and all of the gifts in YOUR garden of life!

Jan

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