WPC – Inspiration

IMG_5720This week’s WordPress Photo Challenge:

“What is your inspiration? What moves you? What is it that never fails to motivate you, to get you going, or make you happy? This week, we want you to show us what inspiration means to you.”

The beauty of nature never fails to inspire me. Stepping out my door, I am assailed with scents, sights and sounds that rejuvenate me body and soul. I am fortunate to live in a rural area surrounded by growing plants, streams, waterfalls and wildlife. Everywhere I go, there is the beauty of nature to renew and refresh. Even in a concrete jungle, I can look up and there is the sky, clouds and beyond. My life is rich with inspiration!

 

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Wordless Wednesday

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In A Vase On Monday – Pretty in Pink

IMG_6431For this week’s vase, I used white gooseneck loosestrife (Lysimachia clethroides), along with pink astilbe (A. chinensis var. taquetii) and a couple of the last of the lamb’s ears flowers (Stachys byzantina) for vertical appeal. IMG_6432IMG_6437Purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) provide focal points with stems of striped mallow (Malva sylvestris ‘Brave Heart’) adding additional points of pink.IMG_6436

Bracken fern (Pteridium aquilinum) provides greenery in a soft pink, frosted glass vase set on a tea towel printed with pink thistles.IMG_6433

Thanks to Cathy at Rambling In the Garden,  who hosts a weekly meme to showcase what is blooming in our gardens by creating arrangements to enjoy inside our homes. Wander over to see what gardeners all over the world are arranging this week. Feel free to join in, sharing your own weekly vase with a link to Cathy’s blog.

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Silent Sunday

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WPC – Close-up

Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea)

Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea)

Macro photography allows us to see the world in a new light. Some of the best macro subjects may appear mundane at first — things you’d normally pass by without giving a second glance — but get just a little closer and there’s often a hidden beauty to be discovered.

So this week, get up close and personal with your subject — whether it’s the pollen on a newly bloomed flower, rust on an old fence, or water droplets left by a storm — and capture those tiny, fascinating details that might go unnoticed.”

WordPress Photography Challenge: Close-up

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Wordless Wednesday

Great Spangled Fritillary (Speyeria cybele)

Great Spangled Fritillary (Speyeria cybele)

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In A Vase On Monday – Red & White

IMG_6091For this week’s vase, I’ve used a simple combination of only two flowers – scarlet IMG_6098beebalm (Monarda didyma) and white gooseneck loosestrife (Lysimachia clethroides). IMG_6102The white helps cool down the red-hot beebalm. A few Christmas fern fronds (Polystichum acrostichoides) were added for a green accent. An unadorned, Chinese-style, black glass vase compliments the simple design.

IMG_6096Polystichum acrostichoides and Monarda didyma are native to the eastern United States from Maine to Georgia, and west to the Mississippi River. Beebalm leaves can be made into a paste to soothe bee stings or drunk as a flavorful tea.

Lysimachia clethroides is native to China and Japan and can be aggressive in the garden, but I find it fairly easy to curb by pulling the stolons back in early spring. It makes an attractive planting in en masse, and is a long-lasting cut flower.

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Thanks to Cathy at Rambling In the Garden,  who hosts a weekly meme to showcase what is blooming in our gardens by creating arrangements to enjoy inside our homes. Wander over to see what gardeners all over the world are arranging this week. Feel free to join in, sharing your own weekly vase with a link to Cathy’s blog.

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